APC Presidential Ticket: Senator Tokunbi Abiru Congratulates Asiwaju Tinubu; Says Party Has Made The Best Decision

APC Presidential Ticket: Senator Tokunbi Abiru Congratulates Asiwaju Tinubu; Says Party Has Made The Best Decision

The Chairman, Senate Committee on Industries and the Senator representing the Lagos East Senatorial District, Distinguished Senator Mukhail Adetokunbo Abiru has congratulated the National Leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu on his emergence as the party’s presidential flag bearer for the 2023 elections.

Senator Abiru in his congratulatory message said the party has made the best decision in electing Asiwaju Tinubu as the flag bearer of the party stressing that only Tinubu has the capacity to confront the opposition and secure victory for the ruling party in the 2023 General elections.

He said, “I heartily congratulate our revered National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu on his victory at the APC Presidential Primary election.”

“The delegates of our dear party has made the best decision by electing Asiwaju to fly the flag of our dear party, APC in 2023. The Bola Tinubu presidency promises to bring transformational development to Nigeria as witnessed in Lagos State, where he served as two terms governor.”

“I urge Nigerians from all walks of life to look beyond premodial considerations and throw their support behind Asiwaju Bola Tinubu’s candidacy.”

“The complexities and protracted challenges facing our dear nation at this period requires a tested and experienced leader like Asiwaju to tackle them headlong.”

“I congratulate all APC members and supporters for this historic feat”.

#TokunboAbiruIsDoingGood

Senator Tokunbo Abiru Supports Business Start-Ups With Grant, As 41 Graduate From Innovation Lab

Senator Tokunbo Abiru Supports Business Start-Ups With Grant, As 41 Graduate From Innovation Lab

The Chairman, Senate committee on Industries, and the Senator representing Lagos East Senatorial District, Distinguished Senator Mukhail Adetokunbo Abiru, FCA on Friday supported business start-ups with grant during the graduating ceremony and Demo Day of Business 101 for Creatives and Artisans (Cohort 001) participants of the Senator Abiru Innovation Lab (SAIL). 

Out of 47 individuals that enrolled for the training, forty-one (41) budding and aspiring entrepreneurs successfully completed the 3-months intensive business training handled by the technical partner of SAIL, the Co-creation Hub (Cc-Hub).

Over 4,000 young men and women applied for the 5 pilot SAIL programmes across 16 Local Governments/Local Council Development Areas in the Lagos East Senatorial District, while 150 were shortlisted for the entire maiden cohort. 47 individuals were admitted into Business 101 for Creatives and Artisans class.

Other programmes include Tech Talent Development, Lagos East Teachers Fellowship, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Café for Secondary School Students and Start-up Accelerator for Businesses.

SAIL, is an initiative of the Tokunbo Abiru Constituency Team (TACT) Foundation, a dedicated innovation and tech lab that is providing relevant technology, business and digital skills to tech enthusiasts and young entrepreneurs across the Lagos East Senatorial District.

In his remarks, Abiru, a former bank chief Executive said his Foundation established the Innovation Lab in response to growing unemployment in the country and also to position the younger generation for the enormous opportunities available in this current fourth industrial revolution.
He said, ‘’We are all aware that in recent years, Nigeria has faced unprecedented economic challenges ostensibly caused by recession, shrinking revenues and the Coronavirus. The National Bureau of Statistics, NBS reported that the youth unemployment rate in Nigeria is at 42. 50 in the first quarter of 2022.

‘’Ladies and gentlemen, distinguished guests, having failed to maximize the opportunities of the agricultural and industrial ages. Now, we are in the digital revolution age, we therefore cannot as a nation afford to miss out on the enormous opportunities available in this innovation and digital age.

‘’This is the compelling rationale behind the establishment of The Senator Abiru Innovation Lab (SAIL). Look around you today, you will discover that the COVID-19 pandemic has made remote working fashionable. Also, the rise in the deployment of robotics and artificial intelligence all point to the fact that we either brace up for technology or we lose out again!

‘’So, I knew, when I became Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, that the most enduring empowerment I can give to young people and entrepreneurs, in my constituency is to leveraging my global exposure and experience to make them globally competitive by equipping them with premium digital, innovative and technological skills which are in high demands globally. This was in keeping with the social contract that I had with the people of the Lagos East Senatorial district when seeking their votes’’.

Ojoma Ochai, Managing Partner of the Creative Economy Practice at CcHUB, challenged the graduating participants to harness the huge opportunities in the creative sector.

She said, “I want to begin this speech by saying thank you to Senator Abiru for his investment in developing opportunities for talent to thrive’’, adding that the creative sector contributes the equivalent of half of Nigeria’s GDP, it represents about 3% of global GDP and employs millions around the world and in Nigeria.

