Five private primary and secondary schools have been sealed off by the Lagos state government for flouting the order on school operations in the state. Recall that governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu directed all schools to be shut as the deadly Covid-19 spreads in the state.
According to the Director-General of the Office of Education Quality Assurance under the state Ministry of Education, Abiola Seriki-Ayeni, the schools were sealed after government officials caught them holding physical lessons for pupils right on their premises.
She said the step was imperative after her office observed that physical classes have been going on among some private schools across the state, adding that the state government will soon publicly announce the names of the schools and their penalties will also be announced to them as soon as possible.
According to a report, some of the affected schools are situated at Abule Taylor, U-Turn, Pleasure, and Oke-Odo, in Abule-Egba and Ojota.
Abiru Commissions 4 Blocks Of 24 Classrooms
Traditional rulers, top clerics, political leaders including council chairmen and lawmakers applauded the unprecedented feats of the Distinguished Senator Mukhail Adetokunbo Abiru, FCA as he commissioned four blocks of 24 classrooms with 16 toilets at Aga Primary School Ikorodu.
Abiru who is the Senate Committee Chairman on Industries has proven his mettle as a performer since he got into the saddle last December.
The classrooms which are equipped with chairs, tables and other modern instructional equipment replaced a distressed two blocks of four classrooms.
The Senator disclosed that other local governments under the Lagos East Senatorial District are also benefitting projects. He said, “Projects like these are also going on in Kosofe, Epe, Ibeju-Lekki, Somolu, among others. So, this is the way we have staggered the projects”.
He further explained, “The essence of this is to create a platform where pupils can learn in a conducive environment and develop knowledge that will enhance their education pursuit.
“This new edifice will enhance the Pupils to concentrate fully on their study and everything we are seeing here today were done within the space of four months and it shows a lot of determination.”
Abiru while addressing the pupils charged them to concentrate on their studies.
“I want to charge you all to be focused in your education, there is nothing impossible because I am also a product of a public school” The Senator advised the pupils.
The Chairman Ikorodu Local Government, Hon. Wasiu Ayodele Adeshina, in his remarks, applauded Senator Abiru, commending his uncommon performance and gestures in the Lagos East Senatorial within the shortest time.
“I wish to express my sincere gratitude to our Distinguished Senator, Mukhail Adetokunbo Abiru who had facilitated these projects through the office of the SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals)for the success of our pupils here at Aga Primary Schools in ikorodu.
“In the same vein, I appreciate the SDGs for the development of our schools here and in other Local Governments”
The Chairman also urged the Parents and guardians to take advantage of this good initiative by Senator to allow their children to enroll for primary education, saying education is the best legacy parents can provide their children.
Also, the Lagos State Universal Basic Education Board, LASUBEB, Chairman, Hon. Wahaab Alawiye-King, commended the gesture of the Senator, saying Abiru’s resolve to ensure qualitative education for children was highly commendable.
He said, “The basic education level is a crucial stage because it is the foundation upon which all other levels are built. It is our desire as a government to ensure that this level of education is strengthened to enhance the future prospects of our children and their ability to cope with the challenges of higher levels of education. So, Senator Abiru’s effort towards actualizing this in Lagos East is quite commendable and laudable”.
Leaders who graced the occasion include Asiwaju Olorunfunmi Bashorun, Former Lagos State Deputy Governor, Prince Biodun Ogunleye, Grand Chief Imam of Ikorodu, Chief Imam Seifudeen Jamiu Adenoritan Olowooribi, council chairmen, lawmakers among others.
600 Lagos students benefit from Senator Tokunbo Abiru’s Bursary Scheme
The Senator representing Lagos East Senatorial District in the National Assembly, Senator Tokunbo Abiru today presented a bursary award of N30 million to 600 deserving students collated from the 98 wards in the 16 LGs/LCDAs in his constituency. The students who got N50,000 each ranged from 200L to 400L in various institutions of higher learning. They were chosen for their academic prowess despite their indigent status by an independent committee, TACT Bursary Advisory Board led by Dr. Saheed Ibikunle.
Speaking during the well-attended event which took place at the Lagos State Polytechnic, Ikorodu, Senator Tokunbo Abiru restated: ‘The issues of young people are the core of my own legislative agenda. The minimum I believe we can do and in line with our social contract with our esteemed constituent is to provide support for their dreams in order to have full and maximum expression. I am passionate about greater good for greater number.
This mantra guides my philosophy and strategy in giving a lease of life to our people within my power.
The doing good concept is to ensure it extends to greater number of people.’
