Hon. Wahab Alawiye-King is the Executive Chairman of Lagos State Universal Basic Education Board ( SUBEB). A position he has been holding since September 2019.
He was also the first African to be elected as the Vice President of the Student Union Government ( SUG) of Brooklyn College of City University, New York, Brooklyn, NY, where he later became an Adjunct lecturer.
He was also a lecturer at Lagos State University, School of Part-time Studies when he returned to Nigeria from his sojourn in the United States of America.
I first met Hon. Alawiye-King in 2002 when he aspired to become the Chairman of Lagos Island Local Government Council. An ambition that did not come through.
We met again in 2007 when he was elected to represent the good people of Lagos Island Constituency 1. It was certainly not difficult to relate with him when we met again.
Hon. Alawiye-King made history as the first member of the Lagos State House of Assembly to occupy the two seats of his local government. In his first term (2007 to 2011) he occupied Lagos Island Constituency 1. In his second term( 2011 to 2015), he was elected to occupy Lagos Island Constituency 2.
Hon. Alawiye-King has this to say about his experience in his two terms as a member of the Lagos State House of Assembly when I asked him in my book, ‘Two Decades of Lagos House of Assembly: Face To Face With Movers And Shakers’.
“My first term was a learning experience, and I enjoyed every bit of it. It allowed me to know something about every facet of Nigerian society. A shallow learning curve indeed. The first two years were a fascinating eye-opener in legislative duties. But I was able to catch up faster because of my exposure and residual knowledge from student activism during my college days”.
The name Tolani Abatti would surely ring a bell in your ears. What is your impression of him? I asked.
” Tolani Abatti is a quiet, humble, modest, unassuming, and very supportive person. For example, he was one of the few individuals who assisted in championing my cause in my quest to become the Chairman of the old Lagos Island Local Government Area, an ambition that didn’t materialize due to some reasons, which were later unfolded. I cherished his support, advice, and wise counsel during those trying periods. It was a wonderful experience. Also, he was able to provide a platform to assess all events in the House. He offered an accurate, balanced, and fair analysis of all activities and performance of each lawmaker periodically. This exercise put many legislators on their toes and enhanced their productivity and stewardship”.
Thank you Hon Alawiye-King for your patronage and generosity. He Alawiye-King did not only buy copies of my book for himself but also for Hon. Muyibat Adeyemi who I met in his office.