The event also featured a pitch session of 10 aspiring entrepreneurs in the graduating class who had the opportunity to pitch their business ideas to a panel of business professionals for seed funding and mentorship.
Senator Abiru doled out a business grant worth N3m to the top three entrepreneurs who made best business pitches. The Overall winner, John Olisa got N1.5m, while the first runner up, Jessica Nwobodo got N1m and the second runner up, Esther Ogundare went home with N500k.

Enitan Olukotun
Special Adviser to Senator Tokunbo Abiru
(Media and Publicity)

Senator Tokunbo Abiru COVID-19 Relief Beneficiaries Receive Payments For 17 Consecutive Months

Senator Tokunbo Abiru COVID-19 Relief Beneficiaries Receive Payments For 17 Consecutive Months

For seventeen (17) consecutive months, Senator Mukhail Adetokunbo Abiru has been extending COVID-19 relief financial assistance to over 2500 vulnerable people in the Lagos East Senatorial District. On Wednesday, 1 June, 2022, beneficiaries of the Senator Tokunbo Abiru COVID-19 Relief Support Scheme received direct credits in their respective bank accounts.

These beneficiaries were nominated by 98 ward chairmen, Party chairmen, Community Development Committees (CDCs), Governor’s Advisory Council (GAC)leaders, Royal fathers, League of Imams, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) and notable leaders in the 16 LGs/LCDAs of the Lagos East Senatorial district.

The scheme was earlier planned to terminate in December 2021, but the Senator graciously continued in the new year as the economic headwinds occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic are yet to fully abate.

Abiru, fondly called the #DoingGood Senator said his concern for the plight of the poor necessitated the continuation of the financial support to ease the hardship of the vulnerable at the bottom of the socio-economic pyramid.

Categories of beneficiaries include people with physical disabilities, widows, aged, unemployed youth and women drawn from the 98 wards in the 16 LGs/LCDAs of the Senatorial district.

The #DoingGood Senator who has been delivering on his mantra of , ‘ Greater good to the larger number of people’ , has been greatly commended for his novel interventions and programmes.


Enitan Olukotun

Special Adviser To Senator Tokunbo Abiru

(Media and Publicity)

Senator Tokunbo Abiru Congratulates Mayoress (Princess) Samiat Abolanle Bada on her conferment of Chieftaincy title as the Yeye Oluomo of Ikosi Kingdom

Senator Tokunbo Abiru Congratulates Mayoress (Princess) Samiat Abolanle Bada on her conferment of Chieftaincy title as the Yeye Oluomo of Ikosi Kingdom

On behalf of the great people of the Lagos East Senatorial District, I heartily felicitate with my dear sister and trusted political ally, Mayoress (Princess) Samiat Abolanle Bada, the Executive Chairperson, Ikosi-Isheri LCDA on your conferment of honorary chieftaincy title as YEYE OLUOMO OF IKOSI KINGDOM by His Royal Majesty, Oba Samuel Alamu Oloyede Kehinde, the Onikosi of Ikosi during the 15th coronation anniversary of the monarch on Sunday, 29th May, 2022.

Princess, this is a well-deserved honour in recognition of your numerous contributions to the development of Ikosi land.

As the trustee of the Ikosi-Isheri people’s mandate, you have shown exceptional capacity and leadership in steering the affairs of the Council.

My dear Princess, this royal honour should spur you to do more for your dear people. They have reposed great confidence in you and I strongly believe that you will surpass their expectations.

I sincerely wish you the very best and pray that Almighty God continue to grant you good health as you diligently serve your people.
Again, congratulations, Yeye Oluomo of Ikosi Kingdom!
Oye a mo ori o!

Senator Mukhail Adetokunbo Abiru
(Lagos East)
Chairman, Senate Committee On Industries
Federal Republic of Nigeria

TACT Foundation, Cc-Hub Sign Contractual Agreement On Senator Abiru Innovation Lab (SAIL)

TACT Foundation, Cc-Hub Sign Contractual Agreement On Senator Abiru Innovation Lab (SAIL)

The Tokunbo Abiru Constituency Team (TACT) Foundation and its technical partner on Senator Abiru Innovation Lab (SAIL), the Co-creation Hub (Cc-Hub), a dedicated innovation and tech company that makes use of social capital and technology to accelerate economic prosperity had a contract signing ceremony at the SAIL facility in Ikorodu Lagos on Tuesday 24th May, 2022.

The Co-founder of Cc-Hub, Mr Bosun Tijani, Manager, TACT Foundation, Mr Hamzat Jimoh signed the contract papers in the presence of Senator Mukhail Adetokunbo Abiru, his Legal Adviser, Abiodun Anibaba, Special adviser on Constituency Matters, Dr Saheed Ibikunle and Coordinator SAIL Programme, Mr Adedeji Abisola.

SAIL, an initiative of the Tokunbo Abiru Constituency Team (TACT) Foundation, is a dedicated innovation and tech lab that is providing relevant technology, business and digital skills to teach enthusiasts and young entrepreneurs across the Lagos East Senatorial District.

