Rise and Rise of Hon. Rasaq Olusola Ajala at 50
The Executive Chairman, Odi-Olowo/ Ojuwoye Mushin, Honourable Rasaq Olusola Ajala’s name has become a household in Lagos state political environs.
Eloquent, handsome, intelligent and enterprising Ajala will clock 50 years old, Wednesday 17th August 2022. Lots of events are in the pipeline to celebrate the man of the moment who is also a role model to lots of youth in Odi-Olowo Ojuwoye Mushin.
In Nigeria, the political scene is so rough that men of honor with genuine intention to serve are finding it very difficult to operate.
In this kind of situation, one man with sincere insatiable appetite for service to humanity with excelling concrete evidence, such a man deserves commendation.
Performing this feat is no less a person than the current Chairman, Odi Olowo/Ojuwoye Local Council Development Council, Rasaq Olusola Ajala, who plays politics without bitterness and this has been really helping him in impacting very positively on the lives of so many people, especially those within his local council in Mushin and environs.
In his quest to uplift the local residents from poverty, many women and youths have been empowered through training in some trades including tailoring, while several schools receiving furniture and computer wares.
A journalist by profession, Ajala, has been bringing his wealth of professional experience and exposure to bear in managing the affairs of the local council for the past four years and the result has been remarkable, paving way for being re-elected again.
The thoroughbred grassroots politician while speaking during the week with the selected few Exco members of Online Reporters Association of Nigeria (ORAN), led by its President, Shehu Adegbola Tijani at the Council Secretariat, Ilupeju, Lagos, chronicled several society driven goals, capital and human development recorded in the area.
Part of his sterling achievements, according to him, is provision of over 60 roads construction while many are enjoying portable water supply with availability of 148 boreholes for the residents.
“Interestingly, when I came into power in my first term in office, one of the perennial problems facing the residents was inadequate water supply.
“So hectic was this water challenges that people spends close N1000 on daily basis to get water
“This made me swung into action by providing borehole water for all the communities in the LCDA, helping families to save about N15,000 to N30,000 every month on water alone.
‘This alone can be best described as impactful leadership in action,, knowing peoples needs and challenges and tackling it headlong”. he said.
Having served mysteriously in the last few years, and with more to come, Ajala is indeed the new face of good governance in Nigeria as many have no inhibitions that his achievement at the local level is a testament for higher political office in future
He is a politician with an exceptional appetite for developmental initiatives that is gear towards positioning his municipality to an enviable height, so as to compete favourably with other developed municipalities in the world.
Born on 17th August, 1972 to a prominent progressive Nigeria political family. His father has held various political office that include but not limited to;
Vice Chairman Odi-Olowo constituency for the defunct Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN).
Chairman, Chairman of Social Democratic Party (SDP), Idi-Oro (Ward A2).
Legal Adviser of Alliance for Democracy, Mushin Local Government.
Pioneer Chairman of Alliance for Democracy, Odi-Olowo/Ojuwoye Local Council Development Area.
Rasaq Olusola Ajala started his early education at St. Martins Primary School, Ojuwoye, Mushin and later went to Oduduwa primary school for the completion of his elementary education. He was admitted to Nigerian Model High School, Idi-Oro, Mushin for his secondary education. He proceeded to the famous Lagos State University where he graduated with a Bachelor of Art degree in History and International studies. His passion for journalism informed his enrolment at the College of Journalism in Lagos where he had Ordinary and Advance Diploma in journalism.
Rasaq Olusola Ajala is a politician of progressive extraction. He started active participation in politics in the late 80’s when he joined People’s Solidarity Party, a bastion of western Nigeria Awoist that later became the nucleus of the military imposed and engineered Social Democratic Party (SDP). He was a financial member of the youth based political platform, CLUB ‘93 and one of the youth coordinator that represented Mushin in Hope ‘93, the campaign organisation for Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola (M.K.O) presidential ambition.
As a member of Alliance for Democracy (AD) in 1998, whose platform he was elected Honourable Councillor representing WARD A2 and Chief Whip of the Legislative House of Mushin Local Government between 1999 to 2003.
In 2003, Lagos State Government created 37 Local Council Development Areas aimed at advancing grassroot development under the ingenious and sagacious leadership of our leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu. In realisation of his vision to bring governance closer to the people of the newly created LCDA, Hon. Ajala was appointed Member of Transition Committee of Odi-Olowo/Ojuwoye Local Council Development Area as Supervisor for Works and Housing in November 2003.
He was widely accepted and recognised as a bridge builder with distinguished record of service to his community, he was elected as the first Executive Vice Chairman of Odi-Olowo/Ojuwoye LCDA in the year 2004. Hon. Ajala served three terms as the Vice Chairman of the same Development Area. In December, 2015, he was appointed by former Lagos State Governor Babatunde Raji Fashola (SAN) as Executive Secretary of Odi-Olowo/Ojuwoye Local Council Development Area.
One of the programmes that brought Hon. Ajala into political limelight and wider acceptability among the populace was his commitment to help indigent students in pursuit of their educational career. While serving as Councillor , he awarded about 150 Free GCE forms to indigent students and also repeated same as the Executive Secretary of Odi-Olowo/Ojuwoye Local Council Development Area when he awarded 250 free GCE with tutorial class to support the Educational career of students within Odi-Olowo/Ojuwoye and its environs.
AJALA ROLE MODEL TO YOUTH
Odi Olowo/Ojuwoye LCDA Chairman, Rasaq Olusola Ajala is one of the youths in the country who have strived and found themselves in political leadership in Nigeria even at a time like this when lots of youth in country are seriously advocating and pushing for change of guard.
A trained journalist and youths in governance advocate, Ajala got involved in politics very early in life that by the age 25 he has already positioned himself for the task ahead and even started making very important and positive impact and changes in the society so much that when the opportunity came for him to take up the task responsibility of moving Odi Olowo/Ojuwoye LCDA forward as the Chairman, he didn’t look back as he just hit the ground running so much that he did not face much opposition when he was eager to be re-elected into office.
This is so because every corner and sector of the LCDA was positively impacted by his government.
Ajala’s administration has so far recorded over 60 roads construction even as a local government chairman, he did over 148 boreholes, provided over 50 chairs and 50 desks to all the primary and secondary schools in the LCDA, in fact all the schools in Odi Olowo/Ojuwoye LCDA have received face lift since Ajala came into office.
It must be noted that one of the major challenges that was facing the residents of Odi Olowo/Ojuwoye LCDA and environs before Ajala came into office was water challenges where almost every household spends between the sum of N500 to N1000 each day to buy water for domestic use alone. Haven grown and lived in Odi Olowo/ Ojuwoye himself Ajala knew about this problem facing the residents before hand and quickly sworn into action immediately he came into office by providing borehole water for all the communities in the LCDA, helping families to save about N15,000 to N30,000 every month on water alone.
What this means is that the Odi Olowo Ojuwoye LCDA ably led by Hon. Rasaq Olusola Ajala gives to each household in the LCDA the sum of N15,000 to N30,000 every month by providing them free water alone. This has to a large extend helped to leasing the burden of the residents.
This alone can be best described as impactful leadership in action. Knowing people’s needs and challenges and tackling it headlong.
Hon. Ajala is happily married to Mrs Kehinde Ajala with kids.
POLITICAL ROLE MODEL
Asiwaju Bola Tinubu