Gbolahan Yishawu, member of the Lagos State House of Assembly representing Eti-Osa II, has said empowering constituents is not to buy their votes but to provide jobs for the unemployed people.
He disclosed this on Thursday at a constituency stakeholders ‘ meeting simultaneously held in all constituencies of the State.
According to him, We empower people to create jobs and solve real problems. The ban of motorcycles moved us to provide mini buses for people to cater for their families”.
Giving his stewardship in the last one year, Yishawu said, efforts were geared towards improving the livelihood of the constituents by supporting micro businesses and entrepreneurial skills among the people.
“We are creating employment, entrepreneurs and ensuring that our children attain their academic goals.
“We were able to give out palliatives to over 11,000 families within the constituency. We all need to survive this recession, when there is life, there is hope”, he said.
The lawmaker spoke on the numbers of bills sponsored and co-sponsored in the Assembly which includes: 2019 and 2020 appropriation laws. He served as the Chairman committee on special expenditure vote and Chairman committee on the purchase of 820 buses to mention few.
He also sponsored a bill for the establishment of the Lagos State legislative Institute and several other Bills and motions.
Speaking on the theme, “Post COVID-19 Pandemic: The Challenges and Prospects”, Yishawu said efforts by the government to ease the negative effect of the pandemic on the citizens can only be possible with the support of the citizens.
“In tackling the socio-economic challenges posed by the pandemic, individuals are encouraged to look into the effective management of the various post-pandemic opportunities including business creation by exploring e-commerce, adapting to ICT potentials, acquiring relevant skills or education, while government must also invest more in e-governance to facilitate a more efficient and robust governance.
“There is need for active and positive discussions for progress of our community, local government and state in general”, he said.
In another development, Yishawu speaking on behalf of Speaker of the House, Mr. Mudashiru Obasa, commended Nigerian youths for their resilience in the face of the changing socio-economic situations, assuring them that reports by the Ad-hoc committee set up by the House to investigate the level of damages will be relayed to the state government with a view to preventing a recurrence of the mayhem.
According to him, while the country is faced with COVID-19 pandemic, the civil unrest has unleased mayhem on the state by destroying the means of livelihood of citizens along with a significant number of private and government properties.
“There is no gainsaying that Nigeria and Lagos State in particular is currently facing three shocks of the pandemic including dwindling oil and tax revenue, contraction in global trade and economic recession.
“These realities coupled with recent youth unrests are negatively impacting on the economy of the State, hence the need to rethink our revenue generation model as a top priority in order to keep the economy of the state afloat.”