Hon. Ayeola Abdul-Kadir Abayomi is a rising politician who through a dint of hard work and commitment to the people, moved from the local scene in Lagos to the federal level. He is an indigene of Lagos State and currently a member of the Federal House of Representative where he represents Ibeju-Lekki Federal Constituency of Lagos state. In this interview with FRANCA ONYEKWERE, he talks about himself, his activities at the national legislature and other issues. Excerpts:
Can we know your backgraound?
I am an indigene of Lagos State. I represents Ibeju-Lekki Federal Constituency of Lagos State. I am a trained and certificated educationist and teacher. I attended Government Teachers Training College, Epe in my native Lagos state where I obtained a Grade 11 Teachers’ certificate in 1976. With burning desire to acquire more western education and in the process improve myself, I proceeded to the Lagos State University, Ojo-Lagos where after completing my course of studies bagged a Bachelor’s Degree in 2004.
How did you find yourself into politics?
It may interest you to know that I am among the privileged set of politicians who have been able to have personal experience of the workings both the executive arm and the legislature. Prior to becoming a member of the House of Representatives, I was Chairman of a Local Government and a Supervisor of Local Government. On professional calling, I was actively involved in education matters as an administrator of schools where I spent some years and left behind, Indelible marks. It was after I had established himself as an educationist that I veered into politics which I believe would offer me the opportunity of serving my people on a greater scale. On completion of my term as a local government chairman during which again I delivered the dividends of governance to my people, I looked for higher challenges which political activities would provide.
So, in the 2015 elections, I contested for the Federal House of Representatives under the platform of the All Progressive Congress (APC). My people, who had not forgotten the quality leadership I provided as a local government chairman and bettered their lots, massively supported me to go to Abuja to represent them in the House of Representatives as an Honourable member. Through the massive support I received from the voters in my constituency, I won to represent Ibeju-Lekki Federal Constituency.
How has your election into the House of Representatives impacted your people?
Since my election into the House of Representatives, I have not forgotten my campaign promises to my constituents. I have continued to provide democracy dividends to my people. These include the establishment of a foundation which I fund, being used to assist indigent students of my constituency. As at the last count, more than 500 students have benefited from my intervention through the fund especially, in the payment of examination registration fees for the West African Examination Council (WAEC).
I have also funded the training of many jobless and unskilled youths of my constituency to acquired various empowerment skill to be able to make a living either by working for companies or being self-employed. Those trained for small scale businesses were also given starter packs and funds to take off. It is my belief that through those efforts many youths of my constituency will be able to employ themselves and others, thus reducing unemployment in my state and indeed the country at large.