A member of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon. Olusegun Olulade a.k.a Eleniyan, on Wednesday promised to sustain his service to humanity and remain a friend of the people.
Olulade lost his bid to represent Epe Federal Constituency at House of Representatives during All Progressives Congress (APC) primary in 2018.
The lawmaker, who is currently representing Epe Constituency II in the Assembly, explained that public office holders should be conscious of the fact that they would leave the office they were occupying one day.
Olulade gave the advice at a dinner he organised for members of the Lagos State House of Assembly Correspondents Association (LAHACA) at DRemembrant Hotel, Alausa Ikeja.
Citing an example of a politician who has touched lives, he pointed out that despite the fact that former governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, was no longer in office, he is still relevant because he had invested in people.
“Title would not take you far, what will take you far is your contribution and service to the people. To be in government is not just about being called a lawmaker, Governor or President, one day, you will leave office.
“If you want to amass wealth, and you don’t want to help people what will you do with the money. Everything you say about me, I will keep it up. I have learnt from you.
“I want to thank everyone of you and I want to assure you that I will not change. Feel free to see me anytime you want in or outside office. I do not have a place to hide, this is who I am and this is what I would continue to be,” he said.
Olulade, who had served as the Chairman of the House Committee on Information and later House Committee on Health, disclosed that he would continue with his ‘Eleniyan Care Foundation,’ to take care of people.
“I still have a lot to offer the people of Lagos and Nigeria. There is another office that is very powerful that I would be occupying from June 8, 2019. I will use it to affect more lives and to serve humanity. I would leave everything to God that has helped me to come thus far and I know He would not abandon me.
“I will make myself available to you so that if there is anything we can do together I will be there for you. I am still very young and I still have a lot to offer the people by the grace of God. I will tell you if I will contest in 2023, when the time comes. What I pray for is good health, long life and prosperity,” he stated.
Olulade recalled that he got into the House without knowing that he would be made the Chairman of the House Committee on Information, Security, Strategy and Publicity.
“After I became the Chairman of the Information Committee, I invited the then Chairman of LAHACA. When there were issues over stories that could destroy the image of the House then, I would meet with members of LAHACA.
“We later held a meeting in your office and since then, I became a part of LAHACA. If there is a group I would miss as I am leaving the Lagos State House of Assembly, it is LAHACA.”
He enjoined other people to see the media as their friends, saying that no matter what anyone did, if the media didn’t report it, the person would be doing himself a disservice.
“I have invited you to my programmes in my constituency, you were always there. So, I said my first point of call for valedictory would be with LAHACA members.
“If not for you, Lagos State Printing Corporation would not be what it is today. The same applies to Lagos State Television and Radio Lagos/Eko FM. It was at a time everybody was talking about moving from analogue to digital.
“Today, whenever I enter Radio Lagos, Lagos State Television and Lagos Printing Corporation I feel proud based on what you did for me.
“I want to appreciate you for everything you have done. You projected me in a way that has made people to conclude that we are ‘Above The Common Standard of Excellence’ in Lagos Assembly
“I want to thank you on behalf of all the members of staff of the Assembly and on behalf of the two speakers that I have worked with including Rt. Hon. Adeyemi Ikuforiji and Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa.,” he said.
Earlier in his welcome address, the Chairman of LAHACA, Mr. Akinboye Akintola, said Hon. Olusegun Olulade had always been a person close to the media.
Akintola stated that as the Chairman of the House Committee on Information, Olulade facilitated a good relationship with the leadership of the Assembly and the media.
He said the lawmaker initiated the dinner programme with the media without prompting.
“We have to acknowledge what Eleniyan did as the Chairman of the House Committee on Health.
“The Ayinke House rehabilitation project that President Muhammadu Buhari came to commission in Lagos is a product of Olulade’s oversight functions as Chairman of the House Committee on Health.
“I just want to advise him to continue with what he is doing. That brand; Eleniyan, will remain with us until you get to where you want to go,” he said.
In her speech at the event, the General Manager of Radio Lagos/Eko FM, Mrs. Ayo Shotonwa, said that it was not possible for Olulade to abandon his good character despite leaving the public office.
Shotonwa stressed that “everyone’s character would show anywhere he or she goes,” urging journalists to ensure that others say good things about them anywhere they go.
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