Senator Solagbade Olufemi Akinola Lanlehin was born on the 8th July 1953 into the illustrious Lanlehin family of Ibadanland. He had his primary education in
Ibadan before attending the prestigious Ibadan Grammar School, where he sat for his West Africa Examination Certificate and came out in flying colours.
The young Olufemi later proceeded to Igbobi College, Yaba for his Higher School Certificate (HSC) which he obtained in 1971.
In 1976, Olufemi Lanlehin who read law at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Enugu Campus earned his Bachelor of Law, LLB (Hons) degree and later went to the Nigerian Law School, where he was called to the Nigerian Bar in July 1977.
Barrister Olufemi Lanlehin served his National Youth Service at the Ministry of Justice, Kaduna, Kaduna State, before joining the law firm of the erudite lawyer and social critic, Chief Gani Fawehinmi in July 1978, where he was until August 1980.
His sojourn in Gani Fawehinmi’s Chambers, no doubt, sharpened his social and welfarist outlook, the human right ideals he holds till today; being on the side of the people and masses on issues that bother on their welfare either locally or nationally.
In August 1980, he established his own law firm, Olufemi Lanlehin &Co and was appointed a Notary Public and Commissioner for Oaths in August 1988.
He has ever since remained in active legal practice, only taking leaves of absence
Senator Olufemi was born into a politically active family, as his father, late Chief Samuel Owoola Lanlehin was a member of the Western Region House of Assembly 1950 – 1954 and the National l Treasurer of the Action Group of Nigeria. His mother was Chief Mrs. Abigail Monilola Lanlehin, a UK trained and registered Nurse/Midwife.
Barrister Olufemi Lanlehin joined the Social Democratic Party in 1987 and ran for election successfully on its platform into
the House of Representatives, representing Ikeja Federal Constituency of Lagos State from 1992 until November 1993 when the military aborted the Third Republic.
On Nigeria’s return to constitutionald
emocracy in 1998, Senator Olufemi Lanlehin joined the Alliance for Democracy (AD) and became its Lagos State Legal Adviser.
He worked with other patriots to win the governorship election in 1999 for his party in Lagos State and was appointed the Commissioner for Special Duties and
then Special Adviser to the then Lagos State Governor, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
In 2002, upon the promptings of his people in Oyo State, Chief Olufemi Lanlehin
left Lagos State politics and joined the political fray in Oyo State. He was the Oyo State Coordinator of the Obasanjo/Atiku Presidential Campaign Committee in
He was appointed the Chairman, Board of Directors, Benin-Owena
River Basin Development Authority in 2004 until August 2007. He was also in February 2006 appointed the Pro-chancellor and Chairman, Governing Council
of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso, Oyo State.
In 2009, Senator Lanlehin as a member of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) and under the dynamic leadership of Alhaji Lam Adesina contributed towards rebuilding the party into a winning platform.
Senator Olufemi Lanlehin was elected into the Senate of the National Assembly in
In the Senate, he was made the Vice-Chairman of the Senate Committee on National Planning, Economic Affairs and Poverty Alleviation and in addition to this he is a member of six other
Senate Committees, which are;
1. Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters;
2. Petroleum (Downstream);
3. Inter-Parliamentary Affairs;
4. Water Resources;
5. Solid Minerals;
6. States and Local Governments.
As it is well known, the primary duty of a legislator in the National Assembly is lawmaking.
Senator Lanlehin has made substantial contributions even as he is poised to raise the standard in the coming legislative years. In the last two years, he has sponsored and co sponsored a number of Bills and Motions. These include;
A Bill on the amendment of Border Communities Development Agency
The sponsorship of the Bill was informed by the concern of Sen. Lanlehin for the well-being of the people in border communities, particularly of Oke-Ogun axis of Oyo State among others across the country.
Chartered Institute of Statisticians of Nigerian Bill (Sponsor).
A Bill for an Act on Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment
Recycling and other Related Matters Act 2013 (C0-Sponsor).
