What Hope Left For Tijani Adetoyese Olusi’s Administration As Second Term Begins.By: Fashina Shakiru

When Supervisor for Environment, Hon Moshood Olawale Eletu (MOE) spoke to me on the phone, on Saturday, 14th August 2021 when the vapors were getting set to pour with no sign of rays but clouds of rain to inform me that Lagos Island Local Government, Executive Chairman, Prince Honorable Tijani Adetoyese Olusi needed to be appraised for his exceptional leadership qualities then I tapped on my laptop with mixed reactions of where to start from. I reflected on our cordial relationship with each other before the ENDSARS protest.

Well, ever since the ENDSARS protest and destruction of Lagos heritage, my access to the Executive Chairman, Prince Tijani Adetoyese Olusi has not been possible but recently, we met by chance, spoke, and took a photograph all along with his Vice-Chairman, Hon Muhammed Rosul Eshilokun, and the immediate Supervisor for Revenue during the collection of “Certificate of Returns” at Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission, LASIEC Yaba , Lagos.

 

He said, “make sure you see me in my office in mid-August, even with several allegations some people leveled against me during ENDSARS, the humble man still spoke with me first when I greeted him where he sat. This means there is no enmity in politics for those who know the art and science of politics without bitterness.

 

In the political landscape of Lagos State, Olusi is a big name to reckon with. His father is a member of Governor’s Advisory Council (GAC) of Lagos state, Prince Tajudeen Olusi, a son like a father; simple as a dove, kindhearted man, calmness focus, soft-spoken, intelligent, charming and loyalist to the core as a progressive brilliant man, accessible, approachable politician grassroot. In the midst of all this, he has recorded good achievements, awards which is synonymous to all political appointees in Lagos Island Local Council. His style of politics is impeccable. Considering his transparency, accountability, good governance people in politics are qualities to reckon with. His sound of reasoning is synonymous to that of Mr. Nelson Mandela, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Mr. Barack Obama just to mention a few.

 

In appraising, Olusi without being a mere accessor rather being objective with empirical facts, he has touched all social aspects of life; social amenities, infrastructure, Job creation, empowerment, access to loans, security, education, and environment which have been an area of great concern and challenges under his administration.

Although no one can deny that Olusi as a man with passion, he has put a lasting solution to environmental degradation in Lagos Island, the premier of local administrative council in Lagos state, Nigeria. Lagos State Environmental degradation is not an exception in Lagos Island local government beyond this, the state government has stepped up to find the lasting solution to the menace.

 

Aside this, through the office of the Chairman, his delegate, the Supervisor for Environment, Hon Moshood Olawale Eletu has been monitoring and supervising flooding challenges and how it could be prevented. This he has done by clearing and evacuating the drainage system from time to time. What of the annual planting of trees to prevent global warming on climate change? This has made Island an hope, a beautiful environment to Lagos.

Meanwhile, clean up of blocked drainage systems and channels across the council area with several programmes being implemented; clean-up advocacy programme set up within wards, Cleaner Lagos Initiative, Lagos State Waste Management, and annual world environmental day with these collaborations effort to ensure the environment is clean, healthy and conducive for all to live. Olusi has performed excellently well, and he will continue to do more.

 

As a graduate of Banking and Finance, he has been able to transfer this to revenue generation using a seamless strategic for the collectionbbwhich had promoted accountability. Many infrastructural developments across the council areas especially network roads have improved, social amenities and Ultra-modern markets built with public-private partnership indeed are products of great feats. With a professional certificate in Corporate Administration, he has fostered corporate entity, good governance at the council level to be more prudent in discharge their duties.

 

Olusi’s professional background knowledge and experiences have made him to manage all civil service heads, staff with good relationship and enable to channel resources being initiated and implemented to enhance the best administrative practice.

 

In Education “My Complete Students” is educational kits programme initiated for primary school pupils by providing over 200,000 new school uniforms, textbooks, chairs and tables, sanders, socks, and school bags with enabling environment for conducive learning; primary schools renovation, construction of additional classes, training of teachers for all the primary and secondary schools in Lagos Island west.

Moreover, infrastructural development is a big plus to Olusi as most 79% of truck C road in Lagos Island west have been touched, renovated, reconstructed with proper channels and drainages system laced with street light powered with solar energy. The newly constructed of roads to mention few are; ,Idoluwo/shagbemi street, Sanusi Olusi street, Aroloya street, Dosunmu street, Onala street, Daddy Alaja street, Eletu Iwase street, Enu Owa street and others within the first term in the office sure of more excepted works and roads will be delivered in coming years. With this, I like to appreciate Chief of Staff/Supervisor for Works Hon Olaigbade Yussuff, the immediate Vice chairman Hon Wahab Bashorun for the strong commitment working hand in hand with the Executive Chairman Hon Tijani Adetoyose Olusi for the betterment of the people and Lagosians.

