The Nigerian Senate, through its committee on Banking, Insurance and other Financial Institutions has disclosed its plans to comprehensively review extant laws in the financial services sector for economic sustainability and growth. This was disclosed at a 2-day sensitization retreat organized for the members of the Senate Committee on Banking, Insurance and other Financial Institutions recently in Abuja. The Chairman of the committee, Senator Mukhail Adetokunbo Abiru, FCA (Lagos East) said the retreat was aimed at equipping the members with the necessary understanding of the core mandates of the committee and also enhance the legislative framework and oversight of the financial sector. Industry leaders and top experts in the financial and allied sectors were invited to share insights and knowledge, and also provide information that will make their oversight function on the financial services sector more robust and impactful. On the imperative of the retreat, Senator Abiru in his remarks noted that, “The financial sector is the lifeblood of any economy, and it is our responsibility to ensure that it functions effectively, efficiently, and with the utmost integrity. As we gather here today, we are confronted with a rapidly changing financial landscape, driven by technological advancements, changing consumer expectations, and evolving global dynamics. It is our duty to adapt and respond to these challenges in a manner that fosters innovation, promotes financial inclusion, and maintains the highest standards of transparency and accountability. “Over the remaining life of the 10th Senate, it is imperative that we work together on this journey to build a financial service industry that will not only bring prosperity to all Nigerians, but also be the pride of Africa. As we embark on this legislative journey, it is essential that we recognize the critical role our committee plays in shaping the economic landscape of our nation. While it is a fact that our economy today is facing serious challenges, our decisions and actions have far-reaching consequences that will impact the lives of our citizens, the stability of our financial markets, and the overall prosperity of our country. “In an ever-evolving financial landscape, our committee's responsibilities have never been more significant. From safeguarding consumers' financial rights to fostering innovation in the financial sector, and from promoting sound banking practices to ensuring the resilience of our insurance systems, we hold the key to ensuring that our financial institutions operate with integrity, transparency, accountability, and at par with international standards”. Dr Biodun Adedipe, founder and Chief Consultant of B. Adedipe Associates Limited (BBA Consult), was the lead faculty at the well-attended retreat. The renowned financial and management expert shared industry insights and economic data on the nation’s financial services sector and offered counsel on how the Nigerian Senate can collaborate with the Federal Government, particularly the relevant agencies of the government on how to stabilise the economy. Mr Ganiyu Ogunleye, OFR, a former CBN Director of Banking Supervision and former Managing Director/CEO of the Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC), also shared his thoughts on how the committee can further deepen its oversight on the financial services sector for the overall economic development and growth of the nation. At the retreat, many obsolete laws governing the financial services sector were identified, and the lawmakers resolved to review them in tandem with current realities and trends in the ever-dynamic financial services sector. The distinguished members of the committee commended Senator Abiru for organising the first of its kind knowledge sharing sensitization retreat for the senate standing committee. Committee members who joined Senator Abiru at the retreat, include the Vice Chairman of the Committee, Senator Adamu Lawal, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu, Senator Adamu Aliero, Senator Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, Senator Sanni Bello Abubakar, Senator Sani Musa Mohammed, Senator Haruna Manu, Senator Jimoh Ibrahim, Senator Adeyemi Adaramodu, Others are: Senator Lamido Ibrahim, Senator Mustapha Kabeeb, Senator Titus Zam Tartenger, Senator Tahir Muhammed Mungonu, Senator Onyekachi Peter Nwaebonyi, Senator Nasir Sani Zango Daura, Senator Idiat Adebule, Senator Asuquo Ekpeyong, Senator Babangida Hussaini Uba, Senator Danjuma Goje Muhammed, Senator Ifeanyi Patrick Uba, Senator Ibrahim Bomai and Senator Ibrahim Khalid Mustapha. #DoingGood
Senator Mukhail Adetokunbo Abiru, the Chairman Senate committee on Banking, Insurance and other Financial Institutions on Thursday received a rousing reception at the Ikorodu Town Hall as he got inducted into the Ikorodu Division Hall of Fame. Senator Abiru’s admission into the prestigious Hall of Fame, came on the heels of the outstanding contributions he has made to the overall development of Ikorodu division and Lagos East Senatorial District at large. The event was organized by the Ikorodu Division Resource Development Group (IDRDG). ![SenatorAbiru_HallofFame_1.jpg](https://tact-space.fra1.digitaloceanspaces.com/d3798bdfc8116de6ae5fe447320d8b39.jpg) He was admitted into the hall of fame, alongside other illustrious personalities that have equally contributed their quota to the Ikorodu division. They include: HRM Oba Engr. Kabiru Adewale Shotobi, Adegorushe V, The Ayangbure of Ikorodu Kingdom, HRM Oba Ajibade Bakare-Agoro, FCA, The Ranodu of Imota, High Chief Adewunmi Ogunsanya, SAN,Hon. Babajimi Adegoke Benson, Chief (Mrs) Wonuola Folami, OON, Mrs Folorunsho Alakija, Bashorun Babatunde Rotinwa, Dr. Oladega Adebogun, Alhaji (Prince) Jamiu Adio Saka, Professor Emeritus Michael Ajetunmobi, Prince Adesegun Ogunlewe, Late Dr. Jacobson Oladele Odulate (Posthumous Award), Late Chief Noah Oyekanmi Adebayo Arole (Posthumous), Late Captain Harrison Adekunle Kuti (Posthumous Award), Miss. Azeezat Oshoala, MON and Mr. Adeseye Akinola Ogunlewe, Jnr. ![SenatorAbiru_HallofFame_3.jpg](https://tact-space.fra1.digitaloceanspaces.com/0bec837e25f510fd5db80535ac15c23d.jpg) It is imperative to note that the father of Senator Abiru, Honourable Justice Mubasheer Akanbi Olatunji Abiru (1928-1996) who was elected into the Senate in 1979, was admitted into the Ikorodu Hall of Fame in 1993. History was made today in the entire Ikorodu division as Senator Abiru made it into the revered Hall of fame on the account of his professional pedigree, accomplishments in both private and public service and his immense contributions to the development of Ikorodu. This gesture was demonstrated today as he donated N5million Naira for education, human capital development initiatives of IDRDG. ![SenatorAbiru_HallofFame_6.jpg](https://tact-space.fra1.digitaloceanspaces.com/93a72eb6c40f1990e5a078de1fb69eaa.jpg) Abiru was the pioneer and former Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Polaris Bank Limited. He led the turnaround of erstwhile SkyeBank Plc, as Group Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, under a CBN-induced take-over of the Bank, in a bid to avoid its collapse and also preserve the stability of the overall Nigerian Financial System. His banking career was in top Nigeria Financial Institutions such as First of Bank of Nigeria (2002–16), where he rose to the level of Executive Director, Corporate Banking; and Guaranty Trust Bank (1991-2000). He also served on other notable boards as Non-Executive Directors: FBN Capital Limited (now FBN Quest Merchant Bank Limited); FBN Bank Sierra–Leone Limited; Airtel Mobile Networks Limited; and Nigeria Inter-Bank Settlement System Plc (NIBSS). ![SenatorAbiru_HallofFame_8.jpg](https://tact-space.fra1.digitaloceanspaces.com/0b6b6cfa5041415c914e2b66ba945679.jpg) During the course of his professional career, he also has the privilege of serving as the Honourable Commissioner of Finance, Lagos State (2011 -2013), under the transformational leadership of Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola (SAN). ![SenatorAbiru_HallofFame_4.jpg](https://tact-space.fra1.digitaloceanspaces.com/b26467c4b27008d11fb2ae1c588ea0c9.jpg) Senator Tokunbo Abiru holds a B.Sc. Economics from Lagos State University, and he is a Fellow of The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) and an Honorary Fellow of The Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (FCIB). He is an alumnus of both Lagos Business School (LBS) and Harvard Business School (USA). He retired from banking on August 31, 2020 and decided to go into Public Service. This culminated into his contest for the bye-election for Lagos Senatorial East under the platform of All Progressives Congress (APC) Party. He won the election on December 5, 2020 with 89% of the total votes cast to become The Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. ![SenatorAbiru_HallofFame_7.jpg](https://tact-space.fra1.digitaloceanspaces.com/6078d515cfa4cf2f857ac5425f696049.jpg) In a space of about two and half years, Abiru redefined governance in the entire Lagos East Senatorial District with his top-notch legislative representation, facilitations of projects/ empowerment and endowment, which the iconic SAIL Innovation Lab headlines. On the strength of his sterling performance, on Saturday, 25, February, 2023, the electorate of the Lagos East Senatorial District overwhelmingly re-elected him for another four-year mandate at the National Assembly. He is happily married to Mrs. Feyisola Abiru and they are blessed with children. #DoingGood
Over one hundred young people who had undergone Tech Talent and Data Science training at the SAIL Innovation Lab have gotten decent artificial intelligence jobs with Awari AI, a fast growing AI/Robotics firm that is enabling the development and adoption of frontier technology on the African continent starting from Nigeria. ![SAIL_AWARI_1.jpg](https://tact-space.fra1.digitaloceanspaces.com/725cdca04dc304dafc338809bceb4efe.jpg) The firm which has chosen the SAIL Innovation Lab in Ikorodu as a launchpad to several locations in Nigeria and Africa, also partnered with the SAIL Innovation Lab for continuous talent sourcing for the emerging multi-billion dollar AI industry that is expected to shape all spheres of life in a few years from now. The co-founder of the SAIL Innovation Lab, the Senator representing Lagos East, Senator Mukhail Adetokunbo Abiru, FCA, in his remarks said the launch of partnership with Awari AI signaled the beginning of a transformative journey in Ikorodu, and Lagos East Senatorial District as a whole. ![SAIL_AWARI_3.jpg](https://tact-space.fra1.digitaloceanspaces.com/757ce488f8050f9f937458cb8d07f103.jpg) He said, “The Awarri AI project, which we launch today, stands as a testament to our resolute commitment to embracing technology and innovation. It heralds a new era where industries will be redefined, jobs will be created, and our youth will be empowered. ![SAIL_AWARI_2.jpg](https://tact-space.fra1.digitaloceanspaces.com/25840bee2951c4d833661524bf6c6791.jpg) “Throughout the annals of history, humanity has been witness to extraordinary revolutions. From the advent of steam power to the electrifying dawn of electricity, and from the proliferation of computers to the connected world of the internet, each era brought profound transformations to our lives. “ Today, we stand on the precipice of the 4th Industrial Revolution, a realm characterized by artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things, biotechnology, and automation. This revolution promises unprecedented opportunities for Nigeria and Africa, and it is incumbent upon us to seize this moment”. Senator Abiru disclosed that he was passionate about tech and digital skills because of the massive job opportunities and economic growth that the sector can facilitate. He recalled that since 2022 when he embarked on the SAIL Innovation Lab project with five pilot programmes, over 150 participants in-class and 1,200 online trainees have been impacted positively. “Today, the SAIL Innovation Lab has left an indelible mark on the lives of over 4,173 participants through a diverse array of programs, including Tech Talent Development, STEM initiatives tailored for Senior Secondary School Students, Lagos East Teachers Fellowship, Start-Up Accelerator, and Data Science for Society. ![SAIL_AWARI_4.jpg](https://tact-space.fra1.digitaloceanspaces.com/61b88bd505583494711092601b4155d4.jpg) “These programs have now evolved to offer job prospects through our esteemed partner organizations. Awarri AI has taken the lead by employing nearly 100 of our graduates and pledging to continue its role as a platform for future outstanding participants seeking employment. “In an era where digital skills have become an essential currency, the SAIL Innovation Lab serves as a bridge, closing the digital divide. Our vision is to provide free training to young individuals in high-demand tech skills and work collaboratively with our partners to secure them decent job placements”, Senator Abiru said in his remarks. The co-founders of Awari AI, Mr. Silas Adekunle and Ms Eniola Edun, said Artificial intelligence is the new wave that should be embraced by Nigeria in its quest to harness opportunities in the current digital and innovation age. The minister of Communications and digital economy, Dr Bosun Tijani, said the SAIL Innovation Lab has been achieving its goals in less than seven months after the state of the earth innovation lab was commissioned. Dr Tijani said, “We set out to open up the minds of young people to opportunities that are available globally, and these opportunities are no longer the preserve of the developed world. We live at a time when technology now connects each and everyone of us strongly. The technologies have given us the opportunities to overcome barriers and be part of the global economy. According to him, Artificial Intelligence due to its foreign origin, “We (Nigerians) have not been able to participate fully and harness its benefits.For the first time in the history of Nigeria and anywhere in Nigeria, Awari AI have decided to start a company that will focus on building that knowledge so that computers will also think like us. For the first time in Nigeria, hundreds of people are being hired from the SAIL Innovation Lab”, the minister said. The Commissioner for Science, Innovation and Technology, Hon. Tunbosun Alake, disclosed that the State Government will be partnering on the project. He thanked Senator Abiru for driving the initiative. Dignitaries who graced the occasion include; Former deputy governor of Lagos State, Prince Abiodun Ogunleye, Senator Adeseye Ogunlewe, HRM Oba Engr. Kabir Adewale Shotobi, the Ayangbure of Ikorodu, Oba Engr Bashir Sotonwa, the Sekumade of Ipakodo, Oba (Barrister) Semiudeen Orimadegun Kasali, The Adegboruwa of Igbogbo Kingdom, Oba David Raji, The Eweye of Isiu, Prince Amid Oduborisha, President Oriwu Club, Local Government council chairmen, Hon. Abidoun Moshood Aro, Hon Gbolahan Ogunleye, Dr. Saheed Oladapo Ibikunle, Hon(Princess) Adebimpe Akinsola, Alhaja Abiodun Ogunniyi, Mr Deji Abisola, Chief impact consultant on SAIL Innovation Lab who worked on the project till date, among many others.
