SENATORS IN LAGOS

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Senator Oluremi Tinubu represents Lagos Central Senatorial District on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC). An educationist, administrator, philanthropist and Officer of the Order of the Niger, she was the exemplary First Lady of Lagos State between 1999 and 2007, during which period she founded the New Era Foundation; a non-profit organisation, dedicated to youth development, girl-child education, women empowerment and inspiring young persons to excellence.

Over the years, this forthright role model has made tremendous impact in the lives of several people and institutions within and outside Nigeria. Included here are:

* Annual Spelling Bee competition to raise educational standards, and; gave birth to the Annual One-Day Governor programme, which has produced many First Class university graduates.

* Alternative High School for Girls to help young ladies who dropped out of school due to early pregnancy, to complete their high school education.

* Endowment Funds in four universities; School Building constructed at the Oluremi Tinubu Elementary and Junior High School, Johnsonville, Mount Serrador County, Liberia; Science Block for Adeyemi College of Education, Ondo; considerable donation towards the building of the National Sickle Cell Centre; donation of her entire 50th birthday monetary gifts to social causes.

As Senator, she hosts a quarterly Town Hall Meeting with her constituents, to render accounts of her stewardship and obtain feed-backs on their developmental needs. To date, she has sponsored three bills: to provide Social Security for Elderly Citizens; seek the Amendment of the Labour Act, to enhance employment opportunities for women, and; a Bill to provide Special Economic Assistance to Lagos State in view of its status as a former capital city and the commercial capital of Nigeria.

Her constituency development initiatives include:

  • Post-Secondary School Scholarship Scheme [PSSS] –Annual disbursement of N100, 000 to 26 beneficiaries for four years, and 624 students of tertiary institutions receive N10, 000 as book bursaries.
  • Grants to help 650 beneficiaries within her constituency to re-capitalize their businesses.
  • Provision of maintenance grants to alleviate the plight of the elderly(Elderly Citizen Assistance Scheme).
  • Sponsorship of Youth Empowerment and Skills Acquisition Scheme (YESAS) to enable more youth in her constituency to become economically productive and self-employed.
  • Helped secure N377m funding from the Tertiary Education Trust Fund [TETFUND] for three institutions – Sir Michael Otedola College of Primary Education (N109m); Lagos State University (N108m), and Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education (N160m).
  • Through the Senate Committee on Education, she obtainedFederal support for the rehabilitation of Jibowu Junior High School, Yaba [N21 million], Banjo Primary School, Otumara-Ilogbo, Ebute-Metta [N20 million] as well as N15 million each for Holy Trinity Primary School, Ebute-Ero, Ansar Ud-Deen Primary School, Oke-Popo and Ire-Akari Primary School, Orile-Iganmu.

Convener of the annual Musical Youth Fiesta Initiative to promote Godly lifestyle among the youths, Senator Oluremi Tinubu also co-sponsors the Muniru Muse Under-15 football competition for boys and girls.

She has written a number of publications [including an auto-biography, The Journey of Grace — My Faith Walk and delivered informed presentations at various fora at home and abroad.

In recognition of her achievements and contributions to societal upliftment, Senator Oluremi Tinubu has been honoured severally locally and internationally. Among these are the National award of the Officer of the Order of the Niger [OON]; Fellowship of both College of Education, Ondo and College of Education, Ikere-Ekiti; Member, Board of Trustees of Kings’ University, Ode-Omu; Ghana Noble International Award for Leadership (2004); Gambian Diamond Award for Immense Contribution to the Emancipation of People from Poverty (2005); many citations and chieftaincy titles. In appreciation of her contributions as a role model, the AFAO/WAWA (Association Des Femmes De L’Afrique De L’Ouest/West African Women Association) named the Oluremi Tinubu Women Training Centre in Gorom, Senegal after her.

She is happily married with children to His Excellency, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, immediate past Governor of Lagos State.

 

 

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Gbenga Ashafa was born in the Luther/Bamgbose/Campos area of Lagos Island on 22nd July 1955. He is the second child of a commodity merchant Lawal Kakanfo Ashafa, and a textile and gold merchant Tesmot Ojuolape Elemoro. Sadly, he lost his father when he was just seven years old. As a result, his mother and his aunt Alhaja Rafat Elemoro raised him. His mother was popularly known as ‘Mama Bareehu’ of Gutter Ariyo Kosoko market, Idumota, Lagos. She was a descendant of the Elemoro royal and chieftaincy family of Ibeju-Lekki.Ashafa started his education at Christ Church Cathedral Primary School, Broad Street, Lagos in 1961. While at Christ Church Cathedral, he was the Class Monitor from Standard 1 to Standard 6. He graduated with distinction at the Common Entrance in 1968 and went on to CMS Grammar School, Lagos.

