Nigerian lecturer Councillor Adedamola Aminu sworn-in as Mayor of Lambeth

NIGERIAN academic Councillor Adedamola Aminu has been sworn in as the new mayor of Lambeth at a civic ceremony yesterday marking the commencement of his tenure for the 2014/15 mayoral year.

 First elected as a councillor in 2006, Councillor Aminu was elected deputy mayor last year but has been acting as mayor since February this year following the unfortunate death of Mayor Mark Bennett. At a ceremony attended by other councillors, members of the Nigerian community and representatives of the high commission, he took the oath of office yesterday.

 Councillor Aminu said: “I first of all want to pay tribute to Councillor Bennett the last mayor as he will be a hard act to follow. I am grateful to my colleagues for giving me this opportunity to serve as the mayor for the 2014/15 year and it is an honour and a privilege to serve the people of Lambeth.

 “I look forward to the mayoral year and the opportunity to be the first citizen of the borough, during which I will back a charity called Girl Child Network Worldwide. It is a charity for young girls, mainly from immigrant communities who suffer from abuses like forced marriages, rape and child abuse, so I hope to be supporting its activities during the year.”

 He called on all present to join him in raising money for the charity during the year as it is vital to address the problem of child abuse in the UK’s immigrant communities. Furthermore, Councillor Aminu added that he is confident that Lambeth will go on to better and greater things over the 12 months of his mayoral year.

 Councillor Susan Fajana-Thomas, the former mayor of Hackney, added: “Councillor Aminu is a fine councillor and as a former Lord Mayor myself, I am happy to see another Nigerian become the mayor of Lambeth. This adds to the contributions of British Nigerians in the UK.”

 Representing the Nigerian high commission at the event were minister Shina Alege, the head of consular, welfare and education at the mission and Prince Taju Adeniyi, the personal assistant to the high commissioner. They joined other guests and councillors for a buffer after the swearing-in.

 A lecturer in business and computing at South Thames College, Councillor Aminu represents Tulse Hill ward and was first elected a councillor in 2006. Councillor Aminu holds bachelor’s degree in business studies from London Southbank University, a diploma in marketing from the Chartered Institute of Marketing, a Masters degree in marketing from Greenwich University and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education.

 Source – Nigerian Watch