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Meet Mayor Dele Osinowo, Democrat Behind the Transformation of Agboyi-Ketu

Mayor Dele Osinowo

 

Born over four decades ago into the families of the Oshinowos from Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State. Mayor Dele Osinowo had prior to the completion of his schooling, carved a niche for himself financially through his many entrepreneurial strides, a feat attained through self-belief, consistency and the grace of God. Through his foray into the world of business, he was able to advance humanitarian activities as a cardinal objective in human relations and endeavours. This has significantly helped him to consistently stand firm with the populace in all engagements.

 

 

His profound knowledge and educational exploit blossomed when he embarked on a tertiary academic journey to study in the United Kingdom where he obtained B.A. (Hons) in Business Studies and Masters in Risk Management from the University of East London, United Kingdom. Oladele Oshinowo had started his educational career at the famous St. Agnes Primary School and later proceeded to Maryland Comprehensive Secondary School, both of them located in Maryland, Lagos State. During his stay in the United Kingdom, Mayor Dele worked as a Business and Security Analyst with a leading banking firm, Citibank. With his banking activities and experience gathered, he proceeded to engaging in Real Estate development in order to build his entrepreneurial capacity.

 

 

Mayor Dele Oshinowo is a dynamic, savvy, sagacious, visionary, strategic and thoroughbred politician, who has a deep understanding and mastery of grassroots governance. He had garnered a lot of experiences as a result of the past offices held. His foray into politics began in 1998, when he worked with other progressives and like-minds to form the Alliance of Democracy (AD). He seized the opportunity, after the lifting of ban on the political process by the military. Today, the All Progressive Congress (APC), is the offshoot of the then AD.

 

 

However, history reveals that as a young democrat in 1998, he relentlessly championed the agitation for a well- structured youth wing in his party, the Alliance for Democracy. He has maintained a defined political route to advance the course of the youth and the common man.

 

Politically, the council chairman has engaged in various political processes prior to and after his emergence as the number one citizen of Agboyi-Ketu LCDA.
In 2011, the purpose-driven council mayor contested the chairmanship position of the LCDA under the platform of the Action Congress of Nigeria(ACN). In 2015, he aspired to become the lawmaker representing Kosofe Constituency 2 at the Lagos State House of Assembly under the platform of the All Progressives Congress, for both aspirations, the chairman put up a good show, a unique step that helped him connect with humanity and understand the pulse of the people and political temperature of his environment.

 

As the Secretary to Agboyi-Ketu Local Council Development Area, from 2012 to 2014; and, serving in the same position in the Transition Committee of the same council from 2015 to 2016, Mayor worked assiduously for the progress and developmment of the LCDA. Unarguably, the position, which is regarded as the life wire of an organization, had prepared him to be an astute leader equipped with fruitful ideas and orientation. His enviable path with the people positioned him in the forefront, to demand for an egalitarian society.

 

 

 

Further afield, to build his political network and canvass for his political party, the chairman served in dual capacity in the 2019 general election, holding the positions of the Senatorial Coordinator, Babajide Sanwo-olu – Independent Campaign Organization, and also as the Director of Special Duties, Bayo Osinowo Campaign Organization popularly known as ‘Team Pepper’. In both capacities, the people’s mayor blended to ensure there is a meeting point of victory for both candidates in Agboyi-Ketu, Lagos East Senatorial District and Lagos at large.

 

However, the vacuum created by the death of his political benefactor, who nurtured him like his biological son in the political terrain, Senator Bayo Osinowo, the chairman also served in a unique capacity for his immediate successor, as the Director of Logistics, Tokunbo Abiru Constituency Team(TACT). Having been part of the political atmosphere for almost two decades, Mayor Dele contested the 2017 Local Government Elections under the platform of All Progressives Congress(APC) and won the elections, as the Executive Chairman of Agboyi-Ketu Local Council Development Area, he was sworn-in on July 25, 2017.

 

Ever since he assumed the saddle of leadership , the chairman has discharged his duties creditably well to the delight of the citizenry, working round the clock to give meaning to governance. Though commendations and accolades have been coming in torrents from the populace for his giant stride that have seemingly changed the landscape of the local council, but Oshinowo is not distracted.

 

 

Under his leadership, Agboyi-ketu is operating an inclusive policy for all, without prejudice to tribe, religion and political affiliations; he has successfully placed the electorate at the driving seat of governance. In an unprecedented fashion, the chairman has institutionalised feedback mechanism for all voices to be heard, and providing real-time responses in one go.

 

-Ademola Alade

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