The Chairman, Senate Committee on Banking, Insurance and Other Financial Institutions , Distinguished Senator Mukhail Adetokunbo Abiru, FCA, has moved a motion on the flood disaster that ravaged several communities under Ikosi-Isheri Agboyi-Ketu Local Council Development Areas, and some communities under Ogun State, seeking urgent intervention of the Federal Government. Abiru, who is representing Lagos East Senatorial District at the Senate, brought the motion under matters of public importance pursuant to the orders 41 and 51 of the Senate Standing Orders 2023 as amended. The lawmaker brought the distress of his constituents to the attention of the Nigerian Senate, following the release of water from Oyan River Dam, which is managed by Ogun-Osun River Basin Development Authority, the Statement released by the Senator’s media aide Mr. Enitan Olukotun, on Thursday has revealed. The Senator expressed concern that the residents of the areas have fled their homes and business, schools and religious centres have all shut down in the affected communities while in the Maidan area of Ikosi-Isheri, the water reportedly reached the neck region of an adult and that the sad story is not different from the reports gathered at Caterpillar, Harmony Estates, and some parts of Channels TV road in Ikosi Isheri. He further expressed dismay that communities around Ikorodu road, shortly after mile 12 such as Agiliti 2, Owode Elede, Irawo, Ajegunle, Elias Estate, Famous, down to Itowolo have been taken over by flood. ![SEnatorAbiru_FloodMotion_2.jpg](https://tact-space.fra1.digitaloceanspaces.com/4b79c40057721c9a94945e62b2123de8.jpg) He informed the Senate that he was alarmed that there is an urgent humanitarian crisis occasioned by the flood as those who were sacked by the flood are hanging around with family members and friends and only a few of their belongings could be savaged in the face of the fiery flood with food, clothing and shelter (even makeshift) are the urgent physiological needs of the people of the affected areas. After the consideration, the Senate deliberated on the motion with Other distinguished Senators, including Senator (Otunba) Gbenga Daniel (Ogun East), Senator Ahmed Ningi supporting the motion. They called for expedited action to be taken to forestall re-occurrence of the perennial flood crisis. The Senate passed all the resolutions as presented and commiserated with the victims of the flood disaster and commended the Government of Lagos and Ogun states for their handling of the flood disaster. Senator Abiru urged that the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) should be directed to send relief materials to the victims of the flood in the affected communities in Lagos and Ogun States; Urged the Federal Government, “to convene a stakeholders’ meeting to X-ray the recurring situation of flood across the country with a view to proffering a lasting solution to flood disasters; Directed the relevant committees of the Senate to provide adequate funding for the NIMET, Hydrological Agency of Nigeria, and the River Basin Development Authorities to effectively carry out their responsibilities in line with their mandates, Urged the Executive to implement the recommendations of the Presidential Committee for the Development of a Comprehensive Plan of Action which recommended the establishment of a National Flood Management Council (NFMC) in Nigeria to serve as a central body responsible for coordinating flood management activities nationwide”.
The Chairman, Senate Committee on Banking, Insurance and other Financial Institutions, Distinguished Senator Mukhail Adetokunbo Abiru, FCA has congratulated the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, GCFR, on the Supreme court judgement declaring him as the validly elected President of Nigeria. The Lagos East Senator in a statement issued by his media aide on Thursday described the verdict of the apex court as the true reflection of the popular will of Nigerians. Abiru added that history will be kind to all Nigerians, particularly teeming members of the All Progressives Congress,APC, and supporters of President Tinubu who stood solidly with him throughout the tortuous legal battle. Abiru expressed optimism that Nigeria will overcome many of her daunting challenges under the visionary leadership of President Tinubu. He called on all Nigerians to continue to support the current administration in its quest to position the country on the path of sustainable growth and development. Abiru said, “ On behalf of the good people of the Lagos East Senatorial District, I heartily congratulate our esteemed Leader and the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, GCFR, on his well-deserved victory at the Supreme Court today. This verdict of the apex court has again reaffirmed the popular will of Nigerian people as reflected in the outcomes of the 2023 presidential elections. The ruling of erudite jurists has further strengthened the confidence of the people in the judiciary as the last hope of the people. "I salute the doggedness and resilience of members of our dear party, and teeming supporters of our dear President, all Nigerians all through the period of elections and post-elections legal tussle. As this historic Supreme court ruling ended all presidential election wranglings, I called on all Nigerians, regardless of the political and religious orientation to join hands with government of President Tinubu to find lasting solutions to myriad of challenges confronting our beloved Nation. Once again, I congratulate all Nigerans on this landmark Supreme court ruling.”
The Chairman, Senate Committee on Banking, Insurance and other Financial Institutions, Distinguished Senator Mukhail Adetokunbo Abiru, FCA, on Monday, led members of the committee on an oversight visit to the Lagos office of the Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC). ![SenatorAbiru_NDIC_2.jpeg](https://tact-space.fra1.digitaloceanspaces.com/9b749cc33cb0fe346cf08b36f9a214a2.jpeg) This visit is in accordance with sections 62,88 and 89 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended) that empower the National Assembly to perform legislative oversight on all Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) and Government-owned Enterprises (GoES) , for judicious utilization of Government funds. Senator Abiru, who is the lawmaker representing the Lagos East Senatorial District, said that the committee came to assess the performance of the corporation and discuss its challenges with the hope of proffering necessary support to enhance its effectiveness. According to him, “The NDIC plays a critical role in safeguarding the stability and integrity of our financial system. It is our responsibility as lawmakers to ensure that it is fulfilling its mandate effectively and efficiently. “The banking and financial sector is the backbone of any economy, and it is crucial that we maintain the highest standards of oversight and regulation to ensure the safety and security of the funds entrusted to these institutions by the public. The NDIC, as the primary insurer of deposits in Nigeria, is tasked with the responsibility of protecting depositors' funds and promoting sound banking practices”. Senator Abiru who is an accomplished economist, accountant and retired bank chief Executive, also challenged NDIC on innovation in the digitally-driven banking era. “The Nigerian banking and financial landscape are continuously evolving, and the NDIC's role has become even more critical. In recent years, we have witnessed an expansion of digital financial services, fintech innovation, and increased financial inclusion”, Senator Abiru was quoted to have said in a statement issued by his media aide, Mr. Enitan Olukotun, in Lagos on Tuesday. ![SenatorAbiru_NDIC_3.jpeg](https://tact-space.fra1.digitaloceanspaces.com/419bae99fcb3651161392de163e4fd0e.jpeg) The management team of NDIC, led by the Managing Director/ Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Bello Hassan, FCA, thanked the Senate delegation for their insights and valuable advice on how to improve the operational efficiency of the corporation. In conclusion, the Senate Committee pledged to work with the Corporation and other stakeholders towards the protection of the deposit of Nigerians in the banks. Other distinguished Senators who are members of the Senate Committee on Banking, Insurance and other Financial Institutions that were present include: Senator Aminu Waziri Tambuwal (Sokoto South), Senator Lawal Adamu Usman (Kaduna Central), Senator Ibrahim Khalid Mustapha (Kaduna North), Senator Habib Mustapha (Jigawa Central) and Senator Haruna Manu (Taraba Central).
Happy 85th Birthday To An Outstanding Leader, Asiwaju Reuben Olorunfunmi Basorun On behalf of my family and the good people of the Lagos East Senatorial District, I heartily congratulate my esteemed leader, a distinguished elder-statesman and member of the prestigious Governance Advisory Council(GAC), Asiwaju Reuben Olorunfunmi Basorun on your 85th birthday. ![GreetingBASORUN.jpg](https://tact-space.fra1.digitaloceanspaces.com/ffc6dc473564a5815bef8d6d76b86420.jpg) Sir, you have left an indelible footprint on the sands of time as a successful professional, politician, religious, and community leader of repute. As an accomplished chartered banker and a lawyer, you bequeathed enviable legacies at the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, where you had a meritorious career and retired as a deputy director. In politics and public administration, you demonstrated unusual capacity and competence to the admiration of many Lagosians. In the glorious days of Late Alhaji Lateef Jakande administration between 1979 and 1983, you played a pivotal role as the Secretary to the State Government in envisioning and driving the master plan for Lagos development in the areas of education, health, public transportation, and infrastructure. Sir, we are proud to have you as our esteemed leader, not only in Ikorodu division and Lagos East Senatorial District but Lagos State at large. We appreciate the quality leadership and unwavering support you have been providing to our great party, the All Progressives Congress, APC in Lagos East Senatorial District. On this milestone, I join your family, friends, members of the church, party members, and numerous well-wishers in wishing you a happy 85th birthday. I pray that the good Lord grants you sound health as you continue to serve the Church of Jesus Christ and the people. Ameen. Congratulations sir! Senator Mukhail Adetokunbo and Mrs Feyisola Abiru
The Chairman, Senate Committee on Banking, Insurance and other Financial Institutions, Distinguished Senator Mukhail Adetokunbo Abiru, FCA has called on Nigerians to rally round President Bola Ahmed Tinubu government in its quest at restoring the lost glory of the country. The Lagos East Senator gave the admonition in his goodwill message in commemoration of the 63rd anniversary of Nigeria’s independence issued on Saturday in Lagos. At 63, Senator Abiru acknowledged that Nigeria is yet to attain her full potential despite the abundant human and natural resources the country is endowed with. He however urged Nigerians to show understanding with the present administration as it works assiduously to put the nation on the path of sustainable progress. The message read: “Like I have always maintained, our challenges , though daunting but not insurmountable. I am confident that the current leadership of the country, under His Excellency, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu will make our dear nation great again. “The painful and tough decisions and policies of the government in the last four months were all inevitable if the nation must be rescued from imminent collapse. President Tinubu is providing the needed visionary leadership at this critical point in our nation’s history”. “I urge Nigerians to strengthen the cord of national unity and shun divisive rhetorics that further widen our fault lines. The task of nation building requires collective efforts of when and women of goodwill. We cannot afford to give up on our dear nation”. #doinggood
The Chairman, Senate Committee on Banking, Insurance and other Financial Institutions, Distinguished Senator Mukhail Adetokunbo Abiru, FCA on Saturday distributed over 6,000 Food Packs to vulnerable members of the society in the Lagos East Senatorial District. ![foodpackAbiru_Sept08.jpg](https://tact-space.fra1.digitaloceanspaces.com/460a8c16cd6d44cfd72ce769902a81b0.jpg) It will be recalled that the Senator representing Lagos East Senatorial District launched the quarterly Food Packs Programme in June, 2023. This is the second edition of the well applauded programme targeted at vulnerable people, namely; widows, unemployed youth, aged,women and People living with disabilities are drawn across the 98 wards in the 16 Local Government Areas and Local Council Development areas of the district. ![foodpackAbiru_Sept03.jpg](https://tact-space.fra1.digitaloceanspaces.com/36df1b43ce09e478d6e1dee4067db47e.jpg) Constituents trooped out enmasse to various collections in Ikorodu, Epe, Ibeju-Lekki, Somolu and Kosofe LGAs to collect the Food Packs containing:Goldenvita, Semo Vita, Garri,Pure Soya Oil,Spread(Butter), Granulated Sugar,Pasta Couscous,Pasta Macaroni, Pasta Spaghetti, Noodles Jollof, Noodles GMPS and Amazing Day Breakfast Cereal. ![foodpackAbiru_Sept09.jpg](https://tact-space.fra1.digitaloceanspaces.com/758bce8fb85baf7a1e5b4ecaafdcc5f6.jpg) In his remarks, Senator Abiru, fondly called the #DoingGood Senator, said the food packs programme was a direct intervention to the people at the grassroot who are feeling the heat of the economic pangs occasioned by the removal of petroleum subsidy. According to him, the Food Packs will support the most vulnerable households in this challenging period. The Senator also assured that he will not relent in championing legislations, programmes and interventions that will have lasting impacts on the larger number of the constituents of Lagos East. ![foodpackAbiru_Sept02.jpg](https://tact-space.fra1.digitaloceanspaces.com/c8fa2d9ea114bf6289c6b1016e46a284.jpg) He said SAIL Innovation Lab, the first of its kind Innovation Lab in Lagos East, founded by him and his wife, Feyisola was set up to offer sustainable and globally competitive jobs and opportunities to young people of the district. Senator Abiru said a sizable number of youths had been trained in digital and tech related programmes that are well sought-after globally. On the critical Ikorodu-Itokin road which serves as a major road that links the Ikorodu to Epe and Ibeju-Lekki, and other parts of the country, he assured that the new government of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu has shown commitment to implement the awarded rehabilitation project. It is imperative to state that this is not the first direct humanitarian assistance for the needy that the distinguished Senator Abiru has done. It will be recalled that the Lagos East Senator disbursed more than N150 million Naira in about 24 months to over 2,500 vulnerable people under his COVID-19 Financial Relief Scheme. Every month, beneficiaries received direct credit of N5,000 each for the period the programme lasted. ![foodpackAbiru_Sept04.jpg](https://tact-space.fra1.digitaloceanspaces.com/0c11e5291686aa89f3c9471049dd0292.jpg) Some of the beneficiaries who expressed gratitude to Senator Abiru include; Muftau Adegboyega Tojuowo, a Person Living with Disability, other include, Anuoluwapo Zainab, Tiletile Kazeem Idowu, Folake Akerele and Niyi Oyeniran. Dignitaries at the Ikorodu distribution venue include : Dr Saheed Oladapo Ibikunle - the Special Adviser to the Senator on Constituency Matters, Hon (Mrs) Adebimpe Akinsola,Alhaji Rilwan Ishola Jinadu,Alhaja Abiodun Ogunniyi, Arc Taiwo Kara, Alhaji F O Lasisi, Alhaji Mondiu Jimoh and Hon Sefiu Ogunyemi, amongst others.