A Bill for an Act to provide for the Prohibition of/and Punishment of
Electronic Fraud and Crime in all Electronic transactions in Nigeria and for other related matters-(Co-sponsor).
A Bill for an Act to regulate the Transfer of Money by an Electronic
Terminal with the use of a card for the purpose of instructing or authorising a financial institution to debit or credit the cardholder’s account when anything of value is purchased and for other related purposes-(Co-Sponsor).
Promotion of indigenous language Bill – (Co-Sponsor)
A motion seeking to address the spate of extra-judicial killings and torture in the country-(Mover)
A Motion seeking to address the deplorable state of Lagos–Ibadan,
Abuja–Lokoja–Okene and Port-Harcourt—Enugu roads-(Mover).
It is to the credit of Senator Olufemi Lanlehin who along with some of
his colleagues moved a motion on the state of disrepair of Lagos–Ibadan Expressway,that made the Federal government to explore better ways of tackling the deplorable nature of the road.
Senator Olufemi Lanlehin, armed with a passion for responsible and effective representation constructed from his personal resources 13No solar-powered boreholes spread across the nine local government councils of Oyo South Senatorial District.
Locations of the projects are as follows;
*Oke-Itunu, Mokola in Ibadan North Local Government.
*Nalende in Ibadan North West Local Government.
*Foko/Ita-Maya in Ibadan South West Local Government.
*Kudeti in Ibadan South East Local Government.
*Igangan in Ibarapa North Local Government.
*Lanlate in Ibarapa East Local Government.
*Ayeye/Oopo-Yeosa in Ibadan North West Local Government
*Oje in Ibadan North East Local Government.
*Orita Aperin in Ibadan South East Local Government.
*Adabeji in Ibadan South West Local Government.
*Felele in Ibadan South East Local Government.
*Ido Township in Ido Local Government Local Government.
*Igbo-Ora in Ibarapa Central Local Government.
He also facilitated and had installed electricity transformers across the
He by his constituency projects facilitated the construction of 6No blocks of
classrooms with offices and toilets in:
Yejide Girls Grammar School, Molete, Ibadan
Salvation Army Primary School, Mokola Area, Ibadan
Oba Akinbiyi Grammar School, Mokola Area, Ibadan
African Church Grammar School, Apata Area, Ibadan
Ibadan Grammar School, Molete, Ibadan.
St. Stephens’ School, Awoton, Ido Local Government
Muslim High School, Sango, Eruwa, Ibarapa East Local Government.
He facilitated the construction of 21 solar powered boreholes in Ibadanland and
Ibarapa in the 2012 and 2013 budgets years.
He facilitated the construction of 12 hand-pump boreholes across the 9 local government areas in the Senatorial district.
Also under construction is a Primary Health Centre in Igboora, Ibarapa North
Local Government as facilitated by Sen. Olufemi Lanlehin.
Senator Olufemi Lanlehin true to his character, as a compassionate politician
within the short period of his stay at the Senate, has done reasonably well for his
Senatorial district, that space and time may not permit to mention.
However, the under-listed cannot be overlooked amongst other empowerment
initiatives he has undertaken in the last two years.
1. Senator Olufemi Lanlehin was visible at the time when a flood disaster
ravaged parts of Ibadan Metropolis and its environs. It is on record that
Sen. Lanlehin rushed down from Abuja to assess the situation personally
and sympathize with the victims. When he arrived in Ibadan and
discovered that the disaster was of a serious magnitude, he deployed all
resources at his disposal to aid rescue efforts and procured relief materials
estimated at over N20 million naira which he distributed to most of the
victims. The material distributed included, but not limited to; hundreds of
bags of food stuffs (rice, beans and garri e.t.c), packs of soaps and
detergents among other items while cash donations were also provided in
2. Similarly, he provided relief materials and cash totalling N7.5million to the
victims of April 22, 2013 fire disaster that ravaged Omitowoju Community
of Nalende, Ibadan North West Local Government.
