Ashafa: an epitome of a humble leader

By Babatunde Adegunju
Senator and other dignitaries at the occasion
Senator and other dignitaries at the occasion

The Children are the future of tomorrow" goes the saying, it is on this platform that the Senator representing Lagos East Senatorial District, Senator 'Gbenga Ashafa, recently fetes with over 2000 Children across the state at Eleko Beach, Ibeju-Lekki, Lagos.

While giving is remark as the host of the event, Ashafa stated the rationale behind the one in town Kids Fiesta event.

"The idea of hosting our children for a fiesta at this yuletide period was born out of my own personal concern, love and care for the children. Their innocence, genuiness and tranquility should occupy our minds and be ready to help channel their destiny towards a brighter future. But, this would be a big task without, first, making them happy; show them that they are also important; and of course that truly, they are our future leaders". He said.

Ashafa, the Vice Chairman, Senate Committee on Lands, Housing and Urban Development also enjoined the children at the occasion to see the opportunity as a sense of belonging and not to only make merry.

"I am highly delighted that this is happening today, and that we are the one doing it for them, while I enjoin all to emulate it. Let us not see this as mere merry-making or a piece of jamboree. But rather as a time to feel among; to celebrate our children, the leaders of tomorrow" he said.

While giving his own welcome address, Hon. Kemi Surakat, the Chairman of Ibeju-Lekki Local Government, gave kudos to Sen. Ashafa, stating that the lawmaker has demonstrated a high level of humility which is worth emulating. He said that the children had never gotten so close to a federal lawmaker like that before and that it's a rare privilege for them to have dine and wine with him during this festive period.

The laudable event was full of fun, games, lots of takeaway packs and free stuffs for the kids that graced the occasion. Besides the various free gifts given away during different games in the course of the programme, Plasma Television Set(first prize), Power Generating Machine (second Prize) and an Hi-fi System (third prize) were giving to the 3 best Outstanding Children that displayed the mastery of their indigenous language during the indigenous quiz competition. They included: Miss Elemoro Adijat, from Ibeju-Lekki LG, Miss Mistura Balogun, from Ibeju-Lekki LG and Master Adebanjo Fuad from Ikosi- Isheri LCDA.

Some of the important dignitaries that graced the occasion included the special adviser to the Lagos state Governor on Legislative/Political Matters, Hon. Musiliu Folami, former Chairman of Ibeju-Lekki Local Government, Hon. Bayo Balogun, Chairman, Ikosi- Ejinrin LCDA, Hon. Segun Adetola, Vice Chairman, Ikosi-Isheri LCDA , Princess Bolanle Sammy, Lagos Assembly Member, Hon Fatai Mojeed, APC Chieftain, Hon. Shoniyi and traditional rulers among others.

From Babatunde Adegunju, Head of Media and Strategy. Senator 'Gbenga Ashafa Constituency Office.

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