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August 29th 2023
Senator Tokunbo Abiru Graces IDRDG’s IT Launchpad Cohort 1 Graduation Ceremony,
The Chairman, Senate Committee on Banking, Insurance and Other Financial Institutions, Distinguished Senator Mukhail Adetokunbo Abiru, FCA on Saturday attended the graduation ceremony of 72 secondary school students in Ikorodu division who successfully completed training in IT Launchpad Cohort 1 programme, organised by Ikorodu Division Resource Development Group (IDRDG), in partnership with ZKT West Africa.
Senator Abiru in his remarks admonished the students to strive for excellence in their academic pursuit and every aspect of life. According to him, for success to be achieved, it takes diligence, resilience and competitiveness.
Abiru, who is the Co-founder of the SAIL Innovation Lab, the first of its kind Innovation hub in Lagos East Senatorial District, gave opportunity to the top three outstanding students to be onboarded into the STEM training programme at the SAIL Innovation Lab.
For the three most outstanding students who were presented with new laptop computers, Senator Abiru promised to provide free internet for one year for the student who came first, the runner up will get free internet for six months, while the third student who came third will get free internet for three months.
Likewise, all graduating students will always be notified whenever there is a call for applications for programmes at the SAIL Innovation Lab.
The IDRDG Chairman, Distinguished Senator Adeseye Kingsley Ogunlewe, in his address commended Senator Abiru for his outstanding representation and for his contributions to the growth and development of Ikorodu division, and other LGAs under the district.
Mr Afolabi Abiodun, the US-based Ikorodu Indigene, is the Chief Executive Officer of ZKT West Africa, the organisation that facilitated the training programme for the students. Abiodun who joined the graduation ceremony virtually via Zoom, commended Senator Abiru for providing a platform for young people to break into massive opportunities in the fourth industrial age.
The IT expert said he decided to provide the training programme as a launchpad into the field of Information Technology. He recalled that a similar opportunity was provided for him many years back. Abiodun noted that from that opportunity, despite his humble background, he gained inroad into the global marketplace, including a fellowship programme at the prestigious Stanford University, United States of America.
He said he has heard and read about the impact of SAIL Innovation Lab in Ikorodu and beyond. Abiodun noted that the launch pad that was provided to him many years, is similar to what Senator Abiru has provided through the SAIL Innovation Lab.
Professor Ajibola Saheed, Centre Director, National Open University of Nigeria(NOUN), Ikorodu Model Study Centre, thanked the IDRDG, ZKT West Africa and Senator Abiru for their support for the students and other young people in the division.
Professor Michael O. Ajetunmobi, an eminent retired Professor of Mathematics, who is also the Vice-Chairman, IDRDG, thanked Senator Abiru for honouring IDRDG with his presence and the support he has pledged for the students.
Other dignitaries in attendance include; Dr. Abidoun Fatai-Abatan, Mr Deji Abisola, Consultant to Senator Abiru on SAIL Innovation Lab, Mr Yusuf Jubril, Managing Director, ZKT West Africa, Mr Abiodun Kazeem, Managing Director, SB Telecoms and Devices.
August 27th 2023
GenZTechies’ Hackfest 2023: Senator Tokunbo Abiru Charges Young Software Developers, Techies To Harness Massive Opportunities In Tech & Innovation
The Chairman, Senate Committee on Banking, Insurance and other Financial Institutions, Distinguished Senator Mukhail Adetokunbo Abiru, FCA, on Saturday admonished young budding software developers and tech enthusiasts to harness massive opportunities in the tech space.
The lawmaker disclosed this while delivering his keynote address at the 2023 Hackfest, organised by GenZtechies, held at the Multipurpose Hall of the University of Lagos, Akoka. Abiru shared the experience of his illustrious banking career spanning over three decades, tracing how technology gradually revolutionised the banking sector, starting with the new generation banks.
Senator Abiru who is representing Lagos East Senatorial District, is the Co-founder of the SAIL Innovation Lab, the first of its kind Innovation hub in the Senatorial District, where over 3,000 constituents, particularly young people, had been trained in less than two years of its existence. SAIL Innovation was the co-sponsor of the well-attended tech event that attracted over 1,000 young Nigerians.
According to Senator Abiru, he identified with the annual event because he believed in the vision of the promoters of providing a strong platform and ecosystem for young tech enthusiasts to thrive. He emphasised that young people should be encouraged and galvanised to explore the opportunities that the current 4th industrial revolution age has provided which is technology & innovation.
Senator Abiru added that the task of nation building requires collective efforts of all citizens.