After the signing ceremony, Bosun Tijani showed up in one of the classes of SAIL, Tech Talent Development class, to motivate participants who are currently learning software engineering at SAIL.

Tijani informed participants of enormous opportunities in the tech space, especially in software engineering. He encouraged them to dedicate themselves to the training stressing that they could never go wrong with the training.

He said, ‘’Most of the big guys you see today started learning how to develop on their mobile phones but you guys have programmes like this when you have laptops made available to you to learn.

‘’For you guys, there is no limit. The Internet might not be the fastest but you have everything you need to be whatever you want to be. You know people can even learn how to build an airplane now on the Internet. Knowledge is ubiquitous. I truly know that no one in this room will be a lesser person in society because you have gone through this programme. You have all it takes to be great.

‘’In Tech, any part you decide to go into, you will win. If you tried to build a product and it ended up not being successful you would have learnt so much. And that is what someone building a successful company in tech needs to hire you. The only thing you need to check is your own threshold. Do you have the threshold to go through the pain? Try as much as possible to collaborate with yourselves.

‘’My journey contributed to the way I did Cc-Hub. Because some people would have done the same thing with the desire to make money but for me, I was building Cc-Hub because I see it as a platform to enable people. I don’t care what background you are from and care whether you appreciate what I have done for you or not. My goal is to be the platform we help people explore. And Cc-Hub has helped a lot of people to explore. I am fulfilled because that is what I set out to achieve.

‘’If you look at my journey, there is nothing you say you have done that I have not done. But I was only conscious not to do bad things in my journey.

 

Enitan Olukotun

Special Adviser To Senator Tokunbo Abiru

(Media and Publicity)

Lagos East 2023:  Tokunbo Abiru Submits Senatorial Nomination Form

Lagos East 2023: Tokunbo Abiru Submits Senatorial Nomination Form

…. _More Groups Support Senator’s Re-election Bid_

The Chairman, Senate Committee on Industries and the Senator representing Lagos East Senatorial District, Distinguished Senator Mukhail Adetokunbo Abiru, FCA has submitted his expression of interest and nomination forms for All Progressives Congress (APC) Lagos East Senatorial District ticket in 2023.

Abiru who is seeking a fresh term at the Senate won the Lagos East Senatorial bye-election in December 2020. He replaced Late Senator Adebayo Sikiru Osinowo who died on 15th June, 2020.

Meanwhile, there have been groundswell support for Senator Abiru’s re-election bid across the Lagos East Senatorial District as groups, eminent leaders and residents adjudged his performance in office in the last sixteen (16) months as outstanding and unprecedented.

An independent support group, Abiru Consolidated Team (ACT) led by its convener Peju Akinyemi and co-convener, Shakiru Seidu paid a courtesy visit to Senator Abiru at his Constituency office in Ikorodu to pledge support for his re-election bid.

Akinyemi in his remarks said the group was enamoured of the outstanding achievements of Abiru within a short period in office adding that the Senator championed bills, motions and programmes that have tremendous impact on the larger number of people.

He said, ‘’ Distinguished Senator sir, Abiru Consolidation Team (ACT) is a child of necessity, created for the twin purposes of propagating your #DoingGood activities across Lagos East Senatorial District and for mobilisation of support for your re-election to the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria”.

Tokunbo Abiru Ambassadors ( T A Ambassadors) support group has also thrown its weight behind the re-election bid of Senator Abiru.

In a statement signed by the Coordinator of the group, Dr Seriki Muritala and Secretary, Olafare Comfort, the group said, “Our desire to put up with him for a second term was based on our belief in his incredible scorecards, which we can attest to. We all know that making laws is a lawmaker’s principal task, Senator Abiru did not fail in this regard. To his name are 14 bills and 2 motions at different stages of legislative considerations”.

Earlier, prominent leaders in the district including members of the prestigious Governor’s Advisory Council (GAC) – Senatorial Leader Busura Alebiosu, Asiwaju Olorunfunmi Basorun and Chief Akanni Seriki Bamu all endorsed Abiru for a fresh term.

Senator Solomon Olamilekan Adeola (Yayi) also attested to the enviable achievements and sound contributions of Senator Abiru during debates at plenaries.

He said: “I can testify that his contributions in the Senate are excellent. His contribution to Finance Committee when the agencies are invited is second to none. He asks professional questions and it has given the Finance Committee an edge.There is no rival. It is good for Lagos that he will come back as a ranking senator.”

Eid-El-Fitr Celebrations and Meeting with Political Leader Across The Lagos East Senatorial District

Eid-El-Fitr Celebrations and Meeting with Political Leader Across The Lagos East Senatorial District

Friends, here is the text of the address I delivered at the Eid -el- Fitr Celebrations I had With Leaders of our party, APC on Monday 2, May 2022.    

