MEET OUR ASPIRANTS by Progressives e-group
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Meet Rt (Hon). Lasun Yusuff.
_Early life and education_
Rt Hon. Lasun Yusuff was born on October 4, 1960. He is from Ilobu , which is ten minutes’ drive from Osogbo and the administrative headquarters of
Irepodun Local Government Area, Osun State in the south-western part of Nigeria. He started his formal education at the Local Authority Primary School in Ilobu, Osun State . He proceeded on his secondary education at Ansar-Ud-Deen Secondary School, Erin, and later moved to Ifon/Erin Community High School Ifon, both in Osun State from 1973 to 1979. He secured an admission into the University of Ibadan , Ibadan , Oyo State where he studied Mechanical Engineering, and bagged a Bachelor of Science (Hons) degree. Hon. Lasun is a chartered engineer and holds a master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Obafemi Awolowo University , Ile-Ife .
Lasun Yusuff is a grassroot politician widely known in Osun State and he is fondly called The Homeboy due to his grassroot qualities. He was once a youth leader in the Unity Party of Nigeria UPN. He was also the state public relations officer (PRO) of the Alliance for Democracy before and during Chief Bisi Akande’s administration. With his undiluted loyalty, unquantifiable role played in the Alliance of Democracy AD and his doggedness in the political cycle in the state the governor of Osun State, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola appointed him chairman of Osun State Capital Territory Development Authority OSCTDA in 2004 / 2005, a body established by law with a mandate to facilitate the urban growth of Osogbo and neighbouring towns.
In 2011, he ran for a legislative seat in the [7th National Assembly] as the representative of Osogbo/Olorunda/Irepodun/Orolu Federal Constituency. He won on the platform of [Action Congress of Nigeria], which later joined the All Progressives Congress with other parties in the run-up to the 2015 general elections in Nigeria. He was appointed Deputy Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Water Resources by the then Speaker, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal.
He was also a member of the Constitutional Review Committee.
Lasun was elected to the House of Representatives for a second term on the All Progressives Congress’ platform in March 2015. He was elected the Deputy Speaker of the 8th House of Representatives by 203 members of the House of Representatives out of the 357 that participated in the in-house election. Yakubu Dogara was elected as the Speaker.
Besides his primary role of representing his constituents in the House of Representatives and making laws, Lasun has presided over the affairs of the House when the Speaker, Yakubu Dogara, was unavoidably absent or had to participate on the floor of the House. Lasun led some members of the House to the 15th Commonwealth Speakers and Presiding Officers Conference African Region, in Accra ,
Ghana , in November, 2015. He was the Deputy Chairperson of the conference. He represented the Speaker at an investigative public hearing on the activities of the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) conducted by the House Committee on Power at the National Assembly on Tuesday, December 1, 2015. He presided over the House during the second reading of a bill seeking to legalise the establishment of the North East Development Commission, which was sponsored by the Speaker, Yakubu Dogara.
Rt Hon. Lasun Yusuff is married and blessed with children.