Rep. Jide Jimoh, represents Lagos Mainland Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives. Before his advent to the House he had served as a member of the Lagos State House of Assembly and also as chairman of Yaba Council Development Area. In this interview he speaks on his experience in the legislature. Excerpts:

WERE you swallowed  when you arrived the House of Representatives?
Going by my political antecedent, you will realize that I am not new to legislative and executive duties. And throughout the world, legislative duties are the same. Legislative duties comprise three major things namely, passage of bills, representation and motion; and thankfully, I have no problem in all those legislative intricacies.

•Jimoh: I have no problem in all those legislative intricacies

So, you have been moving motions and sponsoring bills?
That is stating the obvious. It will interest you to note that I am not a ‘siddon look’ legislator. I am not a bench warmer in the National Assembly. From my first day there, I hit the ground running. There has never been a debate on matters of national importance that I have not added my voice.

Functional  constituency office

If we are talking about the motions I have moved on the floor, they are more than 26. And if we are talking of bills, I have sponsored bills some of which have got to the third reading.

To what extent do you relate with your constituents?
With due respect, I would not want to blow my own trumpet on that. I have a very busy and functional constituency office at 362, Borno Way, Alagomeji, Yaba. I will advise that you go to my constituency on a fact finding mission. I can assure you that you will get firsthand information that will convince you about my popularity among my people. Just ask a few people to confirm how visible Jide Jimoh is in his constituency and among his people. Ask them how popular he is as far as political relevance is concerned.
And again, there are several other things we have to think about. Some people don’t know that legislators are not executive office holders. If you think that a legislator must come round to execute one project or the other, I will say it is not his duty to do so. But if any legislator does it, let us be informed that he does so from his own personal pocket. It is not part of his responsibility to do. It is part of the responsibilities of the executive to do.
And I want you to know that during the last year’s budget appropriation process, I was able to succeed in bringing a very tangible and solid project to Lagos Mainland Federal Constituency particularly, that is the revival of the moribund Fire Service Station that had been dead for years. That one will be reactivated and I can assure you, in the next few months, Lagos people will be enjoying that facility.

What about your own constituency projects?
It is not constituency project per se. They are my own projects I have executed to assist the downtrodden people of my constituency, particularly the youths, the widows and the aged. Some of these we have done and we have the record for them. And even if you go to the constituency, people will tell you more. I would not want to blow my trumpet. I challenge people to go there and talk to my good people there.
But if you insist I should mention a few of them, then, I will say we provided tricycles (Keke Napep) to assist our youth, we provided moulding machines to assist our unemployed people. We have provided grinding machines also to assist our constituents. I have also sunk boreholes within the locality as it is today.
I want you to know that we have also provided security apparatus for all the schools, mosques and churches in our area to assist in checkmating crime. And these have been helpful. I know how many of these gadgets I provided and I know how much money we sank into the project.
I have also helped the aged in terms of provision of cloths, food and accommodation. Provision of houses for people might be difficult for an individual, but the little I can do to assist, I have been doing that. In education, I have also assisted a number of our students in terms of scholarship and other forms of assistance.
All these projects are the ones executed in the last one and a half years of my being in the National Assembly. If I should start to mention others executed during my time as a Local Council Chairman, we would not have enough time for that now.

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