Following his inauguration as the substantive member of the House of Representatives representing Ijesa-South Federal Constituency in Osun State, Hon Lawrence Ayeni has expressed his willingness to give quality representation for his constituents.
Ayeni who is a high-ranking lawmaker with his two consecutive terms as a member of Lagos State House of Assembly and former councillor, said his new membership of the National Assembly is a privilege which he would not, for any reason, abuse.
The member of the National Assembly in a chat with *NEWSTAIWAD* disclosed that the act of lawmaking is not new to him, adding that he would use his new status to improve his constituency better than what it is today.
Ayeni who said though the statutory obligation of any lawmaker goes beyond lawmaking, stated that the exposition afforded him in the seat of power at the nation’s Federal capital would be judiciously used in the interest of the masses he is representing in the National Assembly.
He enjoined any member of his constituents who has better ideas on how his new position can further benefit his people to feel free to discuss with him as he does not believe in monopoly of knowledge.
Ayeni also made it known that he is not the kind of a politician who picks offence at criticisms, adding that what is only required is for criticisms to be constructive and not a mere ploy to run down an office and the occupier of such office.
In his words: “Criticism is a necessary ingredient of democratic government. When such criticism is done in good faith, it helps keeps the holder of such office on his toes.
“However, experience has shown that some disgruntled elements hide under the unfettered freedom to criticise to take a pound of flesh against occupier of a political office”, he stated.
The National Assembly member enjoined his constituents not to give room for docility in the act of governance by constantly cultivating habits of asking questions from their representatives.
Ayeni said, it is only God that is all-knowing but his lawmaking experience gathered over the years is going to be an added advantage for him to tower in discharging his new statutory responsibility in Abuja.