Democracy has given many Nigerians the opportunity to showcase their wonderful skills either positively or negatively. It has also enabled Nigerians to know who has the interest of the masses at heart by giving some individuals opportunity to exhibit their plans to the communities they represent.
Narrowing it down to the State of Osun, where we have lots of selfless and dedicated leaders, who have always put the interests of the masses ahead of theirs, notwithstanding the limited income and resources. One of such leaders is Rt. Hon Najeem Folasayo Salaam. “IWALOYE” as he is popularly called was the Speaker of Osun 5th assembly and presently the Speaker of the State 6th Assembly.
Speaker Salaam has exhibited an amazing leadership qualities by leading a house devoid of rancour during the 5th Assembly which culminated in his emergence as the Speaker of the 6th Assembly. He has been tagged so many names by his critics who believes he is not putting pressure on the governor of the state on certain issues especially during the face-off between the workforce and the executive on salary.
The Speaker in his reaction to the criticisms emphasised on dialogue as the best means of resolving conflicts. He said the fact that people don’t see them throwing chairs and exchanging blows in the hallowed chamber does not translate to lack of disagreements but as a representatives of the people they have resolved to set moral standard.
When Rt. Hon. Najeem F Salaam was sworn in as the fifth Osun assembly Speaker on the 2st of June 2011. He met a delapidated assembly complex, whose hallowed chamber was nothing to write home about. No one could believe laws guiding the State of Osun was made from such complex! He ensured the rehabilitation and face-lift of the complex to a modern structure. The complex now has seated in it a library, a mosque and a chapel.
The fifth assembly under the leadership of Speaker Salaam passed thirty-two (32) Bills, made forty-two (42) Resolutions, and conducted four (4) Public Hearing.
On the 2nd of June 2015, Rt Hon Najeem Folasayo Salaam was nominated by Hon. Timothy Owoeye as the Speaker of Osun 6th Assembly and he was unanimously elected. Upon his assumption of office, the speaker enjoined his colleagues to braze up and be ready to make sacrifices as the financial crunch rocking the country due to the fall in the price of crude oil bites harder and the nation’s economy plunged into recession.
The Osun 6th Assembly so far has passed a total of seven (7) Bills, taken two (2) resolutions and conducted three (3) public hearing. Also the Honourable House organised a two day workshop on Legislative Practice and Procedure for the Members of the 6th Assembly at Timsed Hotel Ijebu-Jesa State of Osun.
One of the major achievement of the the 6th Assembly is how it mandates the House of Assembly Service Commission to begin Staff Autonomy Exercise. The house has conducted all its plenary, executive sessions and Committee sittings since 2nd June 2015 rancor free till date.
The Osun 5th and 6th Assembly under Rt Hon Najeem Folasayo Salaam as been adjudged as one the most peaceful House of Assembly in the Federation.