By: Okunade Adekunle
The legislator representing Mushin Constituency 2 at the Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon. Olawale Abdus Sabur, has called on the new Local Government chairmen in Lagos State to ensure that the dividends of democracy are felt by the grassroot through the injection of new noble ideas in running the affairs of their various councils, advising them to imbibe the governance style of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode.
Sabur, who said this in an exclusive interview with WESTERN POST, explained that the council chairmen should be strategic in addressing the problems facing their councils, stressing that all councils have its own peculiar problems which need different approaches in solving them.
“I will advise the council chairmen to bring new things and ideas on board. They should know that each council has its own peculiar problems, so they should identify the problems and tackle it strategically by proffering lasting solutions to the identified problems”, said Sabur.
“There are some areas that are flood prone they need to work hand in hand with relevant ministry and agency to ensure that the affected areas are deflooded. They should also be passionate about how they will increase their IGRs”, said Sabur.
Speaking on budget performance, the lawmaker rated the Ministry of Home Affairs high, saying that the ministry has been able to implement its programmes above 70percent.
He eulogised the Commissioner in charge of Home Affairs, Hon. (Dr) Abdulhakeem Abdulateef, for his performance, saying that the ministry would complete the remaining 30percent budget implementation before end of the year.
Sabur, who is the House Committee Chairman on Home Affairs, explained that the interest of his constituents remains important to his representation at the Assembly, saying that he would continue to make himself accessible to them.
Sabur added “My people know that I have been active both in legislative duties and also identifying with them. They should expect more good things that will happen in the constituency. I will complete the digging of 10 boreholes in the constituency before the end of this assembly. The third edition of ‘Omititi Cup’ will be coming on board possibly by the end of August. I live among them so they should not even think I will leave them”.
The lawmaker while commenting on the agitation for Nigeria’s restructuring, he advised that the country should completely implement the principle of federalism, saying with the complete practice of True federalism , the country’s problems are fully solved.
He argued further that the best period to establish state police is now that the country is going through constitution amendment, saying that with state police in place the security challenges in various states would be reduced.