At CMS Grammar School, he was Class Captain from Form 2 to Form 5. He was an avid football player (the goalkeeper), and a member of the school choir. He was also known to be a passionate table tennis player in the neighbourhood. He completed his secondary education at CMS Grammar School in 1973.

Ashafa then went on to study Biological Sciences at Morgan State University, Maryland, USA earning a Bachelor of Science degree (Cum Laude) in June 1978. He earned a Masters of Science degree in Public Health Administration from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 1979.

Ashafa completed his National Youth Service between December 1979 and December 1980 at the Federal Ministry of Health – Malaria Control Unit. He served as an epidemiology assistant under Dr. Abimbola Fari.

In 1981, he was employed as an Administrative Officer into the Lagos State Unified Local Government Service Commission. He started his career as a local government administrator under the tutelage of Chief M. A. Kotun, a legal luminary of note. He also worked with experts on local government administration such as Chief Rasheed Olu-Ajayi, Alhaji Babatunde Rotinwa, Reverend V.O. Dansu, Alhaji R.O. Ojikutu and Chief S.F. Odulana.

In 1983, Ashafa was transferred to Lagos Mainland Local Government with its headquarters on Herbert Macaulay Road, as an Area Officer. As Area Officer, he was in charge of the departmental Tenders Board and the Finance & General Purpose Committee. He also served as Area Officer in Ikeja, Agege and Ojo local government areas (LGAs) from 1985 to 1989. During this time, he was instrumental to the upgrading of Alaba market to a modern market.

By 1990, Ashafa had completed nine years of public service and decided to challenge himself by taking on some private sector ventures. He left the public sector for French-Calahan Ventures Limited, which held majority shares in a state controlled cocoa processing plant. He worked as Purchasing Manager at the processing plant for six years until 1996. In 1996, Ashafa founded Beverage Specialties Limited, manufacturers of Choco-Vita (a liquid vitality drink) and Cocoa-Vita (a powdered vitality drink).  He sold the business in 1998 and began another phase of his career.

Political Campaign & Governance

In 1998, Ashafa worked with a political group towards the emergence of then Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu as the Alliance for Democracy (AD) gubernatorial candidate for Lagos State. He also worked on Senator Tinubu’s successful campaign for Governor of Lagos State, as one of the campaign coordinators for Kosofe LGA. Subsequently, as a co-opted member of the Governor-Elect’s transition team, he provided the blueprint for the local government reforms of the Tinubu administration.

At the start of Nigeria’s Fourth Republic, Ashafa joined the Tinubu administration in September 1999 as Director of Planning, Governor’s Office in charge of local government administration. In this role, he effectively co-ordinated the activities of local government areas in the State; acting as the liaison between the Governor’s Office and local government chairmen across the State.

In January 2001, Ashafa was appointed Executive Secretary, Lagos State Land Use and Allocation Committee. In this role, he was responsible for land allocation and management in Lagos State. He ensured efficient allocation of land in the State, transparency in land transactions and the timely release of title documents to land owners.

Ashafa was appointed Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Lands Bureau in February 2005. He led his team to execute the computerization of documents in the State Land Registry, the creation of the Land Regularization Directorate and the implementation of the 30-day Governor’s consent policy on land transactions. The computerization of documents in the State Land Registry created a digital database of all land title documents in the State, making it infinitely more efficient to conduct land transactions in Lagos State. Notably, he laid the foundation for issuing electronic certificates of occupancy to land owners and oversaw the pilot scheme before he left office. While at the Lands Bureau, Ashafa re-started several stalled housing development schemes such as: Lekki Phase II, Ijanikin Rose Garden, Ipaja New Town, Imota Residential/Industrial, Agbowa Residential/Industrial, Obanikoro/Oke-Ira, Oworonshoki Residential, Gbagada II and Ibeju Iberekodo mixed development schemes. He also led his team to develop new housing schemes such as: Ikorodu GRA Scheme III, Odo-Nla, Ijede GRA, and Millenium Model Scheme Igbogbo – Ikorodu.

Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria

Senator Gbenga Ashafa was elected to the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as the ACN candidate from Lagos East in April 2011. He won the election with 222,439 votes, 69% of total votes cast. He was sworn in as a senator on 6th June 2011. It is noteworthy that Senator Ashafa’s district is one of only two senatorial districts in South-West Nigeria, that the ACN won in the 2011 Presidential elections.

Over the course of his term at the Senate, he has implemented several community development projects such as the ICT Training Program, which has trained over five hundred youths in the Senator’s district since 2011. Senator Ashafa has also implemented the Youth Energy Career Program, a six-month internship designed for graduates. Attendees are trained on power and energy systems at the Siemens Power Academy, in collaboration with the Lagos State Electricity Board. This program is designed to equip mid-management officers with the skill set required to drive the emerging independent power sector in Lagos State. Another program, the Education Enhancement Program provides scholarships to students at the primary, secondary and tertiary levels of education. The Senator’s office also implements a monthly health screening program free of charge, in several local government areas.

