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Band A: “We don’t want 24 hours electricity anymore,” Obawole residents lament to NERC, EKEDC

"The increase is too much. They should take us back to Band B. We were not complaining," Mrs. Victor lamented to The Record.

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Eko Lifestyle

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From ruins to restoration: Discovering the treasures in Freedom Park Lagos

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The Political Scene

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Lagos-based startup, Midddleman, is bridging trust and logistics gaps in the e-commerce world

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News Desk

Band A: “We don’t want 24 hours electricity anymore,” Obawole residents lament to NERC, EKEDC

"The increase is too much. They should take us back to Band B. We were not complaining," Mrs. Victor lamented to The Record.

What did Prince Harry and Megan Markle do in Lagos?

The couple visited Kaduna and, of course, ended their visit with a trip to Lagos, the centre of excellence, on Sunday, May 12.

Akanmu, UNILAG’s Best Graduating Student, named 2024 Knight-Hennessy Scholar at Stanford University

He is one of five Africans, and the only one from an African-based tertiary institution, to join the 2024 cohort.

Workers protest ‘unlawful sack’ of 391 Lagos Water Corporation staff

Members of the Amalgamated Unions of Public Corporations Civil...

LASEPA vows to improve air quality in Lagos

The Lagos State Environmental Monitoring Research Protection Agency on...

Annals Of Legislation

One year after: Key decisions taken by 10th Lagos State House of Assembly

The 10th Lagos House of Assembly was inaugurated on...

Land ownership issues: Lagos Assembly steps in with new bill

The Lagos House of Assembly is considering a Lagos...

State police: Lagos Assembly rejects IGP Egbetokun’s position

The Lagos State House of Assembly has kicked against...

Lagos Assembly to hold stakeholders’ meeting on Land grabbing

According to the resolution, the planned meeting would involve the state government, the police, the judiciary, traditional rulers and others.

Navigating Lagos

Nine highest-paying occupations in Lagos state

According to data from the Lagos government in 2021,...

Preserving Nigeria’s Legacy: Inside the National Museum in Onikan, Lagos

The National Museum Lagos boasts an extensive collection estimated at 47,000 objects, crafted from various materials including wood, ivory, metal, and terracotta.

Road rage: 342 accidents claim 22 lives in Lagos in first two months of 2024

Road rage: 342 accidents claim 22 lives in Lagos...

From ruins to restoration: Discovering the treasures in Freedom Park Lagos

I discovered that the park, located on a prime location in Lagos Island, had a historical past—it used to be a prison during Nigeria's colonial era.

Where to find co-working spaces in Lagos Mainland

As remote work continues to shape contemporary work culture, these spaces provide valuable solutions for those seeking flexibility, connectivity, and a dynamic work experience in Lagos.

Eko Lifestyle

Discover seven alternative Lagos beaches to Landmark, Oniru, others

Despite these alterations to the landscape of Lagos' coastal attractions, the state still boasts a plethora of breathtaking beaches waiting to be explored. At Ikeja Record, we have compiled a list of viable alternatives for you.

From ruins to restoration: Discovering the treasures in Freedom Park Lagos

I discovered that the park, located on a prime location in Lagos Island, had a historical past—it used to be a prison during Nigeria's colonial era.

Top 5 budget smartphones, as recommended by Computer Village vendors

  From communication and entertainment to productivity at work and...

Top exotic Spas for self-care in Ikeja

Spa treatments is a form of self-care which offer relaxation, stress relief, and physical rejuvenation, all of which contribute to overall well-being.

Best spot to eat authentic pounded yam in Lagos

The culinary gem nestled in the heart of Lagos not only offers meticulously prepared pounded yam but also embraces the rich tapestry of Yoruba culture in its aesthetics and ambiance.

The Political Scene

One year after: Key decisions taken by 10th Lagos State House of Assembly

The 10th Lagos House of Assembly was inaugurated on...

Is the storm over between Sanwo-Olu and Obasa? 

Is this renewed joviality in the best interest of Lagosians?

Lagos is spending big on infrastructure. But choking on debt.

As of December 2022, Lagos was the state with the highest debt stock across the Nigerian federation.