The Chairman, Senate Committee on Banking, Insurance and Other Financial Institutions, Distinguished Senator Mukhail Adetokunbo Abiru, FCA on Saturday attended the graduation ceremony of 72 secondary school students in Ikorodu division who successfully completed training in IT Launchpad Cohort 1 programme, organised by Ikorodu Division Resource Development Group (IDRDG), in partnership with ZKT West Africa. Senator Abiru in his remarks admonished the students to strive for excellence in their academic pursuit and every aspect of life. According to him, for success to be achieved, it takes diligence, resilience and competitiveness. Abiru, who is the Co-founder of the SAIL Innovation Lab, the first of its kind Innovation hub in Lagos East Senatorial District, gave opportunity to the top three outstanding students to be onboarded into the STEM training programme at the SAIL Innovation Lab. ![Senator_Abiru_ITLaunchPad.jpg](https://tact-space.fra1.digitaloceanspaces.com/dc525a687827ea7f44a5b568b342ef80.jpg) For the three most outstanding students who were presented with new laptop computers, Senator Abiru promised to provide free internet for one year for the student who came first, the runner up will get free internet for six months, while the third student who came third will get free internet for three months. Likewise, all graduating students will always be notified whenever there is a call for applications for programmes at the SAIL Innovation Lab. The IDRDG Chairman, Distinguished Senator Adeseye Kingsley Ogunlewe, in his address commended Senator Abiru for his outstanding representation and for his contributions to the growth and development of Ikorodu division, and other LGAs under the district. Mr Afolabi Abiodun, the US-based Ikorodu Indigene, is the Chief Executive Officer of ZKT West Africa, the organisation that facilitated the training programme for the students. Abiodun who joined the graduation ceremony virtually via Zoom, commended Senator Abiru for providing a platform for young people to break into massive opportunities in the fourth industrial age. The IT expert said he decided to provide the training programme as a launchpad into the field of Information Technology. He recalled that a similar opportunity was provided for him many years back. Abiodun noted that from that opportunity, despite his humble background, he gained inroad into the global marketplace, including a fellowship programme at the prestigious Stanford University, United States of America. He said he has heard and read about the impact of SAIL Innovation Lab in Ikorodu and beyond. Abiodun noted that the launch pad that was provided to him many years, is similar to what Senator Abiru has provided through the SAIL Innovation Lab. Professor Ajibola Saheed, Centre Director, National Open University of Nigeria(NOUN), Ikorodu Model Study Centre, thanked the IDRDG, ZKT West Africa and Senator Abiru for their support for the students and other young people in the division. Professor Michael O. Ajetunmobi, an eminent retired Professor of Mathematics, who is also the Vice-Chairman, IDRDG, thanked Senator Abiru for honouring IDRDG with his presence and the support he has pledged for the students. Other dignitaries in attendance include; Dr. Abidoun Fatai-Abatan, Mr Deji Abisola, Consultant to Senator Abiru on SAIL Innovation Lab, Mr Yusuf Jubril, Managing Director, ZKT West Africa, Mr Abiodun Kazeem, Managing Director, SB Telecoms and Devices.
The Chairman, Senate Committee on Banking, Insurance and other Financial Institutions, Distinguished Senator Mukhail Adetokunbo Abiru, FCA, on Saturday admonished young budding software developers and tech enthusiasts to harness massive opportunities in the tech space. The lawmaker disclosed this while delivering his keynote address at the 2023 Hackfest, organised by GenZtechies, held at the Multipurpose Hall of the University of Lagos, Akoka. Abiru shared the experience of his illustrious banking career spanning over three decades, tracing how technology gradually revolutionised the banking sector, starting with the new generation banks. ![Web_SenatorAbiru_GenZHackFest_23_2.jpg](https://tact-space.fra1.digitaloceanspaces.com/9b31ed337a1f42f18abbf3d78c2a994c.jpg) Senator Abiru who is representing Lagos East Senatorial District, is the Co-founder of the SAIL Innovation Lab, the first of its kind Innovation hub in the Senatorial District, where over 3,000 constituents, particularly young people, had been trained in less than two years of its existence. SAIL Innovation was the co-sponsor of the well-attended tech event that attracted over 1,000 young Nigerians. According to Senator Abiru, he identified with the annual event because he believed in the vision of the promoters of providing a strong platform and ecosystem for young tech enthusiasts to thrive. He emphasised that young people should be encouraged and galvanised to explore the opportunities that the current 4th industrial revolution age has provided which is technology & innovation. ![Web_SenatorAbiru_GenZHackFest_23_5.jpg](https://tact-space.fra1.digitaloceanspaces.com/654624d101fdf81a9908382d468e80ab.jpg) Senator Abiru added that the task of nation building requires collective efforts of all citizens. He challenged young entrepreneurs and tech professionals to strive for excellence and success in their respective fields for them to make quality contributions to the policy development process of the nation. He cited the success story of Nigeria’s Minister of Communication, Innovation and Digital Economy, Dr. Bosun Tijani, who Co-founded Africa's leading tech company, Co-creation Hub (CCHub). ![Web_SenatorAbiru_GenZHackFest_23_3.jpg](https://tact-space.fra1.digitaloceanspaces.com/69f9c828c4d1a6b03d8ae05509eb208f.jpg) The Lagos East Senator assured that he will continue to support initiatives that provide platforms for young Nigerians to thrive in tech, business and other areas of endeavours. He commended the courage and resilience of promoters of the GenZ Hackfest. ![Web_SenatorAbiru_GenZHackFest_23_4.jpg](https://tact-space.fra1.digitaloceanspaces.com/51aaddd85ac65a009ad0f1a094f52712.jpg) Eniola Osabiya, the founder, and convener of GenZHackfest, thanked Senator Abiru and other sponsors who have been supporting the annual event since 2022. He said the passion of Senator Abiru for sustainable empowerment through human capital development was exemplary. Osabiya added that with the leadership and encouragement that the likes of Senator Abiru are providing, the sky will be the limit for young people who are passionate about tech and innovation. Mr. Deji Abisola, the Consultant on SAIL Innovation Lab, expressed optimism that SAIL Innovation Lab will continue to partner and identify with the GenZHackfest as well as other youth led tech initiatives in the ecosystem. About GenZtechies GenZtechies was founded in 2020 as a small WhatsApp group for youths in tech, GenZtechies has grown to become arguably Africa’s fastest-growing network for Gen-Zs in tech after their international expansion in late 2021. The community is one of the top places where young people in tech across Africa learn, connect, and discover life-changing opportunities. Some members of the GenZtechies went from zero to getting top tech jobs, internationally after joining the community, while some have raised over a million dollars for their startups.
Two blocks of three classrooms at UPE Primary School, Ilara Epe, facilitated by the Senator representing Lagos East Senatorial District, Distinguished Senator Mukhail Adetokunbo Abiru, FCA, have been commissioned. ![SenatorAbiru_Epe_Blockof_Classroom.jpg](https://tact-space.fra1.digitaloceanspaces.com/b2995c7e4976e17e25874a180afc605c.jpg) The commissioning which was done to commemorate the 3rd anniversary coronation of His Royal Majesty, Alayeluwa Oba (Dr) Olufolarin Olukayode Ogunsanwo (JP) (Telade IV), The Alara of Ilara Kingdom, was well attended by residents and indigenes of Ilara, including dignitaries from far and near. Senator Abiru was represented at the event by a member of his team. The Ilara-Epe monarch and the people expressed their gratitude to Senator Abiru for his impactful representation and facilitations of laudable projects to Epe division and other communities under the Lagos East Senatorial District. #Doinggood
I congratulate Youths in the Lagos East Senatorial District and Nigeria at large on this year’s commemoration of the International Youth Day, with the theme: Green Skills for Youth: Towards a sustainable world. ![Intl_YouthDay_SenatorAbiru.jpeg](https://tact-space.fra1.digitaloceanspaces.com/ef302710ce89882c46cbcac6034227aa.jpeg) The world today stands at the intersection of progress and preservation. In other words, as mankind aspires to explore the earth and the environment in furtherance of technology and other socio-economic advancement, environmental concerns, resource depletion, and climate change are serious conversations that are shaping the way we all relate with our environment. Nigerian youth, like other young folks around the world, need to be equipped with the knowledge, skills, and mindset needed to navigate the complex challenges of our time and pave the way for a more sustainable future. Dear young people, I enjoin you to embrace ‘Green Skills’ which encompass a diverse array of competencies that are essential for a sustainable world. The skills range from understanding renewable energy technologies to practising sustainable agriculture, promotion of eco-friendly urban planning and ecological conservation. As your representative, It is gratifying to inform that through the SAIL Innovation Lab, the first of its kind Innovation hub founded by myself and my adorable wife, many young minds in the Senior Secondary Schools are being exposed to training that is related to the green economy that aims at fostering a sustainable future. Last month, precisely Saturday, 15th July, 2023, at the graduation ceremony of STEM for Secondary School Students Participants (Cohort 2) at SAIL Innovation Lab, these kids showcased amazing projects to the admiration of those in attendance. The projects include; Farm Security, Smart Irrigation System and vertical farming, Automated home Control System, Wind generated electricity and Aquaponics, that helps farmers recycle water used in their farming endevours. Dear youth, I want you to know that you are not only inheritors of the planet; you are its custodians, entrusted with the responsibility of steering it towards sustainability. As leaders, It is therefore our duty to ensure that you are equipped with the knowledge and skills to navigate the challenges posed by climate change, biodiversity loss, and environmental degradation. Once again, I celebrate with you on this year’s celebration of International Youth Day. Senator Mukhail Adetokunbo Abiru, FCA Senator representing Lagos East Senatorial District Chairman, Senate Committee on Banking, Insurance and other Financial Institutions Saturday, 12 August, 2023.
The President of the Nigerian Senate, His Excellency, Senator Godswill Obot Akpabio has named the Senator representing Lagos East Senatorial District, Distinguished Senator Mukhail Adetokunbo Abiru, FCA, as the Chairman, Senate Committee on Banking, Insurance and Other Financial Institutions for the 10th Senate. He was Chairman, Senate Committee on Industries in the 9th National Assembly. Senator Abiru, a retired bank Chief Executive, is an accomplished banker and astute administrator who had a sparkling career at top financial institutions spanning three decades. He rose to become an Executive Director in First Bank of Nigeria. He was the pioneer and former Managing Director/Chief ExecutiveOfficer of Polaris Bank Limited. He led the turnaround of erstwhile Skye Bank Plc, as Group Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, under a CBN-induced take-over of the Bank, in a bid to avoid its collapse and also preserve the stability of the overall Nigerian Financial System. The President of the Senate also named other distinguished Senators as substantive chairmen of standing committees at the Senate.
