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The Folarin That I Know • Akinlolu Akinade

Senator Teslim Kolawole Folarin that I know is a man of courage, integrity, empathy, a focus leader with listening hear and intelligent who never belief in impossibility and always Strategic in is planning which make him to outsmart his opponents

*FAMILY BACKGROUND*

Teslim Kolawole Folarin was born in October 1963 to Alhaji and Alhaja Hamzat Folarin family. He stemmed from Baale House in Oja Igbo area of Ibadan North-East Local Government area of Oyo State. Folarin is the Head (Mogaji) of his family House and a ranked traditional Chief in Ibadanland. He is the Ayingun Olubadan of Ibadanland.

*DISTINGUISHED SENATOR TESLIM KOLAWOLE FOLARIN, OFR. EDUCATION BACKGROUND*

Folarin attended primary school in Lagos; his secondary education was completed at Nigeria’s premier secondary school, Methodist Boys High School. Folarin holds a B.Sc (Hons) degree in Political Science from the University of Ibadan and a diploma degree from Harvard University, USA. He spent some years gathering valuable civil service experience in the UK, including management roles at the Department of Trade in London before returning to Nigeria in 2002. Folarin performed his obligatory NYSC tenure in Kaduna.

*POLITICAL CAREER*

Folarin joined Politics in year 2002 after his return from United Kingdom, because of his Strategic way and contested and won the senatorial seat to represent Oyo Central in 2003 at the age of 39 years on the platform of the PDP and was re-elected for a second term in 2007 on the platform of the same PDP.

At the Senate, he was appointed Leader of the Senate. Folarin also served on the Senate Committee on Business & Rules, Marines and Transport although his particular interests were in education, power supply and water resources.

Folarin was involved in the Power probe in 2008. As the Leader of the Senate, he led debates on all Executives Bills and sponsored several private Bills himself. These included the Insurance Act, Armed Forces Pension Act and several others.Folarin won the gubernatorial ticket of his former party, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in 2014. He lost the election to late Governor Senator Abiola Ajimobi of the All Progressive Congress (APC).

Folarin defected to the opposition party All Progressive Congress in December 2017. Folarin was elected as the All Progressive Congress(APC) Oyo South senatorial candidate on September, 2018. He remains the only legislator in Oyo State who is serving third term at the Senate. Folarin won the senatorial position in the 2019 Oyo central senatorial district election defeating the incumbent senator, Mrs. Monsurat Sunmonu and other candidates. Upon his inauguration as a member of the 9th Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, he was subsequently appointed as the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Local Content and he is also a member of the following Senate Committees: National Security and Intelligence, Finance, Sustainable

Development Goals (SDGs), Inter-parliamentary, Constitutional Amendment, Airforce and Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

*HIS ACHIEVEMENT*

Senator Teslim Kolawole Folarin is an achiever who doesn’t believe in noise making like some Politcian do

These are just few of the Achievement of the Distinguished Senator Teslim Folarin

*BILLS SPONSORED BY HIM*

1. SB 363: Federal University (Special) Oyo Town, Oyo State (Est.etc) Bill, 2020
Status: Second Reading

2. SB 417: Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry Content Development (Amendment) Bill, 2020
Status: Public Hearing

3. SB 418: Nigerian Local Content Development Regulation Bill, 2020
Status: Public Hearing

4. SB 225: Incandescent Light Bulbs (Prohibition) Bill, 2019
Status: First Reading

5. SB 419: Nigerian Local Content Development Regulation Bill, 2020
Status: Referred to Committee

6. SB 822: Nigeria Institute of Management Act (Amendment) Bill, 2021
Status: First Reading

7. SB. 886: National Energy Security Council Bill, 2022
Status: First Reading

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*MOTIONS MOVED*

1. Urgent need to reduce accidents involving trucks and articulated lorries on our Highways – *Sponsor*

2. Upgrade of Ibadan Airport to international airport with modern facilities – *Co-sponsor*

3. Need to Review the Act establishing the NYSC to make graduates more resourceful- *Sponsor*

4. Urgent call for FG support for devastated areas in Obia Nkor communities in Anambra State and other communities.- *Co-sponsor* .

