...Abiru Is Keeping Faith With The People Through Effective Representation- Gov Sanwo-Olu
The Chairman, Senate committee on industries and the Senator representing Lagos East Senatorial District, Distinguished Senator Mukhail Adetokunbo Abiru, FCA today in Lagos launched the N300Million Constituency Intervention Revolving Loan at 6% per annum for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) and entrepreneurs in Lagos East. The #DoingGood Senator was commended by dignitaries including the governor of Lagos State, Mr Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu, top executives of finance agencies in Nigeria and leaders of the party for fulfilling his promise he made to the people. ![senatorAbiru_revolvingLoan4msme_2.jpg](https://tact-space.fra1.digitaloceanspaces.com/e0c815beb9fd4a003b05d5695ed091ac.jpg) Beneficiaries who had been shortlisted for the high concessional loan were elated and thanked the Senator for providing the much needed support for their respective businesses. The fund size is N300 million at a highly concessional 6 % (All-in) single digit Interest Rate Per annum. Loan tenor between 3 to 18 months and limit per beneficiary is pegged N100,000 - N1,000,000. On why he is supporting MSMEs in the district, Abiru, a retired bank Chief Executive and former Commissioner for Finance in Lagos State said MSMEs played a pivotal role in economic development adding that they contribute hugely to the national Gross Domestic Product (GDP). ![senatorAbiru_revolvingLoan4msme3.jpg](https://tact-space.fra1.digitaloceanspaces.com/8d7c5fc77feb024148c76e738664730a.jpg) He said, “Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) play an important role in the economic development process. This reality is acknowledged globally. They play crucial roles in job creation, income redistribution, mobilization of small savings, technology adaptation, economic inclusion and many more. In Nigeria, the MSMEs account for about 50% of our Gross Domestic Product and over 80% of employment and have footprints across all sectors of our economy. Therefore, they offer good channels for the realization of development objectives of job creation, economic inclusion and poverty reduction. ![senatorAbiru_revolvingLoan.jpeg](https://tact-space.fra1.digitaloceanspaces.com/946fabf6328b6e9c41b3ec64be380adf.jpeg) “Access to finance has been identified by various studies as one of the biggest challenges faced by small businesses in the Nigerian economy. Many MSMEs, out of desperation, take loans from informal financial markets and finance companies at outrageous interest rates, sometimes as high as between 50% - 120% per annum. MSMEs are also subjected to a lot of complex requirements such as loan collaterals, strenuous documentations, and bureaucratic processes which impede access to credit by these small businesses. “This Constituency Intervention Revolving Loan for MSMEs will go a long way in bringing succor to our numerous small businesses in the Lagos East Senatorial District. To ensure the sustainability of the scheme, we have developed a risk management framework to make the scheme an enduring and revolving facility that will impact many more people beyond the first round of beneficiaries”. Meanwhile, in June 2022, the Senator had dolled out N50,000 each to about 1,250 market women totalling N62.5million and also provided hand planters and working capital of N20,000 to about 200 rural farmers. Governor of Lagos State , Mr Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu, who was represented by his deputy Chief of Staff, Mr Gboyega Soyonwo said Senator Abiru has continued to keep faith with the people. The governor said, “ I commend my dear brother, distinguished Senator Mukhail Adetokunbo Abiru for Keeping faith with his constituents, the good people of Lagos East Senatorial District and the entire people of Lagos State through effective representation at the red chamber and the various empowerment programmes he has initiated including the one being unveiled here today. This is an example of the dividends of democracy our people desire and we will not relent in ensuring that the welfare and wellbeing of our people remain our one and only priority”. The Chairman of the occasion, Mr Olawale Edun, an international Finance expert, who is also the Chairman, ChapelHillDenham Group acknowledged that the Senator has brought great value into governance as an accomplished professional. The former Lagos State commissioner of Finance said; “ If you want to do anything that will be sustainable, do it the way the Senator has done it - bringing major institutions who will train and assist people and empower them to do their business. It is almost free money considering the 6% interest rate per annum. Take this money, use it well so that another person can benefit”. The Managing Director, Bank of Industries, Mr Olukayode Pitan, in his remarks charged MSMEs to reposition their businesses in line with post pandemic realities. He said, “The pandemic taught us many life-changing business lessons. We now know that new business owners’ top priority isn’t only finance but credible business intelligence and knowledge to guide their creation, survival and success strategies. The pandemic required resilient entrepreneurs to adapt their businesses to new economic realities, from making and branding their products to reaching customers’. Olawale Fasanya, Director General , Small and Medium Enterprises Development of Nigeria (SMEDAN) said he was also a beneficiary of the good deed of Senator Abiru. “ I am not sure the people of Lagos East know the kind of Senator they have. In my 19 years of working at the SMEDAN, I have not seen this kind of Senator. He is very passionate about the wellbeing of his constituents”. The Executive Secretary, Lagos State Employment Trust Fund (LSETF), Tejumola Abisoye, who was represented by Omolara Adewunmi , Director, Programmes, LSETF said the agency was pleased to partner with the office of the Senator in implementing the laudable initiative. She said 6% Interest per annum which was subsidized by the Senator is the lowest MSMEs can get anywhere. “No financial institution can give you that. Even at LSETF we do 9%”, Adewunmi disclosed. The Chief Executive Officer, The Centre for the Promotion of Private Enterprise (CPPE), Dr Muda Yusuf commended Senator Abiru for promoting economic wellbeing of his constituents. He said, “This remarkable initiative by distinguished Senator Tokunbo Abiru resonates perfectly with our core mandate as a civil society organization, which is the promotion of private enterprise. “We believe that to salvage this economy and ensure social stability, we must promote the growth of private enterprises, especially the small businesses. And we must do this in a manner that is impactful and sustainable. In the light of this, it is the belief of the CPPE that this initiative deserves all the necessary support”.
The Chairman, Senate Committee on Industries and the Senator representing Lagos East Senatorial District in the last 20 consecutive months has disbursed a total of N130,000,000 (One Hundred and Thirty Million Naira) to vulnerable people in Lagos East Senatorial District under his COVID-19 Financial Relief Scheme. The scheme covers over 2,500 beneficiaries comprising widows; People with physical disabilities; aged; unemployed youth and women who receive direct credit transfers of N5,000 each into their respective bank accounts every other month. These beneficiaries were nominated by 98 ward chairmen, Local Government Party chairmen, Community Development Committees (CDCs), Governance 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 which kicked off in January 2021 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. 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. In response to complaints from some beneficiaries as regards their bank details and other particulars. The office of Senator Tokunbo Abiru has attached a comprehensive list of all beneficiaries to this release for affected persons to cross-check and revert with correct details or corrections where applicable. All corrections should be directed to Mr. Hamzat Jimoh (0802 696 0566) and Miss Patience Ishaya (0803 442 7622). [COVID-19 PALLIATIVE GRANT BY SENATOR ABIRU - 29.08.2022 - Full List](https://tact-space.fra1.digitaloceanspaces.com/119cc97ffe8545d623b4888694507d49.pdf)
Today, I celebrate a respected political figure in Epe Division and member of Governance Advisory Council (GAC), former Speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt Hon Adeyemi Sabit Ikuforiji, on his birthday. Speaker, we celebrate your steadfastness as a true democrat who holds the ideals of our great party in highest esteem. We are proud of your sacrifices and contributions to our dear party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos State. ![kuforiji_Greetings.jpg](https://tact-space.fra1.digitaloceanspaces.com/cac9e4a011e467e683863be65a68eef5.jpg) Years after you left the State Assembly, you have continued to sustain your relevance in the political space as a highly resourceful political force. in the Lagos State House of Assembly. As the Speaker of the House between 2005-2015, your records speak for you.Your sterling achievements and dynamic leadership style remain a reference point. The people of Epe and Lagosians in general will never forget your selfless service to the state. On this auspicious occasion of your birthday, I join your family and political associates and well wishers to wish you happy birthday and pray that Almighty God grants you good health and vitality as you age gracefully! Happy birthday. Congratulations! #TokunboAbiruIsDoingGood
Today, I celebrate Hon (Princess) Surah Olayemi Animashaun , the Executive Chairman of Epe Local Government on her birthday. Princess, we are proud of your achievements as the Executive Chairman of the Epe Local Government. You have proven many people wrong with the vigour and leadership capacity you have demonstrated in office. We also appreciate your contributions to our dear party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) not only in Lagos East but Lagos State at large. You are indeed a great asset to the progressives. On this auspicious occasion of your birthday, I join your family, in particular, our revered Royal father, HRM(Oba) Kamorudeen Ishola Animashaun (Arolugbade II), the Oloja of Epe, and well wishers to wish you happy birthday and pray that Almighty God grants you long life in good health and wealth. Happy birthday. Congratulations! #TokunboAbiruIsDoingGood
The Chairman, Senate Committee on Industries and the Senator representing Lagos East Senatorial District, Distinguished Senator Mukhail Adetokunbo Abiru, FCA and officials from the Federal Ministry of Works, led by Engr. Adedamola Kuti, Director, Highway Southwest, Federal Ministry of Works and representatives of the Contractor, Arab Contractors, led by Huzem Monuir, the Area Manager, on Friday inspected the reconstructed Ikorodu/ Sagamu Road which is almost completed. Despite torrential rain on Friday, motorists had hitchfree journey on Ikorodu/Sagamu road that used to be a dreaded nightmare for commuters, motorists and residents. No flood . No hassle. Thanks to Senator Abiru. ![senatorAbiru_DoingGoodTour_3.jpg](https://tact-space.fra1.digitaloceanspaces.com/05b8bdce5e6fc773361b541cfb1225c3.jpg) The 30 Km Ikorodu/ Sagamu was in a deplorable condition for almost forty years due to neglect until 2018 when the Federal Government awarded the road for reconstruction. However, due to paucity of funds, the work dragged on causing unimaginable pains for commuters, motorists, companies and those living along the corridor. Senator Abiru, when he was seeking the mandate of the people of Lagos East in the 2020 Senatorial bye-election promised to take pragmatic steps to ensure that Ikorodu/Sagamu is completed. True to his words, the #DoingGood Senator got to work shortly after he was sworn in as the Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. On Wednesday, April 28, 2021, on the floor of the Senate, Senator Abiru moved the motion titled, “Motion On The Urgent Need For The Rehabilitation Of The Ikorodu-Shagamu and Ikorodu-Itoikin- Epe Roads To Further Bridge The Infrastructure Gap And Enhance Economic Growth In Nigeria''. The Senate unanimously supported the motion and approved the prayers for the roads to be urgently attended to. In order to make the motion effective within the shortest possible time, Senator Abiru met with the Honourable Minister for Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Raji Fashola (SAN) on how the affirmation can be implemented. Abiru said: “The minister explained that the major challenge of the road was paucity of funds based on the yearly budget constraints. He however assured based on the steps I had taken so far to include the funding of the road (Ikorodu Sagamu) under the Sukuk Financing Scheme, which is an assured funding scheme for road infrastructure”. “So, as you have seen as we journeyed on this up till this point, the major improvements you saw from Sabo to LASPOTECH First Gate, Odogunyan, Ita-Oluwo, Ogijo, Gbaga, Sotubo, Mosimi, Thames Valley International School to Gbara Village are the fruitful results of those efforts we made”. “According to the contractors, the work progressed from 23% to 75% in less than a year due to the Sukuk Funding I facilitated through the Honourable minister. I want to express my profound gratitude to the President Muhammadu Buhari, Minister for Fashola for allocating the highest sum of the Sukuk 4 Bond they raised in December 2021 to Ikorodu/Sagamu Road. “From Eyita, around Sabo Ikorodu to Gbara Village, about 22 Km had been completed, remaining about 8 km to reach Sagamu. “I remember in 2021 when we journeyed on this road, it took us 2 hours but today in less than 30 minutes, we have travelled to and fro and that is efficiency and that is what will bring about prosperity and the is the kind of focus we should have in meeting the infrastructural deficit we have in this country”. Engr. Adedamola Kuti, Director, Highway Southwest, Federal Ministry of Works, while explaining the road design and materials used. He said the road was partly concrete and Asphalt built to withstand heavy duty trucks that ply the road. He said, “A portion of this road is built on flexible pavements, that is the normal aggregate and Asphalt and we have another section that is built on rigid pavement, that is concrete construction. We have the combination of the two. Just like the Distinguished Senator mentioned, we have a lot of metal fabrication companies along this road, so this road has been built to take care of all those things. “Even what we have done in some sections, we have done only to binder course, and you will see that you won't see any failure on it before we now put our wear in on it. The road is built to last. Huzem Monuir, Area Manager, Arab Contractors Company, thanked the distinguished Senator for his contribution to the fast pace of work on the road through Sukuk bond. “We have achieved 50% progress in less than a year”, Monuir said. On Ikorodu/Itoikin Road, Senator Abiru said the same motion had also brought the attention of the Federal Government to the deplorable state of the road. “Based on the follow up representations to the Minister, a resolution to rehabilitate the road has commenced, but it has to follow necessary procedures of procurement and award of contracts as laid down by law. ![senatorAbiru_DoingGoodTour_2.jpg](https://tact-space.fra1.digitaloceanspaces.com/b4ad2e2b0059a370f0a14ce2dea9a6d9.jpg) “Again, I have been following up on the situation, and I can assure you that progress is being gradually achieved based on extant law on contract awards”, he assured. The Senator proceeded to the Lagos State University of Science and Technology (LASUSTECH), formerly known as LASPOTECH to inspect the 40-bed Hospital and Dental Centre and 200 Solar-powered street lights he facilitated to the university community and neighbouring community. ![senatorAbiru_DoingGoodTour_4.jpg](https://tact-space.fra1.digitaloceanspaces.com/a55b84aaf313ada63547c294b0133365.jpg) Abiru visited the site in the company of the acting Vice-Chancellor, Dr Nurudeen Oluremi Olaleye and his management team. The Acting VC commended the Senator for the projects he facilitated to the institution and also Ikorodu Sagamu Road reconstruction. Senator Abiru said, ‘These projects among other laudable interventions I have prioritised under my three-pillar agenda, which are: Legislative Role, Empowerment/Facilitations and Endowment are geared towards providing greater good to a larger number of our people. “From the 960 mini-Stadium and the remodelled Oluwo Fish Market in Epe to 40-bed hospitals that we facilitated in Isiu, LASPOTECH(now, LASUSTECH) and Mascara Health Centre in Agboyi-Ketu to schools and the first of its kind Innovation hub, Senator Abiru Innovation Lab (SAIL) and many more are envisioned to lift our people from squalor and ensure better life for all”.
The Senator Abiru Innovation Lab (SAIL) has opened an application for Science , Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education programme (Cohort 2) for Senior Secondary School Students across the 98 wards in the Lagos East Senatorial District. Participants at the STEM programme will be taught physical computing as part of their STEM curriculum for 16 weeks. Classes hold on Saturdays between 11am- 2 Pm. Senator Abiru has made provision for free launch and transportation allowances for all participants. ![SAIL-Banner_1.jpg](https://tact-space.fra1.digitaloceanspaces.com/8818507bf92cb30bf3cf3636f2580c34.jpg) 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. Interested applicants should apply here: bit.ly/SAILsesss. Application closes on 19th August, 2022. Last month, July 29, teachers who had successfully undergone the training (Cohort 1) had their graduation which was witnessed by top government functionaries including the Lagos State Honourable commissioner for Education, Mrs Folasade Adefisayo, Special Adviser to Governor Sanwo-Olu on Innovation and Technology, Mr Olatunbosun Alake and Tutor Generals from District 2 and 3 among other dignitaries. At the graduation ceremony, teenagers who are mostly from Public secondary schools in the district showcased devices and other innovative solutions they developed to solve certain human problems. Check out the highlights of STEM Cohort 1 graduation ceremony: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RMos7x9OkbE Like, Follow & Share: https://www.facebook.com/SAILCommunity http://twitter.com/sailnigeria http://www.linkedin.com/showcase/senator-abiru-innovation-lab http://www.instagram.com/sailnigeria/ ** SAIL...the world is yours TECH IT! ** A MEMBER OF [AFRILAB](https://afrilabs.com) ![Asset firstname.lastname@example.org](https://tact-space.fra1.digitaloceanspaces.com/4c063cb64439dde087855cd128fe3b58.jpg)
The Chairman, Senate Committee on Industries and the Senator representing Lagos East Senatorial District, Distinguished Senator Mukhail Adetokunbo Abiru, FCA has joined youths in Lagos East and Nigeria at large in commemorating 2022 International Youth Day. In a goodwill message to commemorate this year’s International Youth Day with the theme, "Intergenerational Solidarity: Creating a World for All Ages"', Abiru advocated for more involvement of young people in the quest for a better Nigeria. He urged youth to be at the forefront of the creativity and digital innovation that is currently shaping the world adding that the Senator Abiru Innovation Lab (SAIL), a first of its kind Innovation Hub in Lagos East he established is geared to give expressions to dreams and aspirations of young people and to connect them with global opportunities that digital revolution provides. “As leaders, we understand the need to provide the shoulders for young people like you to stand on. The minimum duty we owe you is to create an enabling environment and opportunities for you to thrive in this digital revolution age. This, we are taking seriously as the trustees of your mandate”, “Also, 600 students in various Higher Institutions of learning in the Senatorial District benefited from the Bursary Scheme I initiated last year. The same gesture will be repeated this year. “I urge our youths to discharge their civic duties by getting involved in the political process and vote during the 2023 general elections. You cannot afford to be indifferent about those who will determine your future”, Abiru said.
The Senator Abiru Innovation Lab (SAIL) has opened registration for teachers in both public and private schools across the Lagos East Senatorial District to apply for the Lagos East Teachers Fellowship (Cohort 2). Lagos East Teachers' Fellowship Programme is designed to equip 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. ![SAIL_LSETF-II-BANNER-01.jpg](https://tact-space.fra1.digitaloceanspaces.com/0b6ee5b24b400be96bbe1a512f9f4ebe.jpg) 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. Interested applicants should apply here: bit.ly/Letf2. Application closes: 13th August 2022. Last month, July 29, teachers who had successfully undergone the training had their graduation which was witnessed by top government functionaries including the Lagos State Honourable commissioner for Education, Mrs Folasade Adefisayo, Special Adviser to Governor Sanwo-Olu on Innovation and Technology, Mr Olatunbosun Alake and Tutor Generals from District 2 and 3 among other dignitaries. The Certificate that will be used has the endorsement of Tai Solarin University of Education (TASUED). **Watch the video on our channel here:** https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RMos7x9OkbE&t=482s Like, Follow & Share: https://www.facebook.com/SAILCommunity http://twitter.com/sailnigeria http://www.linkedin.com/showcase/senator-abiru-innovation-lab http://www.instagram.com/sailnigeria/ ** SAIL...the world is yours TECH IT! ** A MEMBER OF [AFRILAB](https://afrilabs.com) ![Asset email@example.com](https://tact-space.fra1.digitaloceanspaces.com/4c063cb64439dde087855cd128fe3b58.jpg)
The Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN) has organized a capacity training for 200 prospective beneficiaries of Conditional Grant Scheme (CGS) facilitated by the Chairman, Senate Committee on Industries and the Senator representing Lagos East Senatorial District, Distinguished Senator Mukhail Adetokunbo Abiru, FCA. The workshop titled, ’Entrepreneurship Development Training For Beneficiaries of Conditional Grant Scheme (CGS) Programmes’, commenced today in Ikorodu and Epe Local Government Areas respectively. The SMEDAN’s training team will hold the workshop also in Somolu and Kosofe on Friday and Ibeju-Lekki on Saturday. The beneficiaries who are traders and artisans were drawn from various trade association groups across the Senatorial district. They were sensitized on topics like: Access to Agricbusiness Finance, Relationship between Funding and Business, Basic Management and Sales Techniques, Introduction to Basic Book Keeping and Tips on Customer Care among others. The training was mandatory for all prospective beneficiaries before disbursement of grants by SMEDAN.