The Senator representing Lagos East Senatorial District, Distinguished Senator Mukhail Adetokunbo Abiru, FCA has approved additional food packs for vulnerable constituents, barely one month that he distributed 6,000 packs to Widow, Unemployed Youths, Aged, Persons Living with Physical Disabilities and Women. ![foodpack_8.jpg](https://tact-space.fra1.digitaloceanspaces.com/f804f547e317d82f3e1b31c3f6fe527a.jpg) This humanitarian intervention of the Senator is a response to the current economic discomfort occasioned by the removal of the fuel subsidy. The Senator believes that the food packs containing : Spaghetti, Macaroni, Noodles, Garri, Semolina, Wheat, Butter, Granulated Sugar, Groundnut oil, Couscous and packaged snacks, will provide succour to the most vulnerable members of the Lagos East Senatorial District in this trying period. ![Foodpack_1.jpg](https://tact-space.fra1.digitaloceanspaces.com/2a571a366aa0c72c22fa2786f18d8a2d.jpg) Across the district, vulnerable people who are : Widows, Unemployed Youths, Aged, Persons Living with Physical Disabilities and Women, have been nominated as beneficiaries. ![foodpack_10.jpg](https://tact-space.fra1.digitaloceanspaces.com/127631b48d28b0d0d792e8472e4fc3c1.jpg) It will be recalled that on Sunday, 25th June, 2023, Senator Abiru launched a quarterly food packs programme and distributed 6,000 food packs to vulnerable constituents in Ikorodu, Epe, Ibeju-Lekki, Kosofe and Somolu. The distribution took place the same day at various collection points across the Lagos East Senatorial District. The next quarter distribution of the food packs is scheduled for September. ![foodpack_11.jpg](https://tact-space.fra1.digitaloceanspaces.com/b519bf9c85bfee1d4b0abd110d727123.jpg) It is also worthy of note that the Senator had earlier supported vulnerable people with the sum of over N150 Million(One Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira) for about 24 months under his COVID-19 Relief Support Scheme. ![foodpack_14.jpg](https://tact-space.fra1.digitaloceanspaces.com/7195ebfc2b0e8c70567a6d1836bdeb5a.jpg) ![foodpack_16.jpg](https://tact-space.fra1.digitaloceanspaces.com/a63bc9e3a81afeca1718dd6b55c1cfdf.jpg) ![foodpack_17.jpg](https://tact-space.fra1.digitaloceanspaces.com/e7d9675624fa40797fe56b0de591a511.jpg) ![foodpack_15.jpg](https://tact-space.fra1.digitaloceanspaces.com/038894be52ea36b09844f6c9107b6f6c.jpg)
Inexplicable joy radiates on the faces of parents, guardians, and students during the graduation ceremony for Teenagers who had successfully completed training in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics( STEM for SSS) Cohort 2 at the SAIL Innovation Lab. Many parents who could not hide their excitement, showered gratitude on the co-founders of SAIL Innovation Lab, Distinguished Senator Mukhail Adetokunbo Abiru, and his wife, Feyisola. ![stem_cohort2_13.jpg](https://tact-space.fra1.digitaloceanspaces.com/0946b81f80e4e633509e22d4a19d9f2b.jpg) STEM education, which is a specialised training that is often beyond the means of many kids from average and low-income homes, has been made possible by the visionary Senator Abiru and his wife and the Trustees of SAIL Empowerment Foundation. In his remarks, Senator Abiru urged the graduating students to deepen their quest for knowledge by devoting time for studies and research, particularly in STEM education. ![stem_cohort2_3.jpg](https://tact-space.fra1.digitaloceanspaces.com/3199d9c83f8fa2654a809ce33515c298.jpg) He said, “Today marks a significant milestone in the lives of these young minds who have shown interest in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. It is a moment of pride and joy as we reflect on the efforts, curiosity, and unwavering commitment demonstrated by these students throughout their journey. “As we gather here on this auspicious occasion, let us recognize the progress made by Cohort 2 since its inception in late 2022. From the constituency office of the Lagos East senatorial district to this new ultra-modern facility, the transition may have presented challenges and delays, but it is a testament to your resilience and determination that we celebrate the graduation of 30 outstanding students today. “Throughout their period of study, these students have not only learned essential skills in academic and technical knowledge. They have learned to think critically, embrace failure as an opportunity for growth, and collaborate to solve problems that they see in society. ![stem_cohort2_1.jpg](https://tact-space.fra1.digitaloceanspaces.com/b182381afc6ff3e45e660126d4925ed3.jpg) "These are the skills that will enable them to navigate the ever-changing landscape of the STEM fields as they progress in their learning and make meaningful contributions to society. “In addition to their academic achievements, it is noteworthy that the students have also delved into the exciting realms of physical computing, robotics, and artificial intelligence. Today, we have the privilege of witnessing some of their projects displayed at this event. These projects showcased their creativity, innovation, and the transformative power of STEM education. ![stem_cohort2_4.jpg](https://tact-space.fra1.digitaloceanspaces.com/37b8e06de511c2915231830474d06f16.jpg) “It is with great pleasure that I announce the expansion of the STEM program to public schools in Lagos East. Currently, eight schools actively participate, with 160 pupils attending the program daily for six weeks. This initiative, which brings together 20 students from each school on weekdays, demonstrates our commitment to providing equal opportunities for all young minds interested in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. “Looking ahead, I am thrilled to inform you that the call for applications for the next cohort of weekend students has been opened. **Apply here: https://bit.ly/sail-stem3 ** This represents a fantastic opportunity for more aspiring young individuals to embark on their own transformative journey through the STEM program at SAIL Innovation Lab. “Before we conclude, I would like to extend my deepest appreciation to the faculties and organisations that have been instrumental in the success of the STEM program. I want to express my sincere gratitude to STEMCafe and CCHub for their unwavering dedication, support, and efforts in providing quality education and resources to the students. Your commitment to nurturing young talents in the fields of science and technology is truly commendable. “To the graduating students, as you move forward into the next phase of your learning, remember that the pursuit of knowledge and the quest for innovation are not solitary endeavours. They require dedication, collaboration, diversity of thought, and a shared vision for a better future. "The challenges we face today, such as climate change, food shortages, global health crises, and technological inequality, are complex and multifaceted. It is only through collective effort that we can overcome these challenges and create a brighter tomorrow. “You, as SAIL STEM graduates, have a unique opportunity to be the catalysts of change, the pioneers of progress, and the champions of inclusivity. Embrace this opportunity with humility, empathy, dedication, and integrity. Use your acquired skills to bridge gaps, break down barriers, and create a world where everyone can thrive. Be fearless in your pursuit to learn innovation, but also compassionate in your understanding of the impact your work has on society”. Dignitaries present include Dr. (Otunba) Saheed Oladapo Ibikunle, Special Adviser to the Senator on Constituency Matters, Mr Deji Abisola, Consultant to the Senator on SAIL Innovation Lab, Hon Abdulateef Rotimi Abiru and Prof Surajudeen O. Mudasiru, a professor of Political Science at the Lagos State University, LASU, Mr. Johnson Abbaly of SMARTEENs, Mr. Enitan Olukotun, Media Aide to the Senator, among many others. **Parents, Students Thanked Senator Abiru** ![stem_cohort2_27.jpg](https://tact-space.fra1.digitaloceanspaces.com/1b538dbad962494609bfd5ab423f4969.jpg) Alhaji Saheed Adeoye, Mr. Efe Eruotor-Pat, Mrs. Ogunbowale Christiana, and Dr. Abiodun Fatai-Abatan were among the parents that commended Senator Abiru and his wife for setting up SAIL Innovation Lab. ![stem_cohort2_5.jpg](https://tact-space.fra1.digitaloceanspaces.com/c79148c2daf81dac49687b5c19dce189.jpg) Mr. Eruotor-Pat, who hailed from Delta but lives in Lagos East Senatorial District said that the programme cut across ethnic groups without any bias. He commended Senator Abiru for being a detribalized leader with a pan-Nigerian mindset. ![stem_cohort2_23.jpg](https://tact-space.fra1.digitaloceanspaces.com/eeceee299b153e595c34fad5ea3c06c6.jpg) **SAIL Innovation Lab Story In Brief** SAIL Innovation Lab started operations in 2022 from the Constituency office of the Senator whilst the permanent ultra-modern facility was under construction. The permanent site located at 1, Muba Abiru Street, used to be the heritage home of the Abiru family before the family gladly made it available for the SAIL Innovation Lab project. The project has been handed over to independent Trustees of SAIL Empowerment Foundation. ![stem_cohort2_12.jpg](https://tact-space.fra1.digitaloceanspaces.com/70cc96f6bf6c2a990f34426f3b1d62d9.jpg) Senator Abiru and his wife who are the co-founders of the project as part of their endowment to the people of the Lagos East Senatorial district, believed that young people must be provided with opportunity to learn tech, digital skills which have been the currency of the present fourth industrial revolution age. Africa’s renowned innovation and tech company, Cc-Hub is the technical partner that manages SAIL Innovation Hub 100% for the Trustees of SAIL Empowerment Foundation.
It is with mixed feelings but gratitude to almighty God who has given those of us present here today the privilege to witness the end of this journey that was started in 2019 (which I joined in December 2020), that I make the following remarks today at the valedictory session of the 9th senate. Mixed feelings for the reason that friendships and excellent working relationships forged over the last four years are coming to an end. ![senatorAbiru_Valedictory_2.jpg](https://tact-space.fra1.digitaloceanspaces.com/abb2f194bca3b4eab60292bae4467a9b.jpg) I am however comforted by the fact that we came here as the representatives of our people and faced difficult and challenging times but are all leaving with our heads held high because I make bold to say that we as a Senate, and the National Assembly as an institution, have succeeded in carrying out our responsibilities. As this 9th Senate comes to an end today, I can say again without any form of equivocation that we have met and exceeded all expectations, both of ourselves, our constituents, and the Nigerian public. The pieces of legislation we passed in some critical sectors and areas affecting the daily lives of our people will remain a benchmark for future Assemblies. We collaborated, worked harmoniously together and across party lines in spite of our differences to break many barriers, and succeeded with many firsts. ![senatorAbiru_Valedictory_2.jpg](https://tact-space.fra1.digitaloceanspaces.com/cb15a563fd1f8261e9dd88efd0203de9.jpg) These firsts include the restoration of the national annual budget to the January to December cycle which has made the nation’s fiscal plans more predictable and boosted the confidence of local and foreign investors in our economy. There is yet another innovation that has been entrenched in the country’s financial system by the Ninth Assembly. This has to do with the practice of approving the Finance Bill side by side with the Appropriation Bill. The Finance Act provides the support base for the effective implementation of the Appropriation Act through some major reforms in the fiscal policies of the government. For twenty years, the National Assembly had attempted to reform the petroleum industry without much success. The 9th Assembly prioritized the Bill in its legislative agenda and worked closely with the Executive to secure passage and assent. ![senatorAbiru_valedictory_3.jpg](https://tact-space.fra1.digitaloceanspaces.com/da9bbabf0e2ea736aa8a8050eb2dbc6d.jpg) This historic achievement of the National Assembly means that Nigeria now has legal, governance, regulatory, and fiscal frameworks for the petroleum industry that would promote optimal utilization of the country’s abundant oil and gas resources. The CAMA 2020 Act, which represents a landmark achievement in the 9th Senate is also remarkable because it represents the first time in thirty years that this law has been updated. The Act introduces measures to ensure efficiency in the registration and regulation of corporate vehicles, reduce the compliance burden of small and medium enterprises (SMEs), enhance transparency and stakeholders’ engagement in corporate vehicles, and, overall, promote a more friendly business climate. This 9th Senate also passed the Finance Act (2020) and successfully amended 17 key aspects of the extant laws including seven existing tax laws. The FA 2020 which came into effect from 1 January 2021 compliments the 2021 Federal Government’s Budget of Economic Recovery and Resilience. Other high-impact legislations which were passed into law include: The Nigeria Startup Act, 2022 provides the legal and institutional framework for the development and operation of startups in Nigeria, positioning the Nigerian startup ecosystem as the leading digital hub in Africa and fostering the development of technology-related talent in the country. The Deep Offshore and Inland Basin Production Sharing Contract (Amendment) Act 2019, gives effect to fiscal incentives given to Oil and Gas companies operating in the Deep Offshore and Inland Basin areas under production sharing contracts between the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) or other companies holding oil prospecting licenses (OPL) or oil mining leases (OML) and various petroleum exploration and production companies. Another significant area of achievement and accomplishment is the role of the Senate and indeed the National Assembly in the success of the last general elections. Much has been said about the performance of INEC and its success in conducting a free, fair, and credible election, but people tend to forget the roles we played in that success, WE WERE THE UNSUNG HEROES OF THAT SUCCESS as we provided the framework for all that happened. This was done through the new Electoral Act of 2022 which provided a legal framework that empowered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to determine the mode of voting and transmission of results as well as to review declaration of election results made under duress. It legalized the use of technology in elections; redefined over-voting and mandated INEC to take “reasonable steps” to provide support to Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) during voting. The new Act also alters the timelines for the conduct of elections and creates new time frames for political parties to fulfill various requirements and activities concerning the nomination of candidates for elections. The 9th Senate also successfully passed some Constitutional amendment bills which amongst others were targeted at: • ensuring financial independence of State Houses of Assembly and State Judiciary; • Ensuring that the President and Governors submit the names of persons nominated as ministers or commissioners within 60 days of taking the oath of office for confirmation by the Senate or State House of Assembly; and for related matters. • Enabling states to generate, transmit, and distribute electricity in areas covered by the national grid; and for related matters; • Excluding the period of intervening events in the computation of time for determining pre-election matters petitions; • Changing prisons to correctional service and re-designate correctional service in the concurrent list, and moving item “railway” from the exclusive legislative list to the concurrent list; • Ensuring the deletion of the reference to the provisions of the Criminal Code, Penal Code, Criminal Procedure Act, Criminal Procedure Code, or Evidence Act; and for related matters. In the last 4 years, the National Assembly provided legislative support and a framework for the realisation of the last administration’s unwavering commitment to improving security, transforming the nation’s economy, and modernising infrastructure across the length and breadth of this country. May I use this opportunity to extend to all our Senators who are not returning for the 10th Assembly, my best wishes in their personal endeavours. I hope that we will all continue to keep in touch. I would also like to use this opportunity to urge the Senators-elect of the 10th National Assembly to be determined to be more effective in carrying out the constitutional responsibilities of oversight for the purposes of ensuring that public policies are implemented in accordance with the legislative intent of good governance and public accountability. This will curb the persistent cases of poor administration, underperformance, corruption, fiscal indiscipline, lack of accountability, and arbitrariness in government MDAs (ministries, departments, and agencies) that happened in the life of the 9th Senate. The consequences of these are public disillusionment and less confidence in the National Assembly. In addition, the 10th Assembly should also look closely at enacting igh impact llegislationthat will address the challenges being faced by an over-bloated public service, inconsistent and ineffective fiscal and monetary policies, the subsidy regime and appropriate palliatives, blockage of leakages in revenue, management of our huge deficit, as well as creating a better enabling environment for youth empowerment, the growth of MSMEs and the utilization and deployment of digital skills for wealth creation. Let me specially thank all distinguished Senators for the support granted me and the courtesies that have been extended to me and my constituency since my assumption of office in December 2022. I am particularly grateful for the overwhelming support of my colleagues for my Copyright bill and my motion on the urgent need for the rehabilitation of the Ikorodu-Sagamu and Ikorodu-Itokin Epe roads to further bridge the infrastructural gap and enhance economic growth in Nigeria. While the Copyright Bill which has been signed into law repealed the Copyright Act Cap. C28, LFN 2004 and enact the Copyright Act, 2021 to provide a holistic review of the policy and legal framework for the effective regulation, protection, and administration of copyright in Nigeria in line with global best practices, the motion on the urgent need for the rehabilitation of the Ikorodu-Sagamu and Ikorodu-Itokin-Epe roads has led to the provision of further funding for both projects and significant work is ongoing on both roads. For these, we are eternally grateful. My profound gratitude also goes to my constituents who have entrusted me with this onerous responsibility and mandate. I likewise most sincerely thank the leaders of the All Progressives Congress and all the members of our party for their unflinching support. I cannot conclude these remarks without specially appreciating my wife Feyisola and my kids who have borne the full brunt of my absence from home as a result of this call to national service. My hope and prayer is that the achievements of the 9th Senate will set the tone for the work of the 10th Senate. God bless you all and May God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria. **Senator Mukhail Adetokunbo Abiru, FCA** (Lagos East Senatorial District)
