House of reps leader grants scholarship to 43 constituents
The Leader of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila has expressed the readiness of the House of Representatives Special Committee on Constitution Amendment to grant autonomy to Local Governments in Nigeria in the ongoing amendment to the 1999 constitution.
In a statement released by his Media Assistant, Olanrewaju Smart on Friday , Gbajabiamila while responding to questions from representatives of Community Development Associations at an interactive session in his constituency bare his mind on national issues.
” We are working on the autonomy for local government in fact we passed it in the 7th Assembly but President Jonathan did not sign it. We are working on it again and there will be autonomy for local government. I know most of the Governors do not want it, not because they don’t like it but truly if we look at true federalism there are only two tiers of government, local government is part of the state government but because it has been abused here in Nigeria that is why everyone seems to be in support of local government autonomy”
Gbajabiamila in his address also sought for the patience of his constituents on the state of the economy.
“Recession is affecting the top to the bottom, this government is doing its best. This recession is actually because Nigeria is no longer making money as it ought to . The oil came down from $100 to about $30 when this Government came in. Imagine you are a farmer and the head of the House with five children and you make 10,000 per month then all of a sudden a natural disaster occurred in your farm and you start making 2,000 Naira monthly. It means your family will have to adjust. Most importantly for us in government to cut excesses.”
“Recession do happen in even advance countries, if you go to Venezuela you see people lining up on the streets begging for small bread or rice and Venezuela was once one of the biggest oil producing country in the world. But that does not mean the leader of the country must not take credit or otherwise for whatever is happening to the businesses, economy, and politics but I know we will get out of this(recession) as one country. ”
The House Leader after highlighting his achievements in the House of Representatives promised to attract more federal presence to his constituency in 2017 and ensure that solar facilities he installed in the constituency work properly for the good of the constituency.
He also pledged to weigh in on the pending needs of members of his community through an academic scholarship for one student from each of the 43 Community Development Associations in the constituency.
The Chairman of the Community Development Committee (CDC), Mr Adebayo Balogun expressed gratitude to the senior lawmaker for his numerous interventions in the constituency while requesting for more assistance in the area of water supply and electricity.
The interactive session also had in attendance the Special Adviser to the Lagos Governor on Central Business District, Agboola Dabiri; Sole Administrators of Surulere LGA and Coker Aguda LCDA, Sherif Balogun and Tope Yusuf respectively; Chairman of All Progressives Congress in Surulere, Shakirudeen Ajao and representatives of 43 Community Development Associations in Surulere 1 federal constituency.