By Ibrahim Kazeem
As the curtain falls on the remarkable tenure of Senator Ibrahim Yahaya Oloriegbe, the representative of Kwara Central senatorial district, it is imperative to delve into his outstanding achievements and his profound impact during his tenure in the esteemed National Assembly.
With an impressive track record of championing critical bills and surpassing the performance of his predecessor, Senator Bukola Saraki, Oloriegbe has indelibly shaped the trajectory of Kwara Central’s future.
However, as the 10th Senate commences today, the responsibility now falls on Senator Saliu Mustapha to harness Oloriegbe’s triumphs and spearhead innovative constituency programs that uplift the vibrant youth constituency and esteemed elders.
Senator Ibrahim Yahaya Oloriegbe’s tenure as the representative of Kwara Central senatorial district has been marked by his unwavering dedication to improving the lives of his constituents through progressive legislation.
One area where his commitment to public welfare shines is in his efforts to reform the healthcare system. With his background as a medical doctor, Oloriegbe played a pivotal role in advancing the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) Amendment Bill. This legislation aimed to provide affordable and accessible healthcare for all Nigerians, laying the foundation for a healthier future.
But Oloriegbe’s legislative accomplishments do not end there. His impact can be seen in many bills bearing his fingerprints. The Federal College of Complementary and Alternative Medicine of Nigeria (SB.394), which received assent, is just one example of his dedication to expanding healthcare options and choices for Nigerians.
Similarly, the bill to establish the Federal Psychiatric Hospital, Budo-Egba, Kwara State (SB 376), was assented to addressing the critical need for mental health infrastructure.
Senator Oloriegbe’s contributions extend to other crucial sectors as well. He played a significant role in repealing and re-enacting the Medical and Dental Practitioners Act of 1988 (SB.480), paving the way for improved standards and regulations in the medical profession.
Furthermore, his work on the National Emergency Medical Service Agency (Est) Bill, 2021 (SB 717) highlights his commitment to emergency medical services and public safety.
In the realm of education, Oloriegbe’s efforts have not gone unnoticed. The bill to establish the Federal College of Education (Special) Afon, Kwara State (Est, etc.), 2019 (SB226) passed, fostering educational opportunities for the people of Kwara Central. He also contributed to the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (2021) bill, emphasizing the importance of fair and efficient higher education admission processes.
Moreover, Senator Oloriegbe’s focus on transparency and accountability in governance is commendable. Through his support for the Fiscal Responsibility Act Amendment Bill, he has championed financial prudence and efficient allocation of public resources.
By prioritizing good governance, Oloriegbe has played a crucial role in fostering economic growth and development in Kwara Central and across Nigeria.
Elevating the Performance Bar:
It is essential to acknowledge Senator Ibrahim Yahaya Oloriegbe’s remarkable accomplishments in comparison to his predecessor, Senator Bukola Saraki. While Saraki’s tenure had its merits, Oloriegbe has taken that foundation and raised the performance bar even higher.
When it comes to legislation, Oloriegbe stands head and shoulders above any senator from the state in terms of bill productivity.
Among the outstanding bills he championed are the establishment of the Federal College of Education (Special), Afon, and the Federal Psychiatric Hospital, Budo Egba, among others. Oloriegbe’s focus on critical issues directly impacting the lives of his constituents is evident through initiatives like scholarships for undergraduates and postgraduates at national and international higher institutions, as well as the provision of vehicles, motorcycles, and tricycles to interested individuals.
Furthermore, his commitment to empowering the youth is commendable. Oloriegbe spearheaded training and empowerment programs in tile laying and block making, benefiting thousands of constituents. These schemes were implemented across all 52 wards of Kwara Central, fostering economic growth and providing opportunities for the region’s young population.
Oloriegbe’s impact extended beyond legislation and empowerment programs. He facilitated the installation of transformers in various areas, provided solar streetlights for enhanced security, constructed motorized boreholes, and facilitated the availability of tricycle ambulances to aid in quick response to emergencies. These efforts demonstrate his deep understanding of the immediate needs and concerns of the people he represents.
In comes the Turaki of Ilorin:
As Senator Saliu Mustapha assumes office, it is crucial for him to navigate the controversy surrounding his emergence within his party with tact and superior performance. While questions may linger about the legitimacy of his primary election victory, Mustapha now has the opportunity to rise above the controversy and demonstrate his unwavering commitment to serving the people of Kwara Central.
To surpass Oloriegbe’s achievements, Mustapha must embrace innovation and develop transformative constituency programs that address the pressing issues faced by the youth, especially in the realms of unemployment and social vices.
Kwara Central, renowned for its pious and brilliant young individuals, now faces the challenges of social vices. By investing in modern education, skills development, and community engagement, Mustapha can leave a lasting impact and create a legacy of his own, uplifting the constituency and empowering its people.
I extend my best wishes to Senator Saliu Mustapha as he embarks on his journey in the 10th Assembly. With a focus on citizen-impact lawmaking and transformative programs that address the needs of the youth, Mustapha has the opportunity to build upon Oloriegbe’s achievements and create a brighter future for Kwara Central.