Protocols 

Felicitations

My political journey started on September 3, 2020, after I had spent about thirty (30) years of successful career in banking with accomplishments such as:

Executive Director in First Bank (2013 – 16)

Managing Director – Polaris Bank (2018 -2020)

Group Managing Director – Skyebank (2016-2018)

Commissioner of Finance, Lagos State Government (2011-13).

So, precisely on Thursday September 3, 2020, we made a critical decision across the length and breadth of Lagos East Senatorial District. On that day, leaders and members of our great party, All Progressives Congress (APC) voted overwhelmingly in our direct primary election to affirm my nomination as our party’s candidate for the Lagos East Senatorial bye-election for October 31, 2020, which was later postponed to December 5, 2020 due to the #EndSARS challenge.
The elections eventually took place on December 5, 2020, with a resounding victory for us as we polled 89% of total votes cast. I was thereafter sworn in as a Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on December 15, 2020.

This is an opportunity once again to thank all our leaders and members across Epe, Ibeju-Lekki, Ikorodu, Kosofe and Somolu for their invaluable contributions to the victory. This honor remains the highest honor I have received as a public citizen of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

I must also thank our dear Governor, His Excellency, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu for upholding the lofty and admirable tradition of excellence in our State. Well meaning Lagosians and Nigerians are proud of his achievements in various sector of our economy: infrastructure, healthcare, transportation, education etc.

Most importantly, I pay homage to our National Leader, a Leader of all leaders, and our 2023 Presidential hopeful – Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu. His leadership vision and political astuteness remains unparalled in the development of progressives politics in Nigeria, and in building our great party, the APC. I pray that our collective support for his 2023 presidential aspiration will be fulfilled in order to re-set Nigeria for true greatness. Amen.
At this point, it is instructive that I recall my priorities and commitment to you all my leaders and constituents when I became Senator:

I promised to be loyal to the party, our great leaders and the members of the party who have unanimously and overwhelmingly entrusted me with their confidence and mandate.

I also promised to use my position as Senator, my energy and resources to further the well-being, welfare , prosperity and empowerment of my constituents.

High quality representation: I promised to represent our party and good people of Lagos East with integrity, passion and commitment, leveraging all the experience, competences, knowledge and relationships that I have acquired over three (3) decades as an economist, chartered accountant, banker and CEO.

Trust and Character – All my career, I have striven to uphold the highest ethical standards, character, professionalism, and the principles of noble upbringing.

I also promised to honour and improve the legacy of my predecessors including Late Senator (The Honourable Justice) M.A.O Abiru; Late Senator Ogidan; Senator Anthony Adefuye; Senator Adeseye Ogunlewe;Olorunibe Mamora; Gbenga Ashafa and Late Adebayo Osinowo . 

So, from day one in office, I was preoccupied with the assignment you have saddled me with so that I can give a good stewardship of the sacred mandate you gave me. With all sense of humility and to the best of my ability I have strived up to the standards set above in the last 16 months or thereabout that I have been in office.  
My focus remains around Legislative duties, Empowerment and facilitation and Endowment.

LEGISLATIVE ROLE
 
Legislation: I have sponsored about thirteen (13) private member bills and co-sponsor about three (3) others. All the bills have scaled first reading. It is important to note that two (2) of the bills are of particular interest to our entrepreneurs (MSME) and the youth. 
They are: Copyright bill 2021(Repeal and Re-enactment) which has gone through first and second readings, public hearing and third reading and has been passed in the Senate. The second bill is Franchise Regulation Bill 2022 which has gone through first and second readings and now awaiting public hearing.

Motions: I have also moved two motions, namely; motion on the ban of cryptocurrency in Nigeria and motion on the urgent need for the rehabilitation of the Ikorodu-Shagamu and Ikorodu-Itoikin-Epe roads to further bridge the infrastructural gap and enhance economic growth in the corridor of our district.
 
The Ikorodu/Sagamu Road, the efforts I made through legislative interventions has led to the virement of the funding of the road to Sukuk Financing Scheme, yield desired results.

I am sure we can all testify to the rapid work and great relief to commuters, motorists and businesses along the Ikorodu/Sagamu corridor. 
 
The Ikorodu-Itoikin-Epe road which was constructed in 1975 by the General Gowon regime will also experience major rehabilitation. 

        Petition : I presented a petition from the Magodo Residents Association on the illegal invasion and occupation of Magodo Estate by armed policemen purportedly acting on the order of the Attorney General of the Federation and Inspector-General of Police. 

    
EMPOWERMENT/ FACILITATIONS

THE NEEDS ASSESSMENT

Shortly after my inauguration on 15 December, 2020, I commissioned an extensive NEEDS ASSESSMENTS across the 98 wards in the 16 Local Governments and Local Council Development Areas(LCDAs) of the Lagos East Senatorial District. The empirical findings formed the basis of my interventions across communities. Schools, Hospitals, Transformers, Educational Materials are provided on the respective pressing needs of our people.
 
