Governor Nasiru el-Rufai of Kaduna State, on Tuesday denies that his government is muzzling the media and impinging on the rights of people to free speech. The governor made the denial in Kaduna in a message to the opening of a workshop on conflict prevention and peace building for civil society organisations. The 3-day workshop…
The senator representing the largest senatorial district in Nigeria in terms of population, Lagos West, Senator Solomon Adeola has once again impacted on some of his teeming constituents with multi- million naira income generating equipment as well as other people oriented projects as part of his Second Town Hall Meeting and Empowerment programme.
Giving a stewardship account to his constituents at Badagry while donating 28 Block molding machines, 28 Sewing machines, 10 Welding machines, 10 Vulcanising machines, 185 Grinding machines, 28 Deep freezers, Senator Adeola said that the nation witnessed an unprecedented economic downturn in the last one year resulting in a recession adding that the drop in the value of naira reaching as low as N500 to a dollar affected all sectors of the economy.
Other items donated by Senator Adeola to constituents includes 28 Electric generators, 84 Hair Dressing Saloon equipment, construction of 28 Boreholes and 28 VIP Toilets as well as 340 life jackets
“In addition I am donating two 18-Seater Toyota Hiace Buses to National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS who were involved in an accident during the celebration of this year’s June 12 Anniversary, and the Lagos State University Ojo. I am also making an endowment for the Best Graduating Accounting Student in Lagos State University as well as purchasing 500 GCE forms for constituents.” Sen. Adeola stated.
The senator reported to his constituents that so far he has presented 15 bills in the Senate that are in various stages of legislative processing adding that two of the bills were among the 28 Constitutional Amendment Bills passed recently by both chambers of the National Assembly.
He decried the injustice in the diverging sizes of senatorial districts in the country as reflected in his senatorial district with a population of over 11 millions in 10 LGAs while other senatorial districts with 5 or less LGAs have less than half of that population but receives equal benefits from the national account.
“This imposes serious challenges on me in fulfilling my programmes for effective representation as there is no special allowance of any sort for this lopsidedness in population size. What is due to the district with over 11 million persons is the same that is given to others with less than half of our population. You must agree with me that this lopsidedness in our political system is an unjust situation for me, my constituents and the senatorial district.” he stated.
Senator Adeola however expressed optimism that many more of his constituents will benefit from future empowerment and other people oriented projects in addition to the sterling benefits that the APC government under Governor Akinwunmi Ambode has brought to Lagos State.
Governor Ambode who was represented by his deputy, Chief Oluranti Adebule commended the senator for always giving back to his constituents in form of empowerment of individuals in income generating ventures as well as people oriented projects that is in line with the vision of the state government.
APC chairman in Lagos State, Otunba Oladele Ajomale, commended Senator Adeola for always promoting the party through his activities in the Senate stressing that his second time massive empowerment in two years is life changing in the lives of many.
Among the dignitaries present at the occasion were Senator Abdulfatai Buari from Oyo State, Professor Ibiyemi Olatunji Bello, director Lagos State University Directorate of Advancement, Chief Funso Ologunde, APC Vice Chairman, Lagos West, The Oba of Badagry HRM Whenu !1 and Hon. Adebanjo Adaranijo among others.