Meet The New State Appointees From Ikorodu
By Kunle Adelabu & Dimeji Jagun.
In the next four years, newly appointed personalities into different positions of authority shall represent Ikorodu Division at the state level as our ambassadors. The fate of the people of the division who have been shouting marginalization will be tied to these appointees alongside the elected officials like Hon. Sanai Oyeniran Bolanle Agunbiade, Majority Leader, Lagos State House of House of Assembly, Hon. Nurudeen Solaja, Member, Lagos State House of Assembly, representing Ikorodu Constituency II and Hon. Babajimi Benson, Member, Federal House of Representatives among others that will still be appointed into boards, parastatals and as aides to the Governor.
HON. (MRS.) ADEBIMPE AKINSOLA (J.Pil) ,
Special Adviser on Art & Culture
Hon (Chief) Adebimpe Akinsola, the newly appointed Special Adviser, Art & Culture, Lagos State has shown that she is not just another woman in politics, but one with difference. Hon. Akinsola always set target and ready to give it all it takes to achieve her aims in a political space dominated by men of caliber and timber. Today, she has not only proven that she has arrived, but in practical terms show that she is a force to be reckon with in Ikorodu and Lagos State politics. She is independent and never because of politics say ‘yes’ when she meant ‘no’.
In 2011, she wrestled and won the Ikorodu Constituency II ticket with against other contenders mostly men and was member of the 7th Assembly of Lagos State between 2011 and 2015. After vacating the Assembly seat mostly because of Ikorodu Constituency II political arrangement but she was undeterred and worked for the victory of APC. Mr Akniwunmi Ambode recently announced her name alongside others that will be steering the ship of the state in the next four years.
Hon. Adebimpe Akinsola was born on Friday, 6th October, 1961, to the family of High Chief & Mrs. Onasanya in Igbogbo town, Lagos State. She attended UAMC Primary School (Eleja) Igbogbo where she obtained her First School Leaving Certificate. She moved on to Government Teachers College, Igbogbo for her Grade II Teacher’s Certificate then proceeded to Lagos State College of Education (Now Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education) Ijanikin for her NCE and pursued her education further by attending Ogun State University (Now Olabisi Onabanjo University) Ago Iwoye where she obtain B. A. Hons. (Ed.) French.
She got into active politics in 1999 when she joined Alliance for Democracy (AD), and followed the progressive transformation of the party to Action Congress (AC), Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) and now All Progressive Congress (APC). She was a member of Afenifere Unity Forum (AUF) I Allaince for Democracy and since her foray into active politics, she has been actively participating in the politics of Igbogbo/Baiyeku LCDA and Isolo.
She was an aspirant in the contest for Ikorodu Constituency II Seat at the Lagos State House of Assembly in 2006/2007 and again, in 2011 which she did not only win the primary, but also the general election and became a member of the State Legislature.
As a grassroots and community activist, Hon. Adebimpe Akinsola belong and actively participating in several social, community and interest groups, among which are – Conference of Leaders of Ikorodu Division (COLID); Member, Guild of Stewards Diocese of Lagos West Anglican Church, Ilewe-Meta, Isolo; Executive Member, Igbogbo Social and Economic Council (ISEC); Member, Igbogbo Development Association (IDA); Former Honorary National Recording Secretary, YWCA Nigeria; Former Chairman, Membership Committee, YWCA Nigeria among many others. She has also served as Member and Treasurer of Igbogbo Day Planning Committee (2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010).
Her community activities and impacting representation was recognized by HRM Oba (Dr) Johnson Fatola (Jp.), the Adeboruwa of Igbogbo and entire people Igbogboland when on April 27, 2013, a honourary title of “Olu Omo” of Igbogboland was bestowed on her at Adeboruwa palace at a well-attended conferment ceremony.
While in the Lagos State House of Assembly between 2011 and 2015, Hon. Adebimpe Akinsola moved and supported several motions with far-reaching effects on the people
She has also been in the forefront of advocacy against stigmatization of rape victims and called on National Orientation Agency (NOA) to ensure that Nigerians are sensitized properly on this; insecurity in some states especially Lagos State and calling on appropriate authorities to ensure the safety of lives and properties of Lagosians and other Nigerians; and also charged women on inequalities by enjoining them to get more involved in community, political and other activities and also charged women in positions of authorities to help in addressing the issues.
Hon. Adebimpe Akinsola was the Vice Chairman, House Committee on the Environment. She also belongs to other Committees in the house. i.e, Committee on Economic Planning and Budget; Education; Agriculture & Cooperatives and Rural Development; and Ethics, Protocol and Privileges. She has also served in so many Ad-Hoc Committees to carry out state assignments.
