He will be rounding off his second term as Speaker of the state House of Assembly in June. Throughout his two tenures, Salaam has been able to leave his footprints in the sands of time in terms of maturity and diplomacy in the management of the House.
He ensured the House was not plunged into any form of political abyss over any form of agitation by the members.
It is on record that the Ejigbo-born politician has been able to steer the ship of the House in the direction of loyalty to the ruling party, just as he cooperated with the executive arm of government to enhance the smooth running of government and to deepen democracy in the administration of Rauf Aregbesola as the governor.
It was the robust relationship between the legislature and the executive as inspired by Salaam as Speaker that helped the executive to survive the crisis that would have resulted from the modulated salary regime introduced by the executive, following the economic recession that engulfed the state during the period.
If the members of the House had disagreed with the executive on the decision and pitched the labour organisations and leaders against the executive, the state would have been enmeshed in some political mess.
Owing to the recession, the state government was incapacitated to the extent that it could not purchase official cars for the members of the House during Aregbesola’s administration, especially from 2015-2017. It was only the old members in the 2007-2015 that had official cars.
The agitation by the legislators for cars, almost pitched the executive and the legislature against each other. But Salaam was able to quench the fire with his diplomatic acumen.
“He is a gentleman to the core and exhibits a high sense of humility. He has maintained the same spirit since the coming of the new governor, Gboyega Oyetola, so much that there has never been any crisis between the executive and the legislature in the last four months of the new administration.
“This raises the hope that the cordial relationship between the two arms of government (Executive and Legislature) would continue and quality governance would be achieved if such cooperation continues,”