Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Ajayi Obasa has emphasised on the need to prioritise education in the state and in the country.
Obasa added that education is light and that the people wanted to be where light is shinning.
The Speaker spoke at the commissioning of six blocks of classroom at Ajara Comprehensive Senior High School Badagry donated by Hon. Setonji David, representing Badagry Constituency 2 on Wednesday 17th February, 2021.
Obasa, who was the special guest of honour at the event, stressed that building six classrooms for the people showed that Hon. Setonji David knew the value of education.
“We should learn from this and contribute our own quota to educational development, it doesn’t matter how little.
“Let us support our representatives, those who say politicians should have a second office should leave politics for politicians.
“It is not his duty to do it, but he said that he went round and decided to do this to help the people of the constituency,” he said.
The Speaker stated that it is a good thing to recycle a representative, and that it is not easy to change a competent representative.
“All the lawmakers in the Lagos State House of Assembly are good representatives. Sending back your representative is an advantage.
“This is my fifth term in the Assembly and I became a Speaker in the fourth term. I want you to continue to support the people representing Badagry in the Lagos State House of Assembly,” he said.
Referring to the perceived presidential ambition of the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Obasa said that anyone who performed successfully as a chief executive in Lagos State could perform as the President of Nigeria.
“Let us support our own and be vocal with it, so we support Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, we will continue to support our leader and we must continue to support our Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu because we have no doubt that he will continue to deliver,” he said.
Earlier in his welcome address, Hon. Setonji David appreciated the people of the constituency for given him the opportunity to serve.
He recalled that in 2018 he called all the primary and secondary schools in the constituency together and donated various items to them.
“During my visits, I discovered that many of the schools in the constituency had inadequate classrooms, which was why I decided to provide these six classrooms for the school.
“I have facilitated many projects to the constituency, which include provision of boreholes, construction of roads and I gave out GCE forms and provided employment opportunities for some youths in Badagry. These new buildings are hereby named Amos David blocks after my father,” he said.
Hon. Ibrahim Layode, representing Badagry Constituency 1, who was at the event, said that what Hon. Setonji David did was very nice and interesting and that he believed that the school would make good use of the facilities.
Layode assured that politicians knew the value of education and that they would not relent in their efforts of promoting education in the area.
“We want to urge corporate bodies to get involved in things that have to do with education. We are happy that the Speaker of the House of Assembly is here. We spoke as we were coming and we want the Federal Government to help us repair our road for development to come to Badagry,” he said.
Also speaking, a member of the Federal House of Representatives, representing Badagry, Hon. Babatunde Hunpe stated that the project was expected from the representative of the people.
Hunpe explained that despite the fact that it was not the job of lawmakers to embark on such projects, they could lobby to get them done for the benefit of the people, adding that he was highly impressed with “what my brother is doing today and that is why I want to celebrate him.”
The lawmaker then urged the executive arm of government to look back and help the people of Badagry, adding that the area had been left behind on infrastructure development.
“So we want them to look back and help us. If you look at the road that leads to this place, it is not not motorable. I want to appeal to our state government to assist us in building the road.
“You can see that a lot of development is going on around here and I am appealing to the government to please come to our aid. I want to appreciate Hon. David Setonji that he is doing well and I want him to do more,” he said.
Also present at the ceremony were traditional rulers, party chieftains, students, youths and other residents of the constituency.