Hon Solomon Adeola, the APC senatorial candidate for Lagos West has promised to provide free internet access as well as non-collateralized loans for members of the Computer and Allied Products Dealers Association of Nigeria, CAPDAN, at the Computer Village in Ikeja if elected a senator.
The House of Representatives Committee chairman on Public Accounts who was in the Computer Village over the weekend to receive a Chevrolet campaign bus donated by members of CAPDAN to his campaign organization said it is unfortunate that in spite of the over 80,000 employment provided for Nigeria and multi billion naira yearly turnover of the ICT village there is no Federal Government presence of any sort in the village.
Adeola who is popularly called ‘Yayi’ said that he will ensure they have a voice in Abuja particularly in bills and policies relating to ICT as their roles in creation of employment and economic development need to be harness for further development.
The two term member of the Lagos State House of Assembly and present member of the House of Representatives said with almost 12 years cognate legislative experience he is the best choice for Lagos West which is the largest senatorial district in Nigeria adding that none of the contestants against him have even a month legislative experience at any level.
“All other contestants in the race are seriously handicap in representing Lagos West in the Senate which is the highest legislative body in Nigeria. They will spend valuable time learning the ropes in a business that is driven by experience and ranking of members based years of cognate experience. Lagos Central and Lagos East are likely returning ranking members to the senate. Lagos West which is about 58% of Lagos cannot do less” he stated.
Earlier while welcoming Hon. Adeola, Barrister Osy Ijomah, the chairman of CAPDAN caretaker committee said the Ikeja Computer Village is the largest in the whole of Africa employing over 80, 000 persons most of whom are graduates of tertiary institution adding it is regrettable that there is no Federal government presence of any sort for the village that caters for all Nigerians.
He said they are attracted to support Hon. Adeola for Senate as he has a track record of identifying with the youth in ICT training and empowerment adding that even as a youth himself he has all the experience to face the task of representing the largest senatorial district in Nigeria.