The Lagos West Senatorial District senator and Vice Chairman of the Senate Committee of Communications, Senator Solomon Adeola has expressed deep sadness on the demise of Mrs. Ann Nnaji, the wife of Senator Gilbert Nnaji, the Chairman of Senate Committee on Communication over the weekend.
Adeola, in a condolence message to Senator Nnaji, signed by his media adviser, Kayode Odunaro and made available to OSUN DEFENDER, said he received the news of the demise of the better half of his chairman with great shock and deep sadness adding that the untimely exit of the matron of the Nnaji family will not only be felt by his immediate family but the entire constituents of Enugu East Senatorial District as well as the people of Enugu State.
“No doubt she dutifully played the role of a wife, a mother, a great planner for his husband when she was alive in the tradition of behind every successful man there is a woman. And it is on record that the served humanity and God while alive” Senator Adeola remarked.
He prayed to God for the peaceful repose of her soul and for fortitude for the immediate family and other beloved left behind to bear the irreparable loss.
Senator Solomon Adeola (APC, Lagos West) has called on the people of Lagos West Senatorial district and Nigerians to remain peaceful and exhibit the Christian virtues of sacrifice, love and abiding faith in a better tomorrow as exemplified in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
In his 2017 Easter message, Senator Adeola said the season symbolizes a new beginning of hope and redemption for all mankind adding that for all true Christians the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ means that all challenges confronting individuals and mankind are ultimately surmountable by a fervent believe in God Almighty.
The senator said that the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ give all mankind hope of a new beginning and a better future stressing that in spite of enormous challenges confronting the nation, Nigeria is at the threshold of a better tomorrow.
Senator Adeola called on Nigerians to remain hopeful and support the almost two years old administration of President Muhammadu Buhari to take Nigeria to a desired greatness stressing that as a federal legislator, he will always support legislations in the interest of the people.
The attention of Senator Solomon Adeola (Lagos West) aka Yayi has been drawn to an online story alleging that the N15 billion in foreign and local currencies discovered by Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC in an apartment at Osborne Towers in Lagos belong to him.
As published by Lagos Herald quoting “Africanreporters” the senator is alleged to have stashed the huge cash for his rumoured ambition to be a governor of a state.
There is absolutely no iota of truth in this obvious blackmail targeted at destroying the rising profile of the senator who had spent over 14 years in public office without any blemish. We are aware that some politicians are having sleepless nights on his impeccable records as a grassroots democrat and will do anything to eliminate him in their paranoid political equation towards 2019.
Senator Adeola does not own any house or apartment on Osborne Towers at Osborne Road, Ikoyi and could not have been the owner of the discovered cash in the apartment. The senator will in due course not hesitate to take legal action against anyone unjustly tarnishing his hard earned reputation and image pursuant of his fundamental rights under the constitution.
The EFCC as a credible anti corruption organization is doing it statutory duty and I am sure it will soon come out with details of the ownership of the discovered humongous cash.
Insinuations attributing Senate decisions on national issues to Senator Adeola shows perfect ignorance of the working of the legislature in a democracy and indeed Senator Adeola as an APC Senator is fully committed to the anti-corruption agenda of President Mohamadu Buhari and APC.
Senator Solomon Adeola (APC, Lagos West) has commenced move for the establishment of federal universities at Yaba, Lagos State and Ilaro in Ogun State as part of his legislative agenda for educational development of Nigeria.
The Senator presented two bills in the Senate for the upgrade of two prominent tertiary educational institutions into technological universities namely Yaba College of Technology, Yaba, lagos State and Federal Polytechnic, Ilaro, Ogun State.
The bills “Federal University of Technology, Yaba (Est.,etc) Bill, 2017” and “Federal University of Technology, Ilaro, 2017” was presented and passed first reading stage for further legislative actions.
Speaking on the need for the upgrade of the two institutions into universities, Senator Adeola said that there is need to continue to expand and create institutions of learning in view of the massive growth of our population and the need to keep up with human resource development needs of our nation adding that the upgrade of the two institution will further add impetus to our technological advancement .
“We have serious shortages of spaces for our youths to get requisite and quality education. These two institutions have excelled in time past in providing middle and top grade level of human resources for the nation. Their upgrade will advance their capacities to further develop our youth for the challenges of a technological society” he stated.
Senator Adeola further stated that the passage of the bill and establishment of the two universities will further redress educational imbalances in the areas they are located in terms of huge population and the non existence of such institutions in the area of location particularly in Ogun West axis of Ogun state.
The Senator representing Lagos West Senatorial District, Senator Solomon Adeola has expressed great sadness at the demise of elder statesman General Adeyinka Adebayo, the former military administrator of the Western Region.
