Why Fatimat Raji Rasaki Must Return To Senate By Collins Olagundoye


Fatimat Raji-Rasaki



Experience in the national assembly is a vital and invaluable asset to the party and the constituencies being represented. It takes considerable amount of time to be effective at law making, to understand the system, to move bills or motions and to have a grasp of the paraphernalia of governance at the center.
This explains why legislators are routinely trained to continuously build capacity in a bid to discharge their responsibilities dutifully. it costs vast sums of  money to train legislators and it would be irrational for the country not to profit from that venture.
The truth is, Senators like Ike Ekweremadu, Ahmed Lawan, in the red chambers just to mention a few, are able to push bills through faster in the Senate having gathered the requisite experience and the wit for sensible politicking.
Their political parties and the constituencies they represent are usually the beneficiaries of such experience. More so, senators that have stayed longer in the Senate have displayed a rare capacity to attract more projects to their constituents as well as the privilege of rank, in canvassing their positions or lending their voice to national debates.
For instance, Sen. James Manager was able to achieve the Nigerian Maritime University, Okerenkoko, Delta State through the bill he sponsored in the Senate. Beyond the quality and appropriateness of the bill, it was his experience, lobbying and politicking gathered from serving three terms in the Senate that warranted the success of the bill.
Senator Fatimat Raji Rasaki, an Harvard University graduate of Leadership in Development, is also tapping from her experiences to move forward her Legislative agenda. This reflects in her being one of the most respected members of the Senate by her colleagues.
As a strict disciplinarian for merit, I would not advocate that a non performing representative be returned to the national assembly just to halt the excessive turnover of legislators. However, those who have laurels to show and have fought the good fight should not be denied further opportunity.
I completely align with the position of the Chairman of the APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomole, who recently encouraged the party to reward loyalty and experience. He said, “Let me assure all of us that the National Working Committee is making this promise publicly and we are doing you no favour. Legislation and the legislature require experience because nobody can give what he does not have.
We see people like Senator McCain, when they speak, the American people listen. High turnover of legislators is not a value to be celebrated. What we should celebrate is experience which cannot be read in books, but can only be acquired on the job. I want to reassure you that we will do everything possible to change the old narrative of heavy turnover every four years and the ‘politics of you have done enough, step aside’ will change over time for the good of Nigeria and for the maintenance of democracy”.
Without a doubt, Senator Fatimat Raji Rasaki has remained loyal to the party and her constituents with her performance and actions for the APC in the recently concluded elections in Ekiti State. The good result of the APC in her senatorial district demonstrates her superior strategic mind and grassroots mobilization. I believe the experience she has gathered in the Senate, particularly as the chairman of a vital committee (Trade and Investment) in the Senate, will prove to be a valuable asset in the coming years for her constituents and Nigerians as a whole.
Senator Fatimat Raji Rasaki remains passionate and committed to delivering on every promise made to her constituents; to provide legislative support to the executive, to defend our constitution and to ensure that the common man finds hope in our country.
            Senator Fatimat Raji Rasaki has again answered the clarion call from her constituents to continue to serve them at the centre dutifully.


In this article by Collins Olagundoye, Saenator Fatimat Raji Rasaki, wife of the former Military Administrator in Lagos and Ogun states, a four year single term member of the House of Representatives, and currently the distinguished senator of the Red Chambers representing the of Ekiti Central Senatorial District. She threw light on many knotty issues such as her past achievement and why she left the PDP for APC and he plan to return to the senate.
 