Three reasons why Lagos House of Assembly rejected Sanwo-Olu’s 17 commissioner-nominees

Beyond geographical and religious factors, the possibility of pending disagreements can not be ruled out.

What Ojodu residents want from LCDA Chairman Segun Odunmbaku

The residents made the requests following celebrations marking Segun Odunmbaku’s two years in office as Executive Chairman of Ojodu LCDA.

Persons Of Interest

Living with Lupus in Lagos: Misturah Owolabi shares her inspiring journey

“ Lupus is not a death sentence, it is a very manageable condition. Do not believe that Lupus is going to hinder you from achieving your goals.”

Lagos-based startup, Midddleman, is bridging trust and logistics gaps in the e-commerce world

Additionally, the co-founder shared that e-commerce companies can now send Yuan/CNY/RMB to their Chinese suppliers through Middleman.

‘I left Ibadan for Lagos to grow my career in tech and now I love the lifestyle offerings’ – Tech Sis

One year after this decision, she found it to be one of the best choices she has ever made. It opened more doors of opportunities that were unavailable to her in Ibadan.

Behind the Wheel: Pelumi Nubi opens up about London to Lagos solo drive

“ I wanted to inspire more women to step out of their comfort zone and do challenging stuff.”

Meet the man who swam across Third Mainland Bridge to raise awareness on silent killer among Lagosians

During his first year at the university, he stumbled upon the swim team one evening and decided to join. It was there that he discovered his love for swimming and the fulfilment it brought into his life.

How David Doherty became a lawmaker representing Amuwo-Odofin

Hon. David Doherty at a session of the Lagos House of Assembly. Credit: David Doherty / Facebook
Hon. David Doherty at a session of the Lagos House of Assembly. Credit: David Doherty / Facebook

David Olukoya Doherty is the Labour Party lawmaker representing Amuwo-Odofin Constituency 2 at the Lagos State House of Assembly. In this interview with Ikeja Record’s Abel Adekunle, he discusses his background, his ascension to the House and how he hopes to deliver the dividends of democracy to his constituents.

This interview has been edited for clarity and brevity.


Abel Adekunle: How did it all begin for you?

Hon. Doherty: Well, Doherty Olukoya David, was born into the family of Omoba Theophilus Oladele Doherty, from Epe Local Government, Igboyi-Ibowo. I was born in the early 70s. I attended Reservation Primary School, Itolu Village in Ajegunle. When I grew up, my father just decided that instead of me being brought up in Lagos State, why not go back to the village, because of the situation of things around us then in Ajegunle. So my Dad took me back to the village where I attended Comprehensive High School, Ijebu-Ife.

There, I started my career working for the community. I began to do things for the  Community Development Association, and that was where I developed my political career. My dad worked in the local government for over 30 years as a health officer; he served the government and would also tell us that the future of every man is in his hands. It all depends on how you are doing it.

AA: So that means that your coming into politics is something you’ve always dreamt of?

HD: It’s what I’ve always been doing. I’m a grassroot politician. If they want to register Lagos State “LASRRA Card”, my dad would tell you to go and register. You want to register for a Nigerian National ID card, my dad would tell you, go and register. They want to get a voter card, my dad would tell you, go and register. Tax clearance, whatever. All those things, you begin to do them. And you begin to ask yourself what are these things for? Because my dad would always tell me, when it comes to the state and the federal, like this immunisation, that they do free for people, and some people would ignore it and at the end of the day, they will begin to use their money to do it when they find out the importance; so those things me I do them free of charge because my dad would not allow you to stay in his house if you don’t do them. You have to do it. So that’s the mentality that I grew up with. I have always believed that one day, I’d be part of the government.

AA: You didn’t begin as a local government chairman. Why the Lagos State House of Assembly?

HD: You see, God knows how He does His things. In fact, I was serving my people right from the street. Even from my own hard-earned money, I served my people with that. I’ve been clearing drainage with my money, I’ve been paying children’s school fees with my money, children that I don’t even know, pay house rent for people, give widows a lot of things at the end of the year. I buy goods, I buy rice, I buy groundnut oil, give widows, all those things, just to  make sure that at least they make up to their standard; I do these at least in December period; you know, any house that doesn’t cook rice in December, they’d look at you that, this one is worse.

