The National Youth Council of Nigeria (Lagos State Chapter) has conferred Ambassador of Youth Development Award on the Chairman, Senate Committee on Industries and the Senator representing Lagos East Senatorial, Distinguished Senator Mukhail Adetokunbo Abiru, FCA for his outstanding contributions to the development of Youth in the Lagos East Senatorial District.
Senator Abiru’s media aide, Mr. Enitan Olukotun, represented the distinguished Senator at the Award presentation ceremony held on Friday, December 9, 2022 at the Lagos State University of Education, Noforija , Epe .
NYCN Chairman, Comrade Lekan Sulaiman Oba , said the Youth Council deemed Senator Abiru fit for the award because of his passion for capacity development for youth not only in Lagos East Senatorial District, but Lagos State at large.
He said, “All Youth Leaders in Lagos State have unanimously agreed to decorate and present you an outstanding and distinguished award as an AMBASSADOR OF YOUTH DEVELOPMENT in Lagos State.
“We have heard and seen your distinguished exemplary leadership, selfless and unrelenting support and services in uplifting the youth constituency to an enviable status which has brought long-term development and prosperity to both young and old within the state and nation at large” .
Senator Abiru who is passionate about genuine development that will bring about prosperity in the new world that we live in today, has focused on Human Capital Development for youths and entrepreneurs.
He has set – up The Senator Abiru Innovation Lab (SAIL) in Ikorodu, to equip young people for the enormous global opportunities in the fourth industrial revolution age.
The SAIL Innovation is part of the Senator’s endowment, funded largely by him and the goodwill he had gathered during his corporate life, to drive youth empowerment, creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship.
The Lab was created in partnership with Co – Creative Hub (CcHub), Africa’s first innovation Centre that is dedicated to accelerating economic prosperity and this is run under The Tokunbo Abiru Constituency Team (TACT) Foundation.
SAIL is a unique community innovation space for young people in Lagos East, with primary purpose to create employment opportunities, inspire grass-roots innovation & creativity, build partnerships and networks that drive economic prosperity, and solve significant social and business problems.
The Innovation Lab provides a comfortable and safe environment for exploring innovation Ideas, and offers basic foundation and cross functional programmes and opportunities that inspire the people (students, graduates, entrepreneurs, and job seekers in Lagos East) to gather, learn and create.
In addition, Senator Abiru also awarded bursaries to over 600 higher institution students in Lagos East Senatorial District.
Senator Abiru’s representative, Mr Enitan Olukotun also informed the gathering of the Senator’s strides in: education, health, Sports, infrastructure (roads), empowerment, monthly support for vulnerable constituents, and his various socio-economic intervention programmes.