Senator Ashafa has sponsored twelve bills at the Senate:

  1. Income Tax Holiday Bill 2011
  2. National Agency for the Preservation & Promotion of Local Languages in Nigeria Bill 2011
  3. Treaties (Making, Procedures, etc.) Act (Amendment) Bill 2012
  4. Criminal Code Act (Amendment) Bill 2012
  5. National Directorate of Employment Act (Amendment) Bill 2013
  6. Harmful Waste (Special Criminal Provisions, etc.) Act (Amendment) Bill 2013
  7. Value Added Tax (Amendment) Bill 2013
  8. Minerals and Mining Act (Amendment) Bill 2013
  9. Advance Fee Fraud and Other Related Offences Act (Amendment Bill) 2014
  10. Banks and Other Financial Institutions Act (Amendment) Bill 2014
  11. Advertising Practitioners (Registration etc.) Act (Amendment) Bill 2014
  12. Bank Employees etc. Declaration of Assets Act (Amendment) Bill 2014.
    Senator Ashafa has been married to Folashade Omobola Ashafa (nee Edun) since 1979.Mrs Ashafa retired as an Assistant Director at the Federal Ministry of Information and Communication in 2005, after twenty-three years of service. Currently, she is engaged in entrepreneurial and philanthropic pursuits. She is the proprietor of two homeware and gift stores in Lagos. From time to time, she organizes soup kitchens for the elderly. She also hosts an annual Christmas celebration for less privileged children in Ibeju-Lekki. Mrs Ashafa is a devoted Christian who attends the Cathedral Church of Christ, Marina, Lagos.They are blessed with children and grandchildren.

 

 

 

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It is usual in social and political circles for leaders to be ascribed nicknames that to a large extent represent the attributes and virtues of the individual. For the courageous, hardworking, intelligent and populist Senator Solomon Olamilekan Adeola, his popular nickname is ‘Yayi’. Yayi is a sobriquet coined from the Yoruba name of ‘Omoyayi’ with the literal translation meaning “Distinguished Son”. Senator Adeola is not only living a distinguished life worthy of emulation and celebration but also a life positively impacting on many individuals and the development of Nigeria.

The articulate, compassionate and result oriented Senator Adeola was born on August 10, 1969 at Lagos Island Maternity Hospital to Mr. Ayinde Adeola Ogunleye and Madam Abeeni Olasunbo Ogunleye (nee Akinola). His early childhood was at Alimosho where his parents brought him up to surmount many challenges of early life. Indeed right from an early age, the Senator became an overcomer surmounting many physical and physiological challenges that threatened to consign him to relative obscurity.

Yayi began his education at State Primary School, Alimosho in Lagos State. On the successful completion of his primary education, he proceeded to Community Grammar School, Akowonjo, Lagos for his secondary education. His quest for educational advancement in life took him to the prestigious Ondo State Polytechnic, Owo now Rufus Giwa Polytechnic, Owo, Ondo state where he bagged the Higher National Diploma (HND) in Accounting. A man with a mission to fulfil in life, Senator Adeola became a Chartered Accountant at a relatively young age. He is a distinguished Chartered Accountant-Associate of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria, (ICAN), a member of the Chartered Institute of Taxation as well as a Member of the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT).

Senator Adeola variegated experience in both private and public sector finance started in “The Guardian Newspapers Limited”, the flagship of Nigerian newspapers, where he put in almost 12 years of meritorious accounting service and rose to the position of Accountant. In a profession where experience in a professional firm is a key proof of competence, Yayi resigned from “The Guardian” and proceeded to Olatunji Omoyeni & Co, a chartered accounting firm, where he led the audit team for several years and was later promoted to the position of a Senior Auditor. Having cut his teeth in the accounting profession through education and practice working for others, Senator Adeola later established his own company, SOOTEM Nigeria Limited, where he was the managing director and chief executive officer in the firm that specialized in tax consultancy until his foray to serve the public through participation in partisan politics.

Following his decision to join active politics, Senator Adeola pitched his tent with the progressive arm of Nigerian politics by joining the then Social Democratic Party, SDP. In spite of daunting challenges relating to military government, Senator Adeola bravely continued with his foray into politics at the dawn of the 4th Republic. He was nominated and won the primary of the then ruling Alliance for Democracy, AD and was subsequently elected as a member to represent Alimosho State Constituency 2 at the Lagos State House of Assembly from 2003 to 2007 and again from 2007 to 2011. A man of immense financial and political skills he was appointed the Chairman of Finance Committee and Joint Chairman of Appropriation Committee of the Lagos State House of Assembly. In that position, he was reputed to be instrumental to the enactment of the law that strengthened the Lagos State Internal Revenue Service and freed it from the state’s Ministry of Finance. The legislation and reforms laid the foundation that catapulted the revenue of the state from a paltry N5billion monthly to over N20billion presently! He was also part of the legislative team that passed the Fiscal Responsibility Act and the Public Procurement Act of Lagos State, two laws that saw Lagos State qualifying to access developmental funds from international financial bodies like World Bank. Senator Adeola can claim credit as part of the architects of the widely acclaimed recent of development in Lagos State through the provision of legislative enactments and support for the executive arm of the state government in his 8 years stint as a state parliamentarian.

