By Temitope Adedeji, Akure
The member representing Akoko Southeast/Akoko Southwest federal constituency of Ondo state at the House of Representatives, Hon Ade Adeogun, has revealed that the major security challenge that the country is facing will soon be a thing of the past in no distance time.
The revelation was made at the weekend during a media parley with members of the Ondo State Online Media Professionals held in Akure, the Ondo State Capital
Adeogun, a one-time security expert, said that, though Nigerians are not happy with the situation of things in the country security-wise, emphasized the readiness of the Federal government to partner with other advanced countries of the world in bringing war equipment to fight the insurgence and other forms of criminality in the country.
His words, “The security situation of the country will no longer same in no distance time though the matter Is before the executive but I want to assure you that, sooner than we expected, we will sing a new song ”
Also on the issue of project facilitation to the state, he said that that it is necessary to have a ranking legislators that would be respected at the floor of the House.
“it is necessary and good to have ranking legislators, such people are always respected and honoured on anything they demand, for their constituents”
On the 2023 polls, he went further to assert that he believes he has performed enough for a re-election, noting that ranking legislators get better on the job and influence more projects and opportunities to their constituents.
He added that a lawmaker gets better at his job and gather more influence based on the number of years in the National Assembly.
According to him, “My experience is that every legislature gets better with longevity. The more time you spend in the assembly, the more influence you get, the more experience you have.
“Each time we ask a legislator to spend one term we are shortchanging ourselves because only smart legislators will know what to do in the first two years.
“Most (of us) will spend the first two years looking around trying to figure out what is happening. We don’t get quality performance because we short-change ourselves by believing that legislator’s election is turn by turn.
He explained further that “Sending the best hands to the legislature is not about sending a smart person but also someone who is experienced. There is a lot I need to do and there is a lot I can do, so it will be in the best interest of my people to vote me again.”
He later explained on why he ventured into scholarship for his people so as to better their lots
“My scholarship programme is geared towards lifting helpless people from their ignorant level to a level where they could acquire western education to enable them qualify for job opportunities and also be useful to themselves and the society at large”
According to him, “What I have done is to give them the opportunity to become qualified enough to seek jobs.
“Most of them have school certificates and there was no hope. Quite a number of people became motivated enough to sit for WAEC since there is now hope of furthering their education”.
Addressing the prospect of the scholarship beneficiaries getting employment, the federal lawmaker declared that “the issue of giving them jobs will come later.
“Now the aim is to raise the level of their education, raise the level of knowledge make them become better. This way they have better potentials to be employed.”
Hon Adeogun clarified that he has chosen to limit his focus on constituency projects in order to improve his impact.
According to him, “I have chosen to concentrate on certain areas; education, skills. Those are the two areas that I think will affect the level of education. The skills to build a small business environment.
“Let’s build a skill centre for Ondo state where everyone will come and benefit in one aspect or the other ”
On his scorecard, Hon Adeogun expressed satisfaction on what he has been able to achieve so far since he was elected to the National Assembly.