‘One of the major agenda of my social contract with the good people of Lagos East Senatorial District is youth development of global readiness. This, I have sought to achieve with multi-dimensional approach through collaboration, cocreation, infrastructural intervention, and capacity building. It is a part of this that has given birth to my Annual Sen. Abiru Endowment Fund and to support and encourage our staff and students within their respective institutions of learning. That is the reason why we are here today.’
‘The objective of this scheme is to promote higher qualitative education by supporting brilliant students who have challenges in funding their education.
In this maiden edition, 600 eligible students across 98 wards in 16 LGs/LCDAs in Lagos East Senatorial District were shortlisted and screened by Bursary Advisory Board which is an independent committee’, he noted.
The Special Adviser (Education) to the Governor, Hon. Tokunbo Wahab who represented the Governor, Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu said: ‘For Mr. Governor, there is nothing more than investment in human capital. You can have all the resources but if you don’t have investment in education and health, you are not going anywhere.’
‘I want to thank the Distinguished Senator for this investment. With due respect, Lagos East Senatorial District we need to catch up, and catching up starts with education. What we are doing for our people today is not just investment but showing them the path and the light. We are giving 600 of our best the encouragement. The multiplier effect goes beyond this 600, it motivates the other students in the ecosystem.’
‘On behalf of the Governor, I want to say a big thank you. I know that in the past 2 years, the Governor has given the sum of N493million bursary to 27,000 students and N499million scholarship to 2,801 students but we want to keep investing. I call on all good hearted individuals to enable this gesture.’
Speaking on how they came about the scheme, the Chairman of TACT Bursary Board, Dr. Abiodun Fatai-Abatan shared: ‘My findings have shown that this bursary scheme by Sen. Tokunbo Abiru is the largest privately-funded bursary award in the history of Lagos East Senatorial District. Thank you, sir, for writing your name in gold in the heart of 600 people.
The Bursary Advisory Board was inaugurated on 30th April 2021 to support indigent but brilliant students of Lagos East Senatorial District studying in tertiary institutions in Lagos state’.
Sir David Sunmoni, Pro-Chancellor of Governing Council of Lagos State University (LASU) remarked: ‘I congratulate you, Sen. Tokunbo Abiru for being a man of the people. The investment in human capital is the best investment you can make. Give a person a fish, you feed him for one day but teach him how to fish, you feed him for life. What you are doing for the people is actually teaching them how to fish.’
The Vice Chancellor of Lagos State University (LASU), Prof. Ibiyemi Olatunji Bello ‘I felicitate with Sen. Tokunbo Abiru on the occasion of formal presentation of bursary award to indigent students in institutions of higher learning in Lagos East Senatorial District. Today reminds me of the quote – a promise is a cloud, fulfillment is rain.
Our distinguished senator has showered rain on some deserving students and many families. It has inspired hope and made the foundation of a beautiful tomorrow for these youths, families, Lagos East Senatorial District, and world at large.’
‘LASU as a forward thinking institution has instituted a similar thing, a 50% refund of tuition fee for all our scholars in the university. It is our way of ensuring that diligent students get all the opportunity they need to excel promoting dedication, hard-work and excellence.
The Rector of Lagos State Polytechnic (LASPOTECH), Dr. Oluremi Olaleye represented by Deputy Rector (Academics), Dr. Olumide Metilelu said: ‘I wish to specially appreciate Sen. Tokunbo Abiru for channeling his resources in assisting students from Lagos East Senatorial District in their academic pursuit. This bursary is a source of relief on the students and their families.’
‘To you, our beloved who are privileged to receive this award, I want to congratulate you for your brilliance, hardwork and tenacity especially at a time when mnay youths have misplaced priorities. I urge you to continue in hardwork and persistence in pursuit of academic excellence. Make judicious use of this scholarship to the benefit of yourself, Lagos state, and the nation at large.’
The Chairman of the occasion and former Deputy Goveror of Lagos state, Prince Abiodun Ogunleye said: ‘Senator Abiru was my one-time branch manager at First Bank where he was singled out as an exemplary banker. He rose to be an Executive Director of the bank. He was later picked by the apex bank, Central Bank of Nigeria. I wish him well in all of his endeavours.’
In his goodwill message, member of Lagos State Governor’s Advisory Council (GAC), Asiwaju Olorunfunmi Basorun said: ‘I congratulate Sen. Abiru. This is an inborn thing. I thank God that He has given me the opportunity to see what Tokunbo, the some of MAB is doing for Ikorodu’.
The event was well attended by some royal fathers and political associates within Lagos East Senatorial District.
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