Lagos House of Assembly Speaker Turn 56 - Olaide Adedeji reports


For the longest serving Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Adeyemi Sabit Ikuforiji who turns 57 on Saturday, 24th August, 2014, he indeed is a man of history. Born in the ancient fishing town of Épe, in the old Épe Division of Lagos State, which now falls into the Lagos East Senatorial District of the State, Ikuforiji is making history in Yorubaland, (comprising of the old Western Region), as the longest serving House Speaker, having been head of a State Assembly for three terms., and indeed one of the very few such nationwide. After having his elementary education in his native Épe town, he proceeded to Épe Grammar school for his secondary education and came out on top when the result of his West African School Certificate was released in 1975, thus making history as the only student out of the pack of over a hundred final year students in his set to receive a Grade One. Pass in the whole Division, having had distinctions in all the subjects that he sat for in the examination.
And as was the practice at the time, he was offered automatic scholarship to study abroad by the Lagos State government. A lover of self-development, Ikuforiji soon found himself in Romania where he earned his Bachelor and Masters of Science Degrees in Economic Planning and Cyber metrics. While schooling abroad, Ikuforiji had shown great skills in his ability to lead others as he was twice elected as the Secretary General of the National Union of Nigerian Students and President, National Union of Nigerian Students in Romania between 1980 and 1981. As a patriot, Ikuforiji immediately returned home to undergo the mandatory one-year National Youth Serving Scheme. His place of primary assignment was the Federal Housing Corporation where he served diligently. Back home, Ikuforiji proofed himself as an expert at multi task as he found time to take active part in the political activities around him. Between 1082 and. 1983, he was able to squeeze time out of his busy schedule to be the secretary General of the defunct Unity Part of Nigeria, U.P.N. In his Épe Ward 4, and later in active member of the then Social Democratic Party in 1989. Ikuforiji then registered for his Master of Public Administration programme, M.B.A at the University of Lagos and finished it in record time.
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