 

Access to Loan for business opportunities to create job opportunities for the people start or grow their own business with the help of a government-backed, this made Olusi administration to engage with the Lagos State Employment Trust Fund (LSETF) with over 100 people have been benefited from the scheme. This is the best a local council can do for the people at the grassroots with very seamless process. Also, 20 mini-buses distributed across the wards for empowerment purpose as a municipal transportation for easy and accessible to truck C roads system.

 

Primary Health Care upgraded to a standard health centers diagnostic centers as grassroots development for immediate use for the people. Well-equipped with Ultramodern facilities, Ambiances and drugs available 24/7 with qualified and sufficient Doctors, matrons, midwifery and staff.

 

Before the COVID-19 palliative, the aged programme has become a tradition for elderly people as food banks available; Bag of Semovita, Bag of Rice, Garri, provision with N5000 stipend every quarterly basis which has over 10,000 registered on record. With COVID-19 pandemic, over 30, 000 people benefited from the COVID-19 package every week during the period of pandemic.

 

Fire Service Truck with well-equipped modern facilities first of its kind in the whole local council in Nigeria purchased to fight and extinguished fire in the outbreak of fire. Personnel were trained by Lagos State Fire service. This has surely built confidence and competency in preventing the loss of lives and properties in case of fire incident.

 

No narrative of Olusi will be discussed without giving a mention his father, Prince Tajudeen Olusi, the likes of Lagos state Deputy speaker Hon Wasiu Sanni Eshilokun and Barrister Aderinola Disu former council chairman he has learned from such a great people and continues to shape his political ideology to know the will of the people.. This has made Olusi continuously relate as a social web with the people from time to time, and of course he has initiated and facilitated many programmes in so many wards of Lagos Island. No matter his busy schedule, cabinet meeting, several committee meeting, and stakeholders meeting were not left unattended to. He is indeed a socialist who communes with his milieu, thereby promoting an egalitarian society like his father.

 

As a matter of fact, the only thing left for Olusi’s Administration is to settle down to appoint the new cabinet that will help him implement his visions as well as consolidate his ex isting projects and programmes initiated during his first term in office. As second term begins, the Council Boss needs to bring back Hope of Island, the heritage of Lagos, and surely he will perform beyond expectations by moving the glory of Lagos Island local government to the next level once again.

 

Without mincing words, Olusi like his father, has gathered so much experience. The expectation is so high as he is set to use all his potentials as a politician, technocrat, and grassroot mobilizer to influence so many works in Island politics. While urging well-meaning Lagosians, party leaders, party faithful, market men and women, artisans, various unions, council administrative heads, and staff to come together to upport the Council Boss for the hope of Island and a better rewarding future.

 

It is pertinent to state here that, Hon. Olusi was born into a Royal family. He is a prince and grandson of Oba Sanusi Olusi (Eleko) which qualifies him to become a King (Oba) in future. On this note, worthy of appreciation are: the Oba Of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Osuolale Akinolu and all White Cap Chiefs.

 

Others are; Hon Dr. Dolapo Badru, Alhaji, A.G Sodiq Hon Wasiu Wao for their and vision belief in Hon Tijani Adetoyese Olusi for re-electing the people’s choice, and mandate as dividends of democracy will of the populace, digital politician, in the admits of all, he has recorded good achievements, awards, successes same to all political appointees in Lagos Island local council. His style of political scopes and lenses like a champion of the little, for the little. Transparency, accountability, good governance and social participation of the people in politics are always emphasized to the governed. His sound of reason like Mr. Nelson Mandela, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Mr. Barack Obama just to mention a few.

In accessing and appraising, Olusi without being a normative accessor rather being objective with empirical facts he has touched all social aspects of life; social amenities, infrastructure, Job creation, Empowerment, Access to loans, Security, Education, and Environment which has been an area of great concern and challenges under his administration.

Although, no one can deny that Olusi as a man with passionate interest and finding everlasting solution to environmental degradation in Lagos Island, the premier of local administrative council, Lagos state, Nigeria as Lagos state environmental degradation not an exception in Lagos Island local government beyond this, the state government has stepped up to find the lasting solution to the problem Julius Berger construction company upon of the situation at the moment.

Aside this, through the office of chairman his delegate the supervisor for Environment Hon Moshood Olawale Eletu monitoring and supervising flooding challenges and how it will be prevented by clearing and evacuation drainage system from time to time and annual Planting of Trees to prevent global warming on climate change, this has made Island of Hope, a beautiful scene environment to Lagos Island. Meanwhile, clean up of blocked drainage systems and channels across the council area with several programmes being implemented; clean-up advocacy programme set up within wards, cleaner Lagos Initiative, Lagos State Waste Management, and annual world environmental day with these collaborations’ effort to ensure the environment is clean, healthy and conducive for all to live, Olusi has performed excellently well, and he will continue to do more.