The stabilisation of the 32-km Ikorodu-Itokin Road has started ahead of the major rehabilitation of the critical road that connects Lagos, Ikorodu, Epe, Ibeju-Lekki to other parts of Nigeria. The Senator representing Lagos East Senatorial District, Distinguished Senator Mukhail Adetokunbo Abiru, FCA, facilitated the project. ![Abiriu_ItoikinPalliatives_3.jpg](https://tact-space.fra1.digitaloceanspaces.com/1832c56b4fa18d7ed595b45b97228524.jpg) Senator Abiru who expressed concern for the difficulties faced by motorists and residents using the corridor commended the Contractor for initiating palliative work on the road to alleviate the suffering of residents, commuters, and motorists while awaiting the start of the rehabilitation, which is expected to begin very soon. The Ikorodu-Itoikin Road was constructed in 1975 by Taylor Woodrow, under the regime of General Yakubu Gowon. This is the first major rehabilitation of the road since it was built almost 50 years ago. Palliative materials like hardcore rocks, stone-based and other construction stabilisation materials are being applied on failed sections of the road to ease movement. The palliative work had been carried out on critical sections at Itoikin, Agbowa. Construction workers are currently working at Imota, after Parks and Gardens Estate. Before the end of the week, the work is expected to advance to Isiu, Ikorodu North Headquarters. The work will terminate at Sabo, Ikorodu. ![Abiru_ItoikinPlliatives_2.jpg](https://tact-space.fra1.digitaloceanspaces.com/b204bb3a5e8fe8f7bfb7381fcc91be0b.jpg) Recall that in April 2021, Senator Abiru raised a motion on the floor of the Nigerian Senate on, “The Urgent Need For The Rehabilitation Of The Ikorodu-Sagamu And Ikorodu-Itoikin- Epe Roads To Further Bridge The Infrastructure Gap And Enhance Economic Growth In Nigeria”. In December 2022, the Lagos East Senator paid a courtesy visit to the Honourable Minister of Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Raji Fashola, SAN at his office in Abuja to show appreciation for his efforts on two critical Federal roads: Ikorodu- Itoikin Road and Ikorodu/ Sagamu Road. ![Abiriu_ItoikinPalliatives_3.jpg](https://tact-space.fra1.digitaloceanspaces.com/1832c56b4fa18d7ed595b45b97228524.jpg) During the courtesy call, Senator Abiru extended the gratitude of Constituents of the Lagos East Senatorial District to the minister for his efforts over the accelerated construction of Ikorodu- Sagamu Road and the planned rehabilitation of 32-Km Ikorodu-Itoikin Road which had been approved by the Federal Executive Council. **#doinggood**
The Board of Trustees, SAIL Foundation, officially launched the SAIL Innovation Lab facility in Ikorodu, Lagos State on Friday. The facility, which provides in-demand tech skills to motivated youths within the senatorial district, is an initiative by Senator Mukhail Adetokunbo Abiru and his wife, Mrs Feyisola Abiru. In attendance at the official commissioning of the facility were prominent personalities including His Excellency, the Vice President-elect, Senator Kashim Shettima; His Excellency, the Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-olu; members of the Governance Advisory Council (GAC); some members of the Lagos State Executive Council; royal fathers; community leaders, as well as corporate and technical partners. Selected participants from previous cohorts of the programmes offered at the lab were also present to witness the commissioning. ![Abiru_SAILCommissioning.jpg](https://tact-space.fra1.digitaloceanspaces.com/8fb2ed3e0206bb2b5b3239f3321a320f.jpg) The Vice President-elect who had earlier visited before the arrival of Governor Sanwo-Olu, in his goodwill remarks, commended Senator Abiru and his wife, Mrs. Feyisola Abiru, who is also Co-founder, for the initiative and expressed his confidence in the huge success stories that the innovation lab will birth in the coming days. Senator Shettima said, “ I was overwhelmed with what I saw. It is a world-class facility, erected within the community for the betterment of the community people which is the hallmark of leadership, the epitome of trailblazing service to humanity. I want to commend Senator Abiru and his wife”. ![Abiru_SAILCommissioning_4.jpg](https://tact-space.fra1.digitaloceanspaces.com/703c3909e12f9810a9f66630f6500dcd.jpg) Delivering his keynote address, Governor Sanwo-Olu expressed gratitude to the entire Abiru family for carrying on with the legacy of service of their late patriarch, Senator (Honourable Justice) Mubasheer Akanbi Abiru. ![Abiru_SAILCommissioning-3.jpg](https://tact-space.fra1.digitaloceanspaces.com/37da5796d6aa090cce9cf308492e23fd.jpg) Commending the effectiveness of public-private partnerships in scaling up the impacts of initiatives like the SAIL Innovation Lab, Governor Sanwo-Olu also went further to convey the commitment of his administration to ensure that Lagos State continues to set the pace in the tech space in Nigeria and on the continent. Respected figures in Nigeria's tech ecosystem commended the vision of SAIL founders. They averred that the SAIL Innovation Lab holds great prospects for the sustainable empowerment of young people in the Lagos East Senatorial District and beyond. Dr Bosun Tijani, Co-founder of Co-Creation Hub, and a Trustee of SAIL Foundation, the owners of the lab, expressed confidence in the success of the SAIL Innovation Lab. ![Abiru_SAILCommissioning_5.jpg](https://tact-space.fra1.digitaloceanspaces.com/99f016ee4a04f9de4ab7385f244a7e23.jpg) He said, “ It is our young people that drive innovation and growth. We have to engage and empower them to be able to do this driving. There are numerous people doing amazing things. It is what these people are doing that will drive innovation in our community. That is why the SAIL Innovation Lab is special. Young people in Lagos East Senatorial District will start to build solutions. The Fourth Industrial Revolution is here. The future we are looking up to is already being controlled by technology. We have to participate and if not, it will be second-level colonisation”. Microsoft Country Manager, Ms Ola Williams was thrilled by the passion the Distinguished Senator has for young people. He and his wife, through SAIL, have provided a platform for enduring and sustainable development. She revealed that Microsoft was willing to synergize with SAIL for greater impact. ![Abiru_SAILCommissioning_2.jpg](https://tact-space.fra1.digitaloceanspaces.com/c8bab46a26eaa7d186a50740b4c84f84.jpg) Meta (Facebook) Head of Public Policy in Nigeria, Adaora Oshodi-Ikenze, described the SAIL Innovation Lab facility as world-class. She said the facility and the quality of faculty can stand shoulder to shoulder with any Innovation Lab in the world. Managing Director, of Bank of Industries, Mr Olukayode Pitan said the SAIL Innovation Lab demonstrates Senator Abiru’s passion for youth development and capacity building. He added that the Innovation Lab will impact greatly on the people of Lagos East Senatorial District. The SAIL Innovation Lab was set up in 2021 in partnership with Co-Creation Hub. Since its inception, over 490 participants have benefitted from the several programmes in person, while over 2,000 have participated in the online programmes. The innovation lab, which is equipped with state-of-the-art technology, is managed 100% by Co-Creation Hub, one of the biggest innovation hubs in Africa, and highly-trained facilitators who deliver the wide range of programmes the facility offers. Mrs Feyisola Abiru, Co-founder of the innovation lab, noted that the innovation lab was the first of its kind in the Lagos East Senatorial District and encouraged the attendees to “revel in the fact that all of us here are making history together.” The programmes currently offered include Tech Talent Development Programme; STEM for Senior Secondary School Students; Lagos East Teachers Fellowship; Start-Up Accelerator; and Community Events and Ecosystem Engagements. In June 2023, the Innovation Lab is starting training in Data Science for Society. The call for applications is already open to interested applicants. Speaking on the vision behind the SAIL Innovation Lab and why it needed to be done, Senator Abiru: “Many years ago, it was enough to go to school and train to be a professional in a particular field - law, accounting, broadcasting, engineering, medicine and other disciplines. However, the realities of today have completely changed…the illiterate of today, not the future, would not be those who cannot read and write but those who cannot speak the new language of the world. "The new language of the world is tech - this is why the setting up of the SAIL Innovation Lab became necessary. It is not a project of the future. It is a project of today; one that needed to be done. Tech is the way and it was important to provide a platform for our ingenious youth in this district.“ Speaking further, he raised that the idea was to “deepen the acceptance of tech innovation in the Lagos East Senatorial District, using a human-centred approach. ” SAIL Foundation's Project Consultant, Mr Deji Abisola, who is responsible for overseeing the development and execution of programmes at the SAIL Innovation Lab, recently shed light on the organization's future plans. He stated that there are considerations underway to expand the reach of the SAIL Innovation Lab to include other communities within the Lagos East Senatorial district and even to wider parts of Lagos. Mr Abisola also announced the initiation of their latest program – Data Science for Society. The program has begun accepting applications and is already attracting a significant number of potential participants. Interested parties can apply via the following link: https://bit.ly/data-science-4-society. The siting of the permanent location of the SAIL Innovation Lab was made possible by the support of the members of the Abiru family who agreed to dedicate their family home for this purpose. This is in continuation of the legacy of their late patriarch, Senator (Honourable Justice) Mubasheeru Akanbi Abiru, a distinguished jurist and prominent son of Lagos state. The SAIL Innovation Centre will continue to promote support for youths in the Lagos East Senatorial District, making a difference with the power that digital innovations give. For further information on the commissioning of the SAIL or the lab’s various programmes, please visit https://www.sailab.ng or contact any of the SAIL Innovation Lab. **About SAIL Innovation Lab** SAIL is an innovation hub founded by SAIL Foundation and the Trustees are Mr. Saheed Alao, Ms Fadekemi Abiru and Dr. Bosun Tijani. The five (5) major programmes of SAIL reach across the value chain to develop tech talents: Tech Talent Development Programme: Cultivates tech expertise and entrepreneurial skills among participants, turning complete novices into full-stack junior developers in just 6 months. STEM for Senior Secondary School Students: Fosters interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Lagos East Teachers Fellowship: Improves educators' capacity to promote innovation and excellence in teaching through Inquiry-Based Learning approaches to impart knowledge. Start-Up Accelerator: Supports start-ups through mentorship and resources to scale their businesses. **Data Science** for Society for those who are interested in Data Science for solving societal and community issues. Apply now: https://bit.ly/data-science-4-society.
Over 100 teachers in public and private schools across Lagos East Senatorial District, who enrolled for the 2022 Class of the Lagos East Teachers Fellowship (Cohort 2) at the Senator Abiru Innovation Lab(SAIL), graduated on Friday after successfully completing their training that lasted for over three months. Teachers, numbering over 1,500, applied for the training. 950 got enrolled for the online class for 30 days. 120 outstanding participants got admitted into physical class, while 105 graduated. ![sail-TeacherLounge_4.jpg](https://tact-space.fra1.digitaloceanspaces.com/a3eaaee57e4429bc168828645a4894b7.jpg) Senator Abiru Innovation Lab (SAIL), is a first-of-its-kind Community Innovation Space, set up in partnership with renowned technology and Social Enterprise company, The Co-creation Hub (Cc-HUB) to train youths in the Lagos East senatorial district on relevant digital and innovation skills and build the best entrepreneurs that can compete in the ever-dynamic global economy. Lagos East Teachers’ Fellowship, is one of the leading cutting-edge programmes at SAIL. In his opening remarks, the SAIL Project consultant, Mr Deji Abisola, said that “The Lagos East Teachers Fellowship has provided an invaluable platform for educators to learn, grow, and develop their skills. This year's graduates have been trained in Inquiry-Based Learning, a cutting-edge pedagogical approach that encourages students to actively engage with the learning process. ![sail-TeachersLounger_3.jpg](https://tact-space.fra1.digitaloceanspaces.com/02a372bac8be4c6406d481eb37a3fc31.jpg) This dynamic method is designed to stimulate curiosity and foster critical thinking, preparing the young minds of today for the challenges of tomorrow. “In addition to Inquiry-Based Learning, our graduates (Lagos East Teachers’ Fellowship) have also been equipped with the knowledge and tools to integrate technology into their classrooms effectively. This is particularly significant, as we live in a rapidly evolving digital age where technology has become an indispensable part of our daily lives. By embracing the use of technology in education, we are opening doors to a myriad of opportunities that will enhance the learning experiences of our students and ultimately, shape the future of our society”. Abisola also announced the launch of the Ikorodu Teachers Lounge. According to him, it is a virtual community that will further deepen knowledge sharing and interactions among teachers who passed through the SAIL. “Today, we also have the pleasure of launching the Ikorodu Teachers' Lounge. This innovative space, made possible by the visionary leadership of Senator Tokunbo Abiru through his endowment pillar platform, the TACT Foundation, will serve as a hub for educators to connect, collaborate, and share best practices with one another. The Ikorodu Teachers' Lounge is a testament to our commitment to fostering a strong community of educators who are dedicated to the continuous improvement of teaching and learning” Abisola disclosed. Graduating participants, in their valedictory speeches, eulogized the visionary leadership of Distinguished Senator Mukhail Adetokunbo Abiru, FCA, for conceptualizing SAIL, particularly the Teachers’ Fellowship programme. Adedeji Owoyade, one of the Valedictorians remarked, “I teach Government at Epe Senior Grammar School, Epe, Lagos State. I belong to Cohort II, Non-STEM Group I of the Lagos East Teachers’ Fellowship. The Lagos East Teachers Fellowship has greatly impacted me as a classroom teacher. “My exposure to the inquiry-based method of teaching has opened my eyes to a new way of thinking and planning. With my knowledge of Google Slides, Render Forest, Inshort, Legend, Canva, and 2D and 3D Animation, I have learned better ways to develop and use instructional materials in my