In a statement, Senator Adeola said the elder statesman played critical positive roles in the history and evolution of Nigerian as an independent nation stressing that his role in the unity and socio-political development of the South West and indeed Nigeria cannot be over-emphasized.
“General Adebayo is a father figure in Yoruba land with exemplary exhibition of the well brought up ‘omoluabi’ traits admired among Yoruba people. We will miss his fatherly counsels and experience in governance” the senator stated.
Senator Adeola specially commiserated with Otunba Niyi Adebayo, former Governor of Ekiti State and other members of the immediate family of the General on the loss of their patriarch adding that it is his prayer that God grant the family the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.
As various groups and individuals declare support for the governorship ambition of Senator Solomon Adeola aka Yayi for Ogun 2019 governorship race, a group of PDP chieftains from Ogun Central Senatorial District has declared “total support for the Senator”.
Led by Aare Tunde Alabi two time commissioner in Ogun State, the group have other notable leaders including Engineer Akeem Adesina, three time chairman of Obafemi Owode LGA and immediate past chairman of PDP, Ogun Central; Alhaji Moruph Ajisegiri, two time chairman of Abeokuta North LGA and former majority leader of OGHA; Chief Fohunola Abiola, a leader from Ewekoro LGA, Alhaji Saula Makinde, one time assistant Treasurer of PDP, Ogun state; Chief Oluwole Adeyi , former SA to Ogun State governor and Assistant State PRO of PDP ; Alhaji Nurudeen Olaleye, SLG to Abeokuta south LGA and Alhaji Lai Shobayo, a leader of PDP.
Speaking on behalf of the group at the end of their meeting with Senator Adeola, Aare Alabi traced the history of PDP crisis in 2011 and 2015 and the numerous court cases with frivolous judgments that led to electoral failure for PDP stressing that it is time to support a candidate that can win election and be in government come 2019.
“ By the special grace of God, a Yewa man will be the governor of Ogun State in 2019 and we believe that the person is Senator Solomon Olamilekan Adeola aka Yayi. We are supporting him fully for the race on any platform he decides to run” Aare Alabi stated.
He said by 2019 he hopes to be in government and not just a party man as the numerous crises of PDP since 2011 has led most of them to be only party men instead of being in government adding that he is not going to wait till 2019 for another failure which is why they are moving in early to an aspirant that they believe God will use to get them to government in 2019.
Earlier on, Senator Adeola has welcome them to his residence and inform them that he is presently engaged in wide consultation across the state on the need to take the state to a better level adding that God’s perfect will shall come to pass in Ogun State in 2019.
Among those present during the visit are Rt. Hon. Tunji Egbetokun, former speaker of Ogun State House of Assembly, Hon. Tunji Akinosi former Commissioner for Agriculture in Ogun State, Hon. Tunde Olaotan, former Consultant to Governor Ibikunle Amosun, Hon Daadah, former LGA chairman of Ijebu Ode among others.
The Senator representing Lagos West Senatorial District, Senator Solomon Adeola has commended the governor of Lagos State, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode for many development oriented projects that are positioning the state to attain its goal of being the third largest economy in Africa in the nearest future.
Speaking at his annual end of year Senatorial Constituency party at Egbeda in Alimosho Local Government Area, the senator said that in less than two years, the administration of Ambode has done what look impossible in the last 4 or 8 years stressing that such projects as “Light Up Lagos”, roads across all LGAs and LCDAs as well as employment through government recruitment and the Employment trust fund are what is needed for a state with a mega city status.
The party that was attended by thousands of constituents from the largest senatorial district in Nigeria in terms of population and many well-wishers from Ogun state including former speaker of Ogun state Rt. Hon Tunji Egbetokun, Senator Remi Bakare, an ACN governorship aspirant in 2011, Hon. Tunji Akinosi, a former commissioner in Ogun State and Hon Kunle Adeyemi, the former House of Representative member representing Ewekoro-Ifo Federal Constituency had many cultural display and entertainers on stage.
Senator Adeola said that Nigeria should remain prayerful to get out of recession that is currently plaguing the country adding that with the work on and passage of the over N7 trillion 2017 Budget, Nigeria is set to get out of the wood economically.
He promised to always carry along his constituents in his representative capacity at the Upper Chamber of the National Assembly stressing that in law making he has presented over 15 bills mostly on Constitutional Amendments that are at the second reading stage.
