Indeed, Hon Adewale Temitope Adewale has become a household name in Ifako Ijaiye local government and a political brand in the political arena of Lagos and Nigeria as a whole.
On 6th June 2019, the stylish white-bearded Hon Adewale was sworn in as a member of the prestigious Lagos State House of Assembly representing the good people of Ifako Ijaiye constituency 01.
His emergence was met with mixed feelings as some doubted his capacity to deliver. Why? A youth and a first-timer. In contrast, several others believed in his ability, and he hasn’t disappointed.
His one year in office was characterized by the COVID-19 pandemic, Gas Explosion in the Iju area of the local government, and the EndSars saga that resulted in an inter-ethnic crisis in the Fagba. Instead of overwhelming the amiable Hon Adewale, all these challenges served as motivation for him, and like an eagle, he rose above the rubbles. As a result, he made a considerable impact on the lives of his people and his constituents.
He was there all through the pandemic, giving different phases of palliatives to the vulnerable, the elderly, tradesmen/women, artisan, youths, party members, and security personnel. A lot of people enjoyed the largess of his generosity.
Aside from the general food palliative, he did the first of its kind within the LG. He donated his April salary to the health and environment workers as well as the security personnel in the local government.
The gas explosion in the Iju suburb of the local govt was a disaster that wreaked havoc on the properties, lives, and the business environment. However, in his magnanimity, Hon Adewale Temitope Adedeji rose to the occasion by providing succor to the victims. Aside from giving cash to all the victims, he also provided support for their hospital bills, especially those that suffered critical decree of burns.
Hon Adewale’s gesture was further experienced during the ENDSARS saga that resulted in an inter-ethnic crisis in the Fagba area. He set up a committee to supervise the disbursement of 10million Naira relief funds to the businesses and families affected.
His giant strides in education cannot be overemphasized. His support program has given 850 UTME and 100 GCE forms to indigent students, while two outstanding ones were awarded scholarships. In addition, several admissions were facilitated into the various higher institutions in Lagos through his office.
In terms of employment, several constituents have been offered jobs in LASTMA, LASWA, LBSL, and LAGFERRY. Some others were given board appointments in RAVC and Park monitoring committee. This is outside the several constituents who were empowered through the Ministry of Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation.
In terms of road infrastructure, he has facilitated several roads in the local government, such as the reconstruction of Moyo Agoro/ Inuobimi street, Jagunmolu street, Araromi, Ogundimu street, and rehabilitation of Iju road to Ajuwon. In addition, several other roads have gotten approval from the state government within the period under review through his influence. Roads such as Abiola/ Onijemo, Oshola street, Ibarra, Oyemekun, and Omoomo Street.
Hon Adewale has also facilitated the renovations of some schools, such as Fagba Junior grammar school and some primary schools within the Bishop Oluwole school complex.
On security, Hon Adewale, on 1st October 2020, celebrated the LNSC officers for their courageous and intelligent operations during the Endsars protest. As a result, millions of naira were given to all the 125 staff of the Ifako Ijaiye chapter of the corps.
These were in addition to the provision of cash for the renovation of their operation vehicle, provision of three (3) laptops to aid the smooth operation and reporting of the officers.
The Iju divisional police office (Red House) was not left out as it received a massive facelift and provision of office equipment, furniture, and electronics for the officers’ use, especially the office of the DPO, DCO, and the officers changing room.
Hon Adewale Temitope Adedeji, a first-timer in the House of Assembly, made an impeccable mark on his legislative work as the Chairman, Committee on Transportation. His desire for a better transportation system in the state gave birth to the total reworking and drafting of the 2018 transport sector law, which was recently passed into law as the Lagos State transport sector reforms law 2021.
Like a North Star, he shines brightly among his colleagues by making his voice heard on the floor of the hallowed chamber, most especially on matters of urgent importance. Hon Adewale Temitope Adedeji has been able to sponsor and co-sponsor several motions and attended several legislative retreats.
Hon Adewale is undoubtedly a game-changer, servant-leader, unusual philanthropist, vibrant, hardworking, and intelligent man who has brought new hope and new order in government and governance as it relates to the youth in politics.
The coming two years hold a lot for the people of Ifako Ijaiye. This uncommon legislator is committed to delivering dividends of democracy to the people without neglecting their welfare and provision of social amenities that would enhance good living. As a star, he is a landmark that helps those who follow him determine direction. Hon Adewale Temitope Adedeji glows brightly and leads people towards a purposeful destination.