Teachers in secondary schools in the Lagos East Senatorial District who had successfully completed training in modern inquiry based teaching techniques and secondary school students who had completed training in physical computing as part of their Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) curriculum respectively at the Senator Abiru Innovation Lab (SAIL) graduated in Lagos on Friday. Dignitaries, including the Honourable commissioner for Education in Lagos State, Mrs Folasade Adefisayo commended the Chairman, Senate Committee on Industries and the Senator representing Lagos East Senatorial District, Distinguished Senator Mukhail Adetokunbo Abiru, FCA on the SAIL project. In his welcome address, Abiru who was elated by the impact the SAIL programmes had on participants said he was executing the mandate entrusted to him under three pillars, namely; Legislative Role, Empowerment / Facilitation and Endowment. According to him the SAIL project which is an initiative of his foundation, Tokunbo Abiru Constituency Team (TACT) Foundation is under his endowment pillar. Senator Abiru Innovation Lab (SAIL), is a first-of-its-kind innovation space in Lagos East Senatorial District, set up 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, Mr Enitan Olukotun, the media aide to Senator Abiru stated. Abiru said, “I am happy to report that in the last 19 months that I have been given the mandate to represent the people of Lagos East, I have been able to live up to expectations in the roles that I have set up for myself ‘’, adding that ‘the motivation behind this initiative among others is to further fulfil the sacred commitment with the people to deliver dividends and to truly champion programmes, Interventions and services that will improve the socio-economic conditions of our people’’. Speaking further on graduating participants of the STEM programme, the Senator said, “Today, Secondary school students who are between the ages of 13 and 18 who are graduating have learnt about physical computing using Arduino and coding to develop various solutions to human problems. This is how Asian tigers pulled up and became one of the most technologically developed nations in the world. In the last 4 months, these kids have been kept busy and creative. The learning process has been most engaging and highly practical. They will be showcasing five (5) unique projects today which they have developed by themselves for the benefits of mankind”. Abiru, a former Lagos State Commissioner for Finance and retired bank Chief Executive said there is an urgent need to develop the interest of teenagers in production of tech-enabled devices, tools and gadgets that can aid the swift development of our industries in Nigeria. He said, “What we are doing today is preparing these young ones for the opportunity in the future. The jobs and economic opportunities of tomorrow will largely be defined by digital innovation and technology. “It is interesting to know that some of their colleagues are already working for major corporations in the world while still in schools here in Nigeria. I interfaced with some of these young tech gurus recently in Gbagada at the GenZ Techies Event where SAIL was the Title Sponsor. Young folks numbering almost 1,000 defied heavy downpour to discuss technology and network within their ecosystem. ‘’I met young CEOs in their teens who already have profitable tech businesses and employ dozens of people in the United States and other parts of the country’’. Teachers, numbering about 50 who made it to the SAIL physical class, while 350 attended the on-line class, also shared life transforming experiences at SAIL. The teachers are from both public and private schools (STEM & Non STEM teachers) selected from all over Lagos East, covering Lagos Education District 2 & 3. Senator Abiru disclosed that the skill sets of the teachers have been greatly upscaled with the Inquiry Based Learning (IBL) which is currently being adopted globally for training students creatively, especially with the use of technology to make their teachings more effective and efficient. Lagos State Commissioner for Education , Mrs Adefisayo who hailed the unique approach of the distinguished Senator to development said technology should be included in the school curriculum. She added that the SAIL Teachers Fellowship will have a great impact on many generations. Mr Olatunbosun Alake, the Special Adviser to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Innovation and Technology commended Senator Abiru for placing a premium on the human capital development, noting that the value of a trained mind can never be estimated. He urged other elected public office holders to take a cue from Senator Abiru and champion programmes that will have lasting impacts on the lives of the people. ‘We need to geometrically multiply what Senator Abiru is doing across the nation”, the governor’s aide said. Other dignitaries and party leaders who graced the occasion are: former Lagos State Deputy Governor and member, Governance Advisory Council (GAC), Prince Abiodun Ogunleye, GAC member, Asiwaju Bashorun Olorunfunmi, Lagos State APC Chairman, Pastor Cornelius Ojelabi, represented by Hon Mayegun Moshood, Deputy State Chairman, Lagos APC, wife of the Senator, Mrs Feyisola Abiru, Mrs Olayinka Oladunjoye, Vice-Chairman, Lagos East All Progressives Congress(APC), Alhaji Bode Oyedele, Chairman, TACT, Asipa Kaoli Olusanya, former, Lagos East APC Vice-Chairman, Senator Adeseye Ogunlewe, GAC Member, Senator Anthony Adefuye, former Speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt Hon Adeyemi Ikuforiji, Lagos State House of Assembly member,Hon Rotimi Abiru, House Representatives candidate, Alhaja Kafilat Ogbara, Otunba (Dr) Saheed Ibikunle, Hon (Princess) Adebimpe Akinsola, a former commissioner, Council chairmen. Others are ; Alhaji Ahmad Fawaz, Chairman, Khanz Group, Mr Ali Baydoun, Managing Director, Khanz Group, Dr Khodor Fawaz, CEO Khanz Group, Otunba Teni Zacchaeus, Mr Muyiwa Fagbemi, Chairman, Royal Sanderton, Mr. Olusegun Owoade, Co-founder, Mecho Autotech, Mr Ina Alogwu, ARM Group Director, Digital Transformation, Mr Yemi Toye, CIO, ARM Holdings, among other dignitaries. The SAIL Hub Manager, Mr. Deji Abisola was available to co-ordinate the event of the day in conjunction with the CCHub officials.
The Chairman, Senate Committee on Industries and the Senator representing Lagos East Senatorial District, Distinguished Senator Mukhail Adetokunbo Abiru, FCA , on Tuesday chaired the public hearing on a bill for an Act to amend the Industrial Training Fund Act and related Matters (SB. 608) at the Senate New Building, National Assembly Complex, Abuja. Abiru, an accomplished banker and seasoned administrator in his remarks explained that the ITF Act needed to be amended to reflect the realities of today’s industrial and allied matters. He said, ‘ The proposed Amendments are largely aimed at curing a number of significant inadequacies in the present Act; which amongst other things, has led to non-adherence to the requirements of proof of up-to-date contributions to the Fund, by persons and corporate organizations covered by the Act. “The Amendments also seek to address the challenge of inadequate deterrence or punishments for forgery of the Funds Certificate of Compliance and other official documents and the absence of concise interpretation of some key words and phrases used in the Act. “This Amendment is thus expected to strengthen the Industrial Training Fund’s capacity to administer, supervise and enforce the Industrial training reforms of government. At this critical phase in our country’s political and socio-economic journey, providing the desired training, skills acquisition and vocational know-how that will create jobs and bring our teeming youths out of joblessness and Poverty has become not only an imperative but non-optional”. The Committee Chairman who acknowledged the feats ITF had recorded in developing a vast pool of human capital for the public and private sectors of the economy particularly through Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET) with the aim of equipping Nigerians with requisite skills for employability and entrepreneurship, argued that digital skills are essential for survival in the fourth industrial revolution workplace and as such the Fund should make accomodation for such training. Abiru said, “ The world is evolving, and so too are the competencies required to work and thrive in it. According to the World Economic Forum’s 2020 ‘The Future of Jobs Report’, businesses expect 44 percent of the skills that employees need to perform effectively in their roles to start to change by 2025. Most employers globally plan to swiftly digitalize work processes in the near future, with a fair number intending to use digital tools to connect employees and bridge divides caused by COVID-19. “There is no doubt that the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) is central to this major shift in sought-after skills. Alongside several other key trends, the rapid rise of innovations like artificial intelligence (AI), robotics, 3D printing, the Internet of Things (IoT), and cloud computing is driving widespread change in the workplace. And in many ways, the COVID-19 pandemic has only accelerated this transformation. In just a matter of years, certain jobs may cease to exist, many roles will be redefined, and several new occupations will surface and become the norm. “The question is: is Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET) alone enough to address the employment crisis of the present and the future. Are we developing skill sets aligned with the trends of the emerging workforce and the jobs of the future? The answer is NO. It is for this reason that the Fund must also focus on the acquisition and development of digital skills. “Technology has been changing the landscape of the workforce globally at a rapid pace. The World Bank Group’s (WBG) World Development Report from 2019, The Changing Nature of Work, explored how work is evolving as a result of technological advancements, including how these advancements are changing the skills that employers seek. The report shows that investing in human capital to develop new skills that are increasingly in demand in the labor market will be key. “This is in line with the World Bank Group’s Human Capital Project, which emphasizes the need for economies to invest in human capital particularly digital skills to keep up with the rapidly changing landscape for jobs and skills. A simple targeted workforce transformation analysis will confirm all that I have proposed. “Considering the current pace of digital transformation and for the future, it is key to develop such competencies now to lay the foundation for optimal performance in the wholly different world that we’re likely to face as from 2025”. Joseph Ari, the Director General of ITF, said the bill was sponsored by the agency to address the challenges hindering ITF in optimising its operations and deliver on its core mandates and objectives. Stakeholders at the public hearing urged the Senate to increase the one percent statutory contributions Nigerian companies remit to ITF for better efficiency. They also highlighted the need to review the curriculum of our educational institutions starting from primary schools. Other stakeholders like NUT and Nigerian Local Content Board requested to be included on the board while the NUC complained of being sidelined in the representation on the board despite being alternate members. All the stakeholders supported the bill and called for the Senate to expedite action for the passage of the bill. The President of the Senate, His Excellency, Dr Ahmad Ibrahim Lawan was ably represented at the well attended public hearing by the Senate Deputy Chief Whip, Distinguished Senator Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi (Niger North). The Vice Chairman, Senate Committee on Industries, Distinguished Senator Frank Ibezim (Imo North), and other distinguished members of the committee ; Senator Ibrahim Oloriegbe (Kwara Central) and Senator Chris Ekpenyong (Akwa Ibom North West) also attended. Stakeholders at the public hearing include; Sir Joseph Ari, Director General, Industrial Training Fund, ITF, top officials from National Pension Commission (PENCOM), Nigeria’s Employers’ Consultative Association (NECA) and Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUC), Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) .
Two bills sponsored by the Chairman, Senate Committee on Industries and the Senator representing Lagos East Senatorial District. Distinguished Senator Mukhail Adetokunbo Abiru, FCA - The Federal High Court Act (Amendment) Bill, 2021 and The Franchise Regulation Bill, 2022 were among seven bills that the Senate Committee on Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters, led by Senator Opeyemi Bamidele (Ekiti Central) considered at a public hearing on Wednesday. The President of the Senate, His Excellency, Dr Ahmad Ibrahim Lawan, who was represented by the acting Senate Leader, Senator Ajayi Borrofice (Ondo North) declared the hearing open. Senator Bamidele in his welcome address, appreciated all invited stakeholders who turned up for the event urging them to make necessary inputs into the bills so that the nation's body of law is enriched with the bills which are all high impact legislations. Senator Abiru, who is the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Industries while presenting a synopsis of the two that he sponsored, pointed out that the bill that seeks to amend the Federal High Court Act to address the obvious shortcomings inherent in the Principal Act to make provisions for the regulation of the award of pre-judgment interest to ensure the attainment of substantial justice, particularly in relation to claims bothering on commercial transactions. He said that in commercial claims, particularly the ones for recovery of debts, the claimant should ordinarily be entitled to prejudgment interest on the principal debt sum should he succeed in his claim. However, entitlement to such a pre-judgment interest is not as easy as it seems, at least as far as the numerous decisions of our appellate courts are concerned. “Presently in Nigeria, there is no statutory law which regulates the award of pre-judgment interest. Nigerian courts up till date still have recourse to the English common law practice as a guide in their award of pre-judgment interest. “A legislation and legal framework is desirable to deal with the glaring shortcomings in the law and practice on award of pre-judgment interest and this is the reason he came up with the bill”, Abiru, a retired bank Chief Executive said at the hearing. On the Franchise Regulation Bill 2022, Senator Abiru stated that the bill seeks to create a framework for the regulation of franchising and to guide the relationship between franchisors and franchisees and for matters connected therewith. He stated further that, “Franchising is a well-utilized model used for business expansion by both multinationals and local businesses. With the growth of consumerism, markets for goods and services are becoming increasingly globalised. Franchising provides a means of expanding the reach of a business into new territories and new markets in a lower risk model than traditional company owned expansion. Franchising in Nigeria has evolved over the years from not being properly utilised and understood to now being employed across various sectors. “However, as of today, there is no single statute that regulates franchising or guides the relationship between franchisors and franchisees. Since there are no laws the basic principles of contracts and intellectual property law are applied to franchises in Nigeria especially in the event of a dispute”. “He encouraged the stakeholders who have more specialized information and experience in this sector, to avail the Committee with the benefit of their expert position, views and inputs so that a robust legal framework is put in place to regulate this very important emerging business strategy”. All the stakeholders supported all the bills that were under consideration and urged the Committee to expedite action on the passage of the bills. In particular, The Minister of Justice, Nigerian Navy, The Law Reform Commission, International Franchise Association, National Human Rights Commission, Nigeria Investment Promotion Commission, Nigerian Bar Association, and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) commended Senator Abiru for coming up with The Federal High Court Act (Amendment) Bill, 2021 And The Franchise Regulation Bill, 2022 and urged the National Assembly to expedite action and the passage of the bills. Other distinguished Senators who were present include; Frank Ibezim(Imo North), Ibrahim Oloriegbe (Kwara Central), James Manager (Delta South) and Ibrahim Hassan Hadejia (Jigawa North East). Stakeholders and representatives of the Nigerian Navy, Correctional Services, ICPC, Nigerian Army, Ministry of Women Affairs, Centre for Socio legal studies among others were also present. The other bills that came up for hearing are: Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015 (Repeal and Re-Enactment) Bill, 2022 (SB.920); Firearms Act No. 32 1959 Cap F28 LFN, 2004 (Repeal and Re-Enactment) Bill, 2022 (Sb. 889); Violence Against Persons (Prohibition) Act, 2015 (Repeal and Enactment) Bill, 2022 (SB.926); African Union Convention on the Protection and Assistance of Internally Displaced Persons (Domestication and Enforcement) Bill, 2021 (SB.763) and Compulsory Treatment and Care for Victims of Gunshots Act, 2017 (Amendment) Bill, 2021 (SB.748) (Joint Referral with the Senate Committee on Health (Secondary and Tertiary).
Today, I celebrate a trusted political associate and respected figure in Epe Division and Lagos State at large, Honourable Olusegun Olulade (Eleniyan), on his birthday. Eleniyan, you are a thoroughbred Omoluabi in the true sense of it. You have continuously upheld the sanctity of party supremacy as a good party man. We are proud of your sacrifices and contributions to our dear party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos State. Your charming charisma and the ability to mobilise people across socio-economic strata of the society for the party is well-acknowledged. You are a great asset to the progressives. In terms of capacity to deliver, you are eminently capable. Your records speak for you when you represented the good people of Epe Constituency at the Lagos State House of Assembly. You bonded with the grassroots with the projects and services you attracted to the villages and hinterlands of Epe. Also as the then Chairman, House Committee on Information, you were a spokesperson with a difference. You were a great image maker for the House and a delight of newsmen in Lagos State Assembly complex. Eleniyan, let me use this special occasion to also publicly acknowledge your labour of love as a member of TACT. Your contributions to the landslide electoral success we had at the 2020 Lagos East Senatorial by-election and the continued support you have been giving me are well appreciated. I am grateful! On this auspicious occasion of your birthday, I join your family and numerous associates and well wishers to pray that Almighty God grants you your heart desires and gives you good health and vitality as you age gracefully! Happy birthday. Congratulations!
The Chairman, Senate Committee on Industries and the Senator representing Lagos East Senatorial District, Distinguished Senator Mukhail Adetokunbo Abiru, FCA has charged young digital technology enthusiasts to develop solutions to myriad of challenges confronting the society. ![SenatorAbiruGenZ_2022.jpg](https://tact-space.fra1.digitaloceanspaces.com/662abd8190169ca1dbb592bd6fce651e.jpg) Gen Z Hackfest is an annual conference that connects youngsters who belong to generation Z in tech space on a large scale. The well-attended event affords ambitious Gen Z techies to come together and put their creative and coding skills to test, building solutions to problems of Africa. The event that was held on Monday at the Zone Tech Park, Gbagada Lagos attracted hundreds of young people from Lagos East Senatorial District and outside Lagos, the statement released by Senator Tokunbo Abiru’s media aide, Mr Enitan Olukotun has revealed. Abiru, whose Innovation Lab, Senator Abiru Innovation Lab (SAIL) was the title sponsor of the Gen Z Hackfest 2022 said his passion for human capital and capacity development of young people informed the establishment of SAIL, a dedicated innovation hub set up for young people and entrepreneurs in Lagos East Senatorial District. He said, "I recall the first encounter I had with some prominent members of this community, Eniola Osabiya, Jolaoluwa Olatunji (who is a participant in the STEM programme) and their friends at the Senator Abiru Innovation Lab (SAIL) facility in Ikorodu Lagos. "Sincerely, I was captivated by the audacious boldness of the young guys while pitching their big plans and how they planned to alter the course of history positively. I was forced to enquire about the age of Eniola. ‘I am just 17 years old’, the young tech genius answered. He continued, ‘ I am presently working for a tech firm in Austria. I work remotely from home in Nigeria’. "That special encounter reinforced and re-validated my team’s prognosis on the rationale for SAIL and the choice of pilot programmes, especially Tech Talent Development and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) cafe for Senior Secondary School students. 'I saw in practical terms how the digital and tech skills can open mouth-watering global opportunities for young people amidst the hue and cry of lack of job openings in Nigeria. More interesting is the fact that college degrees are not essentially a requirement to get hired by these tech services-related firms. The world is now skill-driven. It is what you can do other than certifications. "Eniola’s story is not entirely different from the inspiring viral story of John Oseni, an eminent member of the GENZ Techies community. The 16-year-old Akure born programmer shared a story of how he had worked for about 17 start-ups with networks across the globe including the United States of America, Canada and others. "So, my desire to see more success stories like that of Eniola and John and many other teenagers who are making waves in the tech space made me set up the SAIL using my Foundation, Tokunbo Abiru Constituency Team (TACT) Foundation in partnership with a renowned tech firm, Co-creation Hub (Cc-Hub). The first of its kind innovation hub in the Lagos East Senatorial District is a dedicated innovation and tech lab that is providing relevant technology, business and digital skills to tech enthusiasts and young entrepreneurs. "Your generation, Gen Z, who are between the ages of 9 and 24 is the greatest beneficiary of the digital revolution that is shaping the world today. Not even the Millennials you are succeeding had the opportunities before you. "Your generation is making huge exploits in the world in the tech space. We have seen how young folks like you are creating devices, solutions that will make the world a better place". The Lawmaker, fondly called #DoingGood Senator told the young people how he has been making efforts to ensure that their aspirations and dreams thrive. He said he has sponsored 13 bills and co-sponsored another 3 bills adding that, "two (2) of the bills are of particular interest to young tech enthusiasts like you and entrepreneurs. These bills 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 the Franchise Regulation Bill 2022 which has gone through first and second readings and is now awaiting public hearing". He continued, "Likewise, I have thrown my full weight behind the Start-up bill that is currently before the Senate. I can assure that the 9th Senate led by His Excellency, Dr Ahmad Ibrahim Lawan, the President of the Senate is committed to laws that will create an enabling environment for ideas and innovations of young people to thrive. On the permanent site of SAIL, Abiru said the purposely built facility that will cater for a minimum of 500 to 800 people every year with the complementary of online learning will be ready before the end of August. According to him, the facility has a 30-man co-working space and also supports youth in the neighbourhood with free power, internet and other facilities as they create their own story within the tech ecosystem. The participants at the conference went into a frenzy when Senator Abiru entered the hall. They applauded him for the support and exceptional leadership he has been providing for young people not only in Lagos East but beyond. The Senator engaged the budding young tech entrepreneurs and key members of the GenZ Techies community, including John Oseni , CEO Ulterex , Pleasant Balogun, CEO Zeddpay, Ibrahim Opeyemi Salami, CEO Devtranet, Favour Chukwuedo , Programme Manager, Find Worka among others. Also in attendance at the event were over 50 Participants of SAIL Tech Talent and STEM classes. They were led to the event by the SAIL HUB Manager, Mr Deji Abisola.
