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KOSOFE II: Johnson insists he remains the most viable replacement for Tunde Buraimoh

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Doyin Johnson is a staunch member of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos with an impressive trackrecord of party activities. He is aspiring to represent the people of Kosofe constituency II at the State House of Assembly, filling the seat left vacant at the demise of Tunde Buraimoh. He spoke with the editorial team of GidiNews on his ambition, the state of democracy in Lagos, Asiwaju Tinubu and others in the race for the KosofeII seat at the assembly.

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Whats your assesment of democracy in Lagos, since 1999?
Johnson: Democratic system of government is the best because it is the government of the people by the people and for the people. Lagos State democratic setting has human face, where the government and political leadership take people into 1st consideration. I must tell you Lagos is growing with highly level of developmental projects from all sectors of the economy.

 

How would you describe the single party system which seems to be what Lagos has practiced since the start of the 4th republic?
JOHNSON: Single party system? I can not understand your means by that , you should talk of single party system likes of when Late General Sanni Abacha forced all the political parties in Nigeria to adopted him as only and singular presidential candidate, but Lagos is not as you claimed, since 1998 all the available registered political parties contested all Elections but because of highly level of developments Lagosians prefer the progressive party to be in charge of Lagos State despite all the intimidations from the federal government then Lagosians stood by then Alliance for Democracy (AD) 2003, Likewise Action Congress (AC) because Lagos is the center of excellence where other states came to under studied our Taxation system, Waste Management, Signage and lot of our developmental projects that made Lagos the best, I must tell you, I am proud to be a member of progressive linage of Late Obafemi Awolowo.

 

Would you say the people of Lagos have really enjoyed dividends of democracy based on what has been invested in it, these past years?
JOHNSON: ANS You are a very funny. it is a known fact that Lagos State government pay the WAEC fees of all Lagos State Senior Secondary School students no matter your tribe or background, once you are a student of Lagos public school it is settle,with that no family in Lagos State that can claim that they have not benefits from Lagos State Government, likewise renovations and construction of schools, road constructions, upgrades, what about LSETF Loan for business women and men from 500,000 to 5million Naira on 5% interest rate in 1year.
Even the opposition parties knows that Lagos State Government led by Senator Bola Tinubu has done excellently well and the linage follows up to Mr. Babajide Sanwo-olu the real progressives are in place here in Lagos State.

 

Unlike other states of the federation, Lagos seems to be enjoying a cordial relationship between the executive and the legislature. Why don you think this is so? Dont you think its antithetical to the development of democracy if everything sails through with the state assembly without asking questions?
JOHNSON: No No No, don’t say everything go easily in the Lagos Assembly, it is not as you presented it. When the executive have the competent hands to handle the preparations of budgets and others without discrepancies it is a settle case, can legislators query a perfect job and presentation? No, it has to do with knowing the job and doing the right thing, that does not means that Lagos Assembly don’t have some little little amendment, corrections and advise but it is of very minimal percentage, I think our Africans mentality is for the. Legislatives and Executives face off make a good democratic government, you see Lagos is not like that because we have round pegs in round holes that makes Lagos peaceful.

 

You holds an MBA and as such youre deemed as an entreprise management expert. What would you say is the best way to promote entreprise in Lagos, helpung businesses grow etc
JOHNSON: I have told you earlier that Lagos State Employment Trust Fund (LSETF) was set up by Lagos State Government to help business grow in Lagos State where people can talked loan at 5percent interest rate per annum range from 500,000 up to 5 Million naira.
No state government has done that meanwhile Lagos State Government has started this since 2016 and still in progress my brother Lagos is good to go
Also I do give free business advise and counseling to my followers and others who deem fit free of charge
Also encourage them to go into self employment and wealth creation with good supervision when necessary.

 

Two prominent politicians died in quick succession in Lagos. One is Senator Bayo Osinowo and the other, Hon Tunde Buraimoh. This is a great loss, no doubt. What will Lagos miss about these two men?
JOHNSON: Hummm, can you please observe a minute sillence with me? may the gentle souls of departed rest in peace .
I must tell you the 2 late leaders are erudite of good leadership, the two departed souls are from my Local Government, I was close to the two of them, they were my political leaders
Senator Oshinowo was a talking drum when I say talking drum a man full of multiple talents every moments I spent with him was of great lesson, no matter how dull your brain is if you are privilege to seat with senator Oshinowo when he was alive you must learn something good about life, leadership, kindness and Words of God.
Hon. Tunde Braimoh was a fully loaded orator who can talk from morning tonight and the event will never get bored.
He was cheerful giver, a man with heart of gold both of them were great mobilisers I must tell you Lagos really lost great men the loyal foot-soldiers captains of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu but who are we to question God. May the gentle soul of departed rest in peace AMEN.