EDUCATION

In Ikorodu Central, Aga Primary School which was overstretched due to high enrolment of pupils has been salvaged. I facilitated four blocks of 24 classrooms equipped with complements of furniture and 16 toilets and Solar-Powered Borehole. The infrastructure has greatly improved learning outcomes in the school.

In Ibeju-Lekki, I facilitated two blocks of 6 classrooms at RCM Primary School Iwerekun, a coastal community in Ibeju-Lekki. 

In Agboyi-Ketu LCDA, I facilitated 1 block of 3 classrooms at Ajelogo Primary School. 

Also, in Ikosi-Isheri LCDA, I facilitated two blocks of classrooms at Isheri Primary School.

I facilitated a fully equipped computer laboratory at the Igbobi Junior High School, Somolu Lagos.

In the heat of COVID-19 pandemic, I donated 150,000 nose masks to primary schools across the Lagos East Senatorial District through LASUBEB.

I facilitated a 200-solar-powered street lights at Lagos State Polytechnic (LASPOTECH), Ikorodu campus. 
 

HEALTH

As shown in the findings of the NEEDS ASSESSMENT I commissioned, the yearnings for health facilities by our esteemed constituents were pronounced. I responded to their concerns by facilitating a 40-bed Health facility and Dental Centre at the Ikorodu Campus of the Lagos State Polytechnic (LASPOTECH), now known as the Lagos State University of Science and Technology. 

In a similar manner, I facilitated another 30-Bed Health Facility Centre at Mascara Health Centre, Agboyi Ketu LCDA.

Likewise for the people of Isiu and the adjourning communities in Ikorodu North LCDA, I facilitated a 40-bed Health Centre.

SOCIO-ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

In ancient town of Epe, I facilitated a 960-spectator capacity mini stadium for benefit of our people, especially the youth. The two-pavilion sport facility is equipped with Basketball and Volleyball courts, and is ready for commissioning.

Equally, the popular Oluwo Fish Market in Epe has also been completely rebuilt. I facilitated the remodelling of the entire market and increased the number of shops from 259 to 319 comprising of lock-up shops, open sheds and 48 toilets. 
 
Power, being a critical infrastructure for businesses to thrive , I facilitated the supply and installation of transformers in sixteen (16) communities across the Senatorial District including:


Ito Progressive CDA, Ito Isiu

Igbopa Ifesowopo CDA, Ijede

Ire Ifelodun CDA, Igbogbo-Bayeku

Magodo Community CDA Oke Ota Ona, Ikorodu

Ikorodu GRA 2, Ibeshe Igbogbo-Bayeku

Ifeloju Abule Eko,Ijede Ikorodu

Sekungba CDA ikosi Ejirin

Isale Agoro CDA, Epe LGA

Ideraoluwa CDA, Eredo LGA

Olugayan CDA, Imota

Idegun CDA, Imota

Gbaga Olorunda CDA

Adamo (Ikorodu North)

Agura Central Gberigbe ( Ikorodu North)

Garden Estate (Agboyi Ketu LCDA)

Agunbiade CDA ( Somolu)


FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TO VULNERABLE PEOPLE

Every month since January 2021, over 2,500 vulnerable people including; aged, persons with physical disabilities, unemployed youth, women and widows have been receiving direct credits under my COVID-19 Relief Assistance Scheme. 

Also, in order to bring our constituency services closer to our esteemed constituents, I opened four liaising offices in Epe, Ibeju-Lekki, Somolu and Kosofe to complement the main constituency office at Ikorodu.

Through these outlets, many constituents who are in dire need receive financial assistance on monthly basis.

BUSINESS CAPACITY DEVELOPMENT FOR ENTREPRENUERS 

In a deliberate move at spreading prosperity across the Lagos East Senatorial District, my office in partnership with The Fate Foundation and Chartered Standard Foundation organized a Business Workshop/Clinic for 1000 MSMEs across the Senatorial district. 

The training which attracted Executive Leadership of business-related regulatory agencies and partners like; BOI, SMEDAN, CAC, LIRS, NAFDAC and LSETF greatly enhanced the capacity of MSMEs in the district.  

In addressing the dearth of knowledge which is one of the major reasons why MSMEs fail, a knowledge pack containing seven valuable books covering areas like; Financial Management, Human Capital, Legal, Strategy, Marketing and Communication, Digital Technology and Tax Management authored by reputable corporations including Deloitte, KPMG, Verraki among others were given free of charge to all trainees. 

Participants also received Enterprise Development Certificates after the training.

I went further to announce a N100Million (One Hundred Million Naira) Constituency Intervention Revolving Loan at a very low concessional 6% interest rate per annum, which will be topped by additional N100 Million  from the Bank of Industry (BOI) and the Lagos State Employment Trust Fund(LSETF) has also graciously pledged to add N100Million totaling N300Million.

