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Gov. Sanwo-Olu and Hon. Gbajabiamila present at the inauguration with constituents

On Saturday, Mr Femi Gbajabiamila, the Speaker of the House of Representatives partly fulfilled his campaign promises to his constituents in Lagos State.

The Speaker, who gifted secondary school pupils in his constituency with laptops and desktop computers, also inaugurated an ICT center at Stadium High School, Iyun Road, Surulere, Lagos State.

Furthermore, two mini stadia namely Love Garden Mini Stadium and Paddington Mini Stadium, were inaugurated by the Speaker in Surulere, Lagos State.

Furthermore, Gbajabiamila gifted buses to some notable organizations in his constituency including St. Anthony Catholic Church, Surulure; Pacceli School for the Visually Impaired; and National Union of Teachers (NUT), Surulere branch.

At the inauguration, the House of Reps member representing Surulere 1 Federal Constituency, thanked his constituents for their support for him and promised to deliver his campaign promises.

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State, who was present at the inauguration, lauded Gbajabiamila’s efforts, adding that it will aid in improving the lives of his constituents.

Sanwo-Olu said, ”We thank the Speaker for all the projects; what we are doing today is the beginning of greater things that will happen around us.

”The Speaker has taken the lead by bringing some of his colleagues in the House of Representatives on how to impact on communities and constituents.

”Just a couple of days ago, I met with all our councillors in all our 377 wards and I said to them, go to your communities and bring projects that the state government can execute.

”So, what we are trying to do as a state government is to move closer to the people through what I can call community government.

”We want to touch the lives of people of all communities in the state.

“We are committed to this and we are collaborating with all stakeholders to ensure the people at the grassroots feel the impact of governance,” he said.

Hon. Gbajabiamila with Gov. Sanwo-Olu during the inauguration alongside Chairman, Love Garden Community Development Association, Alhaji Seriki Abdul Rahman.

While at the inauguration ceremony, Gbajabiamila said, “When we started this journey in 2003, the magnitude of the challenges we faced — politically and in terms of social development — were so enormous that many people were rightly concerned about our ability to rise to the challenges and to overcome them” the House of Reps Speaker said.

“Standing here today, I am confident to say that indeed, we have overcome and triumphed.

“Though our challenges are still great, we shall continue to overcome together as one indivisible brotherhood of people.”

Gbajabiamila asserted that he was pleased to transform Love Garden to a mini stadium because he loved to play soccer there when he was a kid.

”I remember as a young boy in the 70s, playing here in the same Love Garden till late night, meeting people and making friends, some of whom are still around till today and have contributed greatly to the story of my life.

”The Love Garden Mini-Stadium we are delivering today has all the facilities of a modern recreational centre.

”We have put here a new drainage system to ensure that come rain or sunshine, the structure is safe.

”We also have a community office and Elders’ Mediation Centre, a synthetic football pitch, water supply facilities, new inner city roads and street lights so that the new generation of young people can benefit from the interaction here as I did many years ago,” he said.


Hon. Gbajabiamila and Gov. Sanwo-Olu display football skills

The Minister of Youths and Sports, Mr Sunday Dare, represented by the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Mr Olusade Adesola, said the new stadia would help in the development of grass-roots sports.

Chairman, Love Garden Community Development Association, Alhaji Seriki Abdul Rahman thanked Gbajabiamila for upgrading the mini-stadium and delivering other projects, adding that his constituents will continue to support him.

He also presented buses to some organisations in the constituency, including St Anthony Catholic Church, Surulure; Pacceli School for the Visually Impaired; and National Union of Teachers (NUT),Surulere branch.

Hon. Gbajabiamila and Gov. Sanwo-Olu.

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