 

Soon, there will be a need to replace these men both at the state and federal level. What should Lagos look forward to?
JOHNSON: Yes, the leadership of our party should take Loyalty, Competency and dedication into consideration, I am in race for the Lagos House of Assembly Contest, I have worked and still working tirelessly for the party uses my personal resources, brain and my followers of over three thousands in Lagos State likewise our structure in 23 states of this country to promote the party agenda and defend the interest of our leaders at all time for good over 10 years without compensation from any angle, I was in Ondo State AKETI 2012 where we spent over 3-months off and on for the Akeredolu 1st lost contest again Mimiko, Aregbesola 2nd term contest, I was in Osun state 2014 where i was arrested at Onward junction Osogbo because I foiled election ongoing ringing, I was brutalized but thank God I am alive today, Ekiti state Fayemi 1st term contest also we ran over 10 kilometre inside the bush for the safety of our dear lives when the PDP boys came up with sophisticated arms and ammunition.

I can tell you categorically that APC was registered 31st July 2013 and I lead a mobilisation campaign project 22-days after August 22, 2013 Asiwaju Frontliners mobilizing students and youths Nationwide for APC with attendance of over 1,000 youths and students leaders from 8 states Yoruba speaking states, even when many could not even see future in APC.

I also mobilized one hundred thousand volunteers (100,000) for Buhari/Osinbajo 2015 Nationwide by Nigeria Agents of Change which I served as Convener, but thank God we have paid our dues and today it has become history wish I believe posterity will judge us right.

I believe this will serves as a privilege to contribute my quota to development of Lagos State aside support mobilization to win Elections alone

We have seen your e-posters campaigning for Kosofe 2 constituency seat. What new things are you bringing on board?
JOHNSON: Yes I am in the race. IDEAS RULE THE WORLD, the living God endowed me with multiple talents which I have not be able to use the 30 percent of it for Humanity and People development, I believe it is the right time for me to contribute my quota into good governance of our dear state Lagos for development and benefits of humanity in general through legislation on bills and motions that will bring development, revenue and better life to Lagos State and Lagosians.

 

There are other people who have signified interest in the same seat. What qualifies you more than them for the seat?
JOHNSON: Loyalty, 100 %. Dedication, 100 %. Commitment, 100 %, and Hardwork, 100 %.

 

No doubt. Tunde Buraimoh was one of the finest of the assembly. Are there things you think he should have done that wasnt done and which his successor should focus on?
JOHNSON: Legislation is not like executive where you promise to grade roads build hospital etc
Legislation is about making laws, I must tell you these many laws were made years back that are functional as expected I shall work on them to more useful for the government and People.

I will work harder on community protection bills, Youths Empowerment bills, Educational development bills, life protection bills and Revenue Generation bills and motion shall be sponsors by the grace of the living God.

 

Lets talk about your party, the APC. What mechanism do you think the party need to put in place in selecting flagbearers for the forthcoming bye-elections at both Lagos East and KosofeII?
JOHNSON: Loyalty, dedication , commitment and hardwork. Thank you Mr. Journalist God bless you

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Abiru uplifts traders, farmers with N62m grants, inaugurates projects in Lagos East

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The Chairman, Senate Committee on Industries, Sen. Adetokunbo Abiru, on Thursday, empowered 1,250 market women and men in Lagos East with grants totaling N62.5 million.

Abiru, who represents Lagos East Senatorial District, unveiled the grant in Epe Local Government Area, along with other projects facilitated through the Office of the Sustainable Developmental Goals (SDGs).

Other projects inaugurated included a 960-capacity mini-Stadium, remodeled Oluwo Fish Market; distribution of Hand-planters and grants to Farmers.

He said the sum of N50, 000 each as financial grants, would be given to 1,250 market women and men, totalling N62.5 million.