The N300Million Constituency Intervention Revolving Loan Scheme will be unveiled soon for the benefit of MSMEs, Artisans and tradesmen in Lagos East.

ENDOWMENT 

YEARLY BURSARY 600

Through my Foundation, Tokunbo Abiru Constituency Team (TACT) Foundation, I established a bursary scheme for indigent residents in the Lagos East. Six hundred (600) beneficiaries received the bursaries at the maiden edition of the annual bursary held last October 2021. The selection process was supervised by independent advisory board comprising scholars with high integrity.

DIGITAL AND INNOVATION SKILLS FOR YOUTHS AND ENTREPRENUERS

In the same manner, I have set up a Community Innovation Space known as Senator Abiru Innovation Lab (SAIL) in partnership with a renowned technology and Social Enterprise company, The Co-creation Hub (Cc-HUB) in Lagos to train youths in the senatorial district on relevant digital and innovation skills, and build the best entrepreneurs that can compete in the ever-dynamic global economy.

The Center is currently situated in Ikorodu within our district, starting from the constituency office but planning to move into a bigger permanent facility by July 2022. Five (5) pilot programmes have been put together with a view to proffer solutions to some of the challenges identified and many of our youths have started applying for opportunities to participate in the programmes.

Over Four Thousand (4,000) young people across the Lagos East Senatorial District applied for the SAIL programmes. Currently, over One Hundred Fifty (150) students are participating in the Five (5) Pilot Programmes at the SAIL Centre in Ikorodu while over One Thousand (1000) eligible applicants will be trained online. 

The programmes are as follows:

Tech Talent Development – is aimed at identifying young people who are interested in a career in technology. Selected candidates will be taken through a learning plan that will transform them from complete novice to entry level software engineers in 6 months. At the end of the training programme, they will be fully qualified for an entry level job or internship.

Startup Accelerator for Businesses – is for young people who have business ideas that can be amplified by technology. The aim is to accelerate their growth with hands-on business support. For those who have a prototype, we will help them with product-market fit as well as build their capacity to be able to attract funding and support for their business. For those who don’t yet have a prototype, we will support them to develop their ideas for the testing phase.

Lagos East Teachers’ Fellowship – a programme aimed at equipping Educators with new skills that would lead to better learning outcomes. It is for Teachers who are interested in inquiry-based learning, and want to use technology in their classrooms to the benefit of their students. 

Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education for Senior Secondary School Students – a programme designed to introduce students between the ages of 13-18 years to the concept of physical computing.  

Business 101 for Artisans and Creatives – this programme is designed for creative startups in the fashion, crafts, or design sector in order to upscale the approach to business in a fast-evolving world. This training will help creatives better understand how to use technology to improve their businesses.  

Dear party leaders, the above listed modest achievements are what I have been able to do in the last 16 months, but be rest assured that I have bigger plans ahead for our people. 

It is on the basis of this that I am seeking a fresh mandate come 2023, but starting with our upcoming primary elections. I count on the support of all.

As we journey into the decisive year 2023, I urge us all to step up  the civic advocacy for our people to register with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the ongoing Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) and also educate those who have earlier registered to check the validity of their PVCs.

 This is important for all of us and our great party, APC , and our revered leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, who will be on the ballot as the presidential candidate of our great party in 2023. Galvanizing and educating voters are the best support we can give for all this aspiration to come to fruition. 
 
Thank you,

God bless you all

God bless our party APC

God bless Nigeria
 
 
Senator Mukhail Adetokunbo Abiru, FCA
Chairman, Senate Committee on Industries
Federal Republic of Nigeria

Senator Tokunbo Abiru Hosts Ramadan Lecture, Easter Intercession

Senator Tokunbo Abiru Hosts Ramadan Lecture, Easter Intercession

… Prayers Offered For Nigeria, Tinubu


The Chairman, Senate Committee on Industries and Senator representing Lagos East Senatorial District, Distinguished Senator Mukhail Adetokunbo Abiru, FCA at the weekend held a fellowship tagged ’Easter Intercession’ with leaders of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) and hosted Ramadan lecture for Muslims in the 16 Local Governments and the Local Council Development Areas, LCDAs in the Lagos East Senatorial District.

The events were held at the Constituency office of the Senator in Ikorodu on Saturday and Sunday .

Speaking on the rationale behind the events, Senator Abiru said Nigeria needs intense prayers at this crucial time of her history adding that the challenges facing the nation require God’s intervention. The Senator specifically requested that prayers should be offered for the All Progressives Congress, APC National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu on his presidential ambition.

Senator Abiru said no other politician among those who had indicated interest in the office of the president has the experience and capacity to manage ‘ the complexities of Nigeria and various interests and tendencies in the country’ like Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

Abiru who served under the transformational government of Babatunde Raji Fashola in Lagos as the Commissioner of Finance on the recommendation of Tinubu said there is no leader in the history of Nigeria that has made other leaders like Asiwaju Tinubu urging Nigerians to support his bid for presidency.



