By Adebowale Adejumo
In few weeks’ time, the 8th Lagos state House of Assembly will be rounded off and to pave way for the inauguration of the 9th Assembly. Among the members who have made history to return to the House is Hon, (Dr) Jude Emeka Idimogu (KSM) who will be coming in as a second term member. Fondly referred to as ‘Abundance’ by his Constituents and admirers far and near, he has found his place and his feet in the polity of the land though with plenty of room to learn. Having previously enumerated some of his numerous legislative achievements on a yearly basis in a piece such as this, it is of noteworthy to briefly examine some of his achievement in the last ladder of the current 8th Assembly.
As a close associate and aide of the quintessential legislator, I am motivated to score him high on his contributions to debates, oversight duties, public hearing and law making which are the core duties of a legislator. His ever untiring and dedication to duties has endeared him to more experienced and ‘ranking’ colleagues by meaningfully engaging him in their committee sometimes as ‘volunteer’ member of the committee. No wonder he was quickly consider as Chairman of the House Committee on Commerce, Industry and Cooperatives upon the dissolution and reconstitution of the Committees of the House in July, 2018, a position he has held passionately and dutifully till date upon assumption as the Chairman of the Committee. It is no gain saying that the Ministry officials his Committee oversees for oversight enjoys his cooperation and may not be fallacious that he has being meticulous in dealing with the issues brought before him by the Ministry for his attention.
A team player who has diligently participated in the ad-hoc committees he has been nominated to serve. One of such Committee is the ad-hoc Committee on Budget and Appropriation where he has made good use of his professional background as a Chartered Accountant. All this and more are the behind the scene duty of a legislators’. I have no doubt that some of these professional expertise culminated in the very recent elevation to the highest rank of the Accounting profession as he was decorated and recognized as a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountant of Nigeria.
It was said in Parliamentary parlance that a Motion is as weighty or good as law most especially when passed as a resolution of the House, Hon Jude has had more than seven (7) motions passed as a resolution of which some of the motions have been mentioned in the previous write-ups. More so, are his prayers that have been granted on Matter of Urgent Public importance as it affects the citizenry of the state.
On the home front, Hon Jude has influenced projects that impact positively on his constituents and constituency. It is noteworthy that there are feasible projects within the Constituency as a result of his parliamentary lobbying. According to a bulleting circulated in his Constituency recently with the inscription ‘My Stewardship’, it was made known that he has recommended and influenced over 24 employments in the Civil service in various ministry and agencies just to mentioned a few as at the time of going to press and assists over 20 constituents through vocational training and empowerment. He has also sponsor not less than five students’ education during the period under review.
On the political scene, Hon Jude Idimogu is endeared to many beyond ethnic chauvinism. Though there were dissenting voices to his nomination by his political party; All Progressive Congress, he was able to rise above the challenges due to his patience, persuasiveness and doggedness. The events that led to the general election was frightening, the task was daunting but all this were surmounted through hard work, diligence, discipline and un-relentlessness. No wonder he won his re-election by a whooping difference of 14,028 votes to the closest rival.
On a final note as we look forward to the 9th Assembly, it is right to expect more from our un-relentless, untiring and ever committed Hon Jude Emeka Idimogu. Having garnered experience and as a returning Honorable member of the Assembly, the Constituent cannot but to expect more of the good works he has started in legislative engagements and intense lobbying to attract more projects. More of empowerment schemes in vocational trainings and lots more. He is poise to make good use of his kindness and philanthropy to help the needy and cater for the less privileged.
Adejumo is the Personal Assistant to Hon Jude Idimogu and can be reached via: firstname.lastname@example.org