According to him, the respective market leaders (Iya Olojas) in the 16 LGs/LCDAs of Lagos East were given the direct responsibilities of selecting 50 members each in their localities, making a total of 800 market women.

He said the remaining beneficiaries were nominated by the party structure.

”At this junction, I must publicly acknowledge and appreciate the magnanimity of the Presidency, through the SDGs for the projects we are commissioning today, those we had commissioned in the past and the ones that are yet to be commissioned.

”I specially thank His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, and Her Excellency, Mrs Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire, the Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on SDGs.

”The projects attracted to Epe town that are being commissioned today are: a 960-capacity mini-Stadium, which include: Football pitch, Basketball and Volleyball courts, administrative offices, changing rooms and other amenities.

”Also, the remodeling of the popular Oluwo Fish market, which now comprises 240 open stalls, 82 lock-up stalls, five open floors, 12 toilets and four new offices for Iya Oloja and Baba Oloja, Tourism Board and Local Government Staff Security post.

”The empowerment also includes the distribution of hand-planters to about 200 farmers, along with financial grants of N20, 000 for our farmers in the agrarian part of the district,” the senator said.

He said the projects and support for market women and rural farmers were part of fulfilment of the social contract with the people of Lagos East senatorial district, while seeking their mandate in 2020.

Inaugurating the projects, Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State, said that they would have direct impacts on the socio-economic reality of the town.

The governor commended Abiru for representing the district diligently in the National Assembly.

”Over the last 18 months, Abiru has dutifully delivered the dividends of democracy in several areas and on multiple fronts, not just in the primary mandate of law making, but also in terms of life-changing empowerment and endowment.

”Today, we are here to commission a number of infrastructure projects by him, some of which are facilitated through the Oofice of the special assistant to President Buhari SDGs, occupied by an esteemed daughter of Lagos, Orelope-Adefulire,” he said.

The governor expressed delight on the benefit of the projects to the residents, saying that the market project was commerce-oriented, designed to improve the livelihood and earning capacity of beneficiaries.

He said the recreational facility was a project that would positively affect people’s lifestyle and translate to health benefits, as well as improved quality of life.

Sanwo-Olu said the lawmaker had lived up to the ideals of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and to the legacy of transformation instituted in Lagos state since 1999.

He appealed to the beneficiaries to see the projects as public resources entrusted in their care, urging them to productively utilise the facilities with the utmost sense of responsibility.

”This is also what our great party, the APC, stands for, bringing a better life for all our people, regardless of their age, gender, religion, income or class. Our goal is to ensure that no one is left behind, as we spread development around Lagos,” Sanwo-Olu said.

Orelope-Adefulire applauded the lawmaker for making women empowerment a cardinal focus of his activities, noting that such action remained key to strengthening inclusion.

She said the empowerment of women was in line with the aim of the SDG.

She added that the office of the SDGs in the presidency had facilitated rehabilitation of more than 10 schools and four healthcare projects in the district.

(NAN)

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Kosofe HoR aspirant, Abbey Cheche assures youths of job opportunities if elected

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An aspirant contesting for a seat at the house of Representatives to represent Kosofe constituency, Eng. Abiodun Owokoya (a.k.a Abbey Cheche) as officially declared to vie for the slot during the 2023 general elections.

Engr. Abiodun said he wants to be the voice for the youths, he said the youths are energetic, educated and experienced, they know what they wants. He have the capacity and all that it takes to govern and represent the youths in the green chamber.

He said, he plans to take the jobless youths off the streets, according to him, he will create 15, 000 jobs through the help of his affiliations.

In his speech, he said ” I will train the youth to be more intense, knowledgeable when it comes to technology as an engineer that I am, I have put things together to do that”. He said his focus is going to be on the youth.
He called on the leaders to support the youth and give them chance to also participate in politics and win political post.

He advised the electorate to get their PVC and also the delegates not to sell their votes.

Com. Balogun Olanrewaju, a former SUG president at Lagos State polytechnic said the youths have gathered for a new destiny, a new life, they are tired of repetition of failure, he said they want a representative who is young and approachable that will remember the youth.

Also, Comrade Adewunmi Tobi Funsho, Director Planning and Strategy Abbey Cheche movement, described the aspirant as a vibrant youth and ready to serve his people, who is approachable that will make the people of Kosofe enjoy the dividends of democracy.

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