By Okunade Adekunle, Lagos
Senator Solomon Adeola (APC, Lagos West) who is the Chairman, Senate Committee on Local Content, has said he has no complaint representing the senatorial district being the largest in Nigeria with over 13 million constituents in spite of receiving exactly the same dues as all other senators with some of them having less than a quarter of the population of Lagos West.
Addressing stakeholders of Ikeja Local Government Area comprising representatives of Community Development Councils (CDCs), CAN, League of Imams, Artisans, Market Women, Youth and Students Groups and the Physically-Challenged after a “Street –to- Street” campaign tour around the capital city of Lagos state, the senator said the 10 out of the 20 LGAs he represents at the Red Chamber have more Hausa-Fulani and Igbo in numbers that is greater than the population of some states in the Federation in addition to indigenous Yoruba stressing that in spite of this disadvantaged position, he has done his best for the district in terms of effective representation and alleviation of poverty among some constituents.
“I represent half of Lagos State in terms of the Local Government Areas in the constitution. In terms of LGAs and Local Council Development Authorities (LCDA)of 57 in Lagos State, I cover 28 LGAs/LCDAs. And as we all know each of the senatorial districts are entitled to the same dues thereby placing Lagos West at a disadvantage in terms of such thing as constituents are I am able to impact upon directly. But I am not lacking in what I do for my constituents as I have empowered thousands with various income generating equipments as well as training,” he stated.
Adeola however requested the massive electorate of the senatorial district to assist him in his predicament by ensuring that in the coming elections they vote for APC candidates from top to bottom adding that the elected APC representatives at all levels in the senatorial district as well as the government at the federal and state levels will greatly assist in reducing the disadvantaged position of Lagos West through their own contributions.
While urging the electorate to shun those that want to buy their votes, Adeola warned that Nigerians must not go back to the era of free money from looting of treasury and mis-governance that set Nigeria back in terms of development under 16 years of PDP rule adding that there is no way any reasonable man can compare the impacts of a 16 years old man if any, with that of a three year toddler.
“So far I have donated buses to CAN, CDC, League of Imams of Lagos West as well as the Arewa and Ndigbo Communities in addition to such projects as donation of several 500 KVA Transformers, boreholes and public toilets construction and empowerment of constituents with income generating equipment,” he stated.
The stakeholders meeting was attended by top APC political leaders from Ikeja LGA like Dr Abayomi Finnih, a member of the Governor’s Advisory Council of Lagos GAC, Chief (Mrs) Kemi Nelson, APC Woman Leader for South West, Hon. (Engr) Mojeed Alabi Balogun, Ikeja LGA chairman among others.