‘Feedback is crucial for lawmakers’

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The Majority Leader, Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon. Sanai Bolanle Agunbiade, has promised the people of Lagos that the state’s legislative arm of government will continue to consider the needs of the various constituencies and constituents in the state as it works for the progress of the state. According to the legislator, the annual stakeholders’ meeting has helped lawmakers immensely in the discharge of their duties as representatives of their people.
The lawmaker said that participation of the public would allow elected representatives the opportunity to enumerate the achievements so far recorded. According to him, it will avail people to know more about the government’s policies and programmes. “Very importantly, it will give the people a chance to tell government what exactly they want to be done. That is why I say feedback is crucial to the duties of a lawmaker,” he added.
Agunbiade, who represents Ikorodu Constituency 2 in the assembly, was speaking at the 7th edition of the assembly’s annual constituency stakeholders’ meeting, which held simultaneously in all the 40 constituencies of the state on Thursday. The Aquila Event Centre, TOS Benson road, Ikorodu, venue of the meeting was graced by eminent constituents, political leaders, students and other stakeholders, who thronged out to be part of the discussions of the day.
With the theme “Increasing wave of drug abuse: A threat to nation building”, discussants and other participants at the event examined the many dangers of drug abuse to the society while also proffering solutions to the menace. Agunbiade set the ball rolling by lamenting the increase in the wave of substance abuse among youths. According to him, the administration of Governor Babajide Sanwoolu is working hard in its battle against the menace. “We have a governor that is committed to a good future for our young ones,” he said.
While Agunbiade used the opportunity to once again give account of his stewardship so far at the House of Assembly, the event later took the form of an interactive session as discussants and participants ex-rayed the problem of drug abuse and its effect on nation building.
The Majority Leader listed Oba Sekumade road, Itamaga/Ijede road, Haruna/Shoderu street, Powerline road, Owutu/Isawo, Ojokoro/Eyita, Sabo/Itokin and Etunreren road, as some of the projects carried out in his constituency by the state government, saying many of the projects are products of interaction between himself and his constituents.
Speaking on the menace of drug abuse, Agunbiade lamented that experts have established a nexus between the abuse of drug and rising incidences of crimes in the society. “This worrisome development was recently corroborated by the Chairman of the Nigeria Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Brigand-General Buba Marwa who stated that Revelations from kidnap victims confirmed the facts that the use of drug contributes immensely to the insecurities currently plaguing the country,” he said.
He added that “the government at various levels has been making efforts to address some of the problems associated with drug abuse and it’s dangers to the nation’s youths. At the Lagos State House of Assembly, the leadership and members have taken matters affecting residents, especially youths, very passionately.” He said the assembly is currently working on a law that will “ensure that youths are provided with great opportunities not only in the area of recreation but where they can nurture, explore and utilize their potentials in sporting activities to become sportsmen and women. This, we strongly believe, will help erase the attraction that drug abuse has become to many youths.”

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