Senator Fatimat Olufunke Raji Rasaki currently represents Ekiti Central Senatorial District at the upper chambers of the National Assembly, Federal Republic of Nigeria. She is the Chairman Senate Committee on Culture and Tourism having initially chaired Trade & Investment and member of several, other committees which include Aviation, Customs, Excise and Tarrif, Upstream Petroleum, Women Affairs & Interior and Services & Special Duties.
She is a trailblazer, a woman of courage, tenacity and strength of character. A social crusader,  compassionate giver,  grassroots politician making a path for others to follow and more importantly, she has the leadership skill with an ability to provide inspiration for others, a seasoned lawyer and a firm believer in the principle of equity and fair play.  Her journey into the legal profession and Political terrain is strongly propelled by the desire to serve the masses and her inclinations towards social justice.
Born and raised by a formidable political strong man, Late Chief M.A. Obayemi, in Ekiti and combined with her Ekiti sensibility for education, truth, diligence, integrity and honesty, Senator Fatimat Raji-Rasaki commenced her academic pursuit at the Saint Andrews Primary School, Oke Ila and completed in 1969 at the famous All Saints Primary School, Iyin-Ekiti , Ekiti State. She proceeded to Doherty Memorial Grammar School, Ijero, Ekiti where she obtained her West African Examination Certificate in 1973.
 Preparing herself adequately for the role of leadership a social advocate, which she is today, this people-oriented Senator forged ahead to the most prestigious University in the World, Harvard University, USA, where she bagged a certificate in Leadership in Development from the Kennedy School Executive Education and also attended University of Lagos, Akoka to study law. Equipped with a law degree, she set the ball rolling in her chosen cause of human liberation.
Her first point of call was at the Survey Division of the Oyo State Ministry of Land and Housing. Through her position in the ministry, she assisted many people and indeed the Oyo State government in deriving maximum value from their land resources. She also worked with Femi Falana Chambers in Lagos. Absolutely thirsty for greater opportunity to impact more on humanity, Distinguished Senator Fatimat Raji-Rasaki established her own law firm –Fatimat Rasaki & Co, where she served as the Principal Partner.
As a catalyst of social change, she used her law firm to champion the need for politicians to be accountable to the electorates and use their political offices to improve the welfare of their citizens. She equally upholds the ideology that leadership is an opportunity to make sacrifices for the good of the common man and not an avenue for personal aggrandisement. These views propelled her into numerous humanitarian services.
            As the First Lady of Ogun and Lagos States,when her husband, Col. Raji Rasaki was the military Administrator, she used her office to cater for the needs of the rural women. Between 1986 and 1987, she was the Chairperson, Better Life for Rural Women, Ogun State. From 1987 to 1993 she became the chairperson of the Lagos chapter of the Better Life Project.
She also served in the following capacities: South West Co-coordinator, Rural Women; Zonal Co-coordinator, Nigerian Army Officers Wives, Ikeja; Matron, National Council for Women Society; Matron, Lagos State Farmers Association; Life Member, Lioness Club; Life Member, Nigerian Girls Guide and many others.
Not satisfied with the impacts she had made towards the emancipation of the masses, Senator Fatimat Raji-Rasaki sought for a bigger platform to make a bigger impact. This burning desire to better the lives of the many vulnerable but valuable people in the society compelled her into partisan Politics. For her, there was no better platform than the Federal Legislature.
In 2007, she contested and won election into the Federal House of Representatives to represent the Ado and Ifelodun/Irepodun Local Government Areas of Ekiti State under the platform of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP. In her four years in the green chamber, she actively participated in many local and international programmes where she promoted the cause she believed so much in -- Making a positive difference in the lives of her people.
 She was the Deputy Chair of the House Committee on Women Affairs and in her bid to adequately represent Nigerian women and gives them a voice in the International scene, she participated in the Women Conference held in Cairo, Egypt in 2007.     
She equally participated in several other International Conferences such as: 53rd Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference  in Delhi, India in September 2007; The 38th African Regional Conference in Cape Town, South Africa in July, 2007; Conference of African Parliamentary Committee Chairs of Health, HIV, Gender and Finance on Health Development and Financing, in  Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in November, 2008; Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA), UK Branch, West Minister Hall, London in October, 2009; Economic Planning and Development for Members of Parliament of Nigeria held in Pretoria, South Africa in November, 2009.
Senator Raji-Rasaki was a council member at Bayero University, Kano (BUK). As a golden Fish that has no hiding place, the sacrificial leadership model preached and exhibited by Senator Raji-Rasaki attracted numerous laurels and special recognitions to her. Among the various awards are: Award of Excellence by the University of Ado Ekiti Students’ Union; Leadership Award by the Better Life for African Women; Leadership Award by the National Council of Women Societies; Platinum Award by the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) and Excellence Leadership Gold Award by the Law Society, University of Ado Ekiti.
Others are, Award as an Outstanding Representative Member by His Royal Majesty (HRM) Oba Johnson Folorunsho Aderiye II (Oluwafemiloye I); The Alayegunle of Ayegunle Ekiti; Representative of the Year Award; Award of Excellence as the most distinguished Alumnus with recognized outstanding Legislative performances in the National Assembly by Doherty Memorial Grammar School 70/80 Alumni Association, Ijero, Ekiti State; Recognition of Excellence by the Nigerian Union of Journalists, Ekiti Council; Gold Award by the Law Society; Certificate of Merit Award by the Great Minds International Foundation & Broadcasting Service of Ekiti State; Certificate of Legislator, Excellence 2009 from Award Media Events (AME); Woman of Gold with the Black Legend Africa, Ghana 2009 with Evergreen Progressive Development Foundation of Africa;  Certificate of Legislative Excellence, 2009, by Media Events, organizers of Media Merit Award.

