By Rahmat Adebayo
Senator Adetokunbo Abiru unveil Busary scheme for student in higher institutions in Lagos East Senatorial District held at the Lagos state polytechnic ikorodu as 600 students has benefited from this program after going through the selection process.
Before the commencement of the selection process, the board in a joint meeting with the TACT office constituency service set requirements for application and selection criteria which include among others the following:
Applicant must be indigent students of the Lagos East Senatorial District Studying in any of the state-owned or federal institutions in Lagos state (Lagos State University, Lagos state Polytechnics, Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education, Michael Otedola College of Primary Education, Lagos state school of Health technology and Lagos state college of Nursing) For Federal Institutions (the University of Lagos, Yaba College of Technology, Federal College of Education, Akoka and Federal College of Fisheries and Marine Technology).
• Must have a LASSRA identity card
• Must provide proof of indigenship (Letter from recognized
Oba and local government
• Must provide a duly signed progress report or academic
profile signed by his Head of Department.
• Must not be below second class lower or lower credit.
Senator Adetokunbo Abiru expresses his thoughtfulness, he said “Everyone is important in our reckoning, including our little children. At the heat of the pandemic in February,2021, One Hundred and Fifty Thousand (150, 000) facemasks were donated to primary School pupils in the Senatorial District through the Lagos State Universal Basic Board, LASUBEB.
That is not all, I am glad to inform this honorable gathering that the fully-equipped ultra-modern four-blocks of twenty-four classrooms and sixteen toilets we facilitated to Aga Primary School have been completed and our children are currently enjoying improved learning experience and outcomes.
We are also concerned about upskilling our youth to be relevant in the job and entrepreneurship spaces. In partnership with Co-Creation Hub, CcHub, Africa’s leading innovation hub space, we are setting a Community Innovation Centre in our district. This concept will leverage on social capital and technology in accelerating economic prosperity for our teeming youth population, it will be up and running in a few months from now
He also said “Our strides in terms of providing effective representation for our people have been phenomenal in the last 10 months in the saddle, in fulfilment of our promise during the electioneering campaign to provide financial supports for widows, physically-challenged persons, unemployed youths and others who were mostly impacted by the devastating COVID-19 pandemic, about 2500 people have been benefitting from this scheme which took off this January and will terminate in December.
“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.
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 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.
In this maiden edition, Six Hundred (600) eligible students across the 98 wards in the 16 Local Governments and Local Council Development Areas in the Lagos East Senatorial District, were shortlisted and screened by the TACT Bursary Advisory Board which is an independent Committee. The board is chaired by an erudite scholar, Dr. Abiodun Fatai-Abatan, a lecturer at the Lagos State University, LASU.
The senator also said in his speech that if you have a lot of resources, without the right investment, it’s nothing, he said the starting point is 600 beneficiaries by Gods Grace it will be multiplied by next year.
Chairman of the bursary advisory board, Dr Abiodun Fatai-Abatan in his remarks stated “Senator Tokunbo Abiru is financing higher education with a bursary of 30 million naira annually, distributed to 600 students at a value of N50, 000 naira each spread across various tertiary institutions of learning in Lagos State. As a researcher in the social sciences, and as the chairman of the Tokunbo Abiru Bursary Advisory Board, my finding have demonstrated that this bursary scheme by Senator Tokunbo Abiru is the largest privately funded bursary award in the history of Lagos East Senatorial district”
“The Bursary Advisory Board was inaugurated on 50 or April 2021 with the terms of reference of shortlisting 320 indigent but brilliant students of the Lagos East senatorial District studying in state-owned tertiary institutions in Lagos state. 20 slots were allocated to each of the 16 LCDA that make up the District to arrive at the 320 number stated above.
“My reflection on this is the conscientious commitment of the sponsor to the good people of Lagos East with a special focus on students and the younger generation. Thank you sir, Distinguished and plenipotential Senator Mukhail Adetokunbo Abiru for writing your name in gold in the hearts and lives of this 600 young people. Your concerted effort on this bursary scheme is geared towards a foundational basis and shared agenda for reconstructing our youth as actors and recipients of sustainable development”
Several dignitaries grace this event and gave some piece of their mind to the host and beneficiaries such as Chairman house committee on Education Hon. Sanni Ganiyu Okanlawon Representing the Speaker Lagos State House of Assembly Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa in his speech he said the event is a legendary history, the first of it kind. Education play a vital role in the growth of the country and system of the government, it involve all stakeholders and well learned citizen, other distinguished sector should emulate this gesture towards youth and others, he implore the beneficiaries should concentrate on their studies and utilize this opportunity wisely.
