Welcome! This is HNR. Mrs. MojisolaOluwa Alli-Macaulay
A member of the Lagos State House of Assembly representing Amuwo Odofin Constituency 1, Hon. Mojisolaoluwa Alli-Macaulay, recently met with youths from her constituency and educated them about what she has been doing as their representative. She speaks with SEGUN KASALI on the outcome of the meeting and other issues.
How was the peace meeting with your constituents?
It was very fruitful. We were at a round table. They expressed their grievances and I was able to express myself. When you are in a public office, the expectations of the people are so high, they don’t know that we don’t have the power of spending. They are happy and I am happy too after the meeting. I feel so sorry for the youths, all the same.
What is your take home from what they have said?
They all agreed that I have been performing, and that I have given them qualitative representation. They were telling me things I didn’t even know that they knew. The import of it is that they are in financial need. They just want the dividend of democracy and I think I would work on that. It may not go round, but I will make sure that majority of them benefit from whatever we have for them.
With what they said, it was as if many of them do not know the duties of a lawmaker. What are you doing to educate them on this as it relates to developmental projects?
I did that, in the course of our meeting. I tried to explain to them that we have three arms of government, and that we are lawmakers. I told them that we are the voice of the people and that we are supposed to collate their needs for debate and have a motion moved on that to ensure that the executive arm of the government does the needful and that they are to execute projects. With time, our people will know that we have three arms of government that are guided by the provisions of the 1999 Constitution of Nigeria as amended. With time, people would understand that we have our own functions. I cannot do roads, I can only facilitate them. I can lobby the executive to come and do it, which I have been doing with the Lagos State Public Works. I have also been to the Ministry of Works to tell them to come and assist us in Amuwo Odofin. I have been to Abuja a couple of times to the Federal Housing Authority with my own money.
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