classroom. Also, my engagement with students has given them more opportunities to think, reflect and own ideas on topics and issues. It has also improved their abilities as individual learners. ![sail-TeachersLounge_1.jpg](https://tact-space.fra1.digitaloceanspaces.com/53dc6a630e7794cea5af7424f95fc4d0.jpg) “My experience in the program was very educative, engaging, and impactful. I want to thank all the facilitators, for their innovative ways of teaching us. I often engage my colleagues on the new ideas learnt from the program. I hereby recommend the Lagos East Teachers Fellowship to all teachers in Ikorodu and Lagos State”. Sobowale Adefolahan Olusesan, said, “ I wish to sincerely appreciate the creativity and innovativeness of our indefatigable Senator Mukhail Adetokunbo Abiru for putting a premium on human capital development, especially for us teachers to learn new pedagogies and improve the learning outcomes for students”. Blessing Osoba, a Biology teacher at Olomu Community Senior Secondary School, Ibeju-Lekki opined that “ With a lot of hands-on training in digital learning applications such as a Reindeer forest, In-shot, Canva, and Legend for instructional designs as well as materials to facilitate learning, my experience in the Lagos East Teachers’ Fellowship has been truly rewarding for my career. In addition, using digital labs, Google Classroom, and Quiz has been a game changer for me, helping me engage learners in better exploration of scientific concepts and assess my learners’ understanding”. Qudus Bello, a Further Mathematics teacher at Community Senior High School, Orimedu, who was part of the Lagos East Teachers’ Fellowship (STEM) Cohort 2. He said, “Through the fellowship program, I was able to master the art of inquiry-based learning and apply it to deepen my students' imaginations and boost their creativity. I was also exposed to using a digital laboratory as instructional material for science practicals which has improved the learning experience and outcomes”. Senator Abiru, who was represented by his Special Adviser on Constituency Matters, Dr(Otunba) Saheed Oladapo Ibikunle, congratulated the teachers on the successful completion of their training. He admonished them to impact their students with the skills they have acquired. Dr. Ibikunle, who is a seasoned educational administrator, charged the teachers to explore various teaching methods in improving learning outcomes in their students. He declared that what a student does not know is what he has not been taught. He concluded by tasking the teachers to adopt continuous capacity development as a lifestyle. The Ikorodu Teachers' Lounge, an initiative aimed at providing a space for teachers in Lagos East to work, study, and collaborate, was officially launched at the event also. Chinyelu Akpa, Practice Lead for Education at re: learn, an initiative of CcHub, expressed her gratitude to the Senator for creating a rare opportunity for teachers in the district. The Ikorodu Teachers' Lounge offers registered teachers free access to the SAIL Lab, a state-of-the-art facility designed to provide an ideal environment for study, work, and research. Teachers can utilize the lab for free between 3-5pm daily, although advance booking is required to ensure a smooth and organized experience for all users. ![sail-TeacherLounge_2.jpg](https://tact-space.fra1.digitaloceanspaces.com/1693c1eabfed37a802b0564d87450ff6.jpg) In addition to providing a space for individual work and study, the Ikorodu Teachers' Lounge aims to foster a sense of community among educators in Lagos East. Every Friday, the Lounge will host community events specifically geared towards the professional development and growth of local teachers. These events will facilitate collaboration, knowledge sharing, and networking, ultimately contributing to the improvement of education in the district. Chinyelu Akpa emphasized the importance of supporting teachers, stating, "By providing this space and organizing these community events, we hope to empower teachers with the resources and connections they need to thrive in their profession. We believe that when teachers are supported, the entire education system benefits, leading to better outcomes for students and the wider community." The Ikorodu Teachers' Lounge is a clear example of the power of collaboration between the private sector and non-profit organizations to create initiatives that drive positive change. As the Lounge continues to grow and develop, it will serve as a valuable resource for educators in Lagos East, ultimately leading to a more robust and well-supported education system. A call for applications for the 2023 cohort was declared open by SAIL. Teachers in public and private schools in Lagos East are enjoined to apply.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared Senator Mukhail Adetokunbo Abiru of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as the winner of the Lagos East Senatorial Election held on Saturday, 25th February,2023. ![senatorReturn_2023.jpg](https://tact-space.fra1.digitaloceanspaces.com/90112c2fd5dbf5e2741fc2ca6b7ca2c0.jpg) The results declared by the INEC Returning Officer for the Lagos East Senatorial election, Prof. Simeon Adebayo Oladipo, showed that Senator Abiru polled 178,646 votes to defeat his closest rival of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP who garnered 80,249 votes. Senator Abiru's votes represent 61.4% of total valid votes cast. Having satisfied the requirements of the law by winning majority of votes cast across the Senatorial district, Senator Abiru was declared winner and returned elected. The Presidential candidate of the APC, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu also showed significant strength in Lagos East Senatorial District, having polled 149,685 votes to defeat his closest rival of the Labour Party, LP ,who scored 118,348. Thus, Asiwaju Tinubu won with over 31,337 votes in the Lagos East Senatorial District. Senator Abiru wishes to thank all party leaders, supporters , well-wishers and the good people of Lagos East Senatorial District who supported and stood solidly by him throughout the campaign period and on the day of election.
On behalf of Senator Mukhail Adetokunbo Abiru, FCA, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC for Lagos East Senatorial District, I hereby announce to the general public that all political campaign activities of Senator Abiru, towards Saturday, 25th February, 2023 Senatorial election end by midnight today, Thursday, February 23, 2023 in accordance with the extant provisions of the Electoral Act, 2022. As a law abiding citizen, who also belongs to a political party that extols the sanctity of the rule of law, Senator Abiru has hereby directed all his teeming supporters and party members, campaign organs and Independent Campaign groups to halt all political campaign messages, persuasions and canvassing in the mass and social media from 12 midnight tonight. Also, further exposure and distribution of campaign materials should not exceed 12 midnight tonight in accordance with the law. The general public should note that any such political materials that contravene the law that are found in public space after 12 midnight tonight were not authorised by the Senator’s campaign directorate and Senator Mukhail Adetokunbo Abiru won't be held liable. The media, civil society organizations and the electoral umpire and other critical stakeholders in the electoral process should take note of this important public announcement. Announcer Mr Enitan Olukotun Special Adviser to Senator Tokunbo Abiru ) (Media and Publicity)
The Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, in Lagos State, Pastor Cornelius Ojelabi on Wednesday, led some key members of the party executives to the Constituency office of Senator Mukhail Adetokunbo Abiru for a crucial meeting with Senator Abiru’s over 2,000 Canvassers from Kosofe and Somolu LGAs. The Canversers operate under the auspices of East Consultative Forum,ECF, an independent Campaign group that is complementing the party’s voters mobilisation drive in the Lagos East Senatorial District. There are over 4,000 Canvassers engaged by Senator Abiru to mobilise voters to vote for all the APC candidates in the February 25 and March 11, 2023 general elections. Similar sensitisation sessions were held for Canvassers from Ikorodu, Epe, Ibeju Lekki. Senator Tokunbo Abiru in his remarks appealed to the Canvassers to intensify the voters mobilisation exercise across Kosofe, Ikosi-Isheri, Agboyi-Ketu, Somolu Bariga and by extension, the 98 wards in the 16 LGAs/LCDAs under Lagos East. According to the Senator, It is imperative for the party to have a large voter turnout that will boost the number of votes for APC, particularly, the presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu. He reiterated that ECF is not in competition with the party, but complementing the efforts of the party in mobilizing voters to vote for all APC. Senator Abiru said respect for the party and its structures remained sacrosanct. He disclosed further that campaign souvenirs were first given to the party before getting to the Canvesers and their coordinators across the Lagos East Senatorial District. The Party Chairman, Pastor Ojelabi said Senator Tokunbo Abiru has shown that he is indeed a loyal party man, who is genuinely seeking the success of the party at the polls. According to him, Senator Abiru has strengthened the confidence of the party members through his robust reward system that gets to beneficiaries directly. Pastor Ojelabi said Senator Abiru has re-enacted what the Holy Bible says in Revelation 22 vs 12, ... “And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be”. He assured that Canvassers who diligently mobilize and ensure that voters vote for all APC Candidates will get the reward as promised by the #DoingGood Senator. “The Senator has done. He has given to Ceasar what belongs to Ceasar and we should ensure that will highest number of votes for the APC in Lagos. The Party Chairman said that Senator Abiru has delivered exceptionally well on his mandate in the last 25 months he has been in the saddle. “I have been to Senator Abiru Innovation Lab (SAIL), the first of its kind Innovation Hub in this district that is focused on the Human Capital Development of young people. Senator Abiru’s achievements in just two years are just mind-blowing”, Pastor Ojelabi said at the meeting. Chairman, Agboyi-Ketu, LCDA, Mayor Dele Osinowo also charged Canvassers and party members and supporters to work harder for the party and get more eligible voters to vote for APC. He said the ECF initiative and its reward system for members are novel.Osinowo said, “The support the Senator has given to the party is unprecedented in the history of the Lagos East. Other party leaders in attendance include: Hon (Mrs) Oladunjoye Olayinka, Vice-Chairman, Lagos East APC, Hon Abiodun Aigbe, Lagos APC Treasurer, Hon (Mrs) Animawun Adejumoke, Assistant Secretary, Lagos APC, Dr Murital Seriki, Lagos APC Youth Leader, Ogboni Fouad Oki, Engr. Adekunle Olayinka, Director, Volunteer and Support Group, State Campaign Council. Hon Rotimi Abiru, Lagos State House of Assembly member(Somolu Constituency 2), Chairperson, Ikosi-Isheri, LCDA, Hon (Princess) Samiat Abolanle Bada, Chairman, Kosofe LGA, Barrister Moyosore Ogunlewe, Hon(Mrs) Kafilat Ogbara, Dr Saheed Oladapo Ibikunle, Hon(Princess) Adebimpe Akinsola, Alhaja Ogunniyi Hon Segun Oladapo(Oscar) and Hon. Gbenga Nollah amongst others.
he Chairman, Senate Committee on Industries, and the Senator representing Lagos East Senatorial District, Distinguished Senator Mukhail Adetokunbo Abiru, FCA, alongside Ikorodu Division Apex Leader and member, Governance Advisory Council(GAC), His Excellency, Prince Abiodun Ogunleye, Asiwaju Reuben Olorunfunmi Basorun, Senator Adeseye Ogunlewe, Asipa Kaoli Olusanya on Saturday attended a crucial meeting with Senator Abiru’s 1,400 Canvassers in Ikorodu Division. ![WhatsApp Image 2023-02-12 at 14.16.33-2.jpeg](https://tact-space.fra1.digitaloceanspaces.com/08a26a2bf590af7c250da8185aacbb97.jpeg) ![WhatsApp Image 2023-02-12 at 14.16.28.jpeg](https://tact-space.fra1.digitaloceanspaces.com/524c27bd49434de05de36969cc6530ad.jpeg) ![WhatsApp Image 2023-02-12 at 14.16.32.jpeg](https://tact-space.fra1.digitaloceanspaces.com/f6827db5d6b40fb5404d76b9232d6b33.jpeg) ![WhatsApp Image 2023-02-12 at 14.16.33.jpeg](https://tact-space.fra1.digitaloceanspaces.com/f7bab0926a28452486c817b23887d638.jpeg) ![WhatsApp Image 2023-02-12 at 14.16.29.jpeg](https://tact-space.fra1.digitaloceanspaces.com/52610aebb6787d910305910363bedeed.jpeg) Mr. Adetokunbo Gbolahan Ogunleye and Mr. Aro Moshood Abiodun, APC Candidates for Lagos State House of Assembly, (Ikorodu Constituency 1) and (Ikorodu Constituency 2) respectively, were also present at the meeting held at the Senator Abiru constituency office in Ikorodu. The Canversers operate under the auspices of East Consultative Forum, ECF, an independent Campaign group that is complementing the party’s voters mobilisation drive in the Lagos East Senatorial District. There are over 4,000 Canvassers engaged by Senator Abiru to mobilise voters for the party, and all the candidates ahead of the February 25 and March 11, 2023, general elections. Senator Tokunbo Abiru in his remarks urged the Canvassers to intensify voters mobilisation exercise across the Ikorodu Division and by extension, the 98 wards in the 16 LGAs/LCDAs under Lagos East. The Senator sensitised them on the need for the party to have a large voter turnout that will boost the number of votes for APC, particularly, the presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu. Former Lagos State Deputy Governor, Prince Ogunleye thanked Senator Abiru for his purposeful leadership and his top-notch voter mobilisation strategies. He called on all the party members and supporters in the Ikorodu Division to ensure that the party gets massive votes. In the same manner, Asiwaju Olorunfunmi Basorun asked party members to ensure that APC wins convincingly with unprecedented numbers of votes. He appreciated the Senator for his support and efforts at ensuring that APC wins by landslide in the elections. Asipa Olusanya and Senator Adeseye Ogunlewe and other leaders at the engagement session also rallied support for Asiwaju Tinubu, Senator Abiru, and all candidates of the party. Friends of the Senator were also present to witness the meeting. Hon Babajimi Adegoke Benson, House of Representatives member(Ikorodu Federal Constituency), later joined the reception for friends and family members at Senator Abiru’s residence in Ikorodu.
The Nigerian Senate today passed the Federal High Court Amendment Bill and Franchising Establishment Bill. This was after it considered the reports of the Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters on the Federal High Court Act, Cap F12 LFN 2004 (Amendment) Bill, 2023 (SB. 745) and the Franchising (Establishment) Bill, 2023 (SB. 969.) The Chairman of the Committee, Distinguished Opeyemi Micheal Bamidele(Ekiti Central) presented the reports during plenary today. ![TokinboAbiru_plenaryBill.jpg](https://tact-space.fra1.digitaloceanspaces.com/763f659981d5b167ff02d224717e3ad7.jpg) The Federal High Court Act, Cap F12 LFN 2004 (Amendment) Bill, 2023 (SB. 745) was sponsored by Senator Mukhail Adetokunbo Abiru, FCA, and the Deputy Senate President, Senator Ovie Omo Agege while the Franchising (Establishment) Bill, 2023 (SB. 969) was sponsored by Senator Mukhail Adetokunbo Abiru, FCA. The Federal High Court Act, Cap F12 LFN 2004 (Amendment) Bill, 2023 (SB. 745) seeks to amend the Federal High Court Act to address the shortcomings inherent in the Principal Act to make provisions for the regulation of the award of prejudgment interest to ensure the attainment of substantial justice, particularly in relation to claims bothering on commercial transactions and also to increase the number of judges in the Federal High Court. On the other hand, the Franchising Bill seeks to create a framework for the operation of franchising and to guide the relationship between franchisors and franchisees and for matters connected therewith in order to enhance the economic development of Nigeria. The objectives of the Bill are to among other things: (a) Regulate and guide the relationship between Franchisors and Franchisees by imposing certain obligations and prohibiting certain actions; (b) Promote the growth of franchising through the adoption of international best practices that balance the interests of franchisors and franchisee; (c) Enhance the capacity of the National Office of Technology Acquisition and Promotion for effective regulation, administration, and enforcement of the provisions of Franchising in this Bill. The Senate unanimously passed the bills. With the passage of both bills today, amendment of the Federal High Court Act has come into force, making provisions for the regulation of the award of prejudgment interest to ensure the attainment of substantial justice, particularly in relation to claims bothering commercial transactions and to increase the number of justices of the Federal High Court, particularly with their increased jurisdiction in respect of electoral matters. Likewise, the operation of franchising has been strengthened and the relationship between franchisors and franchisees will be properly regulated through the provision of the legal and legislative framework contained therein.