5. Need to make developmental Aids more effective to work for Nigerians- *Co-Sponsor*

6. *Seconded a motion* on the excesses of men of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) in Iseyin LGA of Oyo State, Return of Money, Rice Taken from Ogbomoso, Ibadan.

7. *Co-Sponsored Motion* to Rename Ibadan Airport After Late Governor Abiola Ajimobi.

*COMPLETED FACILITATED PROJECTS*

*SCHOOLS:*

1. Construction of a block of nine classrooms at Methodist Primary School Gangansi, *Ona-Ara LGA*

2. Construction of a block of thirteen classrooms at Aiyepe community school, *Egbeda LGA*

3. A block of six classrooms at Methodist Primary School, Ogbangan, Ward 2, *Akinyele LG*

4. Construction of a block of six classrooms at L.A School Bola I, II and III, *Oyo West LGA*

5. Construction of 2 Blocks of Twelve Classrooms at Ifelajulo Community Basic Primary School, Mosifala, Ward4, *Oluyole LG.*

6. A Block of Six Classrooms with two (2) VIP toilets at St. John’s Primary School, Olubode Village, Ward 5,
*Ona-Ara LG_*

*ROAD PROJECTS*

7. Abonde Road in *Ona-Ara LGA* . The roject is an asphaltic access road, drainage and concrete walkways along MCC Hospital/Abonde Junior School. It links Oluyole LGA.

8. Idi-Ose/Olosa Oko Road in Ona-Ara LGA ONGOING. The project is to provide succour for people of Idi Ose and Olosa Oko communities.

The project involves building a bridge to manage erosion and provide a laid road of at least 3 kilometres. It links Oluyole LGA

*ICT CENTRES*

1) Methodist Grammar School, Toll-gate, ward5, *Oluyole LG*

2) Bioku Aladun Community High School, Aladun, Ward 5, *Ona-ara LG*

3) *Lagelu LGA:* T.L Oyesina Model Secondary School, Monatan – Ibadan.

4) *Oyo West LGA:* Ladigbolu Grammar School

Entrance of Ladigbolu Grammar School, Oyo

Front view of the ICT Centre

5) *Afijio LGA:* Baptist Grammar School, Ilora

Entrance of Ilora Baptist Grammar School

Inside View of the ICT Centre (1)

Inside View of the ICT Centre (2)

Solar Power House

6) *Surulere LGA:* ICT Centre, sited at Community High School, Gbede

Senator Teslim Folarin’s ICT Centre at Gbede, Surulere LG

Senator Teslim Folarin’s ICT Centre at Gbede, Surulere LG

ICT Power

7. MacArthur ICT and Communications Centre, University of Ibadan, Ibadan

*BOREHOLES AND SOLAR POWER*

(1) 2 Completed Solar Powered Boreholes with Solar Power Lights at Market 2 and Orisunmibare Supo Zone, Olomi Market, Olomi, *Oluyole LG* .

(2) Five (5) solar stands at Olode village in *Surulere Local Government Area*

(3) Two (2) Solar stands at Alagba Village at Surulere Local Government Area

(4) Three (3) Solar stands at Monijuku at *Surulere Local Government Area*

(5) Two (2) Solar stands at Elewuro in Surulere Local Government Area

(6) Seven (7) Solar stands at Ayede village at *Ogo-Oluwa Local Government Area*

(7) 22 Solar Powered Boreholes in *all LGs across Oyo Central Senatorial District* plus Oja’ba Central Mosque Ibadan and Apata Area.

