PRINCESS SAMIAT ABOLANLE BADA: DEMYSTIFYING GRASSROOTS POLITICS IN LAGOS.

Princess Samiat Abolanle Bada.
Executive Chairman, Ikosi-Isheri LCDA.
The first time I had a feel of what grassroots politicking is about was in 2003 or thereabout, after the creation of Agboyi-Ketu LCDA and Chief Mrs Yetunde Arobieke was appointed the first Executive Secretary, before the elections that brought her in as again, the first Executive Chairman of the LCDA.


I had a complete feel of what it meant to govern people at the grassroots level, a job she did with all that was in her, as though her life depended on it, that till date, her performance as the Chairman of the LCDA is still a reference point for those who lived or still living around that environment.

Today, she is the Commissioner for Wealth Creation and Employment, after her stint as Commissioner for Local Government and Community Affairs, two positions no one would have gotten if not for a rich CV filled with past performances that stands her out amongst her equals.

After Chief Arobieke’s exit from Local Government administration, I didn’t have anything worthwhile with the grassroots, except for occasional associations with Counselors, House of Assembly members, very high-handed local Government Chairmen and their likes, but in the last few months, I have discovered another grassroots politician in Lagos with the heart that reaches to the exact people that need touch.

She is, Princess Samiat Abolanle Bada, the Executive Chairman of Ikosi-Isheri Local Council Development Area.
Sworn in as Chairman of the LCDA late January 2020, what this young lady has achieved within the period under review is beyond imagination and the performance of a three term Local Government Chairmen put together.

Mayoress Princess Samiat Bada Precious as she is fondly called has shown that truly, LEADERSHIP SKILLS have nothing to do with gender, age or appearance.

I say this because I had had long relationship with Princess when she was the Vice Chairman of the LCDA and truth be told, I am shocked at the manifestations of herself I am seeing now, as she never appeared to me as one who would have the kind of strength, resilience, abilities and coordination she has churned out since she took over as Chairman.

Looks they say, deceives, and to me, I was deceived by her AJEBO LOOK, that I totally get amazed at what I see her display now, as though she had gone to a School of Local Government Administration somewhere, preparing for a time such as now, but we all know how this came to be.

Another incident that has exposed the humane qualities of Princess Samiat Abolanle Bada is the incursion of the pandemic, Coronavirus which has left Nigerians, especially those at the grassroots levels, stranded, impoverished and struggling to make ends meet.
Mayoress Bada with some her support base.

And in this period, Mayoress has risen to the occasion for her people, traversing through the length and breadth of Ikosi-Isheri LCDA, providing food, water, other items and everything that makes life at this time worth living to those who need them more.

I personally had joined her entourage on a few occasions to these locations and I saw, FIRST HAND, the distribution of these items to the poor in all the communities in Ikosi-Isheri and I can attest to the fact that Princess is a rare gem, an embodiment of kindness and a grassroots development agent whose political potentials are as bright as the stars.

From ISHERI OLOWOIRA, ORISA, to MAGODO PHASE 1 and 2, IKOSI OKE, IKOSI ISALE, KETU, AYEDERE AND AJIBOLA, MILE 12 AGILITI 1 and 2 and AJEGUNLE, Princess Bada went and is still going round, sharing the kindness and love her people need at this point in time, and meeting them at the points of those needs, an attribute that has greatly endeared her to them very richly.

I am proud to call Mayoress Samiat Abolanle Bada my friend, for she has not disappointed me one bit, especially now, and for rising to the occasion, Heaven will honour her.

Until I see another, Mayoress stands tall amongst her peers across the 57 grassroots organs in Lagos, a proud Role Model to girl-children and a reference point to other female politicians aspiring to hold political offices like she has.

Well done Mayoress, and congratulations for not disappointing some of us your friends who hold you at high esteem.

The part two of this will bring you reactions from some of these grassroots men and women whose lives have been touched by their Local Government Chairman.