by Lanre Adesanya
The Lagos State House of Assembly Speaker,Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa has charged the Nigerian youths to consciously turn their situation around, by coming up with ingenious ideas and well thought out leeway to counter the poverty and unemployment plaguing the nation. The Lagos hallowed chamber number one man, Obasa made this call while receiving an award for Exemplary Leadership conferred on him by the National Association of Polytechnic Students (NAPS) in his office, Alausa Ikeja.
He noted that the optimism demonstrated by the students emboldens one that all hope was not lost, saying Nigerian youths were capable of taking over from the old generation by displaying good leadership qualities. “I can say boldly, with what I see, is our youths are ready to take over. We all want good leaders for Nigeria, we don’t want a country where only the rich will have their way and others do not.
“We want people with ideas, you must be innovative, you must have administrative ideas, you have to look inwards and bring out what others would have to embrace, with government’s support, we can eradicate unemployment and poverty,” the Speaker said.
He also urged the students to eschew tendencies that encouraged factionalization in the Student Union, stating categorically, that it was the only way to build virile institutions. While appreciating the association for conferring him with exemplary leadership award, Obasa maintained that it would be appropriate if the students continue to demonstrate sound leadership characteristics at all times.
The leader of the delegation, Luqman Salahudeen stated that NAPS decided to honour the Lagos Speaker because of his style of leadership in the State.
Salahudeen who is the first Nigerian student to head the West African Polytechnic Union, explains that the Speaker had been piloting the affairs of Lagos Assembly without rancour or acrimony.
Adding that even though NAPS could not give an account of the activities of the Lagos House in totality, the developments in some other legislative bodies in other state Houses of Assemblies where “speakers were being substituted like a football match” members of the students Union were convinced of his legislative duties in Lagos state.
“We appreciate your leadership, may be those (other Houses) who do not coordinate themselves can learn from you. Nigerian students are upcoming generation, we are very jealous of your achievements,” Salahudeen said.
Also speaking, the facilitator of the award, Agbabiaka Ahmed said the Speaker who is a fourth term member of the House had been part of the success stories of the State Assembly. He opined that, what was exceptional about Obasa was his belief in the youths, saying he had been supporting the youths in his constituency.