Today, I and my lovely wife, Feyisola paid a courtesy visit to the former First Lady of Lagos State, Her Excellency, Lady Christine Doja Otedola at her country home in Epe. ![senatorAbiru_VisitOtedolaEpe_3.jpg](https://tact-space.fra1.digitaloceanspaces.com/3dec3c347f5faa4a3c924a8cc13222c2.jpg) I used the ocassion to heartily felicitate with the ex-first lady on her 90th Birthday. She was mentally alert and physically agile. Indeed, God is immensely gracious to mama. I also intimated her of my programmes, achievements and interventions so far especially on the projects that were commissioned in Epe last Thursday including the empowerment of market women and rural farmers. ![senatorAbiru_VisitOtedolaEpe_2.jpg](https://tact-space.fra1.digitaloceanspaces.com/6cfd00551687eb4648723b1143cdc271.jpg) I reiterated my commitment to my #DoingGood mantra of ensuring greater good to larger number of our people across the Lagos East Senatorial District. A former member of Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon Olusegun Olulade (Eleniyan) also joined me on the courtesy visit. ![senatorAbiru_VisitOtedolaEpe_4.jpg](https://tact-space.fra1.digitaloceanspaces.com/d52c16e8d1498d971609f9e79250ffbd.jpg) #TokunboAbiruIsDoingGood
**… We are not surprised about your outstanding achievements, we know the stuff you are made of. - Gov Sanwo-Olu ***italic text* ![senatorAbiru_Epe_2.jpg](https://tact-space.fra1.digitaloceanspaces.com/8da75956643fca8179897a9235230e0a.jpg) The residents of the ancient city of Epe defied torrential rains to welcome their federal lawmaker, the #DoingGood Senator, Tokunbo Abiru, the Senator representing Lagos East Senatorial District and the governor , Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu to the commissioning of projects facilitated by Senator Abiru. Governor Sanwo-Olu inaugurated a 960-capacity mini-Stadium , which include; Football pitch, Basketball and Volleyball courts, administrative offices, changing rooms and other amenities; The governor also commissioned the remodelled popular Oluwo Fish market which now comprises 240 open stalls, 82 lock up stalls, 5 open floors, 12 toilets and 4 new offices for Iya Oloja and Baba Oloja, Tourism Board and Local Government Staff Security post. The projects were done by the Presidency through the office of the Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs). ![senatorAbiru_Epe6.jpg](https://tact-space.fra1.digitaloceanspaces.com/225335cbf05eb903d5df2b4b517e2522.jpg) ![senatorAbiru_Epe5.jpg](https://tact-space.fra1.digitaloceanspaces.com/469e84f8983b63023f2a5c99c35d8458.jpg) Abiru also doled out grants worth 62.5m to 1,250 selected market women and traders across the senatorial district and also supported about 200 rural farmers with hand planters and financial grants. Senator Abiru in his speech said he was passionate about improving the socio-economic conditions of his constituents adding that he will not relent in his quest to ensure there is greater good to the larger. In his remarks, Governor Sanwo-Olu said, “Over the last 18 months, Senator Abiru has dutifully delivered the dividends of democracy in several areas and on multiple fronts, not just in the primary mandate of law-making, but also in terms of life-changing empowerment and endowment. “Today, we are here to commission a number of infrastructure projects by him, some of which are facilitated through the Office of the Special Assistant to President Buhari on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), occupied an esteemed daughter of Lagos, Princess Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire”. Princess Orelope-Adefulire applauded Senator Abiru for making women empowerment as a cardinal focus of his activities, she noted that such action is crucial for social integration and inclusiveness. She said the Office of the SDGs in the presidency had facilitated rehabilitation of more than 10 schools and four healthcare projects in the Lagos East Senatorial district. A novelty football match was played on the pitch between Tokunbo Abiru Football Club and Epe Alaro United. The match ended in a penalty. ![senatorAbiru_Epe4.jpg](https://tact-space.fra1.digitaloceanspaces.com/47118282c6b4d63a951d5dc26427ab1c.jpg) Dignitaries who graced the well attended commissioning/ empowerment include; Lagos State Deputy Governor, Obafemi Hamzat, Former Deputy Governor, Prince Abiodun Ogunleye, GAC member, Asiwaju Olorunfunmi Basorun,Alhaji Bode Oyedele, Alhaji Akanni Seriki Bamu Lagos APC Chairman, Pastor Cornelius Ojelabi, serving commissioners federal and state legislators among others.
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".
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). ![senatorAbiru_SAILBUS101_4.jpg](https://tact-space.fra1.digitaloceanspaces.com/06dda837ceef5ee1115da0ada31d121d.jpg) 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. **Watch Highlights of the event on Senator Tokunbo Abiru's TV:** https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DeXy0mMWwHQ&t=53s 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. ![senatorAbiru_SAILBUS101_3.jpg](https://tact-space.fra1.digitaloceanspaces.com/c1d9bac5feec991db23c4dd88f7b58d6.jpg) 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! ![senatorAbiru_SAILBUS101_1.jpg](https://tact-space.fra1.digitaloceanspaces.com/5b9fff0206bac6d0c529199bc0aa313d.jpg) ‘’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.
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!
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. ![senatorAbiru_covid.jpg](https://tact-space.fra1.digitaloceanspaces.com/5c7c301042c82f6db2bee800babd79b4.jpg) 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.
The Senator representing Lagos East Senatorial District, Distinguished Senator Mukhail Adetokunbo Abiru, FCA has won the All Progressives Congress (APC) Lagos East Senatorial ticket for the 2023 general elections. Abiru, the Chairman, Senate Committee on industries who contested unopposed cleared all the 344 votes cast by delegates from wards in the Local Governments areas under the district. The primary election was held on Saturday at CMD, Magodo Area of Ikosi Isheri LCDA. The Returning Officer, Mr Fouad Oki who declared Abiru as the winner of the election, said the nomination process complied with the provisions of the 2022 electoral Act . Officials from the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC were also present to monitor the exercise. In his acceptance speech, Abiru who was overwhelmed by the massive support he got from the delegates said he would not relent in his #DoingGood agenda for the people . ‘’I want to let you know that I will continue to be passionate about ensuring ‘greater good for greater and larger number’. This mantra will continue to guide my philosophy and strategy in giving a lease of life to our people as much as is within my power. The tactics to drive home this strategy is encapsulated in the resonating and reassuring **‘DOING GOOD’** drive mantra’’, Abiru assured. While acknowledging the unwavering support of party’s leaders and members, the Senator said he was honoured to be an unopposed candidate of the ruling party for the Lagos East Senatorial District. He said, ‘’I am extremely honored and delighted to be standing before you today to accept the nomination of our great party as the unopposed candidate for the general elections as the candidate for the party to represent Lagos East Senatorial district at the National Assembly. ‘’I am eternally grateful for this nomination and wholeheartedly accept it as it perhaps also in many ways a recognition of the efforts and work we have put into representing you in the last 16 months. ‘’Let me start by once again thanking all our leaders and members across Epe, Ibeju-Lekki, Ikorodu, Kosofe and Somolu for their invaluable contributions to how effective we have represented our people and for this honour of being returned unopposed as the candidate of the party for the district at next year’s general elections. ‘’Haven received this affirmation from the party and our people, I would like to assure you that I will remain guided by the priorities and commitment to this cause which I have constantly asserted in the course of the exercise of this sacred mandate”. Notable party leaders attended the exercise., namely; Former Deputy Governor of Lagos and a member of the prestigious Governor’s Advisory Council, Prince Abiodun Ogunleye, Alhaji Bode Oyedele, Former Lagos Commissioner, Dr. Tola Kasali , Alhaja Kafayat Ogbara, Dr Saheed Oladapo Ibikunle, Princess Adebimpe Akinsola, Local Governments and Local Council Development Areas, LCDAs Chairmen among other notable chieftains of the APC in Lagos East supported Senator Abiru’s candidature. **#DoingGoodContinues!**
The Senator representing Lagos East Senatorial District, Distinguished Senator Mukhail Adetokunbo Abiru today joined the Lagos State Education District 2 which covers Ikorodu, Kosofe and Somolu zones in celebrating exceptional teachers who have distinguished themselves in the discharge of their duties at the 16th Annual Merit Award Ceremony held at the popular Oriwu Senior Model College, Ikorodu. ![senatorAbiru_SaheedIbikunle.jpeg](https://tact-space.fra1.digitaloceanspaces.com/4d07a0908dbae35af3f737c67c5f4c0f.jpeg) Senator Abiru who was represented by his Special Adviser on Constituency Matters, Dr (Otunba) Saheed Oladapo Ibikunle informed the teachers and other invited dignitaries that the Senator placed huge premium on education that is why education gets a pride of place in his constituency interventions. According to him, aside from the 7KVA giant generators, 200 Litre Deep freezers and laptops were donated to outstanding teachers and pupils. The Senator has impacted the education sector in the district in no small measure. Ibikunle drew the attention of the teachers to 24 fully equipped classrooms with 16 toilets facilitated at Aga Primary School, Ikorodu, Blocks of Classrooms at Ajelogo Primary, one block of two classrooms at Methodist Primary school, Oke-Eletu, Ijede, two blocks of classrooms at Isheri Primary School, Ikosi-Isheri, a fully equipped computer Laboratory at Igbobi Junior High School, Somolu and the award of bursaries to 600 tertiary institution students across the district among other laudable achievements of the distinguished Senator. The Special Adviser also spoke on the Senator Abiru Innovation Lab (SAIL), 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.
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. ![senatorAbiru_SAILCCHUB_2.jpg](https://tact-space.fra1.digitaloceanspaces.com/71f49d471f86bed37a414c478de752b0.jpg) 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.
Speech of Distinguished Senator Mukhail Adetokunbo Abiru delivered at the Eid -el- Fitr Celebrations 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. ![senatorAbiru_eidfitri_6.jpg](https://tact-space.fra1.digitaloceanspaces.com/9e755e9a067f9bd661fff7d944f43adc.jpg) 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. ![senatorAbiru_eidfitri_2.jpg](https://tact-space.fra1.digitaloceanspaces.com/db27c9019673d8bf929aad636204e0c7.jpg) 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
felicitate with my esteemed constituents, especially the Muslim Ummah of the Lagos East Senatorial District on the occasion of 2022 Eid-El-Fitr celebrations, which marks the completion of fasting in the holy month of Ramadan. I enjoin all Muslims who eschewed vices and imbibed godly virtues in obedience to the commandment of the Almighty Allah during the holy month of Ramadan should endeavour to continue on this glorious path after the fasting. On the protracted challenges, particularly insecurity confronting the nation, I urge all Nigerians to unanimously join hands with the government in its bid to exterminate all forms of violent extremism, banditry and kidnapping. At this point in history, our dear nation urgently needs bi-partisan and patriotic efforts at rescuing the country from the cliff. We must all come together in unity to strengthen national cohesion, tolerance and peace. I use this season to also encourage dear constituents who are yet to register for their Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) to endeavour to register with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the ongoing Continuous Voters Registration. That is a crucial civic duty every patriotic citizen must take seriously. I wish all Muslims Happy Eid El Fitr celebrations and may the Almighty Allah continue to bless our nation. Ameen Eid Mubarak! #TokunboAbiruIsDoingGood
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. ![senatorAbiru_IntercessionCANRamadan2022_1.jpg](https://tact-space.fra1.digitaloceanspaces.com/dbf8301d52d3dd0e1d2abe7e5b60de34.jpg) 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.
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. ![senatorAbiru_Easter2022_1.jpg](https://tact-space.fra1.digitaloceanspaces.com/ffb93b7b38423753785b0c200a412535.jpg) 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”.
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 ( TA 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.”
The Chairman, Senate Committee on Industries and the Senator representing Lagos East Senatorial District
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.
The Chairman, Senate Committee on Industries and the Senator representing Lagos East Senatorial District, Distinguished Senator Mukhail Adetokunbo Abiru, FCA has congratulated the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu on his landmark 70th birthday. ![Tinubu70_Greetings_2.jpg](https://tact-space.fra1.digitaloceanspaces.com/87936642ba16ba7f7b5cc8d076db868a.jpg) Abiru, a retired bank Chief Executive and former Lagos State Commissioner of Finance in a congratulatory message signed by him described the former Lagos State Governor as a leader of leaders with unrivalled capacity of discovery star talents who will add value to people's lives. Senator Abiru said, "On behalf of my family, and the great people of Lagos East Senatorial District, I heartily congratulate our revered National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu on your landmark 70th birthday. "Sir, your leadership capacity and ability to headhunt star talents that will deliver great services to the people is never contestable. I belong to that class of outstanding professionals you encouraged to have a stint in public service for the greater good of the people. The learning curve remains valuable even now as a serving Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. "The transformational government you led in Lagos State between 1999 and 2007 is still being referenced till date across the land. You rescued a state at the edge of a precipice. In education, health, waste management and road infrastructure, you delivered exceptionally . "Sir, there is no doubt in my mind that Nigeria will experience an impressive transformation if your patriotic quest to provide quality leadership at this critical period in the nation’s history is acceded. "Asiwaju, on this milestone, I sincerely pray that God should grant your heart desires and give you good health and vitality as you age gracefully!"
He is a man of few words but full of actions. Senator Mukhail Adetokunbo Abiru, FCA, a retired bank Chief Executive and a former Lagos State Commissioner of Finance is a focus, goal-driven and selfless public office holder. He won the December 5, 2020 Lagos East Senatorial District by-election on the crest of his outstanding credentials in the banking sector and his commitment to the public good of the people. He won the by-election with a landslide by winning 89 percent of total votes cast. In the discharge of the sacred mandate entrusted to him by the esteemed constituents of Lagos East, Abiru is leveraging his wealth of experience as a seasoned and accomplished ex-banker with global exposure to herald a new order in legislative representation and interventions in critical areas of needs of the people. Abiru, fondly called the #DoingGood Senator adopts a socio-political construct of utilitarianism that underpins greatest good for the largest number of people. It is not just a mantra, #DoingGood to a larger number has become the Senator’s philosophical disposition that has been guiding his interventions thus far. Shortly after his inauguration as the Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on the 15th December, 2020, Abiru commissioned an extensive NEEDS ASSESSMENTS to gather empirical data on the needs of the people in order of urgency and priorities. The Human-Centred Design Approach he engaged brought the people into the decision-making mix and further endeared him to the people at the grassroots. The starling findings of the NEEDS ASSESSMENTS formed the basis of his interventions across the 98 wards in the 16 Local Governments and Local Council Development Areas in the last 15 months in the saddle. In response to the agony of many households especially the vulnerable members of the Lagos East who were badly hit by the devastating impacts of the Corona-Virus pandemic, Abiru launched COVID-19 Financial Assistance Scheme for widows, aged, unemployed youth, Persons with Physical disabilities and women in the district.Not fewer than 2500 vulnerable people are getting direct credit transfers on a monthly basis. He also set up liaison offices in Epe, Kosofe, Ibeju-Lekki and Somolu to complement the main constituency in Ikorodu. This was done to make access to constituency services easier. In the area of education, the #DoingGood Senator has done well. Abiru facilitated 24 classrooms with furniture and modern instructional materials with 16 toilets and solar-powered borehole at Aga Primary School in Ikorodu. In Ibeju-Lekki, RCM Primary School, Iwerekun also got blocks of classrooms courtesy of the Senator . Ditto for Ajelogo Primary School in Kosofe and Igbobi Junior High School, where an ICT center was facilitated. Six hundred brilliant but indigent students in tertiary institutions also benefited from a bursary scheme set up under the Senator’s Foundation, Tokunbo Abiru Constituency Team (TACT) Foundation. In Epe, Senator Abiru facilitated a 960-spectator capacity mini stadium equipped with basketball and volleyball courts and rehabilitated the entire popular Oluwo market and increased the number of shops from 259 to 319 comprising lock-up shops, open sheds and 48 toilets. The performing Senator also facilitated the construction of 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. A 200-solar-powered street lights were attracted to the institution. In the same manner, another 30-Bed Health facility at Mascara HealthCentre in Agboiyi Ketu LCDA was also provided to the people. Likewise, another 40-bed is under construction at Isiu, Ikorodu North LCDA. The Senator also facilitated the supply and installation of transformers in several locations across the Lagos East Senatorial District. To further spread prosperity across the district, in April, the Senator will unveil N300Million Constituency Intervention Revolving Loan Scheme at a very concessional Interest rate of 6 percent per annum for the benefit of MSMEs, Artisans and tradesmen in Lagos East. The legislator has also set-up the 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 achievements of Senator Abiru are in legions. The people of Lagos East are fortunate to have a man who truly understands development politics and us giving his best in the discharge of his assignment. Happy Birthday Distinguished Senator Mukhail Adetokunbo Abiru, FCA. Enitan Olukotun, is Special Adviser To Senator Tokunbo Abiru on Media and Publicity
The Chairman, Senate Committee on Industries, Distinguished Senator Mukhail Adetokunbo Abiru, FCA was at the commissioning of the Dangote Fertiliser Plant in Ibeju- Lekki Lagos. The Senator representing the Lagos East Senatorial joined other eminent personalities including the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Senate President, Dr. Ahmad Lawan, House of Representative Speaker, Rt Hon Femi Gbajabiamila, Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Otunba Niyi Adebayo, Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, His Excellency, Chief Timpre Sylva. Others include: Minster of State for Health, Dr. Olorunnibe Mamora, Former Commissioner of Finance, Mr Olawale Education, Senator Olamilekan Adeola, Senator Adams Aleiro, captains of industries, religious leaders and first class monarchs among others to witness the historic event. His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR commissioned the $2.5billion fertiliser plant reputed to be the largest in Africa. The plant capacity is 3 Million Tonnes of Urea Per Year. After the commissioning of the fertiliser plant, Dangote Group President, Alhaji Aliko Dangote , in the company of President Muhammadu Buhari and other dignitaries led the tour of the massive Dangote Refinery with capacity to refine 650,000 barrels of crude oil per day.
