THUS FAR HAVE WE GONE Just about this time last year, the leadership baton of the Hallowed chamber of the Sultan Bello Hall house of Assembly was passed to me and here it is again another lap is completed, it simply explains he fact that there is a time for everything. It reminds me of how scared I was then when I knew that the voice of over 350 people would converge to be spoken through mine, a good precedence had been set and the big task of keeping and improving on it fell on me. Making this statement ‘to represent the interest of noble Bellites’ during my campaign felt very shallow and brief, but unknown to all including myself that it meant so much which included, collating, reconciling, and actualizing the ideas and interest of every Bellite, from the inception of our administration our goal had never been short of these; having so much interest in all that concerns Bellites which includes their comfort, health, facility and administration and we thank God for the grace, collating had never been so much of a big deal because Honourables were handy to do that, reconciling it was one very hectic task such that even Honourables still solicited and moved for motions to extend the time past the normal sitting time, just to come to a fair and acceptable decision. The challenges of the leadership of the house were anticipated as surmounting them will rank the quality of our leadership. Our first were with the mouth pieces of the people (Honourables), as so many times we tried as much as we could to set out our priorities right and our service to this noble hall on top of it, some of which we had to take the necessary deserving actions to actualise, until now I defined governance as an affair that deals with leading and influencing but now it occur to me that it is more of managing people. Reconciling the interest of Bellites had been one of our challenges because we had to respect their right to opinion but some if these (opinions) were borne out of sentiments, emotions and personal beliefs which we had to carefully and wisely align to achieve good results. Publicity was also a challenge we battled with because as much as we worked we were appreciated in a little way as people saw us as figure heads, some people don’t understand the roles we play in governance and how hard we worked. Our sister arm the Executives too had its challenges which indirectly almost turned us against each other but understanding, and our interest which is the smooth running of the hall has always greased our friction points. The hall management had also had its fair contributions as more often than not we had to meet them to bring our resolutions to reality, we manage their little weakness as they also are a subsets of the Larger body but we believed they could have done better under the drive of the passion for their job. The Heads above have always responded as though we are temporary occupants and so should mind our primary business and bother less about their functions but they are gradually forgetting that part of their responsibilities is largely to us. I hope they can retrace their steps to the ancient path. If I have not learnt so much from my challenges during my administration I have learnt that procrastination and unnecessary compromise are the killers of a good administration and also that lions cannot eat lions. As earlier said our challenges has been the test of our leadership quality, I remember my first screening as an honourable, the chairman remarked ‘The only reason I wouldn’t throw you out is because I like your cap’ It showed the level of my inexperience, of course gainful time has passed and I am a better man in all ramification; eloquence, dressing, representation, presentation, discipline, fair judgment and so on all pointing to a level of leadership growth which I’ve got in just a space of a year. I have not only grown as a leader but also leaders have grown under my leadership and that alone in satisfactory. We have passed bills that are set to transform administration within the hall and also resolutions aimed at improving the welfare of Bellites. I hope for continuity and improvements in every facet that has been established by my administration as the Speaker, as it is my vision to create and establish a positive reference point for all times. I appreciate Jesus Christ the son of God for snatching me from darkness into his marvellous light, but for him I would have flopped as he showed His strength in all my weaknesses. I am overwhelmed by the support of my parent Engr. and Dns. Oguntowo who constantly reminded me of my commitment to the people and has pushed me through difficult times with encouragements. Also my Uncle Dn. E.A Oguntowo who celebrates me so much and encourages me, Greatest Bellites you are the reason for my appointment and the drive towards my success as your Speaker, I love you all. I appreciate all principal officers of the house; your unceasing whisper of knowledge on that table has empowered our decisions. To the 2010/2011 house, so many times I marvel at the fact that two opposite opinion can be logically correct I salute your intelligence. I now know the power of delegation after some of you have resigned to contest. I appreciate the Speakers in Sultan Bello, the Speaker of the SU SRC Hon. Akinmulegun Samson and the Speaker of the faculty of Law congress Hon. Adedeji Adebiyi and my predecessor Hon. Sholarin David you’ve been wonderful to me throughout, you all are models of leadership. The Executive Council has been a sister indeed you brought my dream of chewing my food without biting my tongue to a reality. Special thanks to the Mayor of the 2010/2011 administration Hon. Akinlowo Olawoye, I appreciate your regard for the Law and my personality. I appreciate my classmates for enduring my absence I could remember our first love, the joint tutorials and all nights I hope I can repay you, you are sweet. I appreciate my roommates Ayodeji Daniyan who happened to be social minister in my tenure as Speaker, I recognize your reverence for me even when you had to defend issues with me on seat you are sweet, Hon. Ayodeji saheed a.k.a Baba Karimoh you’re the fun of my tenure. I appreciate my, friends in B3 (Slim, Micah, Rahman and Izehi), B4 (Israel Tim, Femi, Samo), D19 (Daniel, Benson, Dapo, Segun), D3 (Yemi, Sirkay, Larynx), Hon. Efe, Joe, Dare and my Pastor (Ayanyinka Anuoluwapo). Writing about each of you will culminate into a book. You are all awesome. This Hall is one that retains its Nobility in everything, and I am proud of this her in every way, you are the seat of kings in this University, as I pass the baton as the active Speaker, I want you to know that sultan Bello Hall has niched a place in my heart. And every sacrifice ever made was worth it. Always remember that what has distinguished us from others is that Nobility is our Pride. I love you all. _______________ Hon. Oguntowo Tolulope B.
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