And in all his years as a legislator, Senator Adeola set the standard for effective representation that saw his repeated re-elections. He is noted for his numerous personal and constituency projects in Alimosho. The people of Alimosho can never forget his developmental initiatives in the area of provision of water through boreholes, provision of electric transformers, regular free medical programmes and rehabilitation of roads. Other areas of life changing programmes that are the hallmark of Yayi’s representation include educational empowerment and support in the form of building classrooms with ancillary facilities, annual purchase of GCE/NECO forms and tutorial for indigent students as well as ICT training at NIIT for hundreds of youths in his constituency. His philanthropy for humanitarian causes is to say the least legendary with individuals and organisations benefitting to the tune of several millions. Through his intervention scores of young graduates has been gainfully employed at state and Federal government agencies.

Without doubt his sterling performance in public service of Lagos State naturally made him a first choice for promotion for national service. Senator Adeola was nominated and elected to represent Alimosho Federal Constituency at the House of Representatives of the National Assembly in 2011. The tenure culminated in 12 years of unbroken legislative experience at both state and federal legislature. When the committees of the House of Representatives were to be appointed, he was selected as the chairman of the only constitutional recognized committee of the House, the Public Accounts Committee. It was a feat that he got this important post as a first time member of the House.

A parliamentarian par excellence, his performance in that committee in relation to exposing corruption and sharp financial mal-practices of government agencies has attracted national attention. But for his effective oversight as the chairman, not many Nigerians would be aware of the “slush fund” called Service Wide Votes running into billions of Naira yearly that has only the President, Minister of Finance and the DG of Budget Office as approving bodies. His expose on the Service Wide Votes shows it to be a conduit pipe for siphoning of public funds. A serious move is on to abolish this from our budgetary system and curb the observed corruptive tendencies of what is a duplication of contingency fund in budgets of MDAs.

In fulfillment of his core function as a legislator, Senator Adeola sponsored and successfully pushed through to passage a bill that repealed the colonial Audit Act of 1956 and Re-Enact the Audit Act of 2014 on May 22, 2015. The new law when concurred to by the Senate will lead to the establishment of a Federal Audit Service Commission as well as grant autonomy to the Office of the Auditor General of the Federation.

His anti -corruption crusade led the outgone Minister of Petroleum Resource and NNPC to get Court injunctions to prevent his Committee’s investigations into the activities of the minister and the NNPC, a crusade that is now justified by the scandal of the NNPC $20billion Missing Fund as well the bogus Price waterHouse Coopers ‘Forensic’ Audit Report.

With his outstanding performance of his legislative responsibilities and effective representation dating back to 12 years, the last 4 years being in the House of Representatives, it is small wonder that he was seen as the best leg forward for the vacant seat of Senator for the Lagos West Senatorial District, unarguably the largest senatorial district in terms of population in Nigeria. Three candidates voluntarily stepped down for him before the primaries of the party on December 8, 2014. He defeated the remaining three candidates overwhelmingly.

Senator Adeola from his campaign office at Ikeja undertook an agenda driven colourful campaign that saw him being visible and traversing 10 Local Government Areas (37 LCDAs). Being the largest Senatorial District in Nigeria of over 13 million people, the campaign to reach the people through drive through campaign in Lagos traffic and Town Hall meetings to personally connect with the stakeholders and various groups was no mean feat. He won his closest rival with a margin of over 70,000 votes at the March 28, 2015 Presidential and National Assembly Elections. He indeed made history by moving through consecutive electoral victories from the State Assembly to the House of Representatives and to highest legislative body in Nigeria, the Senate of the National Assembly.

Senator Adeola, a dedicated Christian, is a believer in religious freedom for both Christians and adherents of Islamic faith. He is on record to have donated brand new buses to religious organisations of both faiths as well as sponsored several Christians and Muslims to Jerusalem and Mecca on pilgrimage respectively in Alimosho.

The great philanthropist is happily married to his heartthrob, Mrs. Temitope Adeola and the union is blessed with children.

We present to you a man with a mission, a man fulfilling his mission, a man of the people, a man that is Yayi. He is indeed a “Distinguished Son” that is now a “Distinguished Senator” of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.