Barely two weeks after management team from a top Nigerian bank visited the Senator Tokunbo Abiru Innovation Lab (SAIL) in Ikorodu to assess the facility, curricular and faculties for possible talents hunting, today, Mrs Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire, the Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Sustainable Development Goals also visited to the Innovation hub. Orelope-Adefulire, a former Lagos State Deputy Governor commended the Senator representing the Lagos East Senatorial District, Distinguished Senator Mukhail Adetokunbo Abiru for his exceptional programmes especially the setting up of a first of its kind tech innovation hub in the Lagos East Senatorial District that will create lasting socio-economic impact in the lives of participants. The SDGs boss said she was not surprised about the unique leadership style and programmes of Senator Abiru in view of his pedigree in the corporate before his foray into politics. According to Mrs Orelope-Adefulire, investment in knowledge is the currency of our time. While addressing participants at the Tech Talent class, she said, “I must first of all thank him (Senator Abiru) for being a mentor to all of you and others outside here. "Investment in knowledge is the best investment we can make in young people like you for you to have bright future. I want to thank him for setting up this place . It is very unique; it is not a common thing. We have different empowerment programmes like distribution of motorcycles, tricycles and even those that are giving out computers careless about training people on how to make best use of them. But SAIL is a very excellent Innovation hub that will accelerate real prosperity. “I am sure in few years from now the impact of the investments will start to manifest. The empowerment you are being giving is to allow you explore and rule your world. I believe each and everyone of you will rule your world in a positive way that will guarantee a bright future for you. “You need to apply your mind to what you are being thought. There are no limits from what you can benefit from this training. "COVID-19 pandemic that hit the world proved to us that there is virtually nothing we cannot do with the smartphone and allied technologies. All over the world, corporations have downsized and many are working from homes because of the enablement of technology. ‘’Senator Abiru has done his own by providing a platform. Don’t take it for granted. It is a lifetime opportunity. With this knowledge, there is nowhere in the world you can be hired because of the skillsets you are getting here have global relevance". In his response, Senator Abiru thanked the SDGs boss for taken out time out of her busy schedules to visit and tour The SAIL facility. He said the programme was well thought out to ensure that participants who gave the training their best get job placement after the training. The Senator said; “The expected outcome is that as they are graduating from here they will most likely get job placement which we believe is the best way empowerment ought to be done. So, you are meeting with them formally will also be an inspiration for them. Two weeks ago, we brought a leadership of a bank to come and speak to them. And the faculty lead displayed the curriculum of what they are teaching. They were quite satisfied. There was nothing to add. Which means the curriculum here fit into the work space out there. “Out of 4,000 people mostly young folks that applied, we can only accommodate about 150 into the 5 pilot programmes namely; Tech Talent Development, Business 101 for Artisans and Creatives, Startup Accelerator for Businesses, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education for Senior Secondary School Students and Lagos East Teachers fellowship’’. However, there are arrangements for online training for over 1000 applicants who could not get into the class. On behalf of the participants, Oni Abayomi Olayiwola and Modupe Ariyo expressed gratitude for rare opportunity Senator Abiru has provided for them to have their future secured. The TACT Advisory Chairman, Alhaji Bode Oyedele, Dr. (Otunba) Saheed Oladapo Ibikunle, Special Adviser to the Senator on Constituency Matters , Hon Olusegun Olulade, a former member of the Lagos State House of Assembly and Mr Adedeji Abisola joined the Senator in receiving Mrs Orelope-Adefulire.
The Chairman, Senate Committee on Industries and the Senator representing Lagos East Senatorial District, Distinguished Senator Mukhail Adetokunbo Abiru, FCA has urged Tradesmen and Artisans in the Lagos East District to avail themselves of the 300 Million Naira Lagos East Constituency Intervention Revolving Loan at a very concessional (6) six percent per annum interest rate. The Senator disclosed this when he met with the Lagos East leadership of the Lagos State Council of Tradesmen And Artisans (LASCOTA) at his constituency office in Ikorodu on Saturday. Abiru, a retired bank Chief Executive and former Lagos State Commissioner of Finance said enabling affordable loans for businesses is the only sustainable way of promoting prosperity in the society. According to him , that is real empowerment. The Senator urged LASCOTA, the umbrella body of Artisans and Tradesmen in Lagos with over fifty different Artisan Associations and Trades to encourage their members in the Lagos East District to apply for the loan when it comes live in April 2022. The Lagos East Chairperson of LACOSTA, Mrs Funmilola David, thanked the Senator for the unprecedented achievements he has recorded in the last 13 months. She said LACOSTA is ready to work and collaborate with the Senator in the deepening of his interventions to the grassroots. A former Lagos State lawmaker, Mrs Adebimpe Akinsola and Otunba (Dr) Saheed Oladapo Ibikunle, Special Adviser To Senator Constituency Matters who were also at the parley appreciated the LACOSTA leadership for acknowledging the great works of the Senator. They assured that greater things are underway. The Senator conducted LASCOTA leadership around the Senator Abiru Innovation Lab (SAIL ), a tech and Innovation space which is currently situated at the Constituency Office. Secondary School students between ages 12 and 18 were in class for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) training.
The Chairman, Senate Committee on Industries and the Senator representing the Lagos East Senatorial District, Distinguished Senator Mukhail Adetokunbo Abiru, FCA on Friday morning met with business stakeholders in the Ikorodu division at a meeting tagged, ‘Breakfast with Ayangburen’ at the Palace of Ikorodu Monarch, Alayeluwa, His Royal Majesty, Oba (Engr) Kabiru Adewale Shotobi, Adegorusen V. Abiru, a retired bank Chief Executive and former Lagos State Commissioner of Finance advocated that young people who are seeking job opportunities must be upskilled in technology and digital skills for them to be relevant in the fourth industrial generation. The maiden meeting with business community which focused on enabling the ease of doing business for companies and industries and how to generate employment opportunities was organized by the Ikorodu – Oga Development Association (IKODASS). The Senator appreciated business owners in Ikorodu who have been contributing immensely to national development through payments of taxes and creation of employment opportunities and provision of Social Corporate Responsibilities. On the ease of doing business, Senator Abiru acknowledged the efforts of governments at both State and Federal levels at creating the enabling environment for business through ‘strong regulatory frameworks and infrastructural development to continuously improve on ease of doing business particularly pre and post pandemic: roads, credit forbearances by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) etc’’. The Senator told the gathering that, “On generating employment opportunities for our teeming youths. Let’s face it, the times have changed significantly. The currency of our age is digital technology. That is what is shaping the world. So, there must be an intentional shift by positioning our youths for enormous job opportunities that the tech ecosystem promises. “Growing the nation’s Gross Domestic Product, GDP can be greatly enhanced by technology. We have seen how Tech start-ups like Flutterwaves and Paystack are booming amidst global economic headwinds. “On 14 October, 2021, at my first award ceremony of bursaries to 600 indigents but brilliant students of Lagos East who study across different tertiary institutions in Nigeria, I brought one of the success stories in tech space, Iyinoluwa Aboyeji, Co-founder, Flutterwave to speak to young people on how they can leverage technology to move ahead. Interestingly, Iyinoluwa grew up in Somolu, a Local Government under our Senatorial District. He pulled himself up by his bootstraps and went on to build a tech company that is currently estimated to be worth over $3billion.Thus, technology and Innovation has reshaped how business is done from advertising, to payment systems, deliverables etc. “On this score, I am putting my money where my mouth is. I recently established an Innovation Hub in the Lagos East district, known as the Senator Abiru Innovation Lab (SAIL) in partnership with a renowned technology and Social Enterprise company, The Co-creation Hub (Cc-HUB) 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’’. In his remarks, the IKODASS Chairman, Mr Rotimi Erogbogbo said the Association was out to harness the vast economic potential of Ikorodu for the development of the people especially in the area of employment opportunities for youths. “A situation where well educated able bodied young people cannot find gainful employment after school is not only worrisome, it is also a potential security conundrum that must be nipped in the bud lest our division travels the route of some other regions. We must learn lessons from these regions and avoid the consequences they experienced”, the IKODASS Chairman said. Dignitaries who joined the Ikorodu monarch for the breakfast include; Chief Adewunmi Ogunsanya, the Chairman Multichoice Nigeria who is also the Odofin of Ikorodu land, Otunba Steve Anifowoshe, the Asiwaju of Ikorodu land, Professor (Chief) Kunle Ade Wahaab OFR, OON, Senator Adeseye Ogunlewe, Chief Ayodele Elesho, the Agba Akin of Ikorodu land, Alhaji Babatunde Rotinwa, Dr (Otunba) Saheed Oladapo Ibikunle, Member, LASUBEB and Chief Monzor Olowosago, Publisher, Oriwu Sun Community Newspaper among others.
The Chairman, Senate Committee on Industries and the Senator representing the Lagos East Senatorial District, Distinguished Senator Mukhail Adetokunbo Abiru, FCA has continued his COVID-19 Financial Support Scheme in the year 2022. The scheme was earlier planned to terminate in December 2021, but the Senator has graciously continued in the new year as the economic headwinds occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic are yet to fully abate. Senator Abiru said his concern for the plight of the poor during the current fuel scarcity and the record food inflation necessitated the continuation of the financial support to ease the hardship of the vulnerable at the bottom of the socio-economic pyramid. Today, the batch B beneficiaries in the 2500 pool of vulnerable constituents drawn across 98 wards in the 16 Local Governments and Local Council Development Areas received direct credits in their bank accounts. For fourteen (14) consecutive months, People with physical disabilities, widows, aged, unemployed youth and women have been receiving support from Senator Abiru on a monthly basis. The scheme has been on since January 2021. 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. For the records, the Senator recently established an Innovation Hub in the Lagos East district, known as the Senator Abiru Innovation Lab (SAIL) in partnership with a renowned technology and Social Enterprise company, The Co-creation Hub (Cc-HUB) 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. 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. These programmes which shall run for between 3 – 6 months are as follows: 1. 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. 2. 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. 3.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. 4 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. 5 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 . Massive global opportunities and guaranteed job placements await successful participants who deeply applied themselves to the training and acquired the high-demand tech and digital skills. In April this year, a N300 Million Constituency Intervention Revolving Loan at a low concessional interest rate of Six (6) percent per annum will be unveiled for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in the district. “We shall continuously look out and champion policies and legislative agenda that will be of benefit to the greatest number of our people”, the Senator assured.
The Chairman, Senate Committee on Industries, Distinguished Senator Mukhail Adetokunbo Abiru, FCA on Wednesday led a debate on the bill he sponsored which seeks to regulate award of Pre-judgment interest in commercial transactions. The bill titled, ‘ Federal High Court Act (Amendment) Bill, 2021 sponsored by Senator Abiru and co-sponsored by Distinguished Senator Michael Opeyemi Bamidele (Ekiti Central) scaled second reading. The Bill was read the first time on Wednesday 9th June, 2021. The bill seeks to amend the Federal High Court Act to cure the shortcomings inherent in the Principal Act to make provisions for the regulation of the award of pre-judgment interest to ensure the attainment of substantial justice, particularly in relation to claims bothering on commercial transactions. In his lead debate, Senator Abiru argued that it was time the law regulating pre-judgment interest should be amended. He highlighted the shortcomings of the existing law saying, “No doubt, real economic value would have been lost on those judgment sums by the time of judgment, given the high inflationary trend that permeates our economy”. “Take for instance the 2019 decision of the Supreme Court in Julius Berger (Nig.) Plc vs. T.R.C.B. Ltd (2019) 5 NWLR (Pt. 1665) p. 291 where though the claim on the principal sum succeeded, the Supreme Court held that the claimant was not entitled to pre-judgment interest because the claimant had failed to show any custom, agreement or statute under which it founded its claim of interest”. Abiru, a former bank chief, continued: “Mr. President, distinguished colleagues, in commercial claims, particularly the ones for recovery of debts, the claimant should ordinarily be entitled to pre-judgment interest on the principal debt sum should he succeed in his claim. “However, entitlement to such a pre-judgment interest is not as easy as it seems, at least as far as the numerous decisions of our appellate courts are concerned. “Presently in Nigeria, there is no statutory law which regulates the award of pre-judgment interest. Nigerian courts up till date still have recourse to the English common law practice as a guide in their award of pre-judgment interest. “The common law practice is to the effect that such interest can only be claimed as of right where it is contemplated by the agreement of the parties, or under a mercantile custom or under a principle of equity. This is no doubt, a very herculean task for the claimants to overcome, as a great number of decided cases in Nigeria have shown’’. The Co-sponsor of the bill, Senator Bamidele while supporting the bill emphasised that, “The very essence of this bill is to fill an obvious lacuna in our laws. Our courts, including the Federal High Courts have continued to hold that there is no legal basis for them to take decisions that will help preserve the real economic value of judgement debts because there is no legal position that empowers them to avoid prejudgment interests. “Nigeria is not a strange peculiarity, that had been the case in several common law countries around the world including the United Kingdom. But by virtue of 1934 legislation, the United Kingdom took care of this situation by conceding to judges the discretion of being able to avoid pre-judgment interest. That is what the law is seeking to do for Nigeria. “ So that we are not left behind in the developed and developing common law countries and provide impetus to our judges to be able to exercise unfettered discretion based on very clear legal decisions. I want to strengthen the hands of judges and our courts to avoid and preserve pre-judgment interest which is what will speak to the real economic value”. Distinguished Senator Ibrahim Hadejia (Jigawa North East) also supported the bill.
The Chairman, Senate Committee on Industries and the Senator representing the Lagos East Senatorial District in the National Assembly, Distinguished Senator Mukhail Adetokunbo Abiru, FCA has assured that he will not relent on the drive to ensure the qualitative representation to the people of the district. The Senator gave this assurance on Saturday when he met with the Chairmen and Secretaries of Community Development Committee (CDC) in the Lagos East Senatorial District at his residence in Ikorodu. The CDC Executives led by their chairman, Chief R.O. Ajayi acknowledged the Senator Abiru’s unprecedented feats across the 98 wards in the 16 Local Governments and the Local Council Development Areas, LCDAs in the district. Specifically, the grassroot leaders thanked the Senators for the facilitation electricity transformers for rural communities and the resumption of work on the Ikorodu/ Sagamu Highway which was sequel to the motion and other legislative interventions made by Senator Abiru. In his remarks, Senator Abiru thanked the CDC leaders and acknowledged the important role they played in complementing the role of the government in community development at the grassroot. Abiru reiterated that his approach is premised on equity across the entire wards in the district. According to him, the award of bursaries to 600 higher institution students, Capacity development training for 1000 MSMEs, grants to business people, facilitation of schools, mini-stadium, Hospitals, remodelling of markets, Street lights and lot more are in consonant with his mantra of providing greater good to the larger number of the people. In the siting of projects and other social interventions, the Senator noted that he was guided by the NEEDS ASSESMENTS he conducted to know the pressing needs of various communities. According to him, this informed the choice of projects facilitated to respective communities in the district. The Senator also intimated his guests of the efforts that had gone into the Ikorodu/Sagamu Highway. He informed that the funding for the critical road is already secured under SUKUK financing plan noting that the road will be completed within projected time. Senator Abiru said his COVID-19 Financial Assistance Scheme for the vulnerable people in the Lagos East which has been in operation since January 2021 has created relief for many households in the district. He disclosed that Batch A beneficiaries in the 2500 pool got direct credit transfers for January 2022 last week. Also, the N300 Million Constituency Intervention Revolving Loan for MSMEs in the district is expected to take off end of April 2021, the Senator disclosed. Abiru also spoke on Senator Abiru Innovation Lab (SAIL) where young people in the district will be trained in high-demand digital skills. He said it was high time to prepare youth for the challenges of the future by equipping them with the requisite skill-set required for survival in the digital age. Abiru who has been calling on the people to register for Permanent Voter Card with the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC asked the CDC Executives to urge CDAs under them to mobilize residents to get their PVCs. **#DOINGGOOD**
This afternoon, I paid a condolence visit to the family of Late Otunba (Princess) Aderenle Oyebola Oyetokunbo Adeniran-Ogunsanya, a former Secretary to the Lagos State Government (2007 - 2011). The death of Princess Adeniran-Ogunsanya is a great loss to the people of Ikorodu and Lagos State. #TokunboAbiruIsDoingGood
My dear esteemed constituents of the Lagos East Senatorial District, it gladdens my heart to welcome you into the year 2022. The year 2021 was a challenging one. From all fronts, the world witnessed unprecedented trying times. The dreaded COVID-19 scourge evolved into new variants like Delta and now the deadly Omicron threatening to shut down the world once again. Last year was indeed a trying period for many households and the nation at large. What we as one of the Trustees of your sacred mandate have tried to do, is to deliberately and continuously keep the hope of our people alive by working assiduously to deliver on the promises I made to you during the 2020 Lagos East Senatorial By-election electioneering campaign. Dear Constituents of the Lagos East, I will be the first to admit that the economic and security challenges facing the county are daunting. Indeed, at no time in our recent past has the nation’s economy, well-being, peace and unity been so vigorously and persistently challenged. I however urge you not to despair but to remain hopeful. I believe that as we work conscientiously and openly, and together with unity of purpose and solidarity and with God on our side, we shall overcome all these challenges facing us. As we also know that 2022 is the penultimate year to the general elections of 2023, it is important to begin to assess our individual aspirations towards ensuring that Nigeria becomes a better place and this can only be achieved by ensuring that we all get registered as eligible voters and prepare to exercise our civic responsibilities without fears. Let me assure you that I will not let you down. In 2022, the tempo of our #DoingGood mantra won't wane. We will not be distracted nor deterred. I wish you all a happy New Year celebrations and a fruitful and prosperous 2022 in peace and good health. God bless you all. Senator Mukhail Adetokunbo Abiru, FCA Federal Republic of Nigeria.