Despite severe opposition, Hon. Akinsola made the Lagos State Cabinet due to many factors. She is said to be candidate of former Secretary to Lagos State Government and Chieftain of APC, Asiwaju Olorunfunmi Basorun, an influential and respected political figure in the state. Unknown to many, she is also the political daughter of the party’s State Chairman, Chief Henry Ajomale and an honourable in whom APC National Leader, Asiwaju Tinubu is very well pleased. She is also a close lieutenant of former Speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Ikuforiji and an ally of the current Speaker, Rt. Hon. Obasa.
More so, the influence of her brother, High Chief Tajudeen Duduyemi Onasanya, the Odofin of Igbogbo who is very well connected within the Lagos State Traditional Council also played a vital role.
Her connection to Lagos Island was also a factor. Being a Princess of Ojora, one of the ‘Idejos” (Lagos land owners) and couple with her activities while in the house also facilitated ed her emergence as Special Adviser. Her assigned portfolio is just like putting a round peg in a round hole. She is known for her attachment to cultural activities right from her Teachers’ Training days in Teachers Training College, Igbogbo and the community. This, couple with the fact that she belongs to two families with rich cultural heritage – Odofin Chieftaincy family of the Lantan Onanusi, Igbogbo and Ejimosu Ruling House of Ojora Royal Family, Lagos.
Prince (Barr.) Rotimi Ogunleye
Commissioner for Commerce & Industry
Prince Rotimi Ogunleye’s political reckoning can be describe as one with commitment, perseverance, active engagement, especially when it matters and political sagacity. As many times as was disappointed politically, he has always picked up and never go begging for consideration. To him, it is either you are qualified on merit or not and this made many described him as arrogant, but you can never take away his intellectual prowess and brilliance.
He is well rooted in the two most important professions- legal and media and his experiences in these two fields will come handy in his new engagement.
Barrister Ogunleye before his recent appointment was in active legal practice. He holds Bachelor Of Arts (Hons) degree in English Studies from University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University); Post-Graduate Diploma (PGD) in Journalism from Centre for Foreign Journalism (CFI) in Reston, Virginia, USA; Bachelor of Law (Hons) Degree from the Lagos State University, Ojo and later Nigerian Law School, Lagos.
The new Commissioner for Commerce & Industry was at various times Reporter, Staff Writer, Columnist, Member of the Editorial Board, Business Editor, Associate Editor and an Editor with Daily Times of Nigeria (DTN). He was also a Special Correspondent at Richmond Times Despatch.
Until his recent appointment, Ogunleye is the Principal Counsel in the law firm of Rotimi Ogunleye & Associates.
He had served Lagos State in many capacities as member, Lagos State Civil Service Commission, Lagos State Agriculture Development Authority and Ad-Hoc Committee for the Lagos State Christian Pilgrims Board among others.
He was an aspirant for Lagos State House of Assembly in 1999, 2003 and 2014.
Barrister Rotimi Ogunleye scored first when he re-elected as People’s Warden (Prime Minister), The African Church Bethel Cathedral, Ikorodu. It was during his tenure the Chathedral Church was completed and dedicated for use.
Has a state government appointee is emergence were due to many factors. To many, his appointment is a deserving one and a reward to loyal party man who has consistently support the ruling party from AD to APC.
There is also the factor of his being a cousin to the former Deputy Governor of Lagos State and Chieftain of APC, Prince Abodun Ogunleye. Likewise, brother to Prince Bode Ogunleye, a chartered accountant and philanthropist of note who is very well known to the National leader of APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu as well as the governor of Lagos State, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode who himself is a chartered accountant.
Prince Kunle Ogunleye, a retired Director with the Lagos State Government is also a good friend of the governor in and out of service.
Aside all these factors, Barrister Ogunleye possess personal attributes and qualities that qualifies him as the right man for the job. His professional background as lawyer and journalist prepared him for the task ahead and having being a former business editor and member of Ikeja Bar Association with his law firm and legal activities based in the business district, one expect that he will be able to deliver on his current assignment as Commissioner for Commerce & Industry.
Alhaji Babatunde Tajudeen Rotinwa
Chiarman, Lagos State Local Government Commission.
Alhaji Babatunde tajudeen rotiwa, former Lagos State Head of Service was born on June 29, 1945 at Ikorodu in Lagos states. He had his primary education at the Muslim primary school, Ikorodu Frm 1952 to 1959 and his secondary education at Oriwu College, also in Ikorodu, between 1960 and 1965. He gained admission in 1971 to Chicago State University Chicago, lllinouis in the United States of American from where he graduated
with a Bachelor of Science(Bsc.) Degree in Biology in June 1974 and Master of Science (M.sc) Degree in Natural Science in December 1975. Alhaji Rotinwa had his first post -qualification work experience at
his alma mater, Chicago State University, where from 1972 to 1975 he was employed as Research Library Assistant with responsibility for indexing research thesis and preparing research library document for library users.
Rotinwa returned to the country in 1976 and accepted Lagos State Government’s offer of employment as Inspector of Education Grade 1 and was posted to Epe Grammar School, Epe to Head the science
department where he taught Physics, Chemistry and Biology for a year.