*Locations* :

1. Olomi Market – Oluyole
2. Amuloko – Ona Ara
3. Idi Osan – Ona Ara
4. Dab Zaria – Oyo West
5. Oke Apo – Oyo East
6. Sabo Market – Atiba
7. Irepodun Market – Afijio
8. Alabebe – Egbeda
9. Ajawa – Ogo Oluwa
10. Ojo Baale Akobo – Lagelu
12. Iresaapa – Surulere
13. Ojo – Akinyele
14. Idi Opele – Surulere
15. Alara/Arolu – Surulere Orisumbare/
16. Bamigbegbin – Oluyole
17. Olodan Village – Egbeda
18. Adekola Village – Akinrele
19. Kajola Community Oko Oba Phase 11- Oyo
20. Temidire Ayegun – Ogo Oluwa
21. Aba Otun/Olosa Oko – Ona Ara
22. Ibadan Central Mosque
23. Badeku – Ona Ara
24. Apata Area – Ibadan Southwest LGA

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*ONGOING FACILITATED, PROJECTS:*

1) ICT Vocational Training Centre, U.I, Ajibode, Akinyele LG (Commissioned)

2) 100 Beds Specialist Hospital, Abonde, Ona-ara LG (Near Completion)

*EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES FACILITATED*

Distinguished Senator Teslim has facilitated hundreds of employment opportunities for unemployed youths of Oyo Central Senatorial District in the following MDAs:

*National Assembly
*National Assembly Service Commission
*Nigerian Police Force
*Federal Capital Territory Authority
*National Space Research Agency
*National Agency Quarantine Services
*Nigerian Institute of Social & Economic Research (NISER)
*Federal Inland Revenue Services (FIRS)
*Npower Recruitment Programme
*Nigeria Airforce
*Nigeria Navy Recruitment
*Nigeria Immigration Service
*Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps
* The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA)
*Special public works programme

*EMPOWERMENT PROGRAMMES*

1.) Training and supply of grain grinding machines for women and youths in selected LGAs of Oyo Central, organized by Nigerian Institute for Oceanography and Marine Research (NIOMR), Lagos.

2.) Training and supply of farm inputs, seeds and agro-chemicals for rural farmers in selected LGAs of Oyo Central, organized by Nigerian Institute for Oceanography and Marine Research (NIOMR)

3.) Training and supply of farm implements and seedlings for rural farmers in selected LGAs of Oyo Central, organized by Nigerian Institute for Oceanography and Marine Research (NIOMR)

4.) Provision of grants for selected rural farmers in selected LGAs of Oyo Central, organized by Nigerian Institute for Oceanography and Marine Research (NIOMR)

5.) 2-day Youth Training in Modern Agricultural Techniques (Phase 1)

6.) 2-day Youth Training in Modern Agricultural Techniques (Phase 2)

7.) Capacity development program for artisans and under-served youths in Digital Literacy and Repair of GSM phones. Coordinated by National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA).

8.) 3-day empowerment training on Provision and Adoption of Post-Harvest Techniques for Rural Farmers. PHASE 1 Coordinated by National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA).

9.) 3-day empowerment training on Provision and Adoption of Post-Harvest Techniques for Rural Farmers. PHASE 2 Coordinated by National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA).

*COVID-19 INTERVENTIONS*

1. Facilitated N25M COVID-19 Loans for 20 beneficiaries.

2. Senator Folarin distributed N5million cash and N25million worth of food items to his constituents so as to cushion the effects of the COVID-19 lockdown.

3. Senator Folarin Donated Food Items, N2million Cash to Private School Teachers, Accident Victims.

4. Nomination of 220 Constituents For National Youth Volunteer Programme. *Beneficiaries To Get Monthly Stipends*

*Covid 19:* Folarin Donates Food Items, N2million Cash to Private School Teachers, Accident Victims

4. Additional give away cash via a phone-in radio programmes like :-

*Fresh FM Ibadan: Let’s Talk About It co-anchored by Yinka Ayefele and Enitan Bamidele;

Gbarada co-anchored by Aare Olalomi Amole and Chief Komolafe Olaiya;

Eku iyanju by Enitan Bamidele;

Oyin Ado co-anchored by Aare Olalomi Amole and Chief Komolafe Olaiya

*Lagelu FM Ibadan:

Erebente Extra anchored by Temitayo Oyeladun;

Leyin Iroyin co-anchored by Titilayo Akinsola and Kola

*Lagelu FM Ibadan: Erebente Extra anchored by Temitayo Oyeladun;

