The Senator, representing Lagos East Senatorial District in the National Assembly, Sen. Tokunbo Abiru, has supported 600 indigent students with N30 million, saying that it would provide the intended succor to many distraught students and their parents.
The beneficiaries who were students of tertiary institutions in the state, were selected from the 98 wards of the 16 local governments in the district.
Abiru, who gave the financial support on Thursday while unveiling the “Senator Tokunbo Abiru Bursary Endowment Fund’’, said that if the beneficiaries give their studies the best shot, he is ready to stand by them all the way.
In his keynote address, the Senator said: “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.
“Everyone is important in our reckoning, including our little children. At the heat of the pandemic in February,2021, 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.
“In the same manner, next month, between November 8 and 9th, we will in partnership with Fate Foundation, train one thousand Micro Small and Medium Business Owners across the entire district at a two-day MSME Clinic.”
Chairman of the occasion, Chief Abiodun Ogunleye, a member of the Governor’s Advisory Council (GAC) and former Deputy Governor of the state, showered ecomimum on the Senator, saying that it was a gesture worthy of appreciation.
Ogunleye said that it was an indication that Abiru was a better choice and that he knows the positive effect of education on societal development.
He charged the beneficiaries to justify the purpose of the bursary, saying that their studies should be paramount to them than anything.
Representing the governor of Lagos state, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the Special Adviser On Education, Tokunbo Wahab, said there is nothing more than investing in the human resources of a state, saying development is driven by the quality of human capital.
Wahab said Lagos East needs to catch up in the area of human capacity development, adding that it is only through education such can happen.
Meanwhile, the Chairman Bursary Advisory Board of the scheme, Dr. Abiodun Fatai-Abatan, disclosed that at the first instance of the selection process, over 2,185 applications were reviewed and that subsequent selection processes were carried out to accommodate non-indiegenes after the indiegenes had been given highest consideration.
Fatai-Abatan, who is a lecturer at the Lagos State University (LASU), said that the board was not only meticulous and thorough but that the board members were very professional and conscious of their integrity in the discharge of their responsibilities.