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 transfer 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 Government 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, policymakers, 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 light to the school and also the 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 sports facility is equipped with Basketball and Volleyball courts, which 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 were 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 an 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 the 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.