Leyin Iroyin co-anchored by Titilayo Akinsola and Kola Oladapo

(Mr. Nice Guy); and Balelayo anchored by Otunba Kola Ladoke

5. Relief Packages for Vulnerable Women and less privileged on Lagelu FM Ibadan, Atelewo Eni co-anchored by Adeosun Kayode and Abolore Salami

6. Continuous sensitization of the constituents in the eleven LGAs of the district on the dangers of the novel coronavirus

7. Continuous distributions of sanitizers across the Senatorial district and beyond.

*MEGA EMPOWERMENT PROGRAMME*

It was an historical events when over 3000 youths and women including widows drawn from the twenty local government areas that make up the Oyo Central and the Oyo South Senatorial Districts received social empowerment tools from the Chairman Senate Committee on Local Content, Senator Teslim Folarin.

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The items were distributed to the beneficiaries at Ilaji Stadium in Ona-Ara Local Government Area of Oyo State.

Recall that coordinated hoodlums, on 24th of October 2020, stormed the lawmaker’s house and looted over N200 million worth of empowerment materials. While recounting his losses, Oloye Folarin promised his constituents that the looted items would be replaced but the mega empowerment programme could no longer hold in December 2020 as earlier scheduled.

The TKF mega empowerment programme was organised to assist thousands of unemployed people in his Oyo Central Senatorial District and by extension Oyo South Senatorial District.

Late Governor Alao-Akala performed the ceremonial cutting of tape to unveil the empowerment and entrepreneurship materials that included *cars, motorcycles, sewing machines, grinding machines, vulcanising machines, deep freezers, clippers, salon hairdryers, generating sets, laptops, agrochemical sprayers, gas cylinders* and among others

*CONSTITUENCY ECONOMIC & SOCIAL INTERVENTIONS*

1.) Over N2m voted and spent on TKF Business Empowerment Scheme (Widows). On-Air and Off-Air

2.) Over N2m voted and spent on TKF Business Empowerment Scheme (People with Disabilities) On-Air and Off-Air

3.) Over N2.5m voted and spent on TKF Business Empowerment Scheme (Artisans) On-Air and Off-Air

4.) Over N5m voted and spent on TKF Business Empowerment Scheme (Small Business Owners). On-Air and Off-Air

5.) Senator Folarin donated cash relief to victims of razed Akesan Market, and also wrote NEMA for donation of building materials towards rebuilding of the market.

6.) Senator Folarin donated cash relief to victims of razed Sasa Market, and also wrote NEMA for donation of building materials towards rebuilding of the market.

7.) Senator Folarin donated cash relief to victims of razed Araromi (Agodi) Market, and also wrote NEMA for donation of building materials towards rebuilding of the market.

8.) N400,000 cash aid to Lagbe

Senator Teslim Folarin-led Senate Committee on Local Content received an Interim Report of the Mambilla Hydro Electric Power Project Local Content Workforce Technical Working Group.

Senator Teslim Folarin-led Senate Committee on Local Content inaugurated Mambilla Hydro Electric Power Project’s Finance Committee.

Senator Folarin joined Rt. Hon. Muraina Ajibola at the House of Reps public hearing on a bill to establish a Federal medical center in Igboora, Ibarapa.

Senator Teslim Folarin, Sen Sabi Yau, Sen Kabir Gaya (Chairman, Senate Committee on INEC), Prof. Mahmoud (INEC Chairman) and Sen Ike Ekweremadu at INEC Parley with Key NASS members on the repeal and re-enactment of the Electoral Act, held at Radisson Blu, Ikeja, Lagos

Senator Teslim Folarin chaired a retreat involving the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) and the National Assembly Committees on Nigerian Content, held at The Intercontinental Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos State.

Senator Teslim Folarin Chaired the AD-HOC Committee on the Screening of Presidential Nominees; for the Governing Board of the Nigerian Communications Commission & the DG, National Institute for Policy & Strategic Studies.

Senator Teslim Folarin chaired Screening Exercise for Presidential Nominees for National Communication Commission.

Senator Folarin meet with delegation from Petroleum Technology Association of Nigeria. They discussed on the importance of championing Built-in-Nigeria & ensuring that Nigerian companies take the lead role in the Oil & Gas industry.

*By Akinlolu Akinade*
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