Why I want to be Reps Speaker, Prof. Mojeed Alabi

In it, the University don with vast practical and theoretical experience in lawmaking and parliamentary practice, said: “The 8th House of Representatives of the Federal Republic of Nigeria is like no other. Majority of the Members are newly elected into the Green Chambers of the National Assembly, with the democratic dictate of having its way in the choice of the Speaker

A professor of Law and Political Science, Mojeed Alabi, has formally declared his interest to contest for the post of Speaker of the incoming House of Representatives.

Alabi, who was elected on the platform of the All Progressives Congress for Ede North/Ede South/Egbedore/Ejigbo Federal Constituency of Osun State, made the declaration on Thursday in an expression of interest letter released in Abuja at the ongoing induction programme for incoming members of the 8th National Assembly.

In it, the University don with vast practical and theoretical experience in lawmaking and parliamentary practice, said: “The 8th House of Representatives of the Federal Republic of Nigeria is like no other. Majority of the Members are newly elected into the Green Chambers of the National Assembly, with the democratic dictate of having its way in the choice of the Speaker.

“While the Standing Orders of the House requires ‘legislative experience’ in the National Assembly {Order II Rule 4(a)}, the Constitution permits the Members to elect the Speaker ‘from among themselves’ {s 50(1)(b)}.”

The PhD holder in Political Science from the University of Ibadan and PhD from the University of Leicester added: “Honourable Members can, as a matter of necessity, avoid a possible collision between the majority ‘first timers’ and the returnees by electing a Speaker that not only meets the requirements of cognate legislative experience enshrined in the Rules but also capable of enjoying the confidence of his/her peers. Stability of the House requires nothing less.”

The former Speaker of the Osun State House of Assembly stressed: “In the light of this, I hereby present myself to all the elected and re-elected members of the HRs, for an opportunity to serve you as Speaker, taking into cognizance my antecedents, viz:

“Training:

 Lawyer, called to the Bar in 1993

 Political Scientist: BSc (Ife), MSc (Ife), PhD (Ibadan)

 Legal Expert: LLB (Ibadan), LLM (Ife), PhD (Leicester)

“Legislative Experience:

 Speaker, Osun State House of Assembly (May 1999-May 2003)

 Trainer of legislators across the African parliaments as Head, Parliamentary Capacity Building Programme, African Training and Research Centre in Administration for Development (CAFRAD), Morocco, 2008-2010

 Speaking engagements as Resource Person/Facilitator/Trainer/Lead Presenter on legislative processes in the last 15 years by the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA), Actionaid International Nigeria (AAIN), Africa Leadership Forum (ALF), African Union’s Citizens and Diaspora Office (CIDO), African Parliamentary Knowledge Network (APKN),etc.

“Other Public Service Experience:

 Secretary (SLG), Ejigbo LGC (February 1991-November 1993)

 Chairman, Osun LGAs Creation Committee, 2012-2013

 Member, Osun Schools Infrastructure Development Committee, 2012-2014

 Osun Coordinator of Muhammadu Buhari Campaigns, 2014-2015

 Member, APC National Presidential Convention Planning Committee

 University Lecturer (1990-98) & 2005-11, and Professor since 2011

“Skills: Negotiation and conflict management; Expert drafting and letter writing; Training and Research; Oral and written presentation; Good working knowledge of ICT; Good command of the Use of English and familiarity with the French language.

Vision: A virile legislature that constructively engages the government for political stability and economic prosperity.”

 

PROFILE SUMMARY

Education:

 Primary – Methodist School, N5, Agodi, Ibadan, Oyo State (1970-1971; Ansar-Ud-Deen Primary School, Ejigbo, Osun State (1971-1975)

 Secondary – Ansar-Ud-Deen High School, Ejigbo, Osun State (1975-1980)

 Tertiary:

– University of Ife (1980-1984), BSc Political Science

– Obafemi Awolowo University (1985-1988) MSc Political Science

– University of Ibadan (1986-1989) LLB Law

– University of Ibadan (1990-2000) PhD Political Science

– Obafemi Awolowo University (2004-2006) LLM Law

– University of Leicester, UK (2009-2013) PhD Law

 Professional:

– Attended the Nigerian Law School, and called to the Bar in 1993.

