The Chairman of the Senate Committee on Industries and the Senator representing Lagos East Senatorial District, Distinguished Senator Mukhail Adetokunbo Abiru, FCA on Saturday joined His Royal Majesty, Oba (Engr.) Kabir Adewale Shotobi, the Ayangburen of Ikorodu, and other dignitaries to celebrate the 2022 Ikorodu Oga Day grand finale.
Abiru, who was the Chairman of the occasion, delivered a paper on how Technology, Innovation, and creativity can be deployed in harnessing vast opportunities in the culture and tourism sector.
He said, “The new economy that we live in today thrives essentially on creativity, Innovation, and digital technology, and has made the opportunity for growth in tourism and other creative sectors vast and vibrant.
“Innovation and creativity are the catalysts of every sector today; from farming to medicare to education etc. Not only can we use technology to position the Ikorodu Oga Day and the rich cultural heritage of our people in the entire division on the global stage, but we can also deploy innovation and technology to tap the vast economic opportunities in our tourism sector”.
The Senator said Ikorodu division’s rich cultural heritage, historical sites, and festivals that have huge tourism potential include: Palaver Island where the first treaty was signed in 1853; Ijede warm water spring fast going into extinction; Isiu couple river where it is forbidden to mix the two; The Etunrenren spring; The Ikorodu defense wall of 1600 with the Ojubode gateway and the Ebute-Iga aquatic stadium host of boat regatta.
Others include The Majidun Shrimps breeding ground; Ogun river forest reserve, which is the largest collection of wildlife in Lagos State; Ebute Iga Liwe festival which is an open display of water regatta; Agemo festival – an open display of tradition and religion among others.
The #DoingGood Senator who has impacted the lives of thousands of Constituents across the 98 wards in the 16 LGs/LCDAs in the Lagos East Senatorial District through his people-oriented programmes and interventions, gave a good account of the mandate entrusted to him in the last two years to the admiration of the people.
Abiru, whose focus is based on three major pillars, namely: Legislative, Empowerment/ Facilitations, and Endowment, disclosed that he has built a first-of-its-kind innovation hub in Lagos East, known as Senator Abiru Innovation Lab (SAIL) which will be commissioned before the end of the year.
“As your Senator, I am passionate about genuine development that will bring about prosperity in the new world that we live in today, and it is the singular reason why my focus has been on Human Capital “Development for youths and entrepreneurs. I am therefore happy to let you know that I have set – up The Senator Abiru Innovation Lab (SAIL) here in Ikorodu, in furtherance of this global development and opportunity”, Abiru said.
Under the legislative role, in the last 23 months, 13 private member bills have been sponsored by Senator Abiru, and 3 others co-sponsored by him.
All the bills have scaled first reading. 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 hearings, and third readings 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 a public hearing.
On the Ikorodu/ Sagamu Road which is almost completed, Abiru said: “The efforts I made through this motion has led to the accelerated work improvement on Ikorodu – Sagamu Road to about 80% completion now.
“From Sabo to First-gate, Odogunyan, Ita-Oluwo, Ogijo, Gbaga, Sotubo to Mosimi, almost all critical sections of the road have been reconstructed. This has brought great relief to commuters, motorists, and businesses along the Ikorodu/Sagamu corridor.
“Equally, the same motion has also given major consideration and attention for the complete rehabilitation of Ikorodu-Itoikin-Epe road by the Federal Government, as the final award of the contract is presently awaiting the Federal Executive Council final approval”.
Other laudable achievements of the Senator include the facilitation of four blocks of 16 classrooms at Aga Primary School, a 40-bed Health facility and Dental center at Ikorodu Campus of Lagos State University of Science and Technology(LASUSTECH), 40-bed health facility at Isiu, another 40-bed health center at Mascara Health Centre, Agboyi Ketu, facilitation of 960 seater capacity stadium at Epe, remodelling of ancient Oluwo Fish Market, Epe, Monthly financial support to over 2500 indigent constituents under COVID-19 Relief Support, Bursary award to 600 higher institution students across the district, N300Million Constituency Intervention Revolving Loan at the rate of 6 percent per annum among others.
Senator Abiru who is passionate about Human Capital Development announced a donation of N5million (Five Million Naira) to Ikorodu Oga Development Associations(IKODASS) for educational support of brilliant, indigent students in Ikorodu Division.
Dignitaries at the event include: Oba Mudashiru Ajibade Bakare-Agoro Ranodu Of Imota Ikorodu, High Chief Alliu Musediq, Olisa of Ijede, His Royal Majesty, Oba Basiru Sotonwa, the Sekumade of Ipakodo, HRM, Oba Monsuru Abimbola Adekanbi Oladega, Akinmasa 1, The Olu of Agboyi Kingdom, Olori of Olubeshe, Member, House of Representatives (Ikorodu Federal Constituency), Hon Babajimi Benson, Chairman IKODASS, Mr. Rotimi Erogbogbo, former Chairman of IKODASS, Otunba Ayodele Elesho, the Agbaakin of Ikorodu, Otunba Ganiyu Abiru
Others are: Vice Chancellor, Lagos State University of Science and Technology (LASUSTECH), Prof. Olumuyiwa Omotola Odusanya, Vice Chancellor, Lagos State University, Prof. Ibiyemi Bello, LASU Pro-Chancellor, Sir David Sunmoni, FCA and his wife, Dr. Saheed Oladapo Ibikunle, Member, LASUBEB, Prince Amid Adekunle Oduborisa, President, Oriwu Club, Alhaja Taofikat Allison, Iyaloja General of Ikorodu Division, APC Lagos State House Assembly candidate, Mr. Moshood Aro, Aarebinrin Folashade Oba, Vice-Chairman, Ikorodu Local Government, Chief Monzor Olowosago, Publisher, Oriwu Sun newspapers among others.