“We all know the wonders he brought to bear in Lagos when he served between 1999 and 2007, especially in the area of economy, healthcare, infrastructure and human capital development. He will do much more if given the opportunity to lead the country’ ,Senator Abiru canvassed support for Tinubu.

The Christian clerics led by their leader, Evangelist (Dr) Emmanuel Adegoke, who is also the CAN Chairman of Ikorodu North LCDA, agreed with Abiru on Tinubu saying if the leadership recruitment system in Lagos State envisioned by the former governor could produce someone like Senator Abiru, ‘such a leader deserves the support to lead Nigeria’.

Dr Adegoke said Senator Abiru has performed exceptionally in office in the last 15 months in the saddle adding that the Senator is a very tolerant person who respects other religions especially Christianity.

“Since my contact with him(Abiru), I see him embracing Christianity as an important body that needs to be cared for and to have great concern for. I said it while we were sitting here sometime ago in the presence of many other representatives that Senator Mukhail Adetokunbo Abiru is a leader that is very tolerant’, the CAN Leader said.

Senator Abiru in his remarks thanked the Christian and Muslim leaders for their continued intercessions in prayers for the nation and the support and encouragement that have been given him pre-election and after he was elected as the Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

On Sunday, Muslims including renowned Islamic clerics led by the Grand Chief Imam of Ikorodu Division, Fadheelat Sheikh Seifudeen Akanbi Olowooribi, party leaders , eminent personalities across the Lagos East also joined Senator Abiru for a Ramadan lecture and prayer session.

The Chief Lecturer, Engr. Shakirudeen AbdulGafar Mofeshaye, in his lecture titled, ‘Righteousness in the sight of Allah (Q 2:177), admonished Muslims to always remember the last days when the Almighty God will judge all humans.

Mofeshaye who is the Chairman, Lagos State Pilgrim Welfare Board urged Muslims to have total faith in Almighty Allah adding that, ‘ Al-Quran is a universal manual for the whole world. It addresses believers and unbelievers alike’’. He commended Senator Abiru for creating the platform for spiritual uplifting of muslims through the lecture in the Holy month of Ramadan.

The Lagos East Senator intimated the clerics of his achievements in office in over 15 months. He gave a progress report on the reconstruction of Lagos/Shagamu Road which has reached an advanced stage. The Senator noted that the accelerated pace of work was a result of the motion he moved on the floor of the Senate and the follow-ups that culminated in the inclusion of the funding of the road in the Sukuk Funds.

The Senator also reeled out the names of various communities that have benefitted Electricity transformers, schools, hospitals amongst others.

Prayers were offered for Nigeria and the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu who is aspiring to become President of Nigeria.

Dignitaries who graced the Ramadan Lecture include; Alhaji Bode Oyedele, Chairman, TACT Advisory Council, Prince Jamiu Adio Saka, APC chieftain Ikorodu division, Former House of Representatives member, Hon. Dayo Alebiosu-Bush, Hon (Princess) Adebimpe Akinsola, former member, Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon. Kafilat Ogbara, Alhaja Taofikat Abiodun Allison, Iyaloja General of Ikorodu Division.

Others are : Mayor Dele Osinowo, Executive Chairman , Agboyi-Ketu LCDA, Princess Samiat Abolanle Bada, Chairperson, Ikosi-Isheri LCDA, Hon Olusegun Olulade, House of Representatives aspirant, Dr(Otunba) Saheed Oladapo Ibikunle, Permanent Member, Lagos State Universal Basic Education Board (LASUBEB) among others.

Enitan Olukotun
Special Adviser to Senator Tokunbo Abiru
(Media and Publicity)

Easter: Senator Tokunbo Abiru Greets Christians,  Calls For Unity, Tolerance

Easter: Senator Tokunbo Abiru Greets Christians, Calls For Unity, Tolerance

The Chairman, Senate Committee on Industries and the Senator representing Lagos East Senatorial District, Distinguished Senator Mukhail Adetokunbo Abiru, FCA has celebrated with Christians on this year’s Easter celebrations and called for unity, tolerance and peaceful co-existence among Nigerians.

The Lagos East Senator urged Nigerians not to get weary in the face of the unprecedented security and other challenges confronting the nation adding that there is power in the collective will of the people as they support the government in tackling the challenges.

Abiru said in an Easter message that, “The life and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ remains a key foundation of the Christian faith, and a seal of hope for believers.

“This solemn commemoration of the Lord Jesus Christ’s death and glorious resurrection should renew our resolve to live in harmony and show tolerance to people of other faiths.

“As the Holy Scripture instructs us to , ‘ Follow peace with all men…”, I enjoin our Christian brothers and sisters in Lagos East Senatorial District to strengthen the cord of unity and eschew all divisive tendencies that further reveal our national fault lines.

“ As we celebrate the death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ, I urge that we should remember our dear nation, Nigeria in prayers.

