From Smile Igbekele
Senator representing Ondo South Senatorial District at the upper chamber of the National Assembly (NASS), Senator Yele Omogunwa has defended hìs colleagues, saying: “We are not collecting any ‘jumbo salary’ as perceived by Nigerians”
Omogunwa spoke at a book launch at Ode Irele, Ondo State at the weekend
He blamed the media for not educating members of the public about this serious issue which he said is terribly affecting the relationship between the law makers and their constituencies.
According to him, what he receives as a salary at the end of each month is not enough to throw about anyhow.
While appreciating efforts of Chief John Olatunji. author of the book, titled; ‘Irele Local Government Council: Past, Present and Future,’ Omogunwa acknowledged the tedious task of writing a book.
“I am a retired school principal. For the past three years or there about, I have been trying to put something together but I have not been able to get anywhere,” he explained
Expressing displeasure on the low turnout at the event, the legislator appealed to those present to encourage the author through their patronage.
Chairman of the occasion and a former Accountant General of the Federation (AGF), Sup. Evang. James Kayode Nayeju who applauded the author for his efforts, identified the book as a unifying factor for the people of the area
“The book, apart from being a stimulant, is a challenge to the writer’s contemporaries. As a retired teacher, it is a good thing not to be tired. All of you, those still young, must utilise your time very well. You must not slumber because you are retired,” he admonished
He urged citizens of the area to make ‘I will make Irele Local Government better than I met it’ their motto.
In his welcome address, Olatunji informed that the concept of the book was to delve into the evolution of Irele local government; past and present administrations of the council, the culture of the people, with a view to planning for a glorious future.
He added that topical issues such as local government administration in Nigeria, Essentials of 1976 local government reform, councillors and law making at the grassroots, traditional institutions among others were packaged in the book.
The book was reviewed by Dr. Kunle Olatumile of the Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko.
Some of those in attendance were the Ahaba of Ajagba, Oba Thomas Adesayo, member representing Irele State Constituency at the Ondo State House of Assembly, Barrister Segun Ajimatoki, Mrs. C. M. Omogunwa and others.