THE EIGHT MONTH OF LATE HON. MOSES MUSA AFOLAYAN (OKE-ERO CONSTITUENCY
IN KWARA STATE HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY (JUNE 2015 TO JANUARY 2016)
inauguration of the eight Assembly in June 2015, we never knew that one
of us would end his Journey on this Legislative assignment in eight
months. However, there is a popular saying that it is not how far, but
how well that matters. We thank the Almighty for the life of Late Hon.
Moses Musa Afolayan. His brief stay together with us was not without
indelible marks in the progress of this House, his immediate
constituency and Kwara State at large.
he was elected as a member of the Eight Legislature, the Late Hon.
Moses Musa Afolayan was the pioneer Chairman of Oke-Ero Local Government
who started and completed the Secretariat Building of Oke-Ero Local
Government within the short period he served.
his tenure as the Pioneer Council Chairman, he placed all traditional
Chiefs in all Communities in Oke-Ero Local Government on payroll.
the Chairman, he re-linked the abandoned Idofin-Igbana-Idofin Odo-Ashe
Road and made it motorable while he also opened up the ring road in
Hon. Moses Musa Afolayan ensured the engagement of many indigenes of
the Local Government (Oke-Ero) into the Local Government services and
also helped many to secure employment, even outside the Council.
also sponsored the advancement of many indigent pupils and students
both within and outside the community and ensured that their school fees
were paid promptly.
established Area offices in both Idofin-Igbana and Idofin-Odo-Ashe and
he turned the Area office at Ekan-Meje to a full fledged area office.
Moreover, he was a dependable financier of the community all the time the need arise.
Hon. Moses Musa Afolayan was a Member of the House Committee on Ethics,
Privileges, Public Service and Judiciary and Social Development Youth,
Sport and Information. At Plenary and Committee Sittings, Late Hon.
Afolayan would not talk much but his brief comments were always full of
sincerity of purpose, frankness, and well-being of Kwarans. The Late
Afolayan would always want the House to be thorough before taking
decisions. I recollect vividly his words on an issue brought before the
House he said “the issue is premature to be brought here, there was need
to ask the following questions: what is the level of the job done? Has
the contractor not been paid? ”
colleagues, we have missed in Late Hon. Afolayan, a concerned Hon.
Member who wanted the excesses of some Prison Officers at Oke-Kura
curtailed. We have missed a Hon. Member who wanted the House to
recognize the enormous challenges of the Nigerian Police.
stakeholders, my colleagues, we have missed a democrat who was loved by
his people because of the love he had for his community, Late Afolayan
was happy with the capturing of the construction of
Oko-Idofin-Igbana-Ode-Ase road to Aiyekale In his constituency. The Late
Hon. Member pleaded passionately that Odo-Owa/Erinmope, Egosi-Aiyedun,
Ilofa-Imode to Erinmope, all the roads to the neighbouring Local
Government and State borders be constructed. But unfortunately, he never
lived to see these dreams realized in his community. It is in his
honour that these projects must be included in 2016 Budget.
Colleagues, Late Hon. Moses Musa Afolayan, while contributing to the
debate on 2016 Budget some few days before he died, he emphasized on
Budget Implementation and for the House not to shy away from its
responsibility especially as representative of the people. He believed
that as the direct representatives of the people, we know the needs of
our constituencies. We have missed in him a member who was
accommodating, easy going, and a philanthropist committed to the well
being and aspiration of his community. As we are mourning his death, I
want to assure you all that this Hon. House would not relent in its
effort to ensure that his aspirations for his constituency are realized
and that his legacy is sustained as a mark of honour to the Late Hon.
pray that his gentle soul rest in perfect peace and may the Lord grant
the family, the House, friends and well-wishers the fortitude to bear
the irreparable loss.