So all those things that I’ve been doing, I’m just doing it because I felt it was needed and it is the right thing that I’m supposed to do; God has blessed me with the little that I have, with my sweat. Don’t be surprised, let me just tell you who I am. I’m a truck pusher, I push trucks. Although I have trucks of my own, trucks that make money for me, you understand; but I push a truck to Tincan, a container truck; in the night you’d see me outside. I’m doing all those things just to meet up. My children have to be well brought up, people around me have to feel my impact.

AA: When you told people that you wanted to become their representative, what was the reception like?

HD: In fact, I never really told them. What really happened was this: I met with one of the APC leaders, because there’s my brother who was an APC chieftain. I’ve never been a candidate of APC for once; I’ve never even been their exco for once, I’ve not done it. But you know, politicians like them come to meet me; they want to do polo, they want to do this. I just give them some money, let them go and do it. But all of a sudden, Labour Party, kudos, they were looking for a candidate that they’re going to use. So, somebody just told me that the Labour Party needed a candidate, and I was going to their meeting. So, we were going to the meeting, we were doing it, before I knew that they didn’t even have a candidate. In fact, I’ve been in the meeting for like four to five months, before I started hearing they don’t even have a candidate and I was like you don’t have a candidate? But you’ve been sponsoring people, what are you waiting for? That was when I got to buy the nomination form and every other thing I needed. They did substitution primary for me so I emerged. In fact, the Labour Party was very happy when they found out I was the person that was coming out, because they knew my worth.

Hon. Doherty says Speaker Mudashiru Obasa is more than just a leader. Credit: David Doherty / Facebook

AA: What are some of the challenges in your constituency?

HD: As far as Amuwo-Odofin is concerned, not even in my constituency alone, there are no good roads. No road anywhere. The only road we have belongs to the state, which is the federal road, that is the Badagry Express road. Apart from the Badagry Express road, no road; I don’t have to paint it, if I have to start telling lies, I’m just deceiving myself. You cannot carry your car to FESTAC and a bolt will not get out of place. You must lose a bolt, something must pull out of your car. In fact when I get to FESTAC I use a bicycle, I use okada, I don’t drive my car anyhow, because I know how much the mechanic will take from my hand. So immediately I get to my house, I leave my car in the house; anywhere I want to go I take a bike. When people see me, they don’t even believe that I am a member of the House. Some still ask themselves, is this really honourable?

Then our job market. In fact the way the market is these days, nothing is happening. So, my aim and objective in my constituency is to face the road and the school.  So, what we are planning is to bring back the dividends of democracy to the constituency. Everybody is trying their best, the Lagos State government is trying, the Lagos State House of Assembly is doing its best. We’ll do it the right way. With our speaker, Mudashiru Obasa – I respect him so much, he will always nurture you to do what is right, so that people who voted for you will not regret the reason why they voted for you. In fact, he was the one that even advised. He threw the advice but I picked it. He said “Leaving your constituency is even a problem to you”. You know, like a general talk, he just said it, but it brings lots of meaning to me.

AA: So the Speaker is giving you the right mentorship?

HD: Yes, I’m getting it, I’m getting everything. In fact, he’s a leader; he’s not just a leader, he is, how do I put it, a father. Every good father will advise his child on the right path of life. He’s a father. 

AA: What should your constituency expect from you?

HD: Well, my constituency is my father and mother. They sent me out, they have sent me out as a son, to go and work for them. As a normal human being, you don’t expect your dad when he comes back home, he’d start asking you, give me money, give me food, I want to change my clothes, I want to do that, give back what rightfully belongs to them. And that was the reason why I have my constituency office where they go, lay out problems. Then we look at the problem and know how to solve it. There’s no constituency that does not have a problem to solve, even Banana Island, they have a problem. But what you give back is what rightfully belongs to them, you start solving their problem one after the other, and as you’re solving it, you’re monitoring that one you’ve solved. And anything you’re doing, you should know that what you’re doing should last for years, before people would be talking about it. So, dividends of democracy, what rightfully belongs to my people, my constituency must surely go back to them.

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