Nigeria: Kosofe Federal Constituency: The Past, Present and the Future-By Sam Akinrole
The bridge builder.Hon. Yacoob Ekundayo Alebiosu-D-Bush with the former Speaker, House of Reps, now governor of Sokoto state Aminu Tambuwa (legalnaija)
By Sam. Akinrole
London, September 9, 2018 (AltAfrica)-The Kosofe Federal Constituency is located in the heart of Lagos and is home to some of the brightest minds in Lagos State. Kosofe became a local government on the 27th November, 1996 the day of its birth. The present day Kosofe is a bustling commercial centre with a popular motto “cradle of excellence”.
Over the last 3 elections, Kosofe has been represented in the Federal House of Representatives by Hon. Dayo Alebiosu – Bush and Hon. Rotimi Agunsoye. As constituents of Kosofe look ahead to the 2019 elections, it is important to examine the impact of these two legislative representatives with a view to critically examining and chatting a collective way forward for our constituency.
Hon. Yacoob Ekundayo Alebiosu – popularly known as D-Bush is an Architect by profession, who distinguished himself as a proficient professional in the nation’s building and construction industry before his foray into partisan politics. In April, 2007, he was elected to the National Assembly to represent the good people of Kosofe and was returned in 2011 for another four years due to his stellar performance as a member of the Green Chamber.
His stay has brought many accomplishments, development and growth to the constituency. Some of these successes include strategic interventions in the educational sector, some major infrastructural mile-stones in health care sector and ensuring the provision of power infrastructure within the constituency.
Nationally, he was also able to promote and achieve important legislative policies, which catapulted our nation into rapid growth. He sponsored over 15 Bills and Chaired the House Committee on Treaties and Agreements. Through the mandate of his constituents, he also served in many committees of the House including National Security, Petroleum (Upstream) and was a sub-committee Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) among other committees. He also served in different ad-hoc and special tasks teams on varying national assignments. While in the House of Representatives, D – Bush moved the following Motions and Bills –
- The motion to request the house to direct an outright proscription of sales, distribution and consumption of all brands of caffeinated energy drinks in Nigeria. 2013
- Motion To Appeal The Decision Of The International Court Justice (Icj) Ceding Bakassi Peninsula To Cameroon And The Violation Of The Green Tree Agreement Entered Into Between Nigeria And Cameroon Over The Cession And Administration Of Bakassi To Cameroon. 2012
- Motion to direct the management of dana airlines to ensure full compliance to the montreal convention on aviation liability and the civil aviation act of 2006. 2013
- Motion To Call On The Inspector-General Of Police To Set-Up A High-Powered Investigating Team To Un-Ravel The Masterminds Of The Extra-Judicial And Dastardly Killings Of Four Under-Graduate Students Of University Of Port-Harcourt, Rivers State On October 5, 2012
- Motion to investigate Bilateral Air Service Agreement (BASA) between Nigeria and the United Kingdom and its non-domestication by Nigerian authorities. 2012
- Motion to direct the Federal Government Of Nigeria to revoke the concession agreement on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway concessioned to Bi-Courtney Nigeria Limited due to non-performance. 2012
- Motion To Call On The Inspector-General Of Police To Set-Up A High-Powered Investigating Team To Un-Ravel The Masterminds Of The Extra-Judicial And Dastardly Killings Of Four Under-Graduate Students Of University Of Port-Harcourt, Rivers State (Aluu Killings) On October 5, 2012
- Motion To Request The Office Of The Attorney General Of The Federation To Furnish This Honourable House With Treaties- Both Bilateral And Multi-Lateral Entered Into On Behalf Of Nigeria .2012
- Motion to investigate Mergers And Acquisitions in the Nigerian Banking Sector Reform Programme, with special focus on the acquisition of Intercontinental Bank by Access Bank. 2011.
- Motion to request the urgent need for the domestication and ratification of all treaties and agreements entered into by the Federation. 2012.
- Motion for urgent intervention: trial by ordeal and unlawful execution of sentences on persons accused of witchcraft. 2009
- Motion to condemn and stop the exploitation of Nigerians by utility service providers. 2008
- Motion to condemn the indiscriminate use of non-armored vans and police escorts by banks and financial institutions. 2009.
