Aspirant, Lagos State House of Assembly, Representing Somolu Constituency 1, Hon. Abiodun Orekoya during his Official Declaration to Contest at the Agunbiade Primary School, Somolu.
One of the Commissioners in the Lagos State Local Government Service Commission, Hon. Abiodun Orekoya has joined the race to fill a Lagos State House of Assembly seat. From Somolu Constituency 1, the local government administrator declared his intention at Agunbiade Primary School, Somolu in an event that was well-attended by hundreds of APC party faithfuls as well as community people.
My message is for the people of Somolu to support me to represent them in the House of Assembly so that I can continue the good work that Hon. Rotimi Olowo is doing. He is doing a good job. I want to make it better.’
‘We all know that Hon. Rotimi Olowo did massively in the Lagos House of Assembly seat when he said he wants to leave, I said Olowo has made Somolu great, I want to make it greater. The assembly seat is not for mediocres but those who know what they are doing. There are three tasks in the assembly – lawmaking, oversight, and lobbying – which are not for mediocres. We must not make a mistake to drag the path of development backward. I am tested and trusted to make Somolu greater, give me your support.
Hon. Abiodun Orekoya speaking on how he wants to tackle insecurity said: ‘My primary focus will be to tackle issue of insecurity. The way to do that Is to work on education system. Get our children back to school.
Those days when we used to enjoy free education, many of us enjoyed it. We need to legislate free and compulsory education. I will lobby my colleagues to do that.’
‘Insecurity in our country is not limited to our community. It is something that we have to look at together. My first solution to insecurity is education. Most of the boys involving in the menace are within the age of 12 – 16, we need to make our primary and secondary education free and compulsory. I have been involved in LGA administration, we need to change the policy to make it compulsory. That is what is happening in the developed countries we are copying. If you go there, you will not see children of school age roam the streets. We need to get our children well-educated.
The government is spending much on primary education to remove burden off middle class. This is over 2 billion naira annually’, he continued.
On drug abuse, he noted: ‘Drug use is an international problem. We have to get our youths off the streets. I realized that when I did a football competition recently, many of these boys left the street. We can’t throw them away. We have to engage them.’
The aspirant, Abiodun Orekoya attended Lagos City Council Primary School, Fadeyi; The Apostolic Church Grammar School, Ketu; Ogun State Polytechnic; Yaba College of Technology for his HND, Electrical/Electronics program. He is one of the earliest computer guru in Nigeria in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s when he studied Computer Networking Servicing.
He worked at different times with the Guardian Newspaper, Ideal Concepts, among others. When he floated his computer business, Ladef Limited, some of his clientele were Wema Bank, UBA and so on.
He entered public service when he served as Vice Chairman of Somolu LGA twice from 2008 – 2014; then as Executive Secretary for same LGA between 2015 and 2016.
Under his watch, the Ambode Primary Health Centre and Diagnostic Centre was built. The project was adjudged the best project by any Lagos council during that period. Welldone beget more work, he was elevated to the office of Commissioner (Ikorodu Division) in the Lagos State Local Government Service Commission.
Some of the attendees at the official declaration vouched for the capacity of Hon. Orekoya. Hon. Adedayo Adefuye said: ‘He met politics at home. His father, Baba 7Up served in the Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN). If a right man is at the job, right things will happen. I will briefly say that my father once lived in the house of Abiodun Orekoya’s father before we moved to another rented apartment. We played children’s games together. He is educated and he has done it before.’
A youth leader, Abdulfatai Aare who revealed that Hon. Orekoya supported in celebration of International Youth Day noted that he is a supportive leader for youths. ‘He is very active on the job. I have learned a lot about time and dedication through him. Ability to legislate has to do with lobbying which needs good network. He has good network to help us’.
Mama Doherty said: ‘You have to exercise patience, Biodun. You have done well. You can do it again.’ Other notable community persons at the event were, Honourable Commissioner, Lagos State Local Government Service Commission, Hon Ahmed Seriki; Mrs. Oluremi Adeniran, Hon. Sola Folabi, Alhaji Banji Akano among others.