Former First Lady of Lagos State, Senator Oluremi Tinubu yesterday spoke on the All Progressives Congress (APC)’s vision for change, stressing that a lot of mobilisation and sacrifices must be made to achieve the goal.
She said Nigerians have a unique opportunity to effect progressive change and install a people-centred leadership, in the next general election, in the national interest.
Senator Tinubu said: “As we approach 2015, we have to be watchful, keep abreast of what is going on in the polity and ensure that we repeat the model that Osun has shown us. There is no time to feel downcast, disheartened and hopeless. Nigeria is at a critical juncture in history. Collectively, we must do our part by taking inspiration from what transpired in Osun State.”
“The coming general elections provide us with a unique opportunity to end stagnation and usher in a new era of progress and development. All of us must mobilise others, make sacrifices wherever required and remain resolute in the struggle to realise our collective vision for positive change.”
The senator spoke at the 12th Town Hall meeting with Lagos Central District constituents, held at the Incubator, Victoria Island, Lagos. The theme was: ‘staying engaged in a challenging democratic environment.’ The major highlights of the meeting was the presentation of N25,000 each to 650 widows under her new initiative, ‘the Widows’ Economic Empowerment Scheme (WEES) and the presentation of N50m aid, which she facilitated, to the Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education, Ijanikin.
However, following a motion by the Chairman of Yaba Council, Hon. Jide Jimoh, Mrs. Tinubu was endorsed for a second term by constituents.
The town hall meeting was witnessed by the Secretary to Government, Dr. Oluranti Adebule, the senatorial leader Prince Tajudeen Olusi, former Lagos State Deputy Governor Femi Pedro, former Minister of State for Defence Demola Seriki, former Secretary to Government Hon. Omotilewa Aro-Lambo, Special Adviser to Governor Babatunde Fashola on Political and Legislative Matters Hon. Musiliu Folami, Former Culture Commissioner Tunde Balogun, House of Representatives Minority Leader Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, a federal legislator, Hon. Jide Akinloye, one-time Finance Commissioner Mr. Wale Edun, House of Assembly member Mrs. Lola Akande, Chief Tayo Oyemade, Chief Murphy Adetoro, and Chief Alabi Macfoy.
Also at the ceremony were the APC governorship aspirant, Akinwunmi Ambode, APC Secretary Hon. Wasiu Eshinlokun-Sanni, Col. Rafiu Ajala (rtd), Provost of Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education, Ijanikin, Wasiu Olalekan, the Obanikoro of Lagos, Chief Adesoji Ajayi-Bembe, Hon. Jide Jimoh, Mr. Dele Adekanye, Abayomi Daramola, Mrs. Yetunde Arobieke, Hon. Tajudeen Ajide, Mrs Bola Lawal-Olumegbon, Mrs. Funmi Fidi, Mr. hakeem Apatira, and Imam Tos Gbajabiamila.
Elders statesman Olusi praised Mrs. Tinubu for her performance in the Senate and leadership in the district, urging her not to relent in her pursuit of welfare policies and programmes. He said: “She is our beloved senator in whom we are well pleased. We are proud of her performance. She has not disappointed us.
Urging party followers to gird their loins, ahead of next year’s polls, he said their support for the cause of All Progressives Congress (APC) will facilitate the achievement of positive change. The party elder advised party faithfuls to obtain their Permanent Voters’ Cards, saying that they would be used as the electoral bullet during the elections.
Olusi added: “We should work hard so that the APC can form the next government. The party has performed in many states. Lagos government is the best in the country. Ogun government is performing. In all APC states, our governors are working. That is why the APC deserves to form the next government. It will not be easy, but, it is achievable.
“PDP people are coveteous and greedy. That is why there is chaos in the PDP and the country. We should gird our loins. We can only do it by voting them out. We should pray. But, we should also vote. Go and obtain your Permanent Voters’ Cards. It is the electoral bullet you will use to effect change in 2015. If any of our members have any complain to make about anything, they should not be annoyed. They should know that the party will always meet their demands and satisfy their yearnings.”
Senator Tinubu reflected on the quest for social change, saying that it can only be achieved through commitment and dedication. She said: “As individuals and groups within a community, and most importantly as members of the APC, each of us must recognise that we belong to the larger social fabric. Socio-political problems must thus concern us. This involves the willingness to see the moral and civic dimensions of issues to make and justify informed moral and civic judgments, and to take action when appropriate.”
Noting that the APC is on course, the senator said its victory in the recent governorship election in osun State, despite the intimidation and harassment of chieftains, attested to the people’s commitment to truth, justice, and the sanctity of the ballot box.
Mrs. Tinubu, who spoke on her activities in the Senate, said she had represented the state and articulated its interests. She informed the constituents that the Senate had adopted the recommendations of the Senate Committee on the Review of the 1999 Constitution, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the Electoral Act; the report of the Committee on Education on the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) College of Education Bill and the Committee on Employment, Labour and Productivity report on the Nigerian Social Insurance Trust Fund Bill 2014.
Other bills, which have been passed, include the National Sugar Development Council Act, the FCT Appropriation Bill, the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) Budget 2014, and a Bill for an Act to establish the Nigerian Financial Centre.
Senator Tinubu said, while the report of the Committee on Finance on the alleged unremitted 59.8 billion dollar by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) was considered, the Senate refused to accede to the demand for subsidy removal.
The senator also said that she participated in oversight functions and critical deliberations on the floor of the Senate on education funding, sourcing of funding from Tertiary Education Trust fund (TETFUND), the resolution of strikes in tertiary institutions, and tragedy of Chibok girls.
Mrs. Tinubu announced the funding for the construction and furnishing of an N80m Obstetrics and Gynecology Unit at Badore Health Centre, Badore, Eti-osa. She said the facility will provide expert medical services for female reproductive health, surgery, childbirth and care of mothers.
The senator thanked two stakeholders, Rev. Olatunji Seriki and Dr. Lookman Babayale for giving her feedbacks on the state of on-going constituency projects in the district. She said the Millennium Development Goals (MDDG) Office has been informed about the shoddy jobs done by some contractors.
On the N16.2 billion life line for 650 widows, Mrs. Tinubu said the donation, which would facilitate their empowerment in accordance with the APC mandate, would be sustained.
Senator Tinubu, who also reflected on the state of the nation, urged constituents to be vigilant to prevent the spread of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD). She paid tribute to the late Dr. Stella Adadevoh, who, in the process of curtailing the spread of the dreadful disease, contacted it and died in active professional service. After asking constituents to observe a minute of silence in her honour, Senator Tinubu urged the government to immortalise the medical patriot and amazon.
Eshilokun, Adetoro, Jimoh and Gbajabiamila applauded Mrs. Tinubu’s effort, stressing that she has set a good example of leadership, patriotism and commitment to public welfare.