Senator Oluremi Tinubu, representing Lagos Central, Monday, in Lagos, said the emergence of All Progressives Congress, APC, through the coming together of progressive opposition parties, was a divine opportunity for Nigerians to correct all the wrongs that had been hindering the country’s growth.
Speaking at the sixth edition of the Lagos Senatorial District town hall meeting with the theme “Rekindling Hope,” Mrs. Tinubu gave account of her stewardship to her electorate, saying only a change of government could bring about the desired change in the country.
“If you look around the society, there is a lot of restiveness, unemployment, so many ills. But we still believe that if we have good governance, a very strong and capable leader, all sectors of the economy and sections of this country will be positively affected. With unity of purpose, we can all make change happen in Nigeria and rekindle hope. We can all work towards achieving progressive goals; pool our strength together with one clear goal of developing our society through good governance, thereby accomplishing a lot for our teeming masses,” Tinubu said.
Mrs Tinubu promised to work harder to sustain ACN’s progressive views on various issues at the senate, including special status for Lagos, devolution of powers, fiscal federalism, justifiability of social and economic rights and gender issues, as well as the actualisation of constitution amendment, creation of local governments, true federalism, state police, removal of Land Use Act and provision of constitutional roles for traditional rulers.
She also said allocations had been made under the 2013 federal appropriations for the construction and furnishing of three classrooms blocks with VIP toilets and borehole in three different primary schools.
“The schools that are to benefit soon are Victoria Island Primary School, Epe; L.A. Primary School. Kadiri Street, Coker and Irepodun New Settlement Primary School, for resettled people in Ajah.
“This year, the federal budget for education has increased to N426.53 billion. I am happy that this includes N6.6 billion earmarked for the rehabilitation of technical colleges where vocational training will be offered to our teeming youths. We secured funding from TETFUND in the sum of N109 million for the construction of School of Primary and Early Child Care Education at the Sir Michael Otedola College of Primary Education (MOCPE). The Lagos State University also received N108 million from TETFUND to enable it build on teaching and learning facilities and resources.
“Additional federal resources were allotted to rehabilitate the following schools: Jibowu Junior High School, Yaba (N21m); Banjo Primary School, Ebute Meta, (N20m); Holy Trinity Primary School, Ebute Ero (N15m); and Ire Akari Primary School, Orile (N15m).
“We are expecting the delivery and installation of information and communication technologies (ICT) tools for Aje Comprehensive High School, Yaba. These will include 100 computers, one server, two teacher laptops and 110 charging points among others,” she said.
“Presently, we have just begun efforts to distinctly empower several of our women. When given a little helping hand, many of them can truly excel. Therefore, this year’s constituency intervention project to the tune of N200 million will be utilized for the construction of an ultra-modern market spread over about eight plots of land donated by the Chairman, Eti-Osa East LCDA, Hon. Isa Imam, to enhance our women’s economic empowerment through availability of affordable shops for trading activities.”
Present at the event were House of Representatives members, Jide Akiloye and Yakub Balogun; Speaker of Lagos State House of Assembly, Adeyemi Ikuforiji, and his deputy, Kolawole Taiwo; former Lagos Deputy Governor, Mrs. Sarah Sosan; Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, state leader of the district, Prince Tajudeen Olusi; ACN State’s Assistant Publicity Secretary, Funsho Ologunde; former Defence Minister, Demola Seriki; former Lagos Finance Commissioner, Wale Edun; Matriarch of the Tinubus, Alhaja Betu Tinubu; and Special Adviser to Lagos State Governor on Legislative and Political Bureau, Omokulanle Akinyemi.