Upon the sworn-in on the 11th June 2019. Since then, he commenced his legislative duties with utmost hard work and dedication. He is guided by the conviction that a life so blessed should be lived in service to others. Being a trained administrator and icon of development, his performances in the act of legislation so far in spite of his stay in the green chambers further demonstrate his untiring resolve to not only improve but to transform the lives of the people of IREPO OORELOPE OLORUNSOGO, federal constituency of Oyo State and Nigeria as a whole. The tempo of development, progress and constituency projects under Hon Olumide ABIODUN is steady and unprecedented. However, may we at this moment for the purpose of constructive engagements and benefit of doubt recall the functions of a legislator as a member of the Green chamber.
Since commencement of legislative activities one year ago and in line with his Constitutional mandates, Honorable Olumide ABIODUN has worked to push forth some initiatives/bills that appealed to the middle and lower classes. His actions are refined in response to public sentiments aimed at improving the people’s values and specific welfare sectors manifesting his achievements which reflect his legislative interests as education, security, agriculture, women and youth development. These are briefly highlighted:
As a member of the House of Representatives, he serves on a variety of committees as a member: appropriation, labor, communication, police affairs, constituency outreach, ecological fund, solid mineral, privatization and communication. Olumide Ojerinde has an active and vocal presence in the green chamber. Some of the bills he sponsored and presented on the floor of the Red chambers include:
1. Bill for the establishment of Federal Medical Center, Igboho (awaiting second reading)
2. Bill for the establishment of the college of Education, Igbeti (awaiting second reading)
3. Bill for the establishment of federal university of agriculture, Igboho (awaiting second reading)
4. Bill for the establishment of federal polytechnic, Kishi (awaiting second reading)
SCHOLARSHIPS AND EMPOWERMENT PROGRAMS
The people of Irepo, Oorelope, Olorunsogo are predominantly farmers who are known for their dedication, honesty and peaceful disposition. They do not doubt the power of collective ideals rather, the people trusted there son, there representative, to be the great force for change and they do not despair but believed in his promise and greatness to provide the ideals of governance and quality representation. He reciprocated this trust as he is the first among present and past representatives who in December 2019:
• Trained and empowered over 200 farmers with load of assorted fertilizers
• Grounding machines
• Vulcanizing machines
• Sewing machines
• Clippers and hair dryers
• Ten Million Naira (N10,000,000) donation through community Bank in Igboho, Igbeti and Kishi to 3500 constitutes during the festive periods
In March 21, 2020, artesian group within the federal constituency were empowered and over 240 items were given to different groups across the 3 LGAs:
• 30 Digital cameras & printing machines for photographers
• 30 bricklayer tools.
• 30 Carpentry tools
• 30 Rewire Tools for reviewers
• 30 Panel beater tools
• 30 mechanical repair tools
• 30 welding machines
• 30 Aluminum tools and machines
• 30 knitting machines.
Similarly, a total of Three Miillion Naira (N3,000,000) was distributed as soft loans for over 250 market to empower them in their respective trading and business activities in Irepo Oorelope Olorunsogo federal constituency.
He has also awarded scholarships to over 100 people across his constituency, his state and the country. This constitutes payment of tuition fees and the purchase educational materials across borad.
Honourable Olumide Ojerinde is increasingly known as a trusted and stabilizing force within the in his federal constituency. This is because of his quick response to calls in events of celebrations and emergencies be it man made or natural.
Early this year when the Covid-19 infection was declared a global health pandemic, most nations of the world quickly locked down in order to limit the spread of the virus. Nigeria was not left out in the adoption of this approach, but this came with unintended consequences of economic hardship. Being a man who cares about the well-being of his people, he cheerfully donated relief materials worth millions of naira as palliatives to the constituency for onward distribution to the vulnerable people.
MY CONSTITUENCY, MY PROJECTS
In order to sustain his people cantered developmental strides across the constituency, he set in motion frameworks which continued to drive the process in fiscal prudence, transparency and strategic intelligence. In doing this, he appointed 10 special aids selected from the 3 LGAs of the Federal Constituency. This was a purposive action directed towards poverty/unemployment reduction among the youths. He has established and maintained a vibrant yet, functional liaison offices across the 3 LGAs in order to remain not only close to the people he represents but connected as well. This is the reason why most of his developmental approaches are people centered. The Honorable Member went on to lobby for permanent and pensionable appointments to some youths with Federal government agencies, ministries and parastatals including higher institutions with a promise and strong indication that more are on the way.
Indeed, the negative perception of non-performance of the National Assembly has changed markedly due to the distinguished efforts as exemplified in his numerous achievements in one year in office as the Honorable Member representing the good people of Irepo Oorelope Olorunsogo federal constituency of Oyo state. The new and exciting leadership direction, enduring stability and credible performance level stems in part from the maturity, high sense of responsibility and gravitas demonstrated by him in his first year in office.
On this not Honorable Olumide Ojerinde, will like to thank the people for their supposed and love over the past one year. He want to reassert his commitment in the development of his constituency.
In his words, “As we roll into the second year, i will consolidate and improve upon this foundation to enhance Democracy and its dividends.”
Abayomi T. Ogunnowo
Senior Legislative Aide to
Hon Olumide ABIODUN Ojerinde
Member, House of Representatives,
Irepo, Oorelope, Olorunsogo