 

Academic Distinctions/Awards:

 The Best Overall Student in Political Science (University of Ife, 1984);

 Postgraduate Fellowship Award (Obafemi Awolowo University, 1985-1988);

 African Fellowship Award, American University in Cairo, Egypt, 1986/87;

 Overall Best Student in Masters of Laws (Obafemi Awolowo University, 2005/2006)

 

Teaching and Research Experience:

 Twenty (20) cumulative years of cognate teaching experience in three Nigerian universities in Political Science, International Law and Diplomacy, Public Administration and Public Law, with 1 authored book, 1 edited book, 1 co-edited book, and several academic papers in journals and books, in additional to many seminar papers and presentations on governance institutions, leadership and policy analysis;

 

 He is the author of The Supreme Court in the Nigerian Political System 1963-1997 (2002), co-author of Perspectives on the Legislature in the Government of Nigeria (2010), and Editor of Unbroken Legacy of Service: Speaker Bello’s Twelve Years under Three Administrations in Osun State (2011)

 Career Progression (Academic):

 

– January 1990 – Appointed Assistant Lecturer, Department of Political Science, Obafemi Awolowo University

– October 1992 – Promoted to Lecturer II, Department of Political Science, Obafemi Awolowo University

– November 1995 – Appointed Lecturer I, Department of Political Science, Obafemi Awolowo University

– December 1998 – Withdrawal of Service from the University for practical politics

– August 2005 – Appointed Lecturer I, Department of Public Law, University of Ilorin

– March 2006 – Moved to the Department of Political Science as Senior Lecturer

– 2006 to 2011 – Associate Lecturer, Department of Public Law, University of Ilorin

– September 2011 – Appointed Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Ilorin

– 2011/2012 – Adjunct Professor, Department of Public Law, University of Ilorin

– 2011/2012 – Adjunct Professor, Department of Political Science and Public Administration, Redeemers University of Nigeria, Mowe

Community Service (University of Ilorin)

 Head, Department of Political Science, August 2011- July 2012

 Acting Head, Department of Political Science, 2008/2009 Session

 Member, Committee on the University of Ilorin Strategic Plan 2008-2013

 Coordinator, Masters in International Studies (MIS) programme, 2006-2008

 Member, Editorial Board, Ilorin Journal of Business and Social Sciences, 2006-2007

 Member, Faculty Board of Law, 2005 to 2012

 Member, Committee on Workshop, Faculty of Law, 2007/2008 Session

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Community Service (Obafemi Awolowo University)

 Chairman, Departmental Examinations Committee and Member, Faculty

 

Examinations Committee, 1996-1998

 Member, Editorial Board, Ife Social Sciences Review, 1996-1998

 Representative of HOD Political Science on the Faculty Board of Law, 1995-1998

 Representative of the Dean of Social Sciences on the Faculty Board of Law, 1996-1998

 

Public Service Appointments and Political Assignments:

 Secretary to the Local Government (SLG), Ejigbo Local Government of Osun State (February 1991 – November 1993)

 Speaker of the Osun State House of Assembly (May 1999-May 2003)

 Chairman, Osun Local Government Areas Creation Committee (O’Local Govts), June 18 – September 26, 2012;

 Member, Osun Local Government Area Creation Review Committee, April 2013 to date

 Member, Osun Schools Infrastructure Development Committee (O’Schools), February 1, 2012 to date

 Member, Committee on Resolution of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) Crisis, September 2011 – June 2012

 State of Osun Coordinator of Muhammadu Buhari Campaigns, 14 October, 2014 – 8 January, 2015

 Member, APC National Presidential Convention Planning Committee, November-December 2014

 

Community Service (Foreign)

 Member, Editorial Board, Journal of Law and Conflict Resolution (JLCR), 2009 to date

 Member, Editorial Board, Journal of Alternative Perspectives in the Social Sciences, 2009 to date

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 Head, Parliamentary Capacity Building Programme, African Training and Research Centre in Administration for Development (CAFRAD), Morocco, October 2008-September 2010

 

Community Service (Private)

 Legal Practice: Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria, since 1993

 Policy Analysis and Consultancy: Regularly engaged as short-term Resource Person, Facilitator, Trainer, Keynote Address Giver and Lead Presenter by Actionaid International Nigeria (AAIN), the Africa Leadership Forum (ALF), African Training and Research Centre in Administration for Development (CAFRAD), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA), African Development Bank (AfDB), African Union’s Citizens and Diaspora Office (CIDO), African Parliamentary Knowldge Network (APKN), Conference of African Ministers of Public Services (CAMPS), and the Federal Government of Nigeria’s Department of Technical Cooperation in Africa (DTCA)

 Has designed and implemented a number of training and consultancy programmes in the areas of governance, public service reforms and ethics, legislative process, conflict management, management practices, leadership, constitutional/electoral reforms, and finance, budget and audit practices

 

Community Service (Professional Bodies)

 Member, International Political Science Association (IPSA-AISP)

 Member, Nigerian Political Science Association (NAPSS)

 Fellow, Journal of Alternative Perspectives in the Social Sciences

 Member, Society of Legal Scholars (SLS), UK

 Member, Nigerian Bar Association (NBA)

 Member, Nigerian Association of Law Teachers (NALT)

 

Bio: Born about 53 years ago, Professor Alabi is married to Alhaja Silifat Olarike Alabi (MPA, NIM), and the family is blessed with children.

Hobbies: Reading, Travelling, Photography, Web surfing.

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