Raji-Rasaki Senatorial Giant Strides

Boreholes. Ado-LG
Ogbontitun st. 2. Ilemo st. 3. Aromojo comp. 4. Zone 7 Awajin. 5- Odo otu. 6- Igbaletere, Okeyinmi. 7-Irasa. 8- Ogbon Ado st. 9- HMB junction Similoluwa. 10- Behind Okitiorigbo. 12- Akodi Arowa.13- Afao- road,Ado.

I/Ifelodun.
1.Iyin- Oketoro st. 2- Iyin- Health center near Babamuboni Church. 3- Behind Atiba. 4- Irona st.Igede. 5-  Araromi st. 6- Awo-Okeuba st. 7-Esure- Eyio road. 8- Iworoko, behind Ojaba. 9- Igbemo road, Afao.

Ijero LG.
1-Odoese st. 2-Okeagba st. 3-#1.00 Idasa st. 4- Ijero/Idao express road.5- Ipoti- Iloro road, Ipoti. Epe- Pry Schl, Epe. 6-Iroko near Ojaba. 7-Ijurin- Abebi st. 8-Iloro- Idofin st.9- Odoowa- Ila road. Ikoro- Babatope Mem. High Schl road.
Efon LG.
1-      Rosie near LG Council. 2- Itawure.
Ek/ West LG.
1-Aramoko- ADICO. 2-Erio/Ilesa road.3-Erio- Love at home area.4- Idoile- opp. Ajinare Grams.5- Okemesi- Odo Uwo st. 6- Near Balogun house. 7- Ijana st.8-Ipole/ Iloro- Ijoko st.9-Erinjiyan- Oguna st.10 Odo Igbehin st.

Open Stall Market- 2016- 1,Ado LG- Ugbogun (Temidire Esunmo) 20 Stalls. 2, I/Ifelodun LG- Orun (Igbemo)20Stalls. 3, Ijero LG- Eijiyan(Ipoti)20 Stalls. 4,Ek/West LG-Ikogosi -20 Stalls.
Borehole 2017. Ado LG.1,Extensions- Ajebandele,2, Odunro comp, Okeila.3Ilamoo village,4, Ilupeju estate,5,Embassy Island Moferere.6,Ado comm.7,Okeala Basiri.8,Apata Nata Bojuri.9,Balemo comm.10, Olorunsogo comm.11, Fabian/Fiyinfolu. 12,Aba Iya Medi.13,Lane 5 Nova.14,Ile Ileri.15, Behind Star Printer.16,Ago Aduloju.17,Temidire Aso road.18,Behind MOB house. 19, Odo Uro.20, Abekoko. 21, Behind De link.22, Araromi- obo.23, Aafin area Eyio.24, Eyio road, Iropora.25, St Paul pry schl Araromi.26, Oniyo st, Ogbon Oba, Ara.27, Ileona comm. 28,  Ajaye via Aramoko.

OPEN Market 2017.1,Ado LG- Okeila-20 Stalls. 2,I/Ifelodun- Iworoko-20 Stalls. 3, Ek/West- Aramoko. 20Stalls. 4, Effon- Ojaba- 20 Stalls. 5, Effon Fabol-20Stalls. SOLAR LAMPS 2017.Ado LG- 1, Iremo junction 2Poles.2,Itaeku junction- 2Poles.I/Ifelodun LG-1,Iworoko junction 2Poles,2, Igbemo(Rice junction) 2Poles. Ek/West-1, Aramoko/Ado junction 2Poles. 2, Alara Palace 3Poles. 3, Olojudo Palace 2Poles.Itawure junction 2Poles.

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