The sprawling Eko Club in Surulere was agog on Thursday when the Chairman, Senate Committee on Industries, and the Senator representing Lagos East Senatorial District, Distinguished Senator Mukhail Adetokunbo Abiru, FCA arrived at one of the foremost social clubs in Lagos for an interactive session with the members. The #DoingGood Senator was there to speak with notable Lagos elites on his achievements and plans for the people of Lagos East when re-elected for another term. The lawmaker is no stranger to Surulere. His Alma mater, Government College Lagos, Eric Moore, was just a few metres from Eko Club close, off Bode Thomas. Senator Abiru was at the Government College Lagos, between 1975 and 1981, a year after Eko Club was founded. He also lived at 8, Abibu Oki Close, Surulere between 1969 and 1977. So, Surulere is familiar terrain to him, he witnessed how the place evolved over the years. Senator Abiru, who has changed the narrative of governance and representation in Lagos East Senatorial District, also gave back to his secondary school. The Senator completely overhauled the school’s auditorium and administrative blocks which were in a decrepit state. ![senatorAbiru_EkoClub.jpg](https://tact-space.fra1.digitaloceanspaces.com/f26d8e35217752441d602018e5ca68cc.jpg) The 700-capacity seater auditorium with gallery got totally refurbished with 24 toilets both on the first and ground floors. The auditorium has expansive administrative wings on both sides. The four massive offices for Senior School officers and auditorium managers have got exquisite toilets. There are four classrooms in the block that can seat 30 students each. Also, provision was made for two staff rooms for teachers with two waiting areas. Five administrative offices on the top floor and two big lecture halls on the ground floor were also rehabilitated. This gesture and various projects like Schools, hospitals, stadium, market, and other people-oriented interventions of Senator Abiru in his Senatorial District within two years in the saddle must have informed the decision of the Eko Club Executives to invite him as a special guest for their interactive session. Unassuming Senator Abiru stood before the elders and members of Eko Club to share his experience and achievements as the Senator of the Federal Republic, he also unveiled greater plans he has for the people of Lagos East in another four years. He said, “Mr. Chairman and Distinguished Members, let me quickly reflect on my journey in the Senate so far. While I was elected on December 6, 2020, I formally assumed office on December 15, 2020. We immediately set out on a mission anchored to #DoingGood, a mantra I have been consciously pursuing in the larger interests of my constituents. The mantra was founded purely on three major pillars - legislation, empowerment, and endowment. “Under legislation, specifically, I have successfully sponsored 13 private member bills; co-sponsored three other bills, and moved two motions on issues of national significance. Of note among these bills are the Copyright Bill, 2021, and Franchise Regulation Bill 2022, both of which are currently at the final stage of enactment. “When eventually enacted, the legislation will be catalysts for revamping Nigeria’s creative economy; strengthening the country’s macro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), and empowering a teeming number of our youths to effectively operate in the digital environment. “I have also moved the motions on the imperative of rehabilitating Ikorodu-Itoikin-Epe and Ikorodu-Sagamu roads. As we all know, these federal roads are of economic significance not just to Lagos East, but also our country. First, the roads directly connect all LGAs in Lagos East together and to other parts of the state. Second, the roads connect Lagos East to other states of the federation, especially those in South-west, South-east and South-south. “Until our interventions, the roads had become deplorable and largely collapsed, a condition that subjected my constituents to undue hardship and undermined socio-economic activities in the district. While the rehabilitation of the Ikorodu-Sagamu road is already at the stage of completion, the federal government recently promised to expedite the rehabilitation of the road linking Ikorodu to Itoikin and Epe. “Under empowerment, I have authorised over N150 million direct credit transfers to over 2,500 vulnerable persons in Lagos East under our COVID-19 Financial Relief Scheme. The beneficiaries of the scheme include widows; persons with special needs; aged; unemployed youth and women who each receive N5,000 direct credit transfers to their respective bank accounts every other month. “I have facilitated the construction and delivery of blocks of classrooms in no fewer than 15 public schools across all LGAs in Lagos East. I have also facilitated a fully equipped computer laboratory at Igbobi Junior High School, Somolu; 200 solar street lights at Lagos State Polytechnic, Ikorodu and 16 toilets and solar-powered borehole in Aga Primary School in Ikorodu to mention a few. “In addition, I have facilitated the following socio-economic facilities: 1) three primary health centres in Isiwu, Ikorodu North; Agboyi-Ketu, Lagos State University of Science and Technology; 2) one youth development centre in Epe comprising 960-seating capacity stadium; 3) rebuilding of Oluwo Market in Epe; 4) over 24 transformers have been installed in various communities in this senatorial district. “Under endowment, I have initiated different programmes under Senator Abiru Innovation Lab (SAIL). Each of the programmes is aimed at equipping our young graduates with employability skills; strengthening the capacity of young entrepreneurs to effectively operate in any part of Lagos East and preparing our youths generally for the boundless opportunities that digital economy presents in this age. “Currently, no fewer than 2,300 youths in Lagos East applied for our SAIL programmes. Of this figure, over 200 have already undergone training in different programmes of interest at our SAIL Centre, Ikorodu. Another set of 900 eligible applicants have been trained on-line, expected to equip them with skills that can help them pursue robust careers in IT and speed up development of their own businesses. “We have equally set up a N300 million Constituency Intervention Revolving Loan. This intervention is born out of our passion not just to equip our young entrepreneurs with innovative skills they require to excel, but also guarantee them access to funds they need to start up their businesses or accelerate the growth of their businesses. “At 6% per annum, this intervention will definitely boost the growth of MSMEs in Lagos East; help the beneficiaries create wealth and reduce all forms of menace associated with unemployment, among others. We have consciously committed to this mission, leveraging my political and social capital to create an enabling environment for young entrepreneurs to operate without let or hindrance. “In pursuit of my human capital agenda, I instituted the Annual Bursary Scheme in 2021 as part of our endowment programmes. In the main, the scheme aims at supporting our children, who are undertaking different programmes in tertiary institutions nationwide. “At its inauguration, no fewer than 600 students benefited from this scheme. The selection process for the second edition has already been completed. In a matter of days, our Bursary Advisory Board, comprising highly esteemed scholars from our tertiary institutions, will announce the names of those who will benefit from the second edition of our bursary scheme. “Mr. Chairman and Distinguished Members, this is what I have been doing for the last two years. I assumed office as a Senator representing Lagos East. Given these modest records of stewardship, I have truly kept all my campaign promises and I am still committed to them. On the forthcoming elections, Senator Abiru urged members of the Club, Lagosians, and Nigerians to support and vote Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and his Vice, Senator Kashim Shettima, and Governor Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu and his deputy, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat, and all candidates of the ruling party. According to him, Asiwaju Tinubu understands the concept of leadership both on public and private levels. He said Governor Sanwo-Olu demonstrated great capacity and delivered on campaign promises despite COVID-19 and global recession challenges. Abiru disclosed that his focus for the next four years if re-elected will be: MSMEs Support, Special Status for Lagos, Fiscal Discipline, and devolution of power. Members of the Club reacted to the paper of the Senator and asked relevant questions on COVID-19 support for vulnerable constituents, the economy, and the monetary policy of the government. In his remarks, Eko Club President, Hon (Barrister) Tajudeen Jaiyeola Agoro, commended Senator Abiru for his sterling performance in office and thanked him for honouring the invitation of the Club. Senator Abiru was inducted as a member of Eko Club. Enitan Olukotun Special Adviser to Senator Tokunbo Abiru (Media and Publicity) Friday, 20th January, 2023
The Chairman of the Senate Committee on Industries, and the Senator representing Lagos East Senatorial District, Distinguished Senator Mukhail Adetokunbo Abiru, FCA, has wished constituents of the Lagos East Senatorial District a prosperous 2023. Senator Abiru, in a recorded video, thanked the residents of Lagos East for their unflinching support and appealed to them to vote for him, the APC Presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, and Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu and all candidates on the platform of the ruling party in the 2023 general elections. ![NEWYEAR_2023_1.jpg](https://tact-space.fra1.digitaloceanspaces.com/4c77756fe53779c06b87846c425dacc8.jpg) The #DoingGood Senator said; “My dear Constituents of Lagos East Senatorial District. Congratulations and Happy New year. “As you may recall I was sworn in as the Senator, representing Lagos East on December 15, 2020. So it's exactly 2 years that I have had the privilege & honour to represent you all in the National Assembly. “During this period, I have focused on this responsibility from 3 key pillars: Legislative; Empowerment; and Endowment, with emphasis on Human Capital Development & infrastructural Development. A brief on my modest achievements can be found on my website: https://abiru.tact.ng “As 2023 is our year of General Elections, I humbly solicit your support & vote for my re-election as your Senator. “I also use this medium to canvas for your support and vote for our National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu as the next President of Nigeria; Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu as the re-elected Governor of Lagos State; and all other APC candidates in the 2023 General Elections. “I once again wish you a prosperous 2023. Thank you & God bless”.
The hope for the completion of the 30-km Ikorodu-Sagamu Road was brightened on Wednesday when the Nigerian Senate passed the 2022 Supplementary Appropriation Bill, 2022. The economically important road that links the Lagos East Senatorial District to the rest of the country was among the priority projects captured in the supplementary budget. Funding augmentation required to complete the road before the end of the tenure of President Muhammadu Buhari had been provided in the bill. ![SenatorAbiru_AtThePlenary.jpg](https://tact-space.fra1.digitaloceanspaces.com/e2a01ed7f017441f28006e5479d77a73.jpg) The Chairman of, the Senate Committee on Appropriations, Senator Barau Jibrin (Kano North) presented the bill before the Senate for consideration. The Senate approved it and transmitted the bill to President Buhari for his assent. It will be recalled that on Wednesday, 7th December 2022, His Excellency, Mr Babatunde Raji Fashola, SAN, the Honourable Minister of Works and Housing, gave assurances about making necessary provisions for the inclusion of the required funds for the completion of the road in the supplementary budget of the Ministry when the Senator representing Lagos East Senatorial District, Senator Mukhail Adetokunbo Abiru FCA paid him a courtesy call in his office in Abuja. Critical sections of the 30-Km Ikorodu-Sagamu road, from; Sabo, Okegbegun, First Gate, Odogunyan, Ita-Oluwo, Ogijo, Gbaga, Sotubo, Mosimmi to Gbara Village have been fixed, remaining less than 8 Kilometre to get to Sagamu. These milestones were made possible through the instrumentality of legislative intervention via a motion moved by Senator Abiru, “On The Urgent Need For Completion of The Rehabilitation Of The Ikorodu-Sagamu And Ikorodu-Itoikin- Epe Roads To Further Bridge The Infrastructure Gap And Enhance Economic Growth In Nigeria” in April 2021. Before Senator Abiru’s intervention, Ikorodu- Sagamu road, which was awarded on 5th June 2018 to Messrs Arab Contractors O.A.O. Nigeria Limited, with a completion period of 36 months only attained 24.04% completion due to paucity of funding. However, the current intervention by the Senator has ensured the advancement of the 30-km Road to about 80% completion. Senator Abiru thanked the Honourable Minister of Works and Housing, His Excellency, Mr Babatunde Raji Fashola SAN for his unwavering support in making this a reality. He equally recognised Senator Gbenga Ashafa, his predecessor in the Senate under whose tenure the project was started. In the same vein, the #DoingGood Senator also acknowledged the support of Honourable Babajimi Benson, the member representing Ikorodu in the House of Representatives for his support for this intervention.
The Chairman, Senate Committee on Industries and the Senator representing Lagos East Senatorial District, Distinguished Senator Mukhail Adetokunbo Abiru, FCA has felicitated with Christians and other Nigerians on the 2022 celebrations of Christmas. Senator Abiru, in his goodwill message urged Christians to reflect and emulate the virtues and ideals of Jesus Christ which emphasized love, tolerance and peaceful co-existence among other people who share different religious beliefs. ![Seasons-Greeting-1.jpg](https://tact-space.fra1.digitaloceanspaces.com/a0ce18c104e1575717f3be2014d6593b.jpg) The lawmaker urged all Nigrians to fully participate in the forthcoming 2023 General Elections and vote for all the candidates of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, stressing that the Bola Tinubu/Shettima presidency will deliver desired good governance to the nation. He said, ‘I rejoice with the people of Lagos East in particular, Lagos state and Nigeria in general as we commemorate the birth of Jesus Christ. It 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 love and nation building. 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, considering the challenges our dear nation is grappling with in recent times. “Dear compatriots, as we journey into 2023, we should all be involved in the electoral process by coming out to vote in the general elections. Our dear nation is at a critical crossroad. The complexity of our dear nation and the overwhelming challenges in the security, economic and other sectors require an experienced, tested leader to take up the mantle of leadership. “Fellow country men and women, I boldly present Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the Presidential candidate of the ruling APC as the man that will take Nigeria to the desired next level. Support and vote for him, alongside all candidates of the APC.” ‘It is my utmost joy to celebrate this joyous occasion with you. While sharing love and care to the needy during this season, we must, as well, be conscious of our safety and security. I wish you all a happy celebration’.
