Haven performed excellently well as Executive Secretary, and later as Permanent Secretary, in Lands Bureau of the Lagos State Government, he contested and won a senatorial election in 2011; representing Lagos East in the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
As Vice Chairman, Senate Committee on Lands, Housing and Urban Development in the 7th Senate (2011 – 2015), he contributed meaningfully to the national debate, infrastructure and human capital development including drawing the attention of the Federal Government to the Imminent Collapse of the 3rd Mainland Bridge and sponsoring the First set of indigenous Electrical/Electronic Engineers in advancement of the extant Federal Government’s Local Content Policy.
In the 8th Senate (2015 – 2019),
Senator Bereehu Olugbenga Ashafa (BOA), after winning his re-election with a landslide, emerged as the Chairman, Senate Committee on Lands Transport (with major focus on Railways). In this connexions, he spearheaded the neutralization of the erstwhile dormant Nigerian Railways System through an Act of the Parliament, resulting in the ongoing massive Constructions of rails and railways across the country.
Further, he facilitated to the Senatorial District many School Buildings, Transformers, Giant Solar Boreholes, Solar Street Light, Science Laboratory, ICT Centres etc across the lenght and breadth of the Lagos East Senatorial District covering Somolu, Bariga, Kosofe, Agboyi-Ketu, Ikosi-Isheri, Ikorodu-Central, Ikorodu-North, Ikorodu-West, Igbogbo-Bayeku, Ijede, Imota, Epe, Eredo, Ikosi-Ejirin, Ibeju-Lekki and Lekki.
Aside all these primary legislative exploits, he staged many mega and mini Empowerment Programmes to assist the artisans, the farmers, youths, senior citizens, the physically challenged persons and gave numerous educational scholarships to many students, even sometimes beyond Lagos East Senatorial District.
Senator Bareehu Olugbenga Ashafa (BOA) is our Man of the just-ended Decade. In ten years (2010 – 2019), his meaningful contributions to the state and national development are worthy of acknowledgement and appreciation! We, therefore, appreciate our own BOA.
Omo onibeju agbe
Omo Igi meta Ibeju, ikan n’sowo, ikan n’soyun, iketa n’so alaari baba Aso!!!
Omo a fi gudugudu owo sewon leyin orun.
HAPPY NEW AND PROSPEROUS 2020 EVERYONE!
By Mutiu Fashola