Oyo Deputy Gov attends MULAN annual Ramadan lecture, makes list of top sponsors

The Deputy Governor of Oyo State, Barrister Abdul-Raheem Adebayo Lawal, on Sunday, attended annual Ramadan lecture organized by Muslim Lawyers’ Association of Nigeria (MULAN), Oyo state chapter. 

Barr. Lawal, who was in company of Commissioner for Education, Professor Soliu Adelabu and other top government functionaries, is one of the golden sponsors of the program, which was well attended by Muslim lawyers, politicians and several individuals, held at the Aare Afe Babalola Bar Centre, lyaganku, Ibadan. 

The event was also attended by former minister of communications, Barrister Abdul-Raheem Adebayo Shittu; President Customary Court of Appeal, TM Ganiyu; Retired Justice Boade; Retired Justice Akanbi; Alhaji Lasun Sanusi SAN; Justice Mojeed Ishola, Justice Adegbola, Okere of Saki, H.R.M Oba Khalid Olabisi among others. 

While commending the guest lecturer Alhaji Mahmud Kola Adesina for his excellent presentation on the topic of “Navigating Through Economic Challenges, Legal, Political and Islamic Perspective”, the Deputy Governor said that Nigeria is still facing challenges as a result of governmental policies and the country’s Constitution.

He posited that some fundamental government policies, including those pertaining to revenue sharing, security, and taxes, should be revisited in order to secure national prosperity.

Calling for a holistic approach to the constitution, Barr. Lawal emphasised that President Tinubu was able to correct the wrong approach of the Nigerian Constitution by recently endorsing the creation of the state police during their meeting in Abuja, where he was representing Governor Seyi Makinde. 

Barr. Lawal stated that the issue of security is embedded in the Nigerian Constitution and wondered why someone from the North would be posted to eastern states and be able to curb security when he is unfamiliar with the terrain.

He added, “There is no part of Oyo state without solid minerals. In order to strengthen the economy of the Southwest states and immediately address the issue of illegal mining activities, it is necessary for lawyers, the House of Assembly, and other relevant parties to put head together and ensure that Solid Minerals, which is currently on the exclusive list, drops to the concurrent list. 

“I don’t think I have any business coming to Ibadan since a certain amount of revenue will be going into the local government for me to stay in my village. We have substantial minerals in Saki, Ibarapa, my town, Kishi, and other places in the state.”

The Deputy Governor noted that Governors of the Riverine areas in the southern part were able to put their heads together and ensure that their sharing revenue was jacked up, urging everyone to come together to correct the federal government wrong approach.

Similarly, Barr. Lawal equally attended the Ramadan lecture organized by Alhaja Bose Adedibu in Molete, area of Ibadan, where guest lecturer, Buhari Omomusa, wished him and his principal, Seyi Makinde a successful tenure in office. 

The event was attended by former Oyo Deputy Governor and the Deputy National Chairman (South) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Ambassador Taofeeq Arapaja, Lawmakers, Former Special Adviser to Governor Makinde on Tourism, Hon. Akeem Ige, as well as Chieftains and members of Peoples Democratic Party in Ibadan. 

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