Dr. Ibiyemi Bello Vice chancellor of Lagos state university in her remarks “Our Distinguished Senator has showered rain, given hope to the beneficiaries, he gave smile to the resident of Lagos east, if this continues in different sector and we can hopefully say our tomorrow in this nation is certain”
Dr. Olumide Metilelu the Deputy Rector Academic of the Lagos state polytechnic representing Dr. Oluremi Nurudeen Olaleye the Rector of Lagos state polytechnic, “I wish to appreciate the senator for channeling his work into assisting student from Lagos state.
To the beneficiaries, i urge you to pursue the spirit of hard work, on behalf of all the children /beneficiaries, I appreciate your great work senator, they will surely make use of the fund wisely.
The student of Lagos state polytechnic and MIcheal otedola college of education gave an appreciation award to the amiable Senator Adetokun Abiru.
Dignitaries in attendance re; His Royal Majesty, Oba Kabir Adewale Shotobi Ayangburen of Ikorodu Represented by Olubese of Ibeshe, His Royal Majesty, Oba Jibade Agoro Ranodu of Imota, His Royal Majesty, Oba Folarin Ogunsanwo, Alara of Ilara, Evang Dr. E.A Adegoke – Ikorodu Central, Chief Imam of Ikorodu Central Mosque – Sheikh Seifudeen Olowo-Oribi, Oba Semiu Orimadegun Kasali, Adegboruwa of Igbogbo, His Royal majesty, Oba Dr. Babatunde Olagun Ogunlaja Aladeshoyin of Odo Noforija, Oba Richard Abayomi Ogunsanya, Olubeshe of Ibeshe, Oba Bashir Aremu Sotonwo, Sekumade of Ipakado, Senator (Dr) Adeseye Ogunlewe, Asiwaju Dr. Olorunfunmi Basorun, Alh M.L Animashaun (CUBANO), Asipa Kaoli Olusanya, Alh S.O Alogba, Alh Jamiu Adio Saka, Hon Saheed Hassan Adefarasin, Omo-Oba Olumuyiwa Sosanya, Alh Sikiru Akani Seriki Bamu, Hon. Wasiu Tolani Odeyemi (WASTAB), Senator Anthony Adefuye, Chief Bode Oyedele, Hon. Babajimi Benson, MHR Representing Ikorodu Federal Constituency, Hon. Wale Raji (MHR Representing Epe Federal Constituency Represented by his Senior Legislative Aide Mr Basheer Hassan), Hon. Bayo Balogun (MHR Representing Ibeju-Lekki Federal Constituency), Hon. Rotimi Agunsoye (MHR Representing Kosofe Federal Constituency), Hon. Sanai O. Agunbiade, House of Assembly Representing Ikorodu Constitutency 1. Majority Leader of the HOA Represented by Hon Azeez Jimoh-Olosugbo, Hon. Sanni Ganiyu B. (House of Assembly Representing Kosofe 01), Hon. Femi Saheed (House of Assembly Representing Kosofe 02), Hon. Abiru Rotimi Lateef (House of Assembly Representing Somolu 02), Hon. Kazeem Raheem Adewale (House of Assembly Representing Ibeju Lekki 02), Hon. Sylvester O. Ogunkelu (House of Assembly Representing Epe 02), Dr. Frederic Oladeinde (Commissioner for Transportation), Hon. Mrs. Yetunde Arobieke (Comm. Wealth Creation and Employment) Oluomo Segun Olulade, Hon. Adebimpe Akinshola, Hon. Musiliu Aigoro, Mayor Dele Oshinowo (Agboyi-ketu), Princess Samiat Bada (Ikosi-Isheri), Hon Kolade Alabi (Bariga LCDA), Barr. Moyosore Ogunlewe (kosofe Local Govt), Hon Wasiu Adeshina (Ikorodu central), Hon Sesan Daini (Igbogbo-Baiyeku LCDA), Hon. Sulaimon Kazeem Olanrewaju (Ikorodu West LCDA) and Hon Gbadebo-Alogba Motunrayo (Ijede LCDA), Hon. Princess Folashade Olabanji-Oba Vice Chairman Ikorodu LG, Hon. Ameen Apanishile Vice Chairman Ikorodu North LCDA, Hon. Aluko Vice Chairman Ikorodu West LCDA amongst others.