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What I’ll do different from Ikuforiji if I become Lagos Speaker, by Yishawu

Posted: Apr 22, 2015 at 6:17 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Akinwunmi King, Lagos

A member of the Lagos State House of Assembly representing Eti-Osa Constituency 2, Gbolahan Yishawu, has revealed his interest in becoming the next Speaker of the Assembly.
Yishawu in an interview disclosed that he is interested in being the Speaker of the House, adding that “I need to talk to my colleagues; I need to talk to the leadership of my party to consider me as the leader of the House.
“By God’s grace, at the 8th Assembly, I am qualified to run for the office of the Speaker just like some of my colleagues. I want to run for that office and I wouldn’t mind if the leadership of the party and my colleagues find me worthy to represent their interest as the Speaker of the House.
“For me, in the 8th Assembly, we need people that are very creative and innovative. I don’t believe in the old order that this person has worked with the last administration, we don’t have to continue to do things the same way. I don’t have to tell you all about the 7th Assembly even old and new members of the Assembly agreed that it did not run optimally.
“I want to run the Assembly and move it from where Rt. Hon. Adeyemi Ikuforiji and his team have moved it. They have done a wonderful job, people believe that the House is the best in the country and the flagship of the state Houses of Assembly, but for me, we can do so much more for our people.
“For instance, all of us are supposed to have constituency offices, yes all of us have, but are they running optimally? Why are they not running optimally? I know how much I spend to run my constituency office personally; I know that if the House of Assembly can assist us to run the constituency offices, it would be better.
“These are some of the things we can do better, I want to ensure that sittings commence right on time and we can do things accordingly. Of course, we go for training, it would be continued.
“I also think that our aides should earn more to assist us deliver good governance to the people of Lagos State. The ones we have need to be motivated and the new members can engage people of high standard.
“I pick my phone calls all the time; I should have an aide who can do that, who can speak for me on the phone and book appointments on my behalf. But I do this myself at the detriment of somebody’s job,” Yishawu said.
Reacting to the issue of late commencement of sittings, the lawmaker explained that there was nothing difficult in addressing the issue, “all it needs is for the Speaker to be seated on time. Most of the times, the lawmakers come late because they feel sitting would not commence on time. If we start the first, second and third days on time, they would start coming early.
“I lectured during my NYSC programmes, the first day I went to the class, it was empty. I got early to the class the next day, I did my lecture and it was scanty and I gave a test, the following day, the class was full more than my expectations. So it depends on how you manage the whole thing.
“You cannot blame them for coming late, when they know that we would start early, they would not come late. They are people that others have found worthy to represent them, so they would do the right thing. They want to work and I know where the problem is and I would address it,” Yishawu added.