The Chairman of House Committee on Information at the Osun State House of Assembly, Honourable Olatunbosun Oyintiloye has bagged the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria’s best South-West lawmaker award for the year 2016.
Oyintiloye who represents Obokun State constituency was honoured alongside the Governor of Ogun State, Ibikunle Amosun among other eminent personalities in Ibadan, capital of Oyo State, on Wednesday.
The award which was presented to him by the Secretary to the Osun State Government, Alhaji Moshood Adeoti on behalf of Radio Nigeria was in recognition of his best active roles in community development and media friendliness.
Receiving the honour, Oyintiloye tasked governments at all levels as well as the citizens to pay more attention to the development of rural communities for which he was being honoured.
Identifying the gaps in the area of mentoring, capacity building, provision of support services to the vulnerable and marginalized groups, youth development and infrastructure development, Oyintiloye said community service must be embraced to tackle the challenges.
His words "I advocate bottom-up approach to development, which is community-driven. We must revert to the old-African cultural mode of developing our community to achieve more results. We must imbibe the culture of community spirit, community service and community development.
"As for me who represents an agrarian constituency, that is what I have been doing, as I have sponsored five bills that are all in relation to community development in less than two years in the parliament, and I have used my earnings to development my communities.
"I call on governments at all level and citizens to pay more attention to the development of rural communities so that the people there can also have the sense of belonging and play their roles effectively.
"Nigeria will outlive recession, no doubt, but we must work very hard, sacrifice, be opened and be patriotic to the country, for us to get out of recession. All Nigerians regardless of social strata can add value and must add value towards the development of their communities, state and the country", he said.
Describing the award as inspiring, the lawmaker said, it has re-energized him to continue in the community service of his people, Obokun state Constituency, Osun State and Nigeria.
He commended the FRCN for acknowledging good works, promoting diligence, merits, and rewarding it accordingly, he said, Nigerians should be bold to celebrate their own, as this is one of the tools to reset value and fight corruption.
The FRCN Zonal Director, Alhaji Mohammed Bello, while speaking during the event, said the awardees were selected based on merit. He said those honoured have made impacts in their various callings and deserved to be honoured.