Lam-Adesina Promises To Represent His People Well, Visits Oranyan Market Over Fire Disaster
The lawmaker representing Ibadan North East /Ibadan South East federal constituency in the House of Representatives, Hon. Adedapo Lam-Adesina has promised to represent the good people of his constituency well
Hon. Lam-Adesina who spoke at a first-of-its-kind town hall meeting with his constituents has not only broken the age-long political and economic barriers, he has brought consolidated dividends of democracy to the doorsteps of his people which have started having direct benefit and positive impact on them.
With the meeting, the former commissioner became the first lawmaker from the State to hold such meeting with his constituents in recent time, especially from 1999, when the Fourth Republic began.
Themed “My Stewardship: June 2015 till Date”, Omo Oloore as the former commissioner is called, told the tumultuous crowd who had converged on the historic Mapo Hall the various social and educational intervention packages and legislative responsibilities he has undertaken in the last 7 months, saying “This maiden edition is designed with proven and genuine desire to bring governance down to the grassroots that form the base of my representation. I decided to chart this new path because we cannot afford to shy away from the more pressing urgency to have one-on-one interactions with our people.”
Recalling how he created what he called unhindered accessibility through his two constituency offices, he listed his Omo-Oloore Educational Empowerment Scheme, provision of toilet facilities and water projects in two different markets under the initiative of Omo-Oloore Market Intervention Scheme as the beginning of many things to come, assuring them of the gains inherent in the bill he co-sponsored with the House Leader, Femi Gbajabiamila, on the scourge of unemployment in Nigeria.
The parley was attended by close to 120 different organizations from the two local governments, comprising trade and market associations, artisan and professional bodies, religious and civil societies, representatives of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Accord in Ibadan South East local government, Councils of Baales and Chiefs, leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and members within the constituency.
An official of the National Orientation Agency (NOA) presented a special paper on the understanding of the workings of the legislature and legislator.
After answering questions from his constituents and providing explanations to issues of national concern, the youthful lawmaker and former commissioner was commended for the gesture.
Leading the pack was the leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Ayo Eniade.
His words: “We salute this initiative of our son not only for this but other things he has been doing since he got to Abuja. For us, the commencement of the town hall meeting is a needed drive to make quality representation possible. His tenure will not only be accountable but mindful of the needs of those who voted him into office.”
Meanwhile, the lawmaker has also visited the victims of Oranyan market inferno whose goods and properties were razed.
It would be recalled that 9 houses and more than 80 shops were last week consumed by fire following a midnight fire outbreak in the market.
The visibly shocked former commissioner who visited the market immediately after the town hall meeting assured the victims of his readiness to assist them, promising to discuss with relevant government agencies to lessen the impact of their losses.
His said: “Let us thank God that no life was lost in the unfortunate incident. It is painful, pathetic, unfortunate and disastrous. I will want us to accept it as an act of God. However, I will like to urge government and well-meaning Nigerians to lend support to cushion the effect of the tragedy, especially through the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA),” he assured.
He also appealed to the leadership of the market to constitute a team which must include victims of the inferno to meet him, noting that: “We will develop a workplan of research to avert a recurrence in any market within my constituency. Also, let me advise traders to always be conscious of things like this. Let’s ensure that everything that can cause fire in our shops are removed, expecially by switching off electrical appliances, after close of work everyday. We are in the dry season and with the harmattan haze, any small fire outbreak wrecks havoc. So all of us must be interested in our safety,” he advised.
In a chat with the lawmaker, some of the market leaders described the incident as worrisome and painful. “All what we have are gone. We cannot ascertain the amount of goods and properties gone but I can confirm that we lost several millions of naira,” the Iyaloja disclosed.
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