“The insecurity , socio-economic challenges are indeed daunting but we should not throw our hands up in despair. We should continue to give necessary support to the nation’s leadership and collectively seek the face of God over these protracted challenges. I wish you blissful Easter celebrations”.

Enitan Olukotun
Special Adviser To Senator Tokunbo Abiru
(Media And Publicity)

Senator Tokunbo Abiru Leads Debate On Franchise Regulation Bill

Senator Tokunbo Abiru Leads Debate On Franchise Regulation Bill

The Chairman, Senate Committee on Industries and the Senator representing Lagos East Senatorial District, Distinguished Senator Mukhail Adetokunbo Abiru, FCA today on the floor of the Senate led a debate on the Franchise Regulation Bill, 2022 that seeks to create a framework for franchise system and guide the relationship between franchisors and franchisees in Nigeria.

This came barely a week after the Senate passed a Bill for An Act To Repeal The Copyright Act C28 LFN 2004 And To Re-enact The Copyright Act 2021, which was partly sponsored by Senator Tokunbo Abiru.

In his argument, the Lagos East Senator averred that it is imperative for the nation to have statute that will regulate the franchise system in the country in accordance with global best practices.

“As part of our efforts to enhance economic development of our great nation, I hereby propose the passage of this Franchise Bill, which basically seeks to create a framework for the regulation of Franchising and to guide the relationship between Franchisors and Franchisees and for Related Matters’’, Senator Abiru urged colleagues.

He argued further that: “Laws enacted by this hallowed Chamber must therefore be directed towards ensuring: the promotion of a planned and balanced economic development; and the material resources of the nation are harnessed and distributed as best as possible to serve the common good”.

Abiru, a seasoned financial expert and retired Bank Chief Executive listed many foreign and local companies that are exploring enormous opportunities for business expansion and growth through franchising. According, to him there is need to have a legislation to regulate Franchise as a business model in the wake of growing frustration of Franchisees.

He said, “Today, there is no single statute that regulates franchising or guides the relationship between franchisors and franchisees. Although there are a number of countries that do not have any single statute on franchising, the trend today is that there is a growing need to protect and stimulate the franchising model through legislation. Franchise laws have been passed in Malaysia, Canadian regions, states in the United States of America and 78 other countries to mention a few.

‘’My findings suggest that local and foreign franchisors have abused their positions by insisting on terms that have whittled down the franchise model and led to the closure of several franchises.

‘’Several gaps that can be breached through this Bill have been identified. Let us take a Pizza franchise for example – a business man is the franchisor of a foreign Pizza and he licenses me as his Franchisee. The typical arrangement may be that for each Pizza sold, I pay the Franchisor, N5 (Five Naira). If I develop a new menu called DODO Pizza, which becomes popular such that other franchisees adopt it, should the franchisor, collect N5 (Five Naira) for my new menu from me and other franchisees without sharing this with me? Today, the absence of regulation by way of statute has left many franchisees in the cold. This Bill sets out to ameliorate this!

‘’Some franchisors do not have any reliable system in place or training manual that can give the franchisee the much-needed mentorship and support. Some Nigerian franchises are failing or have failed because of this significant feature of franchising which was not captured in the franchise negotiations or franchise agreements. This Bill obliges Franchisors to give disclosure documents to franchisees with the draft franchise agreement, prior to the execution of the agreement and also obliges franchisees to give support, training and a training manual.

‘’Some franchisors who did not register their trademarks prior to granting a franchise to Nigerians caused the Nigerian Franchisee to experience possible litigation to clear the brand for the Nigerian Franchisee. Some franchisors demand fees for intellectual property rights that have expired. Some franchisors are able to terminate franchises unfairly leaving the franchisee in the cold! This Bill offers some comfort to franchisees on issues of mode of termination.

‘’Mr. President, Distinguished colleagues, a legislation and legal framework is desirable to regulate this very important emerging business strategy and this is the reason I am coming up with this bill.

‘’In some countries, a special agency regulates franchising and implements franchise-specific laws and regulations. This is not the case in Nigeria. In Nigeria, there is no specially-designated franchise agency. No agency regulates what information the franchisor discloses to prospective franchisees or reviews the franchise agreement for fairness.

‘’No agency is mandated to step in if it is found that the franchisor engaged in deceptive practices in connection with the offer and sale of franchises. It is for this reason and the need to avoid the establishment of another Agency that the bill proposes that the National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion established by the National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion Act Cap N62 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 shall be “the implementing agency”) responsible for the implementation of the provisions of this Bill. In this regard the bill does not have any financial implications’’.

Co-sponsors of the bill are: Senator Abdullahi Aliyu Sabi, Senator Michael Opeyemi Bamidele and Senator Saidu Ahmed Alkali.


Enitan Olukotun

Special Adviser To Senator Tokunbo Abiru

(Media and Publicity)