As a graduate of Banking and finance revenue generation has continued to grow with seamless strategic for the collection and accountable with many infrastructural developments across the council areas especially network roads have improved, social amenities and Ultra-modern markets built with public-private partnership indeed a sign of great magnificent work well done. With a professional certificate in Corporate Administration, ensure foster corporate entity, good governance at the council level to be more prudent in discharge their duties.

Olusi’s professional background knowledge and experiences has made him to manage all civil service heads, staff with good relationship and enable to channel resources being initiated and implemented to enhance the best administrative practice.

In Education “My Complete Students” is educational kits programme initiated for primary school pupils by providing over 200,000 new school uniforms, textbooks, chairs and tables, Sanders, socks, and school bags with enabling environment for conducive learning; primary schools renovated, construction of additional classes, training of teachers for all the primary and secondary schools in Lagos Island west.

In Infrastructural development, kudos to Olusi as most of the trunk C roads in Lagos Island west have been touched, renovated, reconstructed with proper channels and drainage systems laced with streets light which are powered by solar energy. These are newly constructed roads to mention but few: Idoluwo/shagbemi Street, Sanusi Olusi Street, Aroloya Street, Dosunmu street, Onala Street , Daddy Alaja Street, Eletu Iwase Street, Enu Owa Street and others within the first term in the office sure of more excepted works and roads will be delivered in coming years. With this, I like to appreciate Chief of Staff/Supervisory for Works Hon Olaigbade Yussuff, the immediate Vice Chairman, Hon Wahab Bashorun for the strong commitment and relationship Executive Chairman Hon Tijani Adetoyose Olusi for the betterment of the people and Lagosians.

Access to Loan for business opportunities to create job opportunities for people to grow their own businesses with the help of government. This made Olusi administration to engage with the Lagos State Employment Trust Fund (LSETF) with over 100 people have benefited from the scheme. This is the best a local council could do for the people at the grassroots with very seamless process. Also, one can not but mention the, 20 mini-buses distributed across the wards for empowerment purpose as a municipal transportation for easy and accessible to trunk C roads system.

The Primary Health Care upgraded to a standard health centers and grassroots development for immediate use for the people is another thing to mention. Well-equipped with ultramodern facilities, ambulances and drugs available 24/7 with qualified and sufficient Doctors, Matrons, mid-wives.

Before the COVID-19 palliative, the aged programme had become a tradition for elderly people as food stuff were available such as: Bag of Semovita, Bag of Rice, Garri, with a stipend of N5,000 on quarterly basis which has over 10,000 registered elders on record. With COVID-19 pandemic, over 30, 000 people benefited from the COVID-19 package every week during the period of pandemic

Furthermore, Fire Service Truck with well-equipped modern facilities and first of its kind in the whole local council in Nigeria was purchased to fight and extinguish fire in case of any outbreak of fire. Personnel were trained by Lagos State Fire Service. This will surely build confidence and competency in preventing the loss of lives and properties in case of fire incidence.

No narrative of Olusi will be discussed without giving a mention to his father, Prince Tajudeen Olusi, the likes of Lagos State Deputy Speaker; Hon Wasiu Sanni Eshilokun and Dr Aderinola Disu, the former Council Chairman. Of a truth, he has learned so much from these great people and this has continued to shape his political ideology to know the will of people.
This has made Olusi continuously relate as a social web with the people from time to time, as he has initiated and facilitated many programmes in so many wards of Lagos Island. No matter the busy schedule, he finds time for his routines like; a cabinet meeting, several committee meetings, and stakeholder meetings were attended. He is unaguably a socialist.

Without mincing words, Olusi like his father, has gathered more experience and are envidence in Lagos Island of today. And as a politician, technocrat, party loyalist, finance, and grassroot mobilizer, the name has come to say in the world of politics as people will continually reckon with such name in Lagos politics.

Hon Olusi was born into a Royal family. He is a prince and grandson of Oba Sanusi Olusi (Eleko) , obviously this will pave way for him to become a King in future. On this note, it is pertinent to appreciate the Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Osuolale Akinolu, all White Cap Chiefs.

The gratitude also goes to the movers and shakers of Lagos politics; Alhaji Mutiu Are, Hon Aro Lambo, Hon Oyinlomo Danmole, Hon Jumoke Okoya Thomas.

Others are; Hon Dr. Dolapo Badru, Alhaji, A.G Sodiq Hon Wasiu Wao, Hon Bashorun Macfoy, for their vision and belief in Hon Tijani Adetoyese Olusi which necessitated his re-election of the people’s choice and mandate of the populace.

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