He was afterwards in April 1977 posted to Lagos States Government College, Ojo where he also served as head of science department for another one year.
His unified local government service experience in Lagos State dated from March 1978 when he transferred his teaching service and received posting as Assistant Secretary 1 to Somolu Local Government Council where he headed the task force to improve the councils internally generated revenue and was responsible for project monitoring, among other duties.
Shortly after being promoted Senior Assistant Secretary in March 1978, Alhji Rotinwa was appointed in January 1980 Council Manager for Epe Local Government Council by the Second Republic Civilian
Administration of ex-governor Lateef Jakande on the recommendation of the local government service commission. From this period and 1990, he so served in many other capacities.
From October 1987 to July 1991 he served in the defunct Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs and in the old Deputy Governor’s office, first as Secretary for Staff Development and Service
Matters and then ,in the wake of the 1988 Civil Service reforms, as Director. In between that period, from January to August 1990,he was on special national assignment in his capacity as administrative
secretary of the now extinct National Republican Convention in Mushin Local Government Area.
Between July 1991 and august 1993 he served at the Local Government Service Commission where, as holder of the office of Director, he headed the Directorate of Establishing and Training. He acted as Director-General in September 1994, he was the Coordinating Director at the Local Government Service Commission. He came to the office of Local Government Service Commission where he had severed as Director-General since September 1994.
The then military administrator of Lagos State Brigadier-General Buba Marwa appointed him as Head of Civil Service in September 1998. He retired as head of Service in June 1999 but was not tired. He performed very well at various appointments thereafter. He was with IGI, Federal Ministry of Works and B.T.R Consultancy services.
Alhaji Rotinwa has in his course of his eventful and enviable local government and civil service career attended, between 1982 and 1998,quite a good number of seminars, advanced management and group
training workshops and courses as well as a congress in different parts of the world like Rio de Janeiro (Brazil),Germany, Ireland , Japan and Mombasa in Kenya, London and USA. He also attended a training
programme on policy studies for top government functionaries in the public service between August and November 1996 at the University of Lagos.
A member of the prestigious island club of Lagos, Eko club, committee of friends and the 1960/64 set of Oriwu College Old Student Association, Oriwu Club and Ikorodu Division Resources Development
Group(IDRDG), Ikorodu Crystal Club and Exclusive Club, Ikorodu.
Going by his resume, Alhaji Babatunde who played pivotal role in the campaign that brought Mr Akinwunmi Ambode into the helms of affair of the state as only returned to a terrain very well known to him.
Professor Adebayo Ninalowo,
Chairman, Governing Board, Lagos State University
Professor Adebayo Ninalowo is a Professor of Sociology in the department of Sociology, faculty of Socal Sciences, University of Lagos, Akoka. He specializes in Industrial Sociology and Sociological Theory and has many academic and research publications to his credit.
Among the publications Professor Adebayo had authored and co-authored are On the Crisis of Underdevelopment”. Lagos: Prime, 2007; “Social Work /Within the Context of Globalization, In Readings in Social Work, edited by Lai Olurode, Funmi Bammeke and Dare Durowade, Sociology Department , University of Lagos,2006; The Convert Bid for Regime Extension as Contagious Anarchy, In a Third Term Agenda: To Be or Not To Be, edited by Lai OLurode, Lagos FSS, UNILAG,2006; Antinomies Of Corruption and Democratic Governance”, In Democracy, Good Governance and Corruption in Nigeria, edited by Lai Olurode and S.O. Akinbye, Lagos., Friedrich Ebert Foundation,20006; Juxtaposition of Democratic Notion with Nigerian Realities” Journal of Society, Development and Public Health, vol 1,#2,pps. 85-105;
Others are Toward a De-Mystification of Pervasive Understanding of Terrorism; Reflections on Mitigation of Legitimation Crisis: An Inquiry into Contradictions of Underdevelopment”. A Monograph through the Auspices of Africa Centre for Economic Growth (ACEG); Conceptualizing Development as Popular Empowerment, Journal of Society, Development & Public Health, vol 1,#1, pps 1-10.2004b; Essays on the State and Civil Society. Lagos: First Academic Publishers.2004a; Crisis of Governance Legitimation, Crisis and Policing in Nigeria Society, In the Nigeria Police and the Crisis of Law and Order. V.T Jike, editor. Lagos: NISS Publications.2003b; Democratic Governance , Regional Integration and Development in Africa”,Occasional paper,Development Management Policy Forum (DPMF),Untied Nation Economic Commission for Africa.
Also, M.A. Thesis, An Investigation of Alienation Among Clerical Workers, University of Windsor, Canada.1979; Ph.D Thesis: On Job Characteristic, Worker Attitudes and Collective Protest: A Sociological Inquiry into Labour Relations, York University, Toronto, Canada.1983 and Education, Legitimation and Crisis, Canadian Journal of Education,9 3:pp. 298-316,1984 among many others.
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