By Okunade Adekunle, Lagos
The Lawmaker representing Epe Constituency 2 in the Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon. Segun Olulade, has said he is available to serve Lagosians and Nigerians at large if called upon after the expiry of his tenure as the representative of his constituency in June this year.
He said he had the experience and energy to add value to the development of the state and country at large.
Olulade made the assertions at the valedictory dinner he organised for members of the Lagos State House of Assembly Correspondents Association (LAHACA) at De Rememberant Hotel, Ikeja, Lagos.
He said he would continue with his foundation (Eleniyan Cares Foundation) so as to retain his relationship with the common people in the state.
Eleniyan Cares Foundation is a humanitarian cum empowerment organization funded by the lawmaker to empower the masses in the state in various capacities.
The lawmaker added “I am still very young, and available to serve the people of Lagos and Nigeria at large. I still have a lot to offer the people of Lagos and Nigeria. There is another office that is very powerful that I would be occupying from June 8, 2019 and that is the ‘Office of the Citizen’ which will be used for the betterment of the state.
“I will use it to affect more lives and to serve humanity. I would leave everything to God that has helped me to come thus far and I know he would not abandon me. I will make myself available to you so that if there is anything we can do together I will be there for you. I am still very young and I still have a lot to offer the people by the grace of God. I will tell you if I will contest in 2023, when the time comes. What I pray for is good health, long life and prosperity,” Olulade explained.
While sharing his experience in the Assembly since 2011 when he was first elected, the lawmaker explained that he was surprised to have been made the Chairman of the House Committee on Information, Security, Strategy and Publicity because he never expected nor lobby for it.
According to him, “I was just doing my thing. I remembered they did a story and they pointed to some ‘troublesomeness’ members of LAHACA then.
“After I became the Chairman of the Information Committee I invited the then Chairman of LAHACA, Mr. Okoeki and others to become my friend. When there were issues over stories that could destroy the image of the House then, I would meet with members of LAHACA. We later held a meeting in their office and since then I became a part of LAHACA. If there is a group I would miss as I am leaving the Lagos State House of Assembly, it is LAHACA”, said Olulade.
He advised other people to see the media as their friends, saying that no matter what anyone did, if not reported by the media, such person would be doing himself a disservice.
“I have invited you to my programmes in my constituency, you were always there. So, I said my first point of call for valedictory would be with LAHACA members. If not for you, Lagos State Printing Corporation would not be what it is today. The same applies to Lagos State Television and Radio Lagos/Eko FM. It was at a time everybody was talking about moving from analogue to digital. Today, whenever I enter Radio Lagos, Lagos State Television and Lagos Printing Corporation I feel proud based on what you did for me”, Olulade stated.
“I want to thank you on behalf of all the members of staff of the assembly and on behalf of the two speakers that I have worked with including Rt. Hon. Adeyemi Ikuforiji and Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa,” he said.
Speaking further, Olulade advised public office holders to be focussed and affect lives before they leave their offices.
He added that despite the fact that former governor of Lagos State and National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu was no longer in office he is still relevant because he had invested in people.
“Title would not take you far, what will take you far is your contribution and service to the people. To be in government is not just about being called a lawmaker, Governor or President, one day, you will leave office”, Olulade advised.
“If you want to amass wealth, and you don’t want to help people what will you do with the money. Everything you say about me I will keep it up. I have learnt from you”, he added.
While commenting, the General Manager of Radio Lagos/Eko FM, Mrs. Ayo Sotonwa, said that it was not possible for Olulade to change, stressing that someone’s character would show anywhere he or she goes.
Sotonwa, however, advised journalists to ensure that others say good things about them anywhere they go.
In his earlier welcome address, the Chairman of LAHACA/Radio Nigeria Correspondent, Mr. Akinboye Akintola said that Olulade had always been a person that was close to the media.
Akintola stated that as the Chairman of the House Committee on Information, Olulade facilitated a cordial relationship between the leadership of the Assembly and the media.
He said that the lawmaker initiated the dinner programme with the media without any prompting.
“We have to acknowledge what Eleniyan did as the Chairman of the House Committee on Health Services.
“The Ayinke House rehabilitation project that President Muhammadu Buhari came to commission in Lagos is a product of Olulade’s oversight functions as Chairman of the House Committee on Health.
“I just want to advise him to continue with what he is doing. That brand; Eleniyan will remain with us until you get to where you want to go,” he said.
He assured the lawmaker of continued strong relationships with the media, saying that the association would continue to help propagate the brand to the world.