When in 2007 residents of Bariga and the entire Shomolu constituency 02 first elected Lateef Rotimi Abiru as their representative in the Lagos State House of Assembly, little did they known that they have just signed a pact for a better life for themselves and that of generations next.
“Wiseken,” as Abiru is popularly known and fondly called has practically demonstrated to his constituents who have entrusted him with their mandate that his election as their representative in the State House of Assembly is the beginning of a new and positive era in the constituency.
In less than a year in office even as a legislator whose office has no budgetary provisions but saddled with constitutional responsibilities of making laws along with his colleagues in the House for the prosperity of the state and ensure transparency and accountability through oversight functions into government establishments,
Abiru initiated and sponsored several empowerment opportunities and poverty eradication programme with hundreds of his constituents as beneficiaries regardless of religious, ethnic or political affiliations.
All these and several other dividends of democracy and humanitarian disposition to his constituents in addition to his qualitative representation and excellent performance on the floor of the House characterised his first four years in office which consequently, led to his reelection in 2011.
His second coming into office turned out to be reigniting the process of achieving better life for the people of his constituency as he redoubled his efforts in giving hope to the hopeless and therefore, giving their lives a meaning.
Abiru whom through his brilliant contributions, general performance and discipline on the floor of the House in his first term of office was noted and appreciated by the leadership of his then Action Congress party (AC) and his colleagues in the House and as a result was named the deputy chief whip of the House in his second coming thus becoming a Principal officer of the House.
Again, his second four years (2011 – 2015) was characterised by unprecedented records of achievements and positive turnaround testimonies by crowd of beneficiaries.
With all these achievements, the people of Shomolu constituency 02 appeared to be well pleased with the lawmaker and encouraged him to continue to be their voice in the State House and forge ahead with the qualitative representation for the utmost benefit of the constituents.
This again led to his third consecutive election into the State Assembly representing same constituency. Abiru who was said to be an obedient party loyalist was made the Chief Whip of the current 8th Assembly and has continued his service to his people in practical terms, bringing succour to them.
The lawmaker was said to have continued to attract more infrastructural projects into the constituency to the benefit of his people more than any representative before him, just as he has also continued to make his constituents proud through his outstanding performance on the floor of the Lagos Assembly.
Some of the facilitated State projects into his constituency includes: School Millennium projects which accommodated Pedro Pry School, Ayinke Primary School, Apeleyin Primary School, Gbagada Junior High School in phase 2 among several others in the education sector.
On road infrastructure in the most recent and to mention but few, were, Pedro Road to Igi Olugbin, to Okuta Road, to Deji Ladejobi.
These, according to residents of the area were all facilitated by Hon. Abiru adding that work on Ilaje Road is ongoing while construction of Ariyo and Odunsi Street is to commence very soon, thanks to the quality representations of Abiru.
In the area of provision of clean water for the people, Abiru, has taken it upon himself to compliment efforts of the state government in the area of provision of water via provision of boreholes across Bariga areas.
These boreholes facilities are visible in areas like, Okeme st, Ogundola st, Alh Mumuni st, Ademolu st, Popoola st, Ijagbemi st, Soji Oshodi st, Feyisara st, Oke st, Danmole st, Eko Bayo st, Obanikoro st and that of Westex st (which is currently out of order due to vandalisation by hoodlums). Efforts are said to be ongoing towards building more boreholes and also to maintain existing ones.
Provision of electric transformers and electric poles also dominated Abiru’s score card as the representative of Shomolu Constituency 02 at the State Assembly.
Some of these transformers could be seen at areas like Gbagada Estate Phase 1, Ago Egun area, also on Oke Street, Awin Street among other areas within the communities under his representation.
The annual School Sports Support Programme is another initiative of the dynamic legislator where the lawmaker sponsors all inter House sports events in schools within the constituency. Students in the area were also provided with items such as school bags, sandals, writing materials, branded books etc.
It is worthy to note that all public primary and secondary schools in the area have benefited from this landmark initiative.
Free computer training and empowerment, free medical outreach, employment opportunities, medical, educational and personal recommendations for benefits of his constituents
while the highly religious lawmaker also took it upon himself to feed the fasting Muslims faithfuls during the months of Ramadan as well as sponsor number of constituents on pilgrimage to the holy land in addition to the steady welfare package to members of the communities.
All these and many social benefits characterised his representations at the Lagos State House of Assembly.
However, as the general election slated for February 2019 draws nearer, residents of Bariga and other communities that make up Shomolu constituency 02 have another opportunity to again demonstrate their love and preference for Lateef Rotimi Abiru as their representative who has served them to their satisfaction to continue the good service for the people beyond 2019.