5th November, 2010
Aside the fact that legislators are primarily elected to make laws that wouldÂ benefit their people, Senator Ganiyu Olanrewaju Solomon, GOS, who represents LagosÂ West Constituency at the National Assembly has been taking steps to ensure thatÂ residents of his constituency enjoy the goodies of governance.
His philanthropy did not start in 2007 when he was elected into the NationalÂ Assembly, nor did it begin when he became a member of the House of Representatives.Â It began while he served as Chairman, Mushin Local Government, for over two terms.
Besides his achievements in terms of infrastructure development in his domain, heÂ has in his private capacity, alleviated poverty in and around the area.
GOS Foundation, his non-government, non-profit humanitarian organisation, hasÂ organised skill acquisition programmes in which he has trained over 4,000 women inÂ various vocations.
Over 1,000 people benefited from his interest free loans while more than 1,000Â others enjoyed his business take off grant. He has provided crates of soft drinks toÂ more than 1,000 traders, and given pay phone facilities to over 1,000 others.
Besides financial assistance to needy families and other individuals, the senatorÂ single-handedly repaired and maintains the federal boreholes at Agbelekale andÂ Ayantuga/Falolu junction, in Agbado Oke Odo Local Council Development Area. ApartÂ from financial assistance to the sick, he gave free eye glasses to 1,500 people inÂ his constituency.
He has distributed 1,500 free GCE forms to indigent students, distributed 50,000Â exercise books to various groups and given scholarship awards to 50 best finalÂ students in various public schools in the senatorial district.
On June 8, last year, the Lagos secretariat of the Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN,Â was aglow with showers of praises on the lawmaker as he distributed various povertyÂ alleviation items to each of the 28 local government councils that constitute theÂ Lagos West Senatorial District which he represents at the upper chamber of theÂ National Assembly. The items include motorcycles, generators, crash helmets,Â massagers, clippers, sterilizers, deep freezers, sewing machines, hair dryers andÂ grinding machines.
Among those who will forever appreciate the philanthropic gesture of the senator areÂ the people of Panada in Agege area of the state. Just last month, a borehole whichÂ he provided for them was commissioned while efforts are ongoing on the constructionÂ of toilet facilities for the same community.
In a letter dated 14 September, 2010, Panada Community Development Association wroteÂ to appreciateÂ the senatorâ€™s gesture. It was jointly signed by the bodyâ€™s chairman,Â Chief Babs Diyaolu and its secretary, Mr. P.A Ajayi.
Currently, the electricity transformers he donated to seven communities are beingÂ installed on Abbey Street, Onipanu and at Olateju Street, Mushin, among others.
Through the Millennium Development Project, MDG, he has ensured the supply ofÂ furniture and other equipment to six healthcare centres in the constituency.
Eleven primary schools across the constituency have also been supplied withÂ classroom furniture while some others are ongoing.
According to GOS as he is fondly called by admirers, â€œthere is no big deal aboutÂ what I have been able to do. I have simply been doing what I was elected to do andÂ we wonâ€™t relent because to do so amounts to an unpardonable sin against the peopleÂ who are the real owners of the mandate that I have.â€