The Chairman, Senate Committee on Industries and the Senator representing the Lagos East Senatorial District in the National Assembly, Distinguished Senator Mukhail Adetokunbo Abiru, FCA on Saturday supported Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, MSME that exhibited at the maiden Ikorodu Division Trade Fair held at Lagos State Polytechnic, Ikorodu Campus. ![senatorAbiru_TradeFair_3.jpg](https://tact-space.fra1.digitaloceanspaces.com/7d90e3a5f51a2ce4fa2a3c868ff9a266.jpg) The Trade Fair that was organized by the Ikorodu Chamber of Commerce and Industries, ICCI and the LASPOTECH attracted businesses from across Ikorodu Division and beyond. All through the Trade Fair, the Office of the distinguished Senator Tokunbo Abiru identified with the organizers and exhibitors by setting up a stand that provided business advisory and support. At the Trade Fair, each of the 20 businesses that were identified to be in dire need of support benefited N100,000 Senator Tokunbo Abiru Business Grant for business stability. ![senatorAbiru_TradeFair_2.jpg](https://tact-space.fra1.digitaloceanspaces.com/a87414dd461875e6aee3e93f82bf36ca.jpg) The 20 beneficiaries of the grant were selected using some parameters, which include; residency of Lagos East, possession of a business account, must be an exhibitor at the Ikorodu Division Trade Fair among others. Also, another 40 exhibitors were presented with 40 Business Knowledge packs, containing seven (7) business related books meant to enhance the capacity of the MSME owners. The books cover subjects, ranging from Financial Management, Marketing and Communications, Digital Technology, Tax Management, Strategy, Legal and Human Capital. ![senatorAbiru_TradeFair_4.jpg](https://tact-space.fra1.digitaloceanspaces.com/071fc945f1e6f32fdfd1b8848169d5d9.jpg) On why Senator Tokunbo Abiru gave out books to selected business owners, Enitan Olukotun, Media Aide to the Senator said that, some business owners erroneously think that what they need to improve their business was money but, research has shown that, what many of them truly need was requisite knowledge to scale up their businesses. The beneficiaries who were filled with joy applauded Distinguished Senator Tokunbo Abiru for the support stressing that the intervention was unprecedented in the Lagos East Senatorial District. Mr Allen Oluyisola, a 53-Year-Old male exhibitor and a beneficiary who is also a student in the department of Computer Science, Lagos State Polytechnic thanked Senator Abiru for the gesture. He promised to always support the Senator in his future elections. “I will go out of my way to convince those who are close to me to do the same’’, excited Oluyisola promised. A retiree and Printing Press owner, Alh Olaide Oduloye described Senator Abiru as a patriot. ‘With this gesture, I see our Senator as a patriot. It takes a patriot to want to support entrepreneurs with a whopping one hundred thousand naira, the way he has done. He understands the economy and knows that it is the SMEs that drive the nation’s economy. I say a big Thank You to our Senator’. Another beneficiary and CEO of Oga Events & Productions, Mrs Rukayat Akinpelu Onabanjo noted that, ‘What Senator Tokunbo Abiru has done today is to surprise us. None of us saw this coming. When we first saw his stand, we thought it was the usual political campaign gimmicks. We cannot thank the Senator enough. He is truly doing good’, she said. Similarly, a waste recycler and garbage bag manufacturer, Mrs Matilda Olatunji Taiwo noted that, ‘Senator Abiru has added value to our businesses with this grant. As the Chairman, Senate Committee on Industries, it shows he truly knows the challenges confronting micro manufacturers like us’. Another beneficiary, a fashion entrepreneur, Mrs Adaobi Ngozi Owoto was also full of gratitude to Senator Tokunbo Abiru. She promised to plough the grant into her business and expand her business .
Trust me, it was not a time for a picnic, sleeves were rolled up and we hit the road! On Saturday, I led a team on a tour of projects facilitated by a Senator, the Chairman, Senate Committee On Industries and Senator representing Lagos East Senatorial District, Distinguished Senator Mukhail Adetokunbo Abiru, FCA. We had earlier toured Agboyi-Ketu on Friday where a 40-bed Hospital at Mascara Health Centre facilitated by the Senator has reached an advanced stage of completion along with a newly constructed block of classrooms at Ajelogo Primary School. We also visited Aga Primary School where we saw the recently commissioned four blocks of twenty-four classrooms equipped with modern instructional facilities and a full complement of 16 toilets. The showstopper was actually the recently installed Solar-Powered Borehole at the school. It was a long day! It is confounding that what we are witnessing today happened within a period of 365 days that Senator Tokunbo Abiru received the mandate of the people as Senator representing Lagos East senatorial district of Lagos. He has no doubt positively impacted the district and the people therein with grandiose projects some can only imagine. Setting out from Ikorodu through Epe down to Ibeju-Lekki, we branched off at LASPOTECH campus to see some of the projects facilitated by the Senator on campus. In the mix is a 600 units solar-powered street light stretching from the library complex by the Rector’s office to the main road that leads to the school’s first gate. The lights are ingrained with sensors that trigger brightness when people get closer to them. Another eye popping project is a 40-bed Hospital within the campus where the resident Engineer was busy supervising flooring works on the project expected to be delivered in the first quarter of 2022. The next stop was Isiu where another 40-Bed Health Facility located on the left side of the main road is under construction. The masons and other site workers were seen preparing concrete casting for the decking, they also gave assurance that the project will be completed in record time. From there, we headed to the ancient town of Epe where the Senator’s #DoingGood projects are also massive. We visited the Senator’s Liaison office established to bring governance closer to the people of the town. Mouruf, the liaison representative was on hand to receive the team at the office located along the popular Hospital road in Epe. We proceeded to the 960-spectator capacity mini stadium under construction. Work was going on at a frenetic pace on the two-pavilions at the facility consisting of basketball and volleyball courts. The sports complex is bordered by Epe Nursery and Primary School and a military formation. The next destination was the popular Oluwo Fish Market in Epe where Senator Abiru facilitated on-going remodeling of the market consisting of lock-up shops, open sheds and 48 toilets. The market women were appreciative of the Senator’s good gesture, they warmly received the team and assured of their continued support for Senator Tokunbo Abiru. ![senatorAbiru_TourProject4.jpeg](https://tact-space.fra1.digitaloceanspaces.com/95ce5948c9f1fa06e7a874489bea106c.jpeg) It was 4:40pm at this time and we had to get to Iwerekun, a coastal community in Ibeju-Lekki where Senator Tokunbo Abiru has also left his imprints of good work. The journey was smooth from Epe to Eleko Junction courtesy of the newly constructed road by the government of Babajide Sanwo-Olu. Ibeju-Lekki liaison representative, Dare, was already waiting and he led us to RCM Primary School, Iwerekun where two blocks of 6 classrooms had been completed and ready for commissioning. ![senatorAbiru_TourProject.jpg](https://tact-space.fra1.digitaloceanspaces.com/ecf3575007af25e47109a71d00998364.jpg) From Awoyaya through Gbetu, the journey that lasted almost two hours had just started. The sprawling residential estates springing up around Awoyaya and environs could have convinced anyone that there were no villages or hamlets ahead. About 3km from Awoyaya, we landed in Iwerekun where beach sand became the main attraction. It was difficult terrain for cars to traverse where only big SUVs could dare. The Atlantic Ocean overlooks the community where residents built their houses just a few meters away from the shoreline. From the road; we could see the raging tides of the Atlantic Ocean, it was nature at its best! At RCM Primary School, we saw the old school building reported to have been built by the first civilian Governor of Lagos, the Late Alhaji Lateef Kayode Jakande. It was vintage and had seen the best of times. ![senatorAbiru_TourProject_3.jpeg](https://tact-space.fra1.digitaloceanspaces.com/d8aa5dc91cda5066a7b3d096d710d9a4.jpeg) Behold the new blocks of classrooms; a fitting replacement for the weary looking old block now ready for improved learning outcomes. Kids within the community; mostly pupils of RCM Primary School and their parents all came out to show appreciation to the Senator. It was a worthwhile experience and further affirmation of possibilities achievable by a determined mind. I could only mutter within myself the inimitable words of Chairman Mao, “In shallow men, the fish of small waters cause much commotion, in magnanimous oceanic minds; the whales of inspiration hardly cause a ruffle” *- Enitan Olukotun, Media Adviser To Senator Tokunbo Abiru Writes From Lagos*
True to his promise of providing succour to vulnerable constituents impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Chairman, Senate Committee On Industries and the Senator representing the Lagos East Senatorial district in the National Assembly, Distinguished Senator Mukhail Adetokunbo Abiru, FCA on Tuesday made a direct bank transfers to batch A beneficiaries in the 2500 vulnerable constituents pool for the 11 months consecutively. The beneficiaries who have been receiving direct credits from the Senator since January 2021 were drawn from the 98 wards of the 16 Local Governments and Local Council Development Areas, LCDAs in the Lagos East Senatorial District. Beneficiaries include People with physical disabilities, unemployed youth, widows and other vulnerable people in the senatorial district. Abiru, whose interventions and programmes are targeted at the larger number of people in the constituency, has been impacting lives in an unprecedented manner since he got into the saddle last December. In less than a year, he has achieved so much to the astonishment of many in the constituency and beyond. In less than 6 months in the saddle, Senator Tokunbo Abiru sponsored a private member bill titled, ‘The Copyright Act Repeal And Re-enactment Bill, 2021’ that will replace the extant Copyright Act Cap C28 LFN 2004. In a record time, the Bill went through a Public Hearing that attracted creative professionals, intellectual property experts, policy makers and other critical stakeholders. Concerned about the plight of constituents and other road users plying Ikorodu/Sagamu Road and Ikorodu/Itoikin/Epe Epe Road, the distinguished Senator moved a motion calling on the Federal Government to urgently intervene on the two critical roads. The intervention with necessary follow-ups yielded positive outcomes. The Federal Government has included the funding of Ikorodu-Shagamu, in the SUKUK Financing program and included Ikorodu-Itoikin in the 2022 budget. The Sukuk Financing Program is an assured financing program that will accelerate the completion of Ikorodu-Sagamu road. Within the same period, the Senator also facilitated four blocks of 24 classrooms with compliments of furniture and 16 toilets to Aga Primary School in Ikorodu. At the Ikorodu Campus of the Lagos State Polytechnic (LASPOTECH), the Senator facilitated a 200-solar-powered street lights to the school and also construction of a 30-bed Health facility and Dental Centre is currently under construction. In Agboiyi Ketu LCDA, the Senator facilitated another 30-Bed Health facility at Mascara Health Centre. In the same manner, another 40-bed is under construction at Isiu, Ikorodu North LCDA. In Ibeju-Lekki, two blocks of 6 classrooms are currently under construction at RCM Primary School Iwerekun, Ibeju-Lekki. In Kosofe Local Government, 1 block of 3 classrooms are also underway at Ajelogo Primary School. In Epe, a 960-spectator capacity mini stadium is also facilitated for the people of the ancient city. The two-pavilion sport facility is equipped with Basketball and Volleyball courts, are also under construction. Likewise, the popular Oluwa Fish Market in Epe is also being remodeled. The remodeled market will have lock-up shops, open sheds and 48 toilets. Six Hundred (600) brilliant but indigent students also benefited bursaries from the Senator. The beneficiaries who were shortlisted in a transparent process drawn from higher institutions in Lagos State and beyond. On Monday 8th November 2021, Senator Tokunbo Abiru also organized a one-day Business Workshop for 1000 MSMEs across the Senatorial District to build the capacity of their businesses, and announced a N100,000,000 (One Hundred Million Naira) Constituency Intervention revolving Loan at 6% interest rate, which will be topped by additional 100 Million Naira from the bank of Industry. Participants were also given knowledge packs, a pack of 7 books covering subjects like Taxation, Branding and Communication, Digital Technology, Financial Management among others. In addressing digital skills gap, the Senator is currently setting up a Community Innovation Hub in partnership with a renowned technology company 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.
- Gives Knowledge Pack To 1000 Trainees - Announces N100million Constituency Intervention Revolving Loan For MSMEs The Chairman, Senate Committee on industries, Distinguished Senator Mukhail Adetokunbo Abiru, FCA, on Monday organized a capacity development training for 1000 Micro, Medium and Small Enterprises, MSMEs in the Lagos East Senatorial district. Abiru, an accomplished banker said the training was to enhance the capacity of micro, medium and small business owners in the Senatorial district to scale adding that lack of capacity had been identified as one of the major reasons MSMEs fail. The one-day MSME Clinic/Workshop that was organized in conjunction with The Fate Foundation had major figures in the MSMEs ecosystem in attendance like the Managing Director, Bank of Industry, Mr Olukayode Pitan, The Executive Chairman, Lagos State Inland Revenue Service (LIRS) Mr Ayodele Subair, Executive Secretary, Lagos State Employment Trust Fund, Mrs Tejumola Abisoye, officials from Small and Medium Enterprise Development Association of Nigeria (SMEDAN) led by the agency’s Director of Planning Research, Monitoring and Evaluation, Mr Wale Fasanya and Standard Organization of Nigeria(SON) team led by the Head of SME desk, Mrs Phebean Arumemi and renowned business consultants. Highlighting the critical roles MSMEs play in the nation’s economic development, the Senator said ‘’MSMEs account for the majority of businesses worldwide and are important contributors to job creation and global economic development. They represent about 90% of businesses and more than 70% of employment worldwide”’. He continued; ‘’Formal SMEs contribute up to 40% of national income (GDP) in emerging economies. These numbers are significantly higher when informal SMEs are included. The latest SMEDAN/NBS MSME Survey indicates Nigeria’s SMEs contribute nearly 50% of the country’s GDP and account for over 80% of employment in the country. “It has been projected by the World Bank that about 600 million jobs will be needed by 2030 to absorb the growing global workforce, which makes SME development a high priority for many governments around the world. In emerging markets, most formal jobs are generated by SMEs, which create 7 out of 10 jobs”, Abiru told the participants. Abiru said it was therefore instructive to assist the struggling businesses who were mostly impacted by the devastating COVID-19 pandemic with workable business solutions in the new normal world. The senator said that the knowledge pack, a combination of seven books written by foremost experts which were participant got for free are reference materials for now and future adding that their contents are the secret of success of most major businesses. According to him, “Timeless and highly valuable literature on subjects of Tax Management, Human Capital, Financial Management, Marketing and Communications, Strategy, Legal and digital technology will be made available to you at the expense of my Foundation. The leading Nigerian Entrepreneur pack is a practical “do-it-yourself manual” that will greatly aid your business decisions and strategies as you journey along. “These materials are authored by the following foremost hands on world acclaimed professional firms with deep insights on the Nigerian business environment such as: ACCA, KPMG, Deloitte,Banwo and Ighodalo, Verraki Business Solutions for Africa, A’lime Media and StreSert. To the admiration of participants and dignitaries that graced the occasion, the Senator announced the launching of N100,000,000(One hundred million Naira) soft business loan support trained MSMEs with working capital, as well as asset finance for equipment acquisition at a highly subsidized interest rate. The N100million constituency Intervention revolving facility which be executed in partnership with Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency, SMEDAN has minimum limit of N100,000 (One hundred Thousand Naira) and maximum of N1,000,000 (One million naira) with as low as 6% interest rate with flexible repayment plan from 1 to 12 months starting end of first quarter (Q1), 2022. The senator mulled plans to increase the revolving facility in the same sum on yearly basis. The Bank of Industry (BOI) also agreed to commit additional 100,000,000(One Hundred Million Naira) to the scheme. A former Lagos State Commissioner of Finance and Governor’s Advisory Council member, Mr Olawale Edun applauded the gesture of Senator Tokunbo Abiru describing the business aid as a great initiative. Also, a former Minister of works, Senator Adeseye Ogunewe urged other elected public office holders to learn from the giant strides of Abiru. The former minister who accompanied Senator Abiru on touring business clinic consulting desks urged participants to place premium on the knowledge they had acquired in the course of the workshop and business clinic.
Their joy knows no bounds as they individually got credit alerts in their respective accounts. The 600 beneficiaries who converged on the Lagos Polytechnic Ikorodu on Thursday were full of gratitude for the kind gesture from the Distinguished Senator. The Senator representing the Lagos East Senatorial District, Distinguished Senator Mukhail Adetokunbo Abiru, FCA , the Senate Committee Chairman on Industry, in his address reiterated his passion for providing good for the greater number of people. Abiru who has achieved unprecedented feats in less than 10 months in the saddle said he will not relent in impacting lives of constituents of the Lagos East District. He said young people are at the core of his legislative agenda adding that he will continue to champion initiatives that will positively impact their lives and prepare them for the opportunities in the current digital and knowledge economy. “Barely two months ago, in this same auditorium, I delivered a goodwill message via a pre-recorded video to a large audience of youth in the Lagos East Senatorial District in commemoration of the 2021 International Youth Day. ![senatorAbiru_bursary600_2.jpg](https://tact-space.fra1.digitaloceanspaces.com/5caff1da69893e28154aed64469b8f80.jpg) “I want to reiterate like I espoused on that day that young people are at the core of our legislative agenda. The minimum we can do as leaders and in fidelity with our social contract with the esteemed constituents who majorly fall within this demography is to provide support for their dreams to have full and maximum expression” “I want to let you know that I am passionate about ensuring ‘greater good for greater number’. “This mantra guides my philosophy and strategy in giving a lease of life to our people as much as is within my power. The tactics to drive home this strategy is encapsulated in the resonating and reassuring ‘DOING GOOD’ drive. “One of the major agenda on my social contract with the good people of Lagos East Senatorial District is youth development for global readiness, Abiru stressed. Speaking on his strategies, Abiru revealed that he was pushing multi dimensional approaches to tackle socio-economic challenges confronting the youth and other members of his constituency. He said, “This, I have sought to achieve with multi-dimensional approaches, which include: collaborations; co-creations; funding; infrastructural interventions, capacity building; etc. ” It is a part of this that has given birth to the annual ‘’Senator Tokunbo Abiru Bursary endowment fund’’ to support and encourage our star students in their respective tertiary Institutions of learning- the reason we are all here today. “The objective of this scheme is to promote higher qualitative education by supporting brilliant students but who have challenges funding their education in furtherance of their academic pursuit”.