“I restate my commitment to work in your interest and the interest of the state while at the Red Chamber of the National Assembly. To address major constitutional lacuna in our nation, I have so far presented 14 constitutional amendment bills to address issues that are germane to the socio political development of Nigeria. All the bills are now with the Senate Committee on Constitutional Review for further legislative action” he stated.
The senator representing Lagos West Senatorial district Senator Solomon Adeola has enjoined Christians in the country to remain committed to the ideals of Christmas as it is the only way to accord meaning to the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ.
While felicitating with his constituents in particular and Nigerians in general, Senator Adeola charged Christian faithful to see the celebration of Christmas as a time of sharing, love and a new beginning for a better future adding that it is because God loves human kind so much that he gave His only son as a ransom for our sins and sole channel for salvation.
The senator representing the largest senatorial district in Nigeria in terms of population said the true essence of Christmas in the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, the only son of God is to acknowledge that there is redemption from sin as the birth signals God love for all sinners adding that the celebration of his birth affirms our faith in the process of renewal for humanity and the hope of eternal salvation.
“The reason for the birth of Christ was borne out of God’s infinite love for mankind as God will not want to see the destruction of the world through sins without giving them a savior and salvation”, Senator Adeola stated.
He therefore charged Christians in the country to see themselves as beneficiaries of God’s infinite love and learn how to share with others during the yuletide and beyond.
Our attention has been drawn to a publication with the misleading title “ Senate Okays Data Price Hike, says NCC Acted in national Interest” in a national daily insinuating that the Senate through its Committee on Communications sanctioned data price increase by telecommunications service providers during an oversight visit to the Nigerian Communication Commission.
There is no iota of truth in the misleading title as the contrary is the case from what the Vice chairman of the Committee Senator Solomon Adeola said in his presentation during the briefing by NCC Executive Vice Chairman, Professor Umaru Dambatta.
Senator Adeola while commending the NCC for its achievements in recent times stated that the action it took in suspending the proposed data hike following public outcry was in the national and peoples’ interest stressing that their prompt responses to Senate inquiries on the matter and other related issues and a promise to undertake further scientific study on the data hike issue was commendable.
As can be seen from the body of the story no where did the senator ‘okays’ the regulatory agency recommended “price floor” which was the issue that gave rise to the proposed data price hike that has since been suspended.
Chief Kayode Odunaro
Media Adviser to Senator Solomon Adeola
13th December, 2016.
– Non- Remittance runs into trillions of naira – Sen. Adeola
The senate is going ahead with its investigation of all revenue generating agencies of the Federal Government over non- remittance, under remittance and misused of revenue generated between 2012 and 2016 following the disclosure by Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun of non- remittance of over 450 billion by some 33 such agencies.
Senator Solomon Adeola (APC, Lagos West) who chairs the Senate Ad Hoc Committee on Non Remittance and Misuse of Generated Revenue by Revenue Generating Agencies reacting to the disclosures said the revelation by the Finance minister gives additional fillip to the motion moved and passed into a Resolution by the Senate on the need to investigate these agencies for gross violation of the Constitution and the Fiscal Responsibility Act of 2007 stressing that in due course the figures involved in these non- remittances and misuse of generated revenue will run into trillion of Naira for the period of 2012 to 2016.
“The disclosure by the minister of Finance has further justified the Senate resolution of Tuesday setting up an Ad Hoc Committee to investigate these financial breaches that had denied the Federal Government of huge revenue all these years” he stated.
While noting that the disclosure by the minister of Finance was more of an in- house audit by an arm of government, Senator Adeola said the legislature through the Ad Hoc Committee will carry out a holistic investigation that will look at how these breaches occurred as well as enabling legislations of these revenue agencies to see if amendments are needed to further prevent their contravention of the Constitution and the Fiscal Responsibility Act.
“The senate is going ahead with its oversight investigation. We are more justified now with the revelations by the Finance minister. I am sure that at the end of the day, the Federal Government will be enriched with more resources to fulfill promises it made to the people in face of dwindling revenue from the traditional source of sale of crude oil” he stated.
The Senator said his Committee will partner and cooperate with the Federal Ministry of Finance and other relevant agencies of government to resolve this issue in the interest of Nigerians stressing that the government is in dire need of fund to address the on- going recession in the economy.
Senator Adeola a fellow of the ICAN said that in addition to refunds and possible prosecution being pursued by the Executive, his Committee will eventually be recommending review and amendments of some laws to prevent this massive leakage in revenue in the report it will present to the Senate.
Other members of the Senate Ad Hoc Committee are Senator Andy Uba, Senator John Enoh, Senator Fatima Raji-Rasaki, Senator Yusuf Abubakar Yusuf and Senator Yahaya Abdullahi.