A member of the Senate representing Ekiti/Irepodun/Isin/Oke Ero Federal Constituency of Kwara State, Hon. Abdulraheem Olawuyi, has assured that he would be accountable and transparent with the affairs of the House of Representatives if elected speaker.
He also promised to prioritise legislation on affordable healthcare, security, education and job creation, while fostering a spirit of bi-partisanship and cooperation in the House.
Olawuyi who was the first member-elect to officially declare his intention to contest the position of the speaker of the 10th House of Representatives said his mandate was to ensure good governance.
According to him, the ‘Hope Alive’ objective of the 10th Assembly is for a Better Nigeria with the Renewed Hope of shared prosperity for all Nigerians and by all Nigerians in the collective desire for security, unity and development of the nation and its teeming population.
Leadership reported that he explained he was contesting the position of speaker because he believes that members of the legislative arm of government have a cardinal responsibility to achieve these goals collectively.
He said, “Only by working together, can we successfully tackle the issues that confront our nation. And we are well prepared to use the mandate of Nigerians to make laws that will ensure good governance for Nigeria.
“As many of you have noticed, our country is facing unprecedented challenges ranging from security to the economic downturn which has been unprecedented in the history of our nation.
“It is crystal clear that Nigerians are in need of courageous and competent leaders at all levels that will take over from the outgoing leaders with the expectation that things will change positively for the generality of Nigerians who have through the ballot have overwhelmingly given their support through the ballot to the APC to continue to manage the affairs of our dear country for the next four years.
“The challenges of leadership are no doubt daunting and the expectations of Nigerians are nonetheless very high, this new administration will be committed to fix the identified challenges and provide the needed political, economic, and social direction that would inspire a ‘Renewed Hope’ for our country and its people.
“Today, God in his infinite mercy has graciously put us in a partnership position, as legislators, with the executive and the judiciary, to keep this Hope Alive for our dear countrymen and women, irrespective of tribal or religious differences, age, sex, political affiliations or any other parochial sentiments.
“With the elections concluded, the time of partisanship is over, and now is the time for partnership and nation building.
“I have the passion vision, experience, capacity, competence, courage, humility, patriotism the requisite knowledge and capacity to provide the required and equitable leadership, that ensures inclusive participation of all members to pilot the affairs of the House and the country in the right direction, in line with our constitutional mandate and collective aspirations of the people we represent.”