Exactly two months after the death of Hon Kazeem Alimi, a member of Lagos House Assembly, legislators held a plenary session in his honour on Tuesday, September 19, 2017.
The House was a day into its recess, when Hon Alimi gave up the ghost at LASUTH, on Tuesday, July 18, 2017, after a brief illness, and barely a week after his 50th birthday celebration.
The Tuesday plenary session was an emotional one for members of the Assembly as they took turn to pay glowing tributes to a “quintessential gentleman and an embodiment of humility” as many of them refereed to the late lawmaker.
The Speaker, Rt Honourable Mudashiru Obasa who presided over the plenary and spoke last has this to say about the dead lawmaker: ” The House did all it could to save Alimi’s life but it did not come out as expected.”
He went further, “We remember his good deeds. He was an embodiment of humility. You hardly heard him speak. All you see was his smiles, as if the smile had been constructed on his face. He was loyal, dedicated and dutiful.”
He promised that the House would support his family members.
The House became emotionally downcast when it was time to officially remove his name tag from his seat in the chamber.
The Majority Leader, Hon Sanai Agunbiade moved the motion for the removal of the name tag with these words:
“With heavy heart, I move that the name tag of Alimi be removed from where he sits and be handed over to the Clerk.”
It took several seconds before Hon. Victor Akande seconded it.
When the Speaker said those in support of the motion say aye, there was a palpable silence.
The Speaker had to appeal to members to try and overcome their emotions because what they are doing is required of them by law .
It was after the Speaker’s sermon that few members could mumble aye. Certainty no member could say nay when the Speaker said those against the motion say nay.
After this, the Sergeant-at -arms moved briskly to the late lawmaker’s seat to remove his name tag and handed it over the Clerk of the House, Mr Azeez Sanni.
Hon Kazeem Ademola Alimi was a two term member of Lagos House of Assembly representing Eti – Osa Constituency 1 when he died.
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