He challenged young entrepreneurs and tech professionals to strive for excellence and success in their respective fields for them to make quality contributions to the policy development process of the nation. He cited the success story of Nigeria’s Minister of Communication, Innovation and Digital Economy, Dr. Bosun Tijani, who Co-founded Africa's leading tech company, Co-creation Hub (CCHub).
The Lagos East Senator assured that he will continue to support initiatives that provide platforms for young Nigerians to thrive in tech, business and other areas of endeavours. He commended the courage and resilience of promoters of the GenZ Hackfest.
Eniola Osabiya, the founder, and convener of GenZHackfest, thanked Senator Abiru and other sponsors who have been supporting the annual event since 2022. He said the passion of Senator Abiru for sustainable empowerment through human capital development was exemplary.
Osabiya added that with the leadership and encouragement that the likes of Senator Abiru are providing, the sky will be the limit for young people who are passionate about tech and innovation.
Mr. Deji Abisola, the Consultant on SAIL Innovation Lab, expressed optimism that SAIL Innovation Lab will continue to partner and identify with the GenZHackfest as well as other youth led tech initiatives in the ecosystem.
GenZtechies was founded in 2020 as a small WhatsApp group for youths in tech, GenZtechies has grown to become arguably Africa’s fastest-growing network for Gen-Zs in tech after their international expansion in late 2021.
The community is one of the top places where young people in tech across Africa learn, connect, and discover life-changing opportunities. Some members of the GenZtechies went from zero to getting top tech jobs, internationally after joining the community, while some have raised over a million dollars for their startups.
August 18th 2023
Blocks of Classrooms Facilitated By Senator Tokunbo Abiru At Ilara-Epe Commissioned
Two blocks of three classrooms at UPE Primary School, Ilara Epe, facilitated by the Senator representing Lagos East Senatorial District, Distinguished Senator Mukhail Adetokunbo Abiru, FCA, have been commissioned.
The commissioning which was done to commemorate the 3rd anniversary coronation of His Royal Majesty, Alayeluwa Oba (Dr) Olufolarin Olukayode Ogunsanwo (JP) (Telade IV), The Alara of Ilara Kingdom, was well attended by residents and indigenes of Ilara, including dignitaries from far and near.
Senator Abiru was represented at the event by a member of his team. The Ilara-Epe monarch and the people expressed their gratitude to Senator Abiru for his impactful representation and facilitations of laudable projects to Epe division and other communities under the Lagos East Senatorial District.
August 12th 2023
Int’l Youth Day: Senator Tokunbo Abiru Celebrates With Nigerian Youth
I congratulate Youths in the Lagos East Senatorial District and Nigeria at large on this year’s commemoration of the International Youth Day, with the theme: Green Skills for Youth: Towards a sustainable world.
The world today stands at the intersection of progress and preservation. In other words, as mankind aspires to explore the earth and the environment in furtherance of technology and other socio-economic advancement, environmental concerns, resource depletion, and climate change are serious conversations that are shaping the way we all relate with our environment.
Nigerian youth, like other young folks around the world, need to be equipped with the knowledge, skills, and mindset needed to navigate the complex challenges of our time and pave the way for a more sustainable future.
Dear young people, I enjoin you to embrace ‘Green Skills’ which encompass a diverse array of competencies that are essential for a sustainable world. The skills range from understanding renewable energy technologies to practising sustainable agriculture, promotion of eco-friendly urban planning and ecological conservation.
As your representative, It is gratifying to inform that through the SAIL Innovation Lab, the first of its kind Innovation hub founded by myself and my adorable wife, many young minds in the Senior Secondary Schools are being exposed to training that is related to the green economy that aims at fostering a sustainable future.
Last month, precisely Saturday, 15th July, 2023, at the graduation ceremony of STEM for Secondary School Students Participants (Cohort 2) at SAIL Innovation Lab, these kids showcased amazing projects to the admiration of those in attendance.
The projects include; Farm Security, Smart Irrigation System and vertical farming, Automated home Control System, Wind generated electricity and Aquaponics, that helps farmers recycle water used in their farming endevours.
Dear youth, I want you to know that you are not only inheritors of the planet; you are its custodians, entrusted with the responsibility of steering it towards sustainability.
As leaders, It is therefore our duty to ensure that you are equipped with the knowledge and skills to navigate the challenges posed by climate change, biodiversity loss, and environmental degradation.
Once again, I celebrate with you on this year’s celebration of International Youth Day.
Senator Mukhail Adetokunbo Abiru, FCA
Senator representing Lagos East Senatorial District
Chairman, Senate Committee on Banking, Insurance and other Financial Institutions
Saturday, 12 August, 2023.