The Chairman, Senate Committee on Industries and the Senator representing Lagos East Senatorial District, Distinguished Senator Mukhail Adetokunbo Abiru, FCA at the APC Lagos East Mega Rally today wowed constituents, members and supporters of the ruling party in the Lagos East Senatorial District with his sterling achievements in the last two years. The #DoingGood Senator who addressed teeming members and supporters of the party at Ikorodu Town Hall, the venue of the mega rally enjoined the electorate in Lagos East to re-elect him in 2023, stressing that he had delivered on the promises he made in 2020 when he was seeking their mandate. ![LagosEastRally_senatorAbiru.jpg](https://tact-space.fra1.digitaloceanspaces.com/698cb9c7c0b584d72a14995242d24dab.jpg) He said, “For the past 24 months, we have been able to record modest achievements with the profound support of our people and indeed our great party. Within this period, we have been able to touch lives directly and indirectly; sponsored and co-sponsored bills and motions of national significance and provide support for our people in Epe, Ikorodu, Ibeju/Lekki, Kosofe and Somolu Local Government Areas, especially at the time of critical needs and national emergencies. “In the spirit of collective responsibility, we set out on a mission anchored on #DoingGood, a mantra we have consciously nurtured and faithfully actualised since my inauguration on December 15, 2020. This is founded on three major pillars - legislative role, empowerment and endowment. “In these three focal areas, we have been doggedly making strategic interventions in the last 24 months, and the people of Lagos East have been at the centre of these interventions. “Under the legislation, for instance, we sponsored 13 private member bills; co-sponsored three other bills and moved two motions on issues of national importance. Of note among these bills are Copyright Bill, 2021 and Franchise Regulation Bill 2022. When finally enacted, these legislations will be catalysts for revamping Nigeria’s creative economy; strengthening the country’s macro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) and empowering a teeming number of our youths to effectively operate in the digital environment. “I have equally moved the motion on the need to urgently rehabilitate Ikorodu-Itoikin-Epe and Ikorodu-Shagamu roads. As we all know, these federal roads are of economic significance not just to Lagos East, but also to our country. First, the roads directly connect all LGAs in Lagos East together and to other parts of the state. Second, the roads connect Lagos East to other states of the federation, especially those in the South-west, South-east and South-south. “Until our interventions, the roads had become deplorable and largely collapsed, a condition that subjected our people to undue hardship and undermined socio-economic activities in the district. While the rehabilitation of the Ikorodu-Sagamu road is already at the stage of completion, the federal government promised just the penultimate week to expedite the rehabilitation of the road linking Ikorodu to Itoikin and Epe”. The Senator also informed the people of Senator Abiru Innovation Lab(SAIL), the first-of-its-kind innovation hub in Lagos East Senatorial District he set up for young people and entrepreneurs, N300 Million Naira Constituency Intervention Revolving Loan, Health facilities and construction of blocks of classrooms he facilitated across the district, provision of a grant to 1,250 market women, award of bursary to 600 higher institution students and monthly support for over 2500 vulnerable constituents among others laudable achievements. In his remarks, Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu urged residents of Lagos East to support and vote for the Senator and himself and other candidates of the party in 2023. According to the governor, his administration had impacted lives and communities in Lagos East in the area of infrastructure, health and education. The Chairman of the party in Lagos State, Pastor Cornelius Ojelabi, said the rally was an opportunity to showcase the achievements of the APC in Lagos State, and in particular the giant strides of various elected officials on the platform of the party. Director-General, of APC Lagos State Governorship Campaign Council, Senator Ganiyu Olarenwaju Solomon (GOS) said he was sure that APC would win all the way. “ As we are winning in Lagos, we are winning all over the federation”, the former lawmaker declared. The apex leader in Ikorodu Division and member of the Governance Advisory Council in Lagos State, His Excellency, Prince Abiodun Ogunleye commended the APC-led administration in Lagos for meeting the yearnings of Lagosians. Other leaders and dignitaries in attendance include Alhaji Akanni Seriki Bami, Senator Adeseye Ogunlewe, Senator Anthony Adefuye, Omooba Olumuyiwa Sosanya, Otunba Busura Adedeji Alebiosu, Lagos APC, Hon Babajimi Benson, Publicity Secretary, Hon Seye Oladejo, Alhaji Bode Oyedele, Dr Tola Kasali, House of Representatives candidate, Lagos State House of Assembly candidates among other notable leaders of the APC.
Today, teeming members and supporters of our great party, the All Progressives Congress, APC in Ikorodu Division came out en masse to show love and solidarity for our performing governor, His Excellency, @jidesanwooluofficial, and my humble self and other candidates of APC. ![senatorAbiru_SanwoOlu_OriwuClub-9.jpg](https://tact-space.fra1.digitaloceanspaces.com/3e2d99abbddcd40ee765470aef7c0089.jpg) ![senatorAbiru_SanwoOlu_OriwuClub-8.jpg](https://tact-space.fra1.digitaloceanspaces.com/f207ffba260891f24536600bfba36f04.jpg) ![senatorAbiru_SanwoOlu_OriwuClub-2.jpg](https://tact-space.fra1.digitaloceanspaces.com/9b047a6b4c44ce5c878957b50b42c250.jpg) ![senatorAbiru_SanwoOlu_OriwuClub-1.jpg](https://tact-space.fra1.digitaloceanspaces.com/a37ce7417d6e2d0f0401eeb3615325cc.jpg) The heroic reception in honour of the governor was held on the sideline of the investiture ceremony of @jidesanwooluofficial as the grand patron of the prestigious Oriwu Club. Our leaders in the division, led by the apex leader, His Excellency, Prince Abiodun Ogunleye, GAC leaders Rueben Olorunfunmi Basorun, Senator Adeseye Ogunlewe, Asipa Kaoli Olusanya, Lagos State House Assembly members, Council chairmen, among others made the visit of Mr Governor to Ikorodu a memorable outing. In my remarks during the investiture ceremony, I told the gathering of eminent indigenes of Ikorodu and other guests that Governor Sanwo-Olu deserved to be re-elected considering his outstanding achievements in the last three and half years. I reminded Oriwu Club members how Mr Governor provided exemplary leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic and successfully steered the state out of turbulence. I urged everyone in attendance to support and vote for all candidates of the ruling party in the forthcoming 2023 general elections. #TokunboAbiruIsDoingGood
The Chairman, Senate Committee on Industries and the Senator representing Lagos East Senatorial, Distinguished Senator Mukhail Adetokunbo Abiru, FCA on Saturday joined the regent of Ijede, High Chief Musediku Aliu, and the entire people of Ijede Kingdom in celebrating 2022 Ajede Luwasa Day. Senator Abiru, an ardent lover of culture and tradition, commended illustrious sons and daughters of Ijede who worked tirelessly for the success of the cultural festival. He applauded them for sustaining the celebrations of the rich cultural heritage of the land for more than three decades. The #DoingGood Senator who was represented by Dr (Otunba) Saheed Oladapo Ibikunle, his Special Adviser on Constituency Matters, who is also a Board Member at Lagos State Universal Basic Education (LASUBEB). Speaking on the theme , “ Social Impact of Community Active Engagement in Progressives Political Developments”, Senator Abiru emphasised the importance of community engagement in the public policy formulation process. The Senator disclosed that the engagement he had with people at the grassroots, through a NEEDS ASSESSMENT he conducted shortly after he won the 2020 Lagos East Senatorial District by-election formed the basis for his interventions in various communities in the Senatorial District. Abiru said in his speech that, “Community engagement, no doubt, is pivotal to political development. When I got into this sacred assignment in December, 2020, I knew that socio-economic and political dividends will most likely elude the mass of our people at the community level without engagements with critical stakeholders at the local level. “Consequently, I convened a community-based stakeholder engagements with Community Development Committees(CDCs), and by extension, the Community Development Associations(CDAs), artisan and market groups, students, community leaders in the 16 LGs/LCDAs in the Lagos East Senatorial District. “These crucial engagements led to the NEEDS ASSESSMENT survey that I conducted across the district. The outcomes of the study revealed the different needs of various communities under Lagos East Senatorial District. On the basis of this, the pillars of my representation were formulated”. Dr Ibikunle reeled out the sterling achievements of Senator Abiru in the last 23 months. According to him, Abiru has performed exceptionally and deserved to be supported and re-elected. Senator Abiru donated a sum of N1million (One million Naira) at the event.
The Chairman, Senate Committee on Industries and the Senator representing Lagos East Senatorial District, Distinguished Senator Mukhail Adetokunbo Abiru, FCA on Wednesday paid a courtesy visit to Honourable Minister of Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola, SAN at his office in Mabushi, Abuja to show appreciation for his efforts on two critical Federal roads: Ikorodu- Itoikin Road and Ikorodu/ Sagamu Road. ![senatorAbiru_Fashola.jpg](https://tact-space.fra1.digitaloceanspaces.com/b3129d5cc3b086712168d349c61297c6.jpg) During the courtesy call, the #DoingGood Senator extended the gratitude of Constituents of the Lagos East Senatorial District to the minister for his support and efforts on the planned rehabilitation of 32-Km Ikorodu-Itoikin Road and the accelerated work on Ikorodu-Sagamu Road, which is almost completed. The Honourable Minister specifically informed the Senator that the Federal Executive Council (FEC) had approved the complete rehabilitation of the Ikorodu-Itoikin Road. Fashola assured Senator Abiru that the total rehabilitation of the road will commence in January 2023. Meanwhile, critical sections of the 30-Km Ikorodu/Sagamu road, from; Sabo, Okegbegun, First Gate, Odogunyan, Ita-Oluwo, Ogijo, Gbaga, Sotubo, Mosimmi to Gbara Village have been fixed, remaining less than 8 Kilometre to get to Sagamu. The Honourable Minister assured Senator Abiru that the road would be completed before the end of President Muhammadu Buhari administration. These milestones were made possible through the instrumentality of legislative intervention via a motion moved by Senator Abiru, “On The Urgent Need For The Rehabilitation Of The Ikorodu-Sagamu And Ikorodu-Itoikin- Epe Roads To Further Bridge The Infrastructure Gap And Enhance Economic Growth In Nigeria” in April 2021. Senator Abiru convinced the Senate by highlighting the importance of the two roads to the nation’s economic growth as they serve as 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 a major refinery, Lagos Deep Seaport and Free Trade Zone, etc. The motion was fully supported and approved by the Nigerian Senate, and thereafter obtained the cooperation and support of the Ministry of Works and Housing, particularly, the Honourable minister, His Excellency, Mr Babatunde Fashola, SAN. Before Senator Abiru’s intervention, Ikorodu- Sagamu road, which was awarded on 5th June 2018 to Messrs Arab Contractors O.A.O. Nigeria Limited, with a completion period of 36 months only attained 24.04% completion due to paucity of funding. However, the current intervention by the Senator has ensured the advancement of the 30-km Road to about 85% completion.
The beneficiaries of the Senator Tokunbo Abiru COVID-19 Financial Relief Scheme have received direct credits in their respective bank accounts for the month of November 2022, (making it the 23rd consecutive month of receiving this social service support by beneficiaries). ![senatorAbiru_covid_2022.jpg](https://tact-space.fra1.digitaloceanspaces.com/4e275a10e2647dbbf793808854cb0a1e.jpg) The Chairman, Senate Committee on Industries and the Senator representing Lagos East Senatorial District, Distinguished Senator Mukhail Adetokunbo Abiru, FCA in the last 23 consecutive months has disbursed over N150,000,000 (One Hundred and Fifty 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. Those who received payment for the month of November 2022, belong to the batch A category. 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 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. The beneficiaries of this continuous scheme are listed below: Enitan Olukotun Special Adviser to Senator Tokunbo Abiru (Media and Publicity)
The Chairman, Senate Committee on Industries and the Senator representing Lagos East Senatorial District, Distinguished Senator Mukhail Adetokunbo Abiru, FCA has called on Nigerians not to give up on the country but keep hope alive. The #DoingGood Senator gave the admonition in his goodwill message in commemoration of the 62nd anniversary of Nigeria’s independence on Saturday. According to him, it is important for Nigerians to strengthen national unity and peaceful co-existence ahead of the 2023 general elections. Senator Abiru appealed to Nigerians to support and vote for the All-Progressives Congress, APC Presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and all candidates of the party. The message read: “Like I have always maintained, our challenges, though daunting but not insurmountable. We can still salvage our dear nation and reposition her on the path of honour if we get leadership right. ![OctoberIndependence_FB.jpg](https://tact-space.fra1.digitaloceanspaces.com/7ed7fe830fc8d41960ce88e0120c21d5.jpg) “As we all prepare for the 2023 general elections, I appeal to all Nigerians to support the Presidential candidate of the APC, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu in his quest to provide visionary leadership that will rescue the Nation from the precipice. “Dear Nigerians, managing the complexities of the Nigerian state requires a great deal of experience and courage. We need a man with a proven track record of excellence in public service, and with a deep understanding of Nigeria’s body polity. No other person fits the bill among the presidential hopefuls than Asiwaju Tinubu”. “As a product of Asiwaju’s political school of thought, in my Senatorial District (Lagos East), we are ensuring that we provide #Greater Good to Larger Number of People. “In the last 21 (twenty-one) months or so that I have held the people’s mandate, I have prioritized my focus and responsibilities on three (3) pillars: Legislative role; Empowerment, and Endowment. For us, it is all about service to the people. Today, our esteemed constituents are proud that we are genuinely serving their interests”. The Lagos East Senator assured that Nigeria will survive the current turbulent period and emerge stronger against the predictions of naysayers. The protracted national challenges will be defeated with the collective will of all Nigerians, Abiru said.
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)
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
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
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!"
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.
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**
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 .
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 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.
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.
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
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.