The Senator representing the Lagos East Senatorial District in the National Assembly, Distinguished Senator Mukhail Adetokunbo Abiru, FCA has said there is need for a new law that will protect intellectual property of Nigerians in film, book and works from other creative sectors against exploitation. Senator Abiru made the assertion in Abuja on Tuesday at a one-day Public Hearing on the two bills; The Bill For An Act To Repeal The Copyright Act CAP C28 LFN 2004 and re-enact The Copyright Act 2021 And Other Connected Matters (SB.688) and (SB769). Abiru who sponsored one of the critical bills which is a private member bill argued that, “The present Nigerian Copyright Act can no longer keep to the pace of the fast-growing digitization. “My motivation for this legislative intervention is the need to address the emerging digital age that has revolutionized the creative economy as production and dissemination of creative works have become more accessible and particularly because of global exploitation of intellectual property beyond national boundaries”. The Lagos East Senator noted that the current Copyright Act of 1988 has become grossly ineffective in the face of developments in the creative industries such as Nollywood and broadcasting industry, the music industry, the fashion industry, the book publishing industry, the art industry, and Nigeria’s emerging software and Apps industry. “Many Nigerian businesses have disappeared and many Nigerian creators have died due to the harm occasioned by piracy and the weak mechanisms offered by the existing legal framework and successive government’s inability to sufficiently protect the Nigerian creative industry’’, Abiru stressed. He continued, “I am equally elated that the Executive through the Nigerian Copyright Commission and the copyright community have joined hands with me in my commitment to championing the copyright cause. “I must congratulate all of us because this is the first time any Copyright Bill has advanced to the public hearing stage at the National Assembly under this democratic dispensation, since 1999. I am particularly delighted to see the enthusiasm of the Leadership and my colleagues in the National Assembly who have cooperated with me to see that my private members Bill SB 688 and the Executive Bill SB 769 were given accelerated hearing in view of their importance. ‘’I have no doubt in my mind that this joint Committee will do justice to the Bills before the Distinguished members. We are all in agreement that The Copyright Act is key to the economic transformation of Nigeria. These Bills will enable all the key players in the Copyright industry to achieve their goals”. Earlier, the Senate President Dr Ahmad Lawan who was represented by the Senate Deputy Whip, Senator Sabi Abdullahi reiterated the determination of the Senate to put in place a new copyright regime where entertainers will get adequate reward for their labour. The well-publicized Public Hearing organized by the Joint Senate Committees On Trade And Investment and Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters attracted big names in the creative, movie and entertainment industry including Innocent Idibia (Tuface), Prince Jide Kosoko, Sola Solade, Mahmood Ali-Balogun, Sola Sobowale, Fathia Balogun, Ejike Asiegbu, Francis Duru and Monalisa Chinda among others top entertainment stars. Renowned experts in intellectual property law, Professor Bankole Sodipo and a former Director General of the Nigerian Copyright Commission, NCC, Prof. Adebambo Adewopo,SAN, and current NCC DG, Mr John Asien , representatives from the Ministry of Justice were in attendance. Groups that spoke to submitted memoranda include; Performing Musicians Association of Nigeria, PMAN, Audio Visual Rights Society of Nigeria, Music Publishers Association of Nigeria, Record Labels Association of Nigeria, International Federation of Photographic Industry and Persons living with disabilities among others. Stakeholders commended Senator Abiru for sponsoring a private member bill on Copyright.
For nine (9) consecutive month running, 1,079 beneficiaries of the Senator Tokunbo Abiru COVID-19 Financial Assistance received direct credit in their respective bank accounts today across 98 wards of the 16 Local Governments and the Local Council Development Areas, LCDAs in the Lagos East Senatorial District. Those that benefitted this September belong to the Batch A category. Over a thousand beneficiaries in the category B will receive support next month. The COVID-19 support scheme which kicked off January, 2021 in fulfilment of the promise made by the distinguished Senator during the electioneering to assist the poorest of the poor across the Lagos East Senatorial District. Selected beneficiaries have been getting N5000 assistance bimonthly (i.e once in two months) since the beginning of the year and it will run through the year by way of direct credit to their bank accounts. Beneficiaries include physically-challenged persons, aged, unemployed youth, widows and other vulnerable people in the senatorial district. Senator Abiru, an accomplished banker has been breaking new frontiers in less than ten months in the saddle. The Senator’s legislative agenda which is predicated on provision of good to the greater number of the people is already being felt across the socio-strata in the district. Concerned about the plight of constituents and other road users plying Ikorodu/Sagamu Road and Ikorodu/Itoikin/Epe Epe Road, the distinguished Senator moved a motion calling on the Federal Government to urgently intervene on the two critical roads. Following the motion, Contractors have since moved to site on Ikorodu Sagamu Road. Under same period, Senator Tokunbo Abiru sponsored a bill titled, ‘The Copyright Act Repeal And Re-enactment Bill, 2021’ that will replace the extant Copyright Act Cap C28 LFN 2004. The critical bill that will revolutionize the knowledge and intellectual property industry has scaled second reading on the floor of the Senate. Public hearing will be held on the bill in October. The Distinguished Senator also facilitated a four blocks of 24 classrooms equipped with furniture and modern instruction materials, 16 toilets to Aga Primary School. The completed blocks of classrooms is completed and billed for commissioning soon. In Epe, a mini stadium is currently under construction. A 40-bed Primary Health Centre is coming to Agboyi-Ketu LCDA.. In October, a whopping 600 brilliant tertiary institutions students in the Lagos East Senatorial District will benefit from the Senator’s Annual Bursary Scheme. And in November, The Office of Senator Abiru in partnership with Fate Foundation, about 1, 000 Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises in the District will be trained in a two-day MSME Clinic.
The Senator representing the Lagos East Senatorial District in the National Assembly, Distinguished Senator Mukhail Adetokunbo Abiru, FCA has charged Nigerians to strengthen the chord of national unity and peaceful co-existence. Senator Abiru gave the goodwill message in commemoration of the 61st anniversary of Nigeria’s independence on Friday. The Lagos East Senator recalled that in the last 61 years, Nigeria had survived turbulence in different shapes and hues but always emerged stronger even against the predictions of powerful foreign interests. He said, ” It is the will of Almighty Allah to keep Nigeria going united against all darts that had hit the soul of the nation in the last 61 years. Only a few nations that faced similar crises pulled through. It behooves every patriotic Nigerian to strengthen our unity and maximize our diversities. “Like I have always maintained, our challenges , though daunting but not insurmountable. Nigeria is not a lost cause. We can still salvage our dear nation and reposition her on the path of honour. I wish all Nigerians Happy 61st Independence”.
The Senator representing the Lagos East senatorial District, Distinguished Senator Mukhail Adetokunbo Abiru, FCA on Wednesday during the debate on the 2022-2024 Medium Term Expenditure and Fiscal Strategy Paper on the floor of the Senator tasked major revenue earning agencies of government on improved capacity for revenue generation. Abiru, an ex-banker and former Lagos Commissioner of Finance argued that one of the sustainable ways of reducing the huge budget deficit of the nation is for the agencies to improve their capacity in revenue drive and plug wastages. He said, “How do we moderate the deficit. Some of the things that came out during the committee stage is the fact that most of the agencies of government we still need to push them to maximize their capacity for revenue generation. “One of the major revenue earners for this country is oil. As the world is getting relaxed based on discovery of vaccine for COVID-19. As a result, there will be uptick in demand. Even the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, OPEC is increasing world output in terms of quota. But what do we find? Our own oil agency here is still falling short. They have the capacity of 2.5mbd capacity. “We still lose above 100,000 bd of crude oil per day. If you extrapolate that in a year that is in excess of 40mb. That is in excess of N1tr. Those are revenues that can moderate out deficit and improve our capacity to repay debt”. The Senator later engaged journalists at the Senate Press Centre where he elaborated on the panacea for huge deficit. He argued that when nations are confronted with recession, they spend their way out the conundrum. Flanked by the Senator representing Lagos West Senatorial District, Senator Solomon Olamilekan Adeola, the Lagos East Senator said, “You spend yourself out of recession to keep the economy moving. But as you do that, yes, people are concerned about People are concerned why the revenue of the country is not rising to meet the expectations of spending. “That is why you have the huge deficit. Part of what that is speaking to came to the fore during Committee stage, we came across MDAs whose revenue and targets or budget are not in line with the capacity that you expect. “I think it was Corporate Affairs Commission, CAC . You needed to see trend of the budget and the budget they are projecting into 2022. Even at that committee stage, we had to extend the revenue target from N21b to about N30bn. We gave them the reason. It was based on capacity of what they were doing from prior years. “That tells you that if you screen all the agencies well, all these deficits that people are clamouring about can be materially reduced if only we can get revenues that will reduce the deficit”. The Senate passed the 2022-2024 Medium Term Expenditure and Fiscal Strategy Paper.
I commiserate with the family of The Distinguished Senator Olabiyi Durojaiye, the people of Ijebu-Igbo in particular and the entire Ogun State people in general on the passing of their patriarch who transited unto glory on Tuesday 24th August, 2021 at the age of 88 years. The passage of Baba is a personal loss to me because the late 4th Republic Senator was a father figure to me. He was very supportive in my quest to represent the good people of the Lagos East Senatorial District in the Senate and played a great advisory role after my victory. We remained in touch up till August 7, 2021 when I assured him via telephone conversation that I will visit him on my return from vacation abroad on August 24th, 2021. However, I was saddened to learn of his passing on August 24th when I arrived in Nigeria. Papa was an astute progressive and elder statemen who gave his best to the service of the nation. He stood like a rock of Gibraltar against the vicious military dictatorship as one the prominent leaders of the National Democratic Coalition, NADECO who fought the military to stand still. He has left enviable legacies as a Federal Legislator and later as Chairman of the Nigerian Communication Commission, NCC. I pray that Almighty God grants Papa eternal rest, and gives the family the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss. Adieu Papa!
First and foremost, I would like to congratulate our Youths generally on this special day of the International Youth Day celebrations, and also acknowledge their contributions towards the development of our dear country Nigeria. In particular I also want to commend the resourcefulness, creativity and quest for knowledge of our youths in the current age of 4th Industrial revolution which is technology and innovation. This YEARS theme: “Transforming Food Systems: Youth Innovation for Human and Planetary Health” is apt as it further drives home the point for our young citizens to remain at the forefront of the creativity and innovation that will transform food security and combat climate change in the new industrial age. As we are all aware, the pandemic that took the world by storm in the year 2020 has no doubt permanently altered the course of history. Everything, from social interactions, modes of worship to commerce and access to finance have changed in conformity with the new normal. The dislocations occasioned by the raging pandemic put most business concerns and solutions in jeopardy whilst it also gave rays of hope to hitherto unthinkable options. ![SenatorAbiru_Youth2021_4-768x480.jpeg](https://tact-space.fra1.digitaloceanspaces.com/63f6971775593d76044f0d61b572f8b5.jpeg) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XllH0uJdZYQ In other words, as many groaned over loss of businesses, the pandemic created unprecedented opportunities for others to boom. Facemasks, hand sanitizers, logistics, virtual meeting tools and applications became the fastest selling global products. Smart companies rather than agonizing over the plague, confronted an existential threat by aligning with what moves in the market. Responsibly, our Youths have also risen up to these challenges as we see the rapid evolution of fintechs such as Flutterwave, Paystack etc in the Technology space which has attracted massive foreign direct investments into the economy. As your representatives, we understand the need to provide THE shoulders for young people like you to stand ON. The minimum duty we owe you is to create an enabling environment and opportunities for you to thrive. This, we are taking seriously as the trustees of your mandate. As your Senator representing Lagos East Senatorial district, I am also paying particular attention to this drive from 3 main angles: firstly, in concert with all major stakeholders, I am championing the repeal and reenactment of the Copyright Act. And as you know the critical underlying premise of the copyright law is to protect and reward creativity and innovation, from an economic point of view. The bill has passed 2nd reading and awaits public hearing when we resume in September 2021. Secondly, I am also setting up a Community Innovation Space in conjunction with CCHub (a dedicated innovation group that makes use of social capital & technology to accelerate economic prosperity) for youths in the Lagos East Senatorial District. The centre will focus on tailored-made solutions that will solve scores of challenges facing us as a people. Our concept in this regard is the adoption of a Human Centred Design approach that will identify the real problems and challenges facing our youths and proffer solutions. Thirdly, students in various Higher Institutions of Learning in the Senatorial District will benefit from our planned Bursary Scheme. About 500 of our young people across the 98 wards in the 16 Local Governments and the Local Council Development Areas, LCDAs have been shortlisted as beneficiaries and this will take off in the coming academic session this year. As you are the leaders of today and tomorrow, my charge to you is to continue your quest for enhanced knowledge in the new age of technology and innovation in all that you do: Agriculture; the environment e.t.c. This is the cardinal reason why i am passionate about supporting the aspirations of the Youths by setting up the community innovation hub in partnership with CCHub, and also making my over 30 years of corporate experience available in exploring the various opportunities from our Development Financial Institutions (i.e. CBN, BOI etc) for our Youths. Once again, I thank you for the opportunity to address you all today and I wish you all a Happy International Youth Day. Congratulations. ![SenatorAbiru_Youth2021_4-768x480.jpeg](https://tact-space.fra1.digitaloceanspaces.com/63f6971775593d76044f0d61b572f8b5.jpeg)
The Senator representing Lagos East Senatorial District in the National Assembly, Distinguished Senator Mukhail Adetokunbo Abiru, FCA has congratulated his Legislative Aide, Hamzat Jimoh on his successful completion of legal studies and call to Nigerian Bar. In a statement issued on Wednesday in Lagos by the Senator’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Enitan Olukotun, quoted the Senator saying the feat was highly commendable. Senator Abiru described Jimoh as a dedicated, smart aide who is a strong asset to the constituency team. He urged the new lawyer not to rest on his oars but constantly seeks knowledge that will exceptionally distinguish him. Hamzat, this latest scholarly laurel underscores the need to constantly sharpen your mind through books to maintain relevance in a highly competitive legal field. The truth is this: your investment in knowledge is what will stand you out of the pack in years to come The Senator urged other young folks in the Lagos East Senatorial District to double up in their academic pursuits and strive for excellence. Abiru assured that education being a major plank in his constituency services, he will always lend support as exemplified by his planned bursary scheme for about 500 students in higher institutions, next academic session.
The Senator representing Lagos East Senatorial District in the National Assembly, Distinguished Senator Mukhail Adetokunbo Abiru, FCA congratulates Muslims in the Senatorial district and across Nigeria on this year’s commemoration of Eid-El-Kabir sallah. In a goodwill message personally signed by the Distinguished Senator on Monday in Lagos, Senator Abiru called for religious tolerance and peaceful coexistence among Nigerians stressing that divisive and incendiary rhetoric capable of overheating the polity and causing ethnic strife should be shunned. Senator Abiru urged Nigerians to be unrelented in prayers at this critical time in the nation’s history. “The support and prayers of all well-meaning citizens of this great country is required as leaders battle security, economic and other challenges confronting the nation” The lawmaker also drew the attention of the residents of the Lagos East Senatorial District and the entire Lagosians to the recent spike in COVID-19 cases in the state urging Muslims and non-muslims to adhere to COVID-19 safety protocol as they merry during the Eid-El-Kabir festivity. Abiru finally urged Lagosians across 377 wards in the 57 Local Governments and Local Council Development Areas, LCDAs in Lagos State to come out en masse to vote the All Progressives Congress, APC candidates during Local Government election on Saturday.
More vulnerable people enlisted as beneficiaries get cash support for six consecutive months. For six consecutive months running, 1,144 beneficiaries of the Senator Tokunbo Abiru COVID-19 Financial Assistance received direct credit in their respective bank accounts today across 98 wards of the 16 Local Council areas in the Lagos East Senatorial District. The assistance scheme which is expanding every month to accommodate more vulnerable people in the district kicked off in January, 2021 in fulfilment of the promise made by the Senator during the electioneering to provide succour to the poorest of the poor across Lagos East Senatorial District. Selected beneficiaries have been getting N5000 assistance bimonthly (i.e once in two months) since the beginning of the year and it will run through the year by way of direct credit to their bank accounts. Beneficiaries include physically-challenged persons, unemployed youth, widows and other vulnerable people in the senatorial district. Senator Tokunbo Abiru is keeping faith with his promise to always prioritise policies and legislative agenda that will be of benefit to the greatest number of people. In less than 6 months in the saddle, Senator Tokunbo Abiru sponsored a bill titled, ‘The Copyright Act Repeal And Re-enactment Bill, 2021’ that will replace the extant Copyright Act Cap C28 LFN 2004. The critical bill that will revolutionize the knowledge and intellectual property industry has scaled second reading on the floor of the Senate.Concerned about the plight of constituents and other road users plying Ikorodu/Sagamu Road and Ikorodu/Itoikin/Epe Epe Road, the distinguished Senator moved a motion calling on the Federal Government to urgently intervene on the two critical roads. Within the same period, the Senator also facilitated four blocks of 24 classrooms to Aga Primary School in Ikorodu. Construction is currently underway. The four blocks have six classrooms each and 16 toilets.
I join esteemed constituents of the Lagos East Senatorial District and Nigerians in general in commemorating this year’s June 12 which is designated as the Democracy Day. Many might be quick to dismiss commemoration of Democracy Day as non-event in the face of the myriad of challenges plaguing our nation. However, when we reflect on the tortuous struggles to reclaim the nation from the military jackboot and many of our compatriots that paid the ultimate price for the restoration of civil rule in Nigeria, the day should not pass uncelebrated. Despite imperfections and challenges, I urge us not to throw our hands up in despair but rather continue to seek ways of consolidating gains of democracy in Nigeria. Every great nation today at one time or the other have had their moments of turmoil. They overcame because leaders and other fellow country men and women believed in their country. Growing agitations for a breakaway that is threatening the corporate existence of Nigeria should cease in the interest of peace. As witnessed at the public hearings on the amendments of the 1999 Constitution that were concluded recently, the National Assembly is committed to constitutional reforms that will ensure an equitable and fair Nigeria that works for all. I call on our youth to shun calls for violent agitations that could further worsen the dire strait we are in. Public infrastructure are our collective assets. Jobs and economic opportunities don’t thrive in a chaotic and tense atmosphere. Like I have always said, ‘Our challenges are daunting but not insurmountable’. Let’s keep hope alive. Nigeria shall be great again! Happy Democracy Day
A bill sponsored by the Senator representing Lagos East Senatorial District in the National Assembly, Distinguished Senator Mukhail Adetokunbo Abiru, FCA seeking to provide stronger protection for the intellectual works of content creators and other intellectual property owners passed second reading on the floor of the Senate today. The bill titled, ‘The Copyright Act Repeal And Re-enactment Bill, 2021’ will replace the extant Copyright Act Cap C28 LFN 2004 when finally passed into law. The bill widens protection to include digital contents among others which were not covered in the existing law. While leading debate on the bill at the plenary on Tuesday, Senator Abiru argued there was a need to enact a stronger law that will protect investments of copyright owners stressing that Copyright Act, 1988 (as amended) has become obsolete in addressing emerging contemporary issues in the Nigeria’s copyright industries. The Nigerian copyright industries, comprising of the creative industries such as Nollywood and broadcasting industry, the music industry, the fashion industry, the book publishing industry, the art industry, and Nigeria’s emerging software and Apps industry among others. The Senator who cited Section 16(1)(a) and Section 16 (1) (d) of the 1999 Constitution as amended that enjoins government to promote national prosperity and provide atmosphere for self-reliant economy and protection of citizens to engage in lawful economic activities, decried the plight of intellectual content producers under the weakened legislation. He said, “Many Nigerian businesses have disappeared and many Nigerian creators have died because of the harm occasioned by piracy and the weak mechanisms offered by the existing legal framework and successive government’s inability to sufficiently fund the Nigerian Copyright Commission. “Time and again, stakeholders in the Nigerian copyright community have called for the amendment of the copyright law in line with new technologies and stipulate deterrent penalties but there has been no follow up action in terms of amendments to the Copyright Act 1988 which was promulgated in 1999, under the military regime and more than Twenty-Two (22) years ago. ‘’More significantly, the emergence of digital technologies revolutionized the creative economy as production and dissemination of creative works became more accessible and lent themselves to global exploitation beyond national boundaries. The Deputy Chip Whip of the Senate, Senator Aliyu Sabi-Abdullahi (Niger North) backed the bill. He argued that the contact of the new bill of Copyright ‘’ rightly captured what is obtainable in our global knowledge-based economy’’ adding that the facts on the ground should necessitate passage of the bill. He said Twenty years ago, top global companies were the oil companies and the rest but today tech companies have overtaken them. He stressed that the bill if passed into law will guarantee reward for hundreds of talented young Nigerians who are breaking frontiers in the tech space and music industry. The Senate passed the bill and mandated its joint committee on Trade and Investments and Judiciary and human Rights to work on the bill and report back within four weeks. The bill seeks to Strengthen the copyright regime in Nigeria to enhance the competitiveness of its creative industries in a digital and knowledge-based global economy. And also to effectively protect the rights of authors to ensure just rewards and recognition for their intellectual efforts while also providing appropriate limitations and exceptions to guarantee access to creative works, encourage cultural interchange and advance public welfare among other benefits.