3. Provision of assistance to suitably qualified applicants who seek
employment into public service as well as the private sector. A good
number of young graduates within and outside Oyo South Senatorial
District have had their job applications successfully processed in some
Federal Ministries, Departments and Agencies such as Nigerian National
Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), National Human Rights Commission
(NHRC), National Bureau of Statistics, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence
Corps (NSCDC), The Nigeria Police as well as some notable organizations
in the private sector.
4. Floating of Education Revival Programme in which his alma mater (Ibadan
Grammar School) has been selected for the take-off. Within the period under review, he has made three personal appearances at the School to demonstrate his commitment to the programme. On the first occasion, he
donated a complete set of computer (PCs), printers, Units of UPS etc.
Secondly, he facilitated the donation of multi-million naira Science and
Technology Equipment to the School by De-United Foods Limited (the
producer of the popular Noodles brand- Indomie). The third time, he was
honoured with an award of Excellence alongside the former Head of
Service of the Federation, Prof. Oladapo Afolabi and he used the occasion
to donate a cash of N1 000,000 (one million naira) towards the
development of the School.
5. Provision of food items and essential materials totalling N3million to the
less privileged children in Ibadan Home for the Motherless Babies in
Yemetu, Ibadan School for the Deaf in Sango/Eleyele Area and School for
the Handicapped Children in Ijokodo, Ibadan.
6. Major repair of power generator at the Ibadan School for the Deaf, along
Sango–Eleyele Road, Ibadan.
7. (a)Financial assistance to Labaowo-Ogunpa Traders Association distributed
among members who were victims of an inferno which gutted a section of
(b) Over one million naira distributed to members of the “Fancy Section”
of the Aleshinloye traders whose goods were consumed by fire.
8. Offer of financial assistance to countless members of the public who had
got to offset their children school fees, house rents, shop rents and so on.
This also include frequent cash offer to the needy individuals who make
formal and informal requests to enable them feed, meet social, educational
and medical obligations.
9. A N50,000,000.00 (fifty million naira) Economic Empowerment Scheme
SENATOR LANLEHIN AS RELIGIOUS MAN
Worship centers and religious organizations have not been left out of Sen.
Lanlehin’s gesture. Worthy of note are various churches and organizations
that have benefitted from his Church/Mosque Development Intervention programmes.
Senator Olufemi Lanlehin has always been a massive sponsor of various
lectures/sermons programmes (Waasi) on different radio channels
especially during the annual Ramadan Fast. Also, during the annual
Ramadan Fast, Sen. Lanlehin identifies with many Muslim Communities by
making available food items, beverages and cash donations to Mosques
through individual Imams and/or other leaders.
Distribution of relevant items such as rams, chickens, turkeys, bags of rice,
vegetable oil and beverages during major festivals of Ramadan Fast, Ileya,
Christmas and New Year. These items are distributed to an endless list of
traditional and community heads, religious leaders, party stalwarts and
members as well as indigent members of the public.
Reconstruction and upgrade of Arowona Community Mosque affected by
an inferno to the tune of N1million.
A devout Christian, Senator Olufemi Lanlehin is the Balogun Ijo of St.
Stephen’s Anglican Church, Nalende, Ibadan
AWARD AND HONOURS
Senator Olufemi Lanlehin holds the Chieftaincy titles of Ekarun Bamofin of
Ibadanland and Otunba Onido of Idoland, Ido Local Government and Oluomo of
Nalende, Ibadan North West Local Government.
He has several awards, such as;
1. Award of Excellence by Ibadan Grammar School Old Students Association
2. Award of Excellence by NUJ, FRCN Ibadan National Station Chapter
3. Merit Award by National Association of Health Information Management
Students, UCH Ibadan Chapter.
4. Award of Excellence by Bodija Ibadan Market Butchers Association; etc
SENATOR AS A FAMILY MAN
Senator Lanlehin is a keen swimmer and an avid golfer. He is a member of many
Golf and Country Clubs across the country; he is married with four children, one of whom is a lawyer.