30th December, 2011
For the people of Ikeja Federal Constituency consisting of Ikeja Local Government, Ojodu and Onigbongbo Local Council Development Areas, it was Yuletide to remember and treasure.
Thursday, 22 December 2011, was for the people of the federal constituency a day the dividends of democracy were delivered to them right at their doorsteps.
The playground of Government Technical College, Agidingbi, was packed full of residents who came to witness the scorecard presentation and empowerment by James Abiodun Faleke who is their representative in the House of Representatives.
According to the lawmaker, the empowerment programme was just a bit of what he has in stock for his constituents.
“We promised to give you a robust and effective representation, and with all sense of modesty, I will say we have been doing that. If I am able to put in place all these materials you are seeing today in six months, then you can imagine what I will do in four years,” the former chairman of Ojodu LCDA said.
About 36 three wheelers popularly called Keke Marwa, bags of rice, pop corn machines with bags of corn, sewing machines, bundles of clothing materials and cash worth N32million were distributed at the empowerment programme.
“This is just the beginning as I intend to do more. However, I want to urge beneficiaries of this programme to make judicious use of the materials so that others can benefit in future,” the Chairman, House Committee on Ethics, National Values and Anti-Corruption, told the audience.
Giving account of his stewardship in the House so far, Faleke stated that he moved the motion that declared the recent nine new universities set up by the Federal Government illegal.
“I noticed that their establishment did not pass through the National Assembly. I moved the motion declaring the universities illegal. It was unanimously adopted while the executive was compelled to begin the legislative process to make the universities legal,” he said.
The lawmaker also co-sponsored the motion for an insurance scheme for youth corps members while he has assisted some indigenes of the federal constituency to gain federal employment.
“We are committed to your welfare and improvement in your standard of living. However, we will continue to seek your co-operation and support,” Faleke said.