Senator Expands Net To Include Additional 170 Vulnerable People. About 1000 beneficiaries of the Senator Tokunbo Abiru COVID-19 Relief Financial Assistance in the 98 wards of the 16 Local Council areas in the Lagos East Senatorial district today received direct credit in their respective bank accounts. Senator Abiru further expands the numbers of beneficiaries to accommodate additional 170 vulnerable individuals in the district. The assistance scheme that kicked off in January, 2021 is the fulfilment of the promise made by the Senator during the electioneering to provide succour to the poorest of the poor in the district. Selected beneficiaries have been getting N5000 assistance bimonthly (i.e once in two months) since the beginning of the year and it will run through the year by way of direct credit to their bank accounts. Senator Tokunbo Abiru is keeping faith with his promise to always prioritise policies and legislative agenda that will be of benefit to the greatest number of people. Senator Abiru also urges members of the All Progressives Congress, APC across the Lagos East Senatorial to ensure peace during local government primary elections on Saturday. The Senator appealed to party members to eschew conducts that could lead to violence during the exercise.
Senator Tokunbo Abiru Felicitate With Kids, Urges Parents, Guardians To Instil Discipline In Wards. The Senator representing Lagos East Senatorial District in the National Assembly, Distinguished Senator Mukhail Adetokunbo Abiru, FCA celebrates with children on this year’s celebration of Children’s Day. The Senator in his message rejoiced with children in Lagos East Senatorial District, Lagos State and Nigeria in general. Senator Abiru reiterated his commitment to always pursue legislative agenda that will enhance Children’s development. It will be recalled that Senator Abiru donated 150,000 facemasks to primary schools pupils in Lagos State through Lagos State Universal Basic Education Board, LASUBUB in February. Senator Abiru urged parents and guardians to instil discipline in their Wards and caution them against vices that could derail them from maximizing their potential.
felicitate with our esteemed constituents especially the Muslim Ummah of the Lagos East Senatorial District on the occasion of this year’s Eid El Fitr, which marks the completion of the Ramadan fasting. I enjoin all believers who obeyed Allah’s commandment to fast in the Holy month of Ramadan not to relent in demonstrating Godly virtues and eschew vices they avoided during the fasting in obedience to divine command. The unprecedented challenges facing our dear nation demand bipartisan and patriotic efforts at rescuing the country from the cliff. This is the time to come together in unity to forge a national cohesion, tolerance and peace. Like I said I referenced in my goodwill message at the commencement of the fasting that, ‘ Our challenges, though daunting but not insurmountable’ if we collectively renew our commitment to nation building. I therefore implore us not to stop seeking God’s favour and guidance over the disturbing happenings in the country. Happy Eid El Fitr celebration and may the Almighty Allah continue to bless our nation. Ameen
The Senator representing Lagos East Senatorial District in the National Assembly, Distinguished Senator Mukhail Adetokunbo Abiru, FCA has launched a registration portal for bursary application for indigent students of the Lagos East District who are studying in Lagos State-owned tertiary institutions. While inaugurating the Tokunbo Abiru Bursary Advisory Board on Friday, 30th April, 2021 at his senatorial office in Ikorodu, Senator Abiru urged the board members who are mostly lecturers in state-owned tertiary institutions to give primacy to academic excellence amongst other criteria in the selection process of suitable beneficiaries. According to the Senator, the registration and screening of applications will be essentially driven online stressing the need to reduce human contact for greater efficiency in compliance with global best practice and in adherence with COVID-19 safety protocol. The registration portal [Senator Tokunbo Abiru Annual Bursary Fund - Bursary 600](https://www.tokunboabiru.org/bursary) opens on Wednesday 5th May and closes Saturday 29th May 2021. The Bursary Scheme is an Education Endowment in the Constituency services bouquet for the esteemed people of Lagos East Senatorial District. The distinguished Senator Abiru’s passion for higher qualitative education as a veritable vehicle for maximizing enormous opportunities in today’s knowledge Economy is the motivation for the endowment targeted at brilliant, studious but indigent indigenes in the 16 Local Government and Local Council Development Areas of the Lagos East District. The bursary is expected to serve as a support to students in furtherance of their academic pursuit. The scheme is the latest in the series of interventions for different demographics in the Lagos East Senatorial District. Recall that the poorest of the poor numbering over 2,000 who are badly hit by the devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic have been getting bi-monthly financial assistance from Senator Abiru since January. Likewise, in a clear demonstration of love for primary pupils in the Lagos East District, Senator Abiru also donated 150,000 facemasks to Lagos State Universal Basic Education Board, LASUBUB for onward distribution to school pupils in the district. The Bursary Advisory Board which is saddled with the duty of processing applications and screening of applicants is peopled with seasoned professionals and academics with proven track records of integrity. They are: Dr Abiodun Fatai-Abatan, P.hd, an outstanding scholar and a lecturer at the Political Science Department, Lagos State University, LASU. He is the chair of the Bursary Advisory Board, Segun Anifowoshe, a senior technocrat with the Lagos State Government. Anifowose is an Assistant Director, Education District 2 Maryland, Sakiru Abiodun Okedeyi, P.hd lectures at the Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education. Others are; Olugbenga Peter Oluwo, a lecturer at the Department of Economics, School of Arts and Social Sciences, Michael Otedola College of Primary Education (MOCPED), Dr Muritala Seriki, is a medical doctor and a former President of Nigerian Medical Student Association. Adedotun Gabriel Benson, P.hd is a Chief lecturer at the Lagos State Polytechnic, LASPOTEC and the representative of youth organization, Lekan Biliamin-Oba, National Youth Council of Nigeria, Lagos State chapter chairman. Enitan Olukotun – Special Adviser to Senator Tokunbo Abiru (Media And Publicity)
The Court of Appeal has dismissed the appeal filed by the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP in the December 5 Lagos East Senatorial by-election , Babatunde Olalere Gbadamosi. The Presiding Judge, Justice Daniel Kallio threw out the prayers of the appellants seeking to upturn the victory of the All Progressives Congress, APC Candidate, Distinguished Senator Mukhail Adetokunbo Abiru, FCA for lacking in Merit. The Court described PDP and its candidate’s appeal as unmeritorious and consequently affirming the judgment of the Justice Obiozor J of the Federal High Court Lagos. In dismissing the appeal, the Court of Appeal held that the residency of a candidate to an election is not a qualifying or disqualifying factor. The Court also ruled that Abiru did not submit false information to the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC as claimed by the PDP and its candidate. Also the arguments that the Abiru had irreconcilable names canvased by Gbadamosi’s lead counsel, Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa SAN were also quashed as frivolous. Kemi Pinheiro SAN, counsel to Senator Tokunbo Abiru proved beyond reasonable doubt that the PDP and its candidate were busy wasting the time Court by instituting case that was prima facie defective. The Court in its Judgment agreed with the arguments of Kemi Pinheiro SAN and allowed the Cross-Appeal. In resolving the Cross-Appeal the Court held that the suit of the Appellants at the lower Court was speculative and premature and the lower Court ought to have dismissed same at the instance of the Preliminary Objection filed by the 2nd and 3rd Respondents. Judgment was delivered via Zoom and Mr. Babatunde Olalere Gbadamosi was online when his appeal was dismissed. Enitan Olukotun – Special Adviser to Senator Tokunbo Abiru (Media And Publicity)
The Senator representing Lagos East Senatorial District in the National Assembly, Senator Mukhail Adetokunbo Abiru, FCA on Wednesday on the floor of the senate moved a motion for the urgent rehabilitation of the Ikorodu/Shagamu and Ikorodu-Itoikin-Epe- Ijebu-Ode roads. In the motion titled, “Motion On The Urgent Need For The Rehabilitation Of The Ikorodu-Shagamu And Ikorodu-Itoikin- Epe Roads To Further Bridge The Infrastructure Gap And Enhance Economic Growth In Nigeria”, Senator Abiru urged that the critical roads connecting the Ikorodu and other areas under the Lagos East Senatorial District to other parts of the country should be rehabilitated. It is noted that the motion on the deplorable roads is a response to one of the major requests by Lagos East constituents in the NEEDS ASSESMENT that was conducted by Senator Tokunbo Abiru during the electioneering last year. Senator Abiru said, “Mindful that the Ikorodu–Shagamu road which starts from Ikorodu roundabout terminating in Isale-Oko, Sagamu, Ogun state and the Ikorodu-Itoikin-Epe road starts from Sabo, Ikorodu and terminates in Ijebu-Ode Ogun State are Federal roads. “Further mindful that the Ikorodu–Shagamu road is an old alignment, and is one of the busiest roads in the south – west zone which was constructed in the 1960’s before the construction of Lagos– Ibadan expressway and was a major route carrying traffic from Lagos towards the Northern part of the country; until the commissioning of Lagos – Ibadan expressway in 1978. “Convinced that the Lagos–Shagamu road still serves as a great commercial route for the South West, South South and indeed the whole nation with several commercial ventures and Educational Institutions situated in that corridor for example, Lafarge Cement, NNPC depot Mosimi, PZ, Knorr, several Metal Fabrication companies and Thomas Valley College and Christ Redeemers College. “Aware that the Ikorodu-Itoikin-Epe Road also which had previously been constructed by Messrs Taylor Woodrow Nig. Ltd. was completed and commissioned by the then Head of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon in 1975. The Senator Abiru who was gravely concerned about the deplorable state of the two critical federal roads further highlighted the socio-economic benefits that will accrue to Lagos State and adjourning state if the roads are fixed in record time. He decried non availability of funds to contractors constructing Ikorodu-Shagamu road noting that the work done is paltry 24.04% due to paucity of funds. Senator Abiru noted that he was, “Concerned that currently, a subsisting Federal Government contract for the rehabilitation of the Ikorodu – Shagamu road which was awarded 0n 5th June, 2018 with a completion period of 36 months with a value of N20, 845,336,248.20 is being executed by Messrs Arab Contractors O.A.O. Nigeria Limited has only attained 24.04% completion due to lack of funding. “Further concerned that in spite of the importance of the Ikorodu-Itoikin-Epe road successive Administrations have not deemed it fit to rehabilitate or upgrade this road 46 years later even though periodically, the Lagos and Ogun State Governments, have repeatedly carried out rehabilitation works on different sections of the road due to neglect from Federal Agencies [FMW&H and FERMA]. “Assured of the importance of these roads to our nation’s economic growth because they are access points from other parts of the country: Ogun, Edo and the Northern parts of the country and also routes to New Lekki- Ibeju corridor where we have the Dangote refinery, Lagos Deep Seaport, Free Trade Zone etc”. Senator Abiru urged the Senate to mandate the Senate Committee on Works to liaise with the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing to include further funding for the rehabilitation of the Ikorodu – Shagamu road in the 2022 Appropriation bill. To also provide appropriate funding for the reconstruction of the Ikorodu-Itoikin-Epe road in the 2022 Appropriation bill. The Senate approved the prayers contained in Senator Tokunbo Abiru’s motion and additional prayers by other Senators. Co-Sponsors of the motion include; Senator Oluremi Tinubu (Lagos Central), Senator Aliero Adamu,(Kebbi Central) , Senator Solomon Olamilekan Adeola (Lagos West), Senator Ibikunle Amosun (Ogun West), Senator Tolulope Odebiyi (Ogun West) , Senator Olalekan Mustapha (Ogun East). Enitan Olukotun – Special Adviser to Senator Mukhail Adetokunbo Abiru (Media And Publicity)
Senator Tokunbo Abiru Urges Muslims To Seek God’s Face On Frightening Insecurity Ramadan Greetings I welcome you to the Holy Month of Ramadan. As we begin the fast in fulfilment of Almighty Allah’s injunction to all believers, may we be counted worthy of His bountiful blessings and get forgiveness of sins. Almighty Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala (SWT) instructs, “O you who have believed, decreed upon you is fasting as it was decreed upon those before you that you may become righteous” — Surat Al-Baqarah 2:183”. We give glory and thanks to Almighty Allah for sparing our lives, and count us worthy to observe this glorious act of Ibadah. Ameen Fellow Muslims and all Nigerians, I appeal to us to avail the glorious month of Ramadan to seek God’s face on disturbing happenings in the polity. Let us pray to Almighty Allah to quell the frightening insecurity occasioned by armed banditry, kidnapping and other violent crimes. I also urge us to shun every bigotry disposition to fellow Nigerians who belong to other faith. Peace, harmony and tolerance should exemplify us as true believers. May Almighty Allah continue to guide us all aright. Ameen. Ramadan Kareem. Senator Mukhail Adetokunbo Abiru, FCA
He was an influential bank chief before he was beckoned to represent the people of Lagos East Senatorial District in the National Assembly. Distinguished Senator Mukhail Adetokunbo Abiru, FCA , an astute financial expert had previously served as Lagos Commissioner of Finance, under BRF. He successfully floated an N80 billion bond for the government. Buoyed by his excellence as a banker of record, Abiru came on stream with a clear mission to make a marked difference in the lives of the teeming constituents of Lagos East. A famous phrase of a former New York Governor, Mario Cuomo which says politicians ‘Campaign in Poetry,But Govern In Prose’. In the case of Abiru, he campaigned in poetry and the delivery of his campaign promises have been poetic so far. He hit the campaign train in the thick of COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. If elected, Abiru promised to ameliorate the pang of the pandemic on the poorest of the poor in the constituency. Pronto, he got to work as soon as he was inaugurated on the floor of the Senate chamber as a Senator of the Federal Republic on 15th December, 2020. He reached out to the leadership of critical stakeholders in the Senatorial District to draw up a list of beneficiaries for Tokunbo Abiru COVID-19 Financial Assistance Scheme. True to his words, on Monday, 8th February, 2021, Senator Abiru credited the bank accounts of 1,000 vulnerable who are widows, physically challenged people, aged, women and unemployed youth drawn from 98 wards across 16 local government areas in the district. In compliance with COVID-19 safety protocols, selected beneficiaries got direct credit to their respective bank accounts. The second category of beneficiaries numbering 1,200, got their credit N5,000 support in February. The first category of 1000 beneficiaries are billed for another credit by next week. Despite coming in late, Senator Abiru knocked on relevant doors in Abuja for Artisans and Transporters in Lagos East to benefit from Federal Government Survival Funds for Small Scale And Medium Business Owners. 370 beneficiaries who were captured under the scheme had got the first tranche of N30,000. No doubt, the people of Lagos East Senatorial District are in for the best times. They have as a Senator, a man who is goal-driven and result-oriented. Both at the plenary and the constituency, Senator Abiru is equally active. It is a new dawn in Lagos East Senatorial District! Happy Birthday Sir. Enitan Olukotun, is the Special Adviser (Media and Publicity) to Senator Mukhail Adetokunbo Abiru, FCA
Barely four weeks after about 1,000 beneficiaries of Senator Mukhail Adetokunbo Abiru’s COVID-19 Financial support received payments, the second batch of beneficiaries numbering 1,200 who are vulnerable residents of Lagos East Senatorial District on Friday got the support. Recall that Distinguished Senator Abiru who is representing Lagos East in the National Assembly during the electioneering promised to provide succour to the poorest of the poor who were adversely impacted by the pandemic. True to his words, on Monday, 8th February 2021, Senator Abiru credited the bank accounts of 1,000 vulnerable who are widows, physically challenged people, aged, women and unemployed youth drawn from 98 wards across 16 local government areas in the district. The N5,000 (Five Thousand Naira) support scheme which is scheduled into two categories will run throughout the year 2021. Selected beneficiaries will be getting the assistance bimonthly (i.e once in two months), and all through the year by way of direct credit to the beneficiaries bank accounts. “As I assured you during the pilot disbursements to about 1,000 beneficiaries on Monday 8th February 2021, TACT(Tokunbo Abiru Constituency Team) will never abandon the vulnerable in our district. “We shall continuously lookout and champion policies and legislative agenda that will be of benefit to the greatest number of our people”, the Senator assured. Senator Abiru who was inaugurated on 15th, December 2020 has been very active on the floor of the Senate and his constituency. In this month of February, Abiru made informed contributions to the Cryptocurrency debate during the plenary. Abiru, a former bank Managing Director and astute financial expert, explained the global dynamics of digital currency. The distinguished Senator is also active at home. Last Friday, members of Lagos State Universal Basic Education Board, LASUBEB paid a courtesy visit to him at his Constituency office in Ikorodu to seek his support and interventions for public schools in the district. Less than 72 hours after the visit, Senator Abiru moved a truck-load of 150,000 facemasks to the Agency’s Headquarters in Maryland, Lagos for onward distribution to pupils and teachers in the Lagos East Senatorial District.
The Media Independent Practitioners’ Association of Nigeria (MIPAN) has honoured the Chairman, Senate Committee on Industries, Distinguished Senator Mukhail Adetokunbo Abiru, FCA with Excellence In Public Service Award. The Executives of MIPAN, led by their President, Mr Femi Adelusi presented the award to the Senator during a courtesy visit at his residence in Lagos on Sunday. Adelusi, in his brief remarks recalled how the Association had been tracking the unique leadership style and novel, sustainable programmes that focus on human capital development, business support and Tech Innovations which Senator Abiru has been championing since he was elected as the Senator representing Lagos East. According to him, the Lagos East Senator was considered for the award because he (Abiru) has shown over and again that he means well for the people of the district. Senator Abiru in his response, thanked the MIPAN and its Executives for the honour accorded him and he assured them that he will continue to provide greater good to the larger number in the Lagos East Senatorial District. Among other numerous achievements, Abiru spoke on the Capacity Development Training organized for 1000 MSMEs in the district in partnership with The Fate Foundation and Chartered Standard Foundation which upskilled MSMEs operators and upscale their capacities. According to him, the 300 Million Naira Constituency Intervention Revolving Loan at a concessional 6 percent interest will kick off second quarter, 2022. The Senator also hinted his guests on the ambitious Senator Abiru Innovation Lab (SAIL), set up by his Foundation, (Tokunbo Abiru Constituency Team) TACT Foundation, in partnership with the Co-creation Hub (CchHUB) which is starting this week with Five pilot programmes. Abiru said Tech and digital skills being the currency of the fourth industrial revolution, “it is imperative to start positioning our youth for the boundless economic opportunities and jobs in the tech ecosystem’. Members of MIPAN Executives who paid a courtesy visit on the Senator include; MIPAN President, Mr Femi Adelusi, General Secretary, Eki Adufeh, Assistant General Secretary, Yetunde Adegbite and the Publicity Secretary, Henry Ononiwu. A member , Lagos State House of Assembly, representing Somolu Constituency 2, Honourable Lateef Rotimi Abiru , joined the Senator in receiving the MIPAN team.