- Motion to prevent the spread of swine flu in Nigeria. 2009
- Motion to urgently act concerning the Lagos – Ibadan Expressway from MFM church to Mowe and the Ogere axis. 2008.
- Motion to deliberate on the delay in flights schedules of domestic airlines which was becoming frequent.
- A bill for an act for amendment of the tobacco control bill to provide for the regulation or control of production, manufacture, sale, advertisement, promotion, licencing and distribution of tobacco or tobacco products in nigeria and other related matters. 2013
- A bill for an act to enact the alcohol control bill to among other things provide for the regulation of the licensing, production, importation, advertising, promoting, sponsorship, distribution. Sale and the content of the alcoholic content of liquor and for matters connected therewith. 2012.
- A bill for an act to provide for the regulation of air passengers rights and delay and cancellation of flights in Nigeria. 2013
- A bill for an act to enact the tobacco smoking (control) bill to among other things provide for the regulation of the production, importation, advertising, promoting, sponsorship, distribution. Sale and designation of areas where tobacco products may and may not be smoked and for matters connected therewith. 2012.
- A bill for an act to enact the establishment of test laboratory and testing of aviation fuel among other things provide for the regulation of the supply, installation, testing and monitoring and storage of aviation fuel and for matters connected therewith. 2012.
- A bill to amend the economic and financial crimes commission (establishment) act 2004 in order to exclude serving government security or law to enforcement agency officers from holding the office of the chairman and to provide for informant and witness protection programme, etc; and for related matters.
Projects and empowerment opportunities created by D-Bush include: –
- Presenting educational materials to schools in Kosofe Federal Constituency.
- Construction of 1 Block of Three (3) Classrooms at Oworonshoki Primary School.
- Provision of medical drugs and pharmaceutical support schemes at the Mascara Primary Health-Centre, Alapere-Ketu. Including providing sets of various pharmaceutical, drugs and hospital consumables donated to primary health centres in the Constituency.
- Installation of a transformer donated to Ajegunle Area in the Kosofe Federal Constituency.
- Construction of several borehole projects within Kosofe Federal Constituency, including a multi-million naira Motorised Borehole project in Yetunde Brown, Kosofe Federal Constituency.
From the above, it is obvious that D – Bush, executed his position with vigour, tenacity and absolute dedication and his national inputs are still beneficial to the country today.
Hon. Oluwarotimi Ojo Agunsoye, the incumbent lawmaker Representing Kosofe Federal Constituency was born in 1963, Oluwarotimi attended the Mount Olivert Grammar School, Ibadan Oyo State for his post primary education between 1980 and 1985 and proceeded to the University of Ibadan, where he bagged a Bachelor Degree in 1989.
He came to political limelight during the tenure of Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola as governor of the state, when he was appointed Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs. However, prior to that he was a businessman and public servant.
It would be recalled that he emerged as the representative of Kosofe in a controversial manner as the primaries that gave him the ticket had series of violence and had to be re conducted three times before results were allegedly announced by leaders of the party. His success at the primaries still remains controversial as his announcement was done when delegates had been asked to go home. Furthermore, the said primaries could be argued not to be in-line with the rules of his party, the APC, since it was reportedly done outside the constituency.
But in serving his constituents, Hon. Agunsoye has impacted by empowering the youths in his constituency to create wealth. He has been able to train a sizeable number of his people in various trades and crafts through skill acquisition in hair making, photography, solar power technical training. The empowerment programme also included the distribution of tricycles, motorcycles, barbing kits, catering equipment, GSM repair kits, generators and welfare packages to men, women and others.
In 2016, he also carried out empowerment of a number of graduates in critical discipline such as ICT, Agriculture, Interior design and hotel management.
Though, there aren’t recorded motions or bills under his belt, according to the website of the National Assembly, his interests include; power (electricity in particular), shelter for all, security, job creation and all forms of transportation.
The future is beyond the 2019 elections, however, since no one can accurately predict the future. The kind of representation Kosofe gets in 2019 will depends largely on the caliber of the person they choose as representatives . It is hoped that such person will be the best man for the job and will revive the excellent legislative status that Kosofe has been known for since the election of Hon. Dayo Bush Alebiosu.
Sam. Akinrole is a Lagos based media consultant from Kosofe Federal Constituency