|Senator for Oyo Central|
29 May 2007 – May 2011
|Preceded by||Brimmo Yusuf|
|Succeeded by||Ayoade Ademola Adeseun|
Oyo State, Nigeria
|Political party||People Democratic Party PDP|
He is a son of Alhaji and Alhaja Hamzat Folarin. He stemmed from Baale House in Oja Igbo area of Ibadan North-East Local Government area of Oyo State. He is the Head (Mogaji) of his family House and a ranked traditional Chief in Ibadanland. He is the Laguna Olubadan of Ibadanland.
He attended primary school in Lagos; his secondary education was completed at Nigeria's premier secondary school, Methodist Boys High School. He holds a B.Sc (Hons) degree in Political Science from the University of Ibadan and a diploma degree from Harvard University, USA. He spent some years gathering valuable civil service experience in the UK, including management roles at the Department of Trade in London before returning to Nigeria in 2002. He performed his obligatory NYSC tenure in Kaduna and joined politics thereafter.
He contested and won the senatorial seat to represent Oyo Central in 2003 at the age of 39 years on the platform of the PDP and was re-elected based on his performance for a second term in 2007 on the platform of the same PDP. He remains the only legislator in Oyo State who has served two terms at the Senate. At the Senate, he was appointed Leader of the Senate. He also served on the Senate Committee on Business & Rules, Marines and Transport although his particular interests were in education, power supply and water resources. He was involved in the Power probe in 2008. As the Leader of the Senate, he led debates on all Executives Bills and sponsored several private Bills himself. These included the Insurance Act, Armed Forces Pension Act and several others.
During his tenure at the Senate, he also facilitated and oversaw several projects into his Senatorial District of Oyo Central including the construction of the Ibadan-Ilorin Express Road (phase 1&2), rehabilitations of Ibadan-Ijebu Ode road, upgrading of the Ibadan Airport in Egbeda, construction of school blocks at Apatere (Lagelu LG), Origi (Surulere LG), Olubode and Idi Ose (Ona Ara LG). He also constructed several kilometers of road at Olubadan Estate and in various locations in Egbeda and Oyo districts. In addition, he donated fully equipped health centres to the following communities; Pade Village (Akinyele LG), Olode (Oluyole LG) and Araromi (Oyo East LG). He facilitated power supply to 48 villages and water supply to 168 locations in his Senatorial District.
He won the gubernatorial ticket of his great party, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in 2014.
He is currently the convener of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) repositioning for the next upset victory at the polls.
Folarin is married with children to Barr. Angela Folarin, a woman operates a non-governmental organization caring for widows and the destitute, “Sidikatu Abebi Foundation” named after her mother-in-law.
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