The Senator representing Lagos East Senatorial District in the National Assembly, Distinguished Senator Mukhail Adetokunbo Abiru alongside his amiable wife, Mrs Feyisola Abiru on Saturday revalidated their membership as bonafide members of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC. ![senatorAbiru_MembershipAPC_2.jpg](https://tact-space.fra1.digitaloceanspaces.com/51dde37388f9261033c4d8e8362ff98c.jpg) The registration exercise which took place in the Senator’s ward, (Aga/Ijomu Ward A4) was supervised by officials of the APC Membership Registration and Revalidation Committee led by Dr Bashir Ruwangodiya, Lagos State Chairman, National Supervisory Committee and the Secretary of the Committee, Barrister Wasiu Doyin Banjo. After the revalidation exercise, Senator Abiru flanked by his wife, Feyisola displayed the registration slips to the admiration of party leaders who witnessed the exercise. Senator Abiru urged residents of Lagos East who are not yet members of the party to join the progressives fold. ![senatorAbiru_MembershipAPC_3.jpg](https://tact-space.fra1.digitaloceanspaces.com/2c268969b2633fc17d206094f21518f7.jpg) APC Leaders from Lagos East district who witnessed the exercise include; Hon Babajimi Benson, the House of Representatives member representing Ikorodu, Dr Saheed Ibikunle, a permanent member, SUBEB, Hon Adebimpe Akinsola, a former lawmaker, Lagos State House Assembly, APC Chairman, Ikorodu LGA, Hon Taiwo Longe, Mrs Kehinde Okeowo, APC Women Leader among others.
In fulfilment of my campaign promises, I today gave out financial support to 1,000 vulnerable people living in the senatorial district.It will be recalled that I while seeking the mandate of the people of Lagos East to represent them in the Nigerian Senate, promised to alleviate the suffering of the poorest in the district who were adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The beneficiaries which include widows, physically challenged people, aged, women and unemployed youth were drawn from 98 wards across 16 local government areas in the district. The support scheme which is scheduled into two categories will run throughout the year 2021. Selected beneficiaries will be getting the assistance bimonthly (i.e once in two months), and all through the year by way of direct credit to the beneficiaries bank accounts. As the representative of the people, I know how many of our constituents, especially the vulnerable were and are still adversely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. This modest effort in ameliorating the plight of our people is one in the series of other interventions geared towards making life easier for the poor in our midst. After the pilot set numbering about 1,000, the second category will be scaled to 1,200 and we hope to capture more people in the future. I was inaugurated on 15th December 2020 and, I have the vision of attracting development to the district and providing quality representation in the red chamber.
Dear Compatriots, Year 2020 has finally folded into the armpits of history. It was possibly the most challenging year in our recent history as a federation given the outbreak of COVID-19 that plunged our economy into a recession and the eruption of EndSARS protests that called for a more accountable, transparent and citizen-focused policing structure. For us in Lagos East, Year 2020 will remain unforgettable for two major reasons. First, we lost notably Sen. Adebayo Osinowo, Chief Lanre Rasaq and Hon. Tunde Braimoh at the height of the first wave of the COVID-19 outbreak. May God Almighty continue to comfort and uphold their families. Secondly we held our bye-elections in which we recorded a 87.19% landslide in the senatorial contest and 82.61% in the state legislative race with your support. Despite all its low moments, Dear Compatriots, we have cause to appreciate God for all the events of Year 2020. We are alive, hale and healthy to witness the New Year amid hope and optimism. For this reason alone, I rejoice with you all, believing that Year 2021 will, by the grace of God be the beginning of our economic recovery and transformation. As we step into the New Year amid great expectations, let me first assure that I shall, by God’s grace keep and fulfill the promises made during our electioneering campaigns. As a Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, I have the onus of making laws, exercising legislative oversight and quality representation for my constituents for the purpose of good governance, a duty I pledged to discharge to the best of my ability. As the Federal Government pursues the implementation of its economic recovery plan and the Government of Lagos State rolls out different initiatives to improve the quality of life in the state, I will join hands with my colleagues to provide necessary legislative support required towards repositioning our economy in the New Year. In the first quarter, I will formally inaugurate an Endowment Fund, a personal empowerment initiative set up for the indigent brilliant students, the aged, the youths and the vulnerable, including persons with special needs. The Fund will complement the efforts of the federal and state governments in the areas of skill acquisition and capacity development. Welcome to Year 2021. It shall bring us expected and happy ends by the grace of Almighty Allah.
I rejoice with the people of Lagos East in particular, Lagos state and Nigeria in general as we commemorate the birth of Jesus Christ. For all Christians worldwide, this season is significant to observe and remember the ideals and values that Jesus Christ died for as the Saviour of the world. In His deeds and teachings, Jesus Christ preached righteousness and uprightness among all men. He emphasised fairness and justice among the leaders that hold power in trust for the people. He also stands for a society free of corruption, moral perversion and violence of all kinds. As we commemorate this season, we must consciously reflect on the ideals and values He taught, defended and died for given what our fatherland has been going through in the recent times – with governments at different levels seeking measures to address health, economic and security challenges we are facing as a nation. Besides, as a country of diverse people, curiously in search of solutions to its social, economic, political and security challenges, we must internalise and daily observe the values Jesus taught and defended as a way to restore sanity in our political system. Dear compatriots, we now live at a challenging time that places great responsibility on us amid the renewed wave of COVID-19. According to different reports, there is a new strain of the pandemic requiring us all to adhere strictly to the COVID-19 protocols. As we mark this season, we must not throw caution to the wind. Never at all! Rather, we must exercise our freedom with eternal caution and with a deep sense of responsibility to curtail the spread of the pandemic through strict compliance and observance of the COVID-19 protocols We owe ourselves the eternal duty – not just the government – to regularly wash our hands; avoid crowded places; wear our face shields always; use our nose covers religiously and comply with the protocols that have been issued to stop the spread of the pandemic in our communities. It is my utmost joy to celebrate this joyous occasion with you. While sharing love and care to the needy during this season, you must, as well, be conscious of our safety and security. I wish you all happy celebration. Compliments of the season and a prosperous year 2021 Senator Adetokunbo Mukhail Abiru, FCA. Federal Republic of Nigeria
Protocols If there are people out there, who still doubt the popularity of our great party; who do not reckon with our leadership in this political landscape and who still dispute our progressive approach to governance, our comfortable victory in the just concluded bye-election readily offers them an infallible answer. It is the answer the people of Lagos East generously delivered at the conclusion of last Saturday’s bye-election. It is the answer that resonates in their popular decision to give us their mandate. It is the answer that our unrepentant critics cannot contest, even in their wildest dream, given the credibility of the process that gave us the mandate. This answer did not in any way come by accident or chance. It came by dint of the hard work our party and campaign council invested in the electioneering. It also came through the selfless service of all members of our Campaign Council and Local Organising Committees (LOCs) that canvassed support for our party even during sometimes difficult circumstances. On this note, I wish to commend and appreciate our party leadership from the APC National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu; Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu; Chairman of Lagos APC, Prince Babatunde Balogun; all our leaders in the Governance Advisory Council (GAC) and all members of the State Executive Council (SEC) and State Working Committee (SWC) for putting up a formidable structure that again earned us the people’s mandate. Honestly our Campaign Council and all its Directorates have done a great job with the deft approaches they adopted to prosecute our campaign from the level of local councils and development areas to community engagements, street-to-street campaigns and house-to-house mobilisation, setting up meetings upon meetings with different groups of stakeholders in the five Local Government Areas (LGAs) and 11 Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) in our senatorial district. The creativity, energy and passion with which the Chairman of our Campaign Council, Otunba Kaoli Olusanya prosecuted our campaign was amazing. Otunba Kaoli worked tirelessly and seamlessly with the Vice Chairman of the Campaign Council, Alhaji Bode Oyedele and all heads of our Campaign Directorates to secure our party’s mandate. Across the senatorial district, there are other people and groups, who passionately believe in the ideals of our party; who stood by us when those on the other sides were maligning our hard-earned reputation; who shared the burden of governing Lagos State and worked day and night with us. In this category are the Obas and Chiefs, the youth; women; non-indigenes and the indigenous people of Lagos East, among others. They all stood with and still stand by our party. I also recognize and applaud our friends and professional and business colleagues in the private sector who supported this noble endeavour financially and otherwise and demonstrated their understanding of the need for more professionals to enter the public space. With the support of our formidable team, we campaigned relentlessly from local council to local council, community to community and indeed from house to house. We shared our mission and vision with the people of Lagos East across all social strata with confidence and conviction that the future of our children, youths, women, and our people at large is safer and more secure with the progressives. As a political party, we reeled out our performance index, pointing out what we had done differently in government and what we are capable of doing now. As a party candidate, I presented my sterling career success, enviable records of service and robust pedigree as testimonials to my capacity, commitment, and competence to represent the people fairly and bring them expected ends. And our records abundantly spoke for us at the poll. Our people – whether in Epe, Ibeju-Lekki, Ikorodu, Kosofe and Somolu – believed in the evidence of our previous stewardship rather than in the concocted accounts of our traditional opposition. Our people believed in the ideals of our party rather than in the fabricated reports those who could not play by the rules resorted to in a failed attempt to discredit us politically or the fictitious opinion poll they dished out to score cheap political points. In spite of the campaign of anger and frustration they prosecuted, the people of Lagos East generously gave us their mandate. This is perhaps the smoothest victory our party has secured in its recent history. We polled 89,204 votes, while our closest rival scored 11,251 votes. This outcome is no doubt, a reaffirmation of our expanding political support base, not just in Lagos East, but also in Lagos State at large. It is without doubt a proof of the degree of public trust we have earned in our party’s two decades or more in governance in Lagos State. The election has been held and we have won with a landslide. Now that we have secured this Senatorial mandate; we cannot afford to fail our people. We cannot afford to fail those who voted for us; those who chose not to vote for us for whatever reasons and those who did not vote at all. We cannot afford to betray the invaluable trust our people reposed in us as a political party and as their representatives in government. Now is the time to translate all the promises we made into positive and tangible outcomes our people are expecting us to bring about. Now is the time to take our people from the realm of expectations to the limelight of fulfilment. I commit myself irrevocably to the agenda I laid out before the electorate-offering people-focused quality representation; ensuring welfare of my constituents; working with my colleagues in the National Assembly to ensure special status for Lagos; promoting policies to improve national economic performance and financial sector development; implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); facilitating completion of all federal and state road projects in Lagos East; promoting ease of doing business; supporting the 5 for 5 agenda for police reform; supporting fiscal federalism and joining forces with colleagues in the Senate and members of the House of Representatives to ensure devolution of powers to the sub-national governments. Within the limits of our statutory mandate, this is the time to make the aged smile; empower our jobless youths; minister to the vulnerable; secure the future of brilliant indigent children and support the implementation of the ideals of our party. To achieve these enviable goals, we are already in the process of establishing an Endowment and Empowerment Fund to actualize my private philanthropy. The Fund will implement different interventions we are coming up with in line with my agenda and the ideals of our party. Already, our team is perfecting the modalities for the implementation of all these intervention programmes. By the middle of January, we will unveil these programmes in full and begin implementation immediately. I thank our people for this mandate and promise to live up to your expectations. Thank you and God bless. Mr. Adetokunbo Mukhail Abiru, FCA. (Tokunbo Abiru) Senator-Elect of the Federal Republic of Nigeria December 6, 2020
Dear Compatriots, We have come to a high point in our quest to elect a new Senator, who will represent Lagos East in the National Assembly. The journey to this point has been memorable. Our campaign, in particular, has attracted attention throughout the senatorial district, within Lagos State and beyond. The bye-election had suffered a postponement from the originally scheduled date of October 31. Despite these happenings, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) will finally conduct our bye-election on Saturday, December 5. That is a day on which voters in Lagos East will exercise their sacred mandate and elect a Senator of their choice. Since my emergence as the candidate of All Progressives Congress (APC) on September 3, our campaign team has moved from local council to local council, community to community and indeed from house to house, presenting ourselves to the people of Lagos East and affirming the values, priorities and promises we intend to fulfill if elected the Senator representing the Senatorial District. In all modesty, I have assured you all of a new dawn in the history of legislative representation in Lagos East. I have, equally, promised to represent the people of Lagos East with commitment, integrity and passion, leveraging all the political and social capital I have acquired over three decades as an economist, chartered accountant, commissioner for finance, bank CEO and most importantly as a proud son of Ikorodu; who grew up in Gbagada; attended public university in Lagos State; and has lived and worked continuously in Lagos for the past five and a half decades! Similarly, I have promised to prioritise the welfare of my constituents in Lagos East in particular and Lagos State in general. In specific terms, I have assured the people of Lagos East, irrespective of their ethnic, political and religious affiliations, that I will use the office of Senator, and my energy and resources to further their well being, welfare, prosperity, empowerment and security. I have promised to establish and institutionalise an endowment fund to, within my capacity and resources, support the aged; protect the vulnerable; sponsor youth employability schemes; support women empowerment programmes and cater for indigent but brilliant students in all parts of the Senatorial District. I have done this as a private citizen and will sustain and enhance such pro-people programmes as an elected Senator from December 5. I have observed that the pressure on Lagos infrastructure arising from federal establishments like seaports, airports and military installations without statutory federal support is unfair and unacceptable. I have also noted that the massive rate of migration from different states of the federation to Lagos State has placed additional burden upon the Government and people of Lagos State. On this note, Dear Compatriots, I have assured you at different fora that I will join hands with my senior distinguished colleagues in the Senate and members of the House of Representatives from the state to further efforts to secure a special status for Lagos State in view of its role as Nigeria’s commercial, financial, industrial, media and entertainment capital. I have also pledged to support the call for further devolution of powers from the federal to the states and local governments. In the light of these pro-people initiatives and positions, I strongly believe December 5 2020 presents us a rare opportunity to elect a candidate that has the capacity and exposure to play the roles expected of a distinguished Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. It also offers an opportunity to bring on board somebody who can give quality representation to the good people of Lagos East. December 5, no doubt, presents fresh hope to elect a Senator that is a homegrown individual, whom our youths can look up to, learn from and believe as to the possibilities this country offers its young people. This date, without any hesitation, offers us the opportunity to elect somebody, who will not disappoint you and indeed somebody, who will live up to expectations and somebody with listening ears. I will consider it the greatest honour of my life if you, my people in Lagos East, find me worthy to represent you in the Senate on the platform of the APC. I, therefore, urge you all to turn out in large numbers on December 5 to elect me as the next Senator for Lagos East. The tenure of a Senator only lasts for a maximum of four years before he or she returns to the electorate for a fresh mandate. But I have, without any blemish, run a successful professional and public service career for 32 years. I will not at this stage of my life mess it up. I will never be the kind of person that you will only see during election periods. Rather, I will be a true representative that will periodically, either quarterly or biannually go back to my constituents to give account of what I have done; listen to get feedback from you and see what I can do to further your cause. I look forward, with commitment and optimism, to receiving your mandate on December 5, 2020. Thank you and God bless.
My Dear Compatriots, Let me start this message by placing on record my admiration and appreciation to the patriotic youths who demonstrated exceptional commitment and comportment during the peaceful #EndSARS protests all over Nigeria and specifically in Lagos State. The right to peaceful assembly and freedom of association is enshrined in Section 40 of our Constitution and non-violent protest is cherished and protected by democratic societies all over the world. Clearly the #EndSARS protesters remained peaceful and responsible throughout their protests. From the very beginning, I strongly supported the agitation of our youths against police brutality and for policing reforms as can be seen from my statements in both conventional and social media. On October 9, I called on the Inspector-General of Police to pursue comprehensive reforms to make the dissolution of SARS effective. On October 12, I urged the federal government to collaborate with the states, civil society organisations and other critical stakeholders to initiate far-reaching reforms of the Nigerian Police that will translate into a truly citizen-centred and community-oriented policing system. As others have noted, including local & international institutions and well meaning Nigerians, including my humble self, heard your voices loud and clear. I believe the move towards police reforms and more broadly of increased youth participation in governance as well as accountability of government to the citizens is now irreversible. Sadly, we are all aware that forces other than the peaceful #EndSARS protesters turned a potential moment of hope, inspiration and transformation into a tragedy-first with seemingly orchestrated sporadic attacks on peaceful protesters across the country and state, and then the tragic events at the Lekki Toll Gate on October 20. It is not yet fully clear the precise events of that evening or the source of orders, if any, received by the security agencies at the location. I support state and federal investigations to establish the sequence of events and establish culpability and accountability for all actions, as well as justice for all victims and their families, with the active participation of civil society. In the aftermath, we experienced another tragedy as Lagos witnessed an unprecedented orgy of violence including looting of stores and supermarkets; severe damage to government and private property including several businesses; and the desecration of our culture and traditions by persons who invaded the palaces of the Oba of Lagos, HRM Oba Rilwan Akiolu and the Onitedo of Iwerekun, HRH Oba T. A Elemoro. I commiserate with the Governor of Lagos State, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu and the good people of Lagos on this unfortunate incident and pray that such will never again be seen in Lagos. Dear Compatriots, we must be vigilant and careful to ensure evil forces do not destroy our Lagos, or divide us and pitch us against each other. We must disappoint those who viciously attacked our common patrimony and desecrated our heritage. We must also address the problems of poverty, unemployment and disconnect with our teeming youths and masses; and overall we must join hands to build the future of a new Lagos with opportunity and prosperity for all. And we must deepen the participation of our youths in the political process with our passionate and energetic youth becoming not just leaders of tomorrow, but also of today! On my part, if I am elected your senator for Lagos East, I will leverage my experience of over three decades as an economist, chartered accountant and banking executive who has worked in exemplary institutions such as Deliotte, GTBank and First Bank and who has led the transformation of the former troubled Skye Bank into a strong, digitally enabled and strategically positioned Polaris Bank, to do all within my power to improve the lot of our youths and masses; engage with our youths at multiple levels and provide structured and sustainable empowerment for women and youths through an endowment including capacity building, skills acquisition, microfinance; and incorporate the “5 for 5” agenda of the #EndSARS protesters in my legislative priorities. I stand by my unwavering commitment to provide quality representation, lead with character and values, and act with integrity and commitment in all my actions. Let us join hands to build a better future not just for our youths, but for all citizens of Lagos East, Lagos State and Nigeria as a whole.
The Senator Abiru Annual Bursary Award was set up to promote higher qualitative education by supporting indigent but brilliant students in furtherance of their academic pursuit in Lagos state-based tertiary institutions.
This is a capacity development training for 1000 MSMEs with a planned 300 Million Naira Lagos East Business Loan At Concessional 6% Per Annum Interest Rate
SAIL, is 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.