Packed to the brim on 14th of October 2021, at LASPOTECH (School of Agriculture) 500 seater auditorium were traditional rulers across Ikorodu division, Institutional personalities from Lagos state, stakeholders and students as Senator Tokunbo Abiru (representing Lagos East senatorial district at the national assembly) dished out it’s annual bursary awards to young scholars in the state.
With His Excellency, Babajide Sanwo-olu, Governor of Lagos State represented by Hon. Tokunbo Wahab, Rt. Hon Mudashiru Obasa, Speaker Lagos State House of Assembly represented by Hon Okanlawon, Prince Abiodun Ogunleye, Former Deputy Governor of Lagos State (Chairman of the Occassion), and Special Guest of Honour Hon. Tokunbo Wahab, Special Adviser to the Governor on Education, the event lived up to expectations propelling education positively
The assistance scheme is an initiative of the Distinguished Senator Tokunbo Abiru with objective to promote higher qualitative education by supporting indigent and brilliant students in furtherance of their academic pursuit in Lagos state-owned and Federal tertiary institutions in Lagos state.
According to the Senator, fine experts such as Dr. Abiodun Fatai-Abatan (Senior Lecturer; LASU) Chairman, Dr. Abiodun Okedeyi (Chief Lecturer; AOCOED) Secretary, Dr. Gabriel .S. Benson (Chief Lecturer; LASPOTECH) Member, Mr. Peter .O. Oluwo (Assistant Lecturer; MOCPED) Member, Dr. Muritala .I. Seriki (MBBS) (Representative TA Ambassadors) Member, Lekan Biliaminu-Oba (President, Lagos state Chapter NYCN) Member, Mr. Segun .A. Anifowoshe (Bursary/scholarship Consultant) Member and Dr. Saheed .O. Ibikunle (TACT Office) Member, made up the bursary advisory board to successfully strategise measures the support would be awarded throughout higher institutions in the state in order to activate the application process for indigent but brilliant indigenous students of the Lagos East Senatorial district studying in any of the Lagos state and federal-owned tertiary institutions domiciled in Lagos state, And also to determine and select qualified beneficiaries from among the applications and To present the list of successful beneficiaries to the Distinguished Senator for their awards.
He continued “The beneficiaries selected according to LCDA in Ikorodu and Epe Local Administrative areas were able to maximize their slots because of the large number of qualified applicants received from these areas. In the case of Somolu Local Administrative areas, the number of applications received from these areas was not only low when compared to Ikorodu and Epe, we observed that applicants failed to complete stages to the application. The low turnout recorded from Somolu administrative areas was also contingent on the lack of indigenous presence, and the absence of Lagos state-owned tertiary institutions in the area compared to Ikorodu and Epe which is largely indigenous with many Lagos owned tertiary institutions”
“The deficit emanating from the lack of state-owned institutions in the Somolu area was later supplemented with the inclusion of beneficiaries from the federal tertiary institutions which include the University of Lagos, Yaba College of Technology, Federal College of Education, (Akoka) and Federal College of Fisheries and Marine Technology in the third round of selection”
“Given that the first round of selection process was not able to get the required number, as 244 out of 320 were qualified for selection across the 16 LCDAs. Against this backdrop, another round of selection was initiated to compensate for the previous one. It was at the second round that the Senator directed that beneficiaries should be increased from 320 to 500. Thus, a new allocation was proposed to give LASU-200, LASPOTECH-100, AOCOED-50, MOCPED-50, LASCOHET-50 and LASCON-50”
“With the new development, beneficiaries from LASU were collated directly from the first selection exercise, as the institutions have over 200 in the first round of selection already. For other institutions like LASPOTECH, AOCOED, MOCPED, LASCOET and LASCON, the Board augment the existing beneficiaries drawn from the first selection process with new ones from those institutions to meet the quota allocated
“This was realised by consulting the administrative departments and faculties of these institutions to get the list of students who can satisfy the application requirements.
Those shortlisted were therefore communicated and the TACT Bursary form was sent to them, to fill and submit alongside their supporting documents for verification and background check. It should be noted that in preparation of the final list, we adopted the principle of proportional representation to ensure that beneficiaries were fairly selected across all the 16 LGs/Local governments in the district. However, LASCON was unable to fill their slot, only 17 beneficiaries could be selected”
“At the review meeting between the Bursary Advisory Board and the TACT Constituency office where the first and second round of the selection processes were evaluated, the Distinguished Senator Tokunbo Abiru borne out of his altruism and commitment to his constituency, agreed to consider students studying in federal tertiary institutions (UNILAG, YABATECH, FCE, AKOKA and OCEANOGRAPHY) in Lagos state under the same provision and procedures”
“Hence, an additional 133 slots were allocated for this purpose. By implication, the number of beneficiaries was increased to 600. It should be noted that in the third round of selection, non-indigenes were well represented given that indigenes had been given the highest consideration in the first and second rounds of the selection process. The goal is to promote inclusivity and widespread representation of students benefitting from the Tokunbo Abiru Bursary scheme in the Lagos East Senatorial district” Senator Tokubo Abiru Averred
600 beneficiaries from Higher Institutions across lagos east that converged at the LASPOTECH auditorium recieved Cash Alert Of 50k each even before the vote of thanks ended, Courtesy Senator Tokunbo Abiru which was lauded by all dignitaries present at the event.
Chairman of the bursary advisory board, Dr Abiodun Fatai-Abatan in his remarks stated “Senator Tokunbo Abiru is financing higher education with a bursary of 30 million naira annually, distributed to 600 students at a value of N50, 000 naira each spread across various tertiary institutions of learning in Lagos State. As a researcher in the social sciences, and as the chairman of the Tokunbo Abiru Bursary Advisory Board, my finding have demonstrated that this bursary scheme by Senator Tokunbo Abiru is the largest privately funded bursary award in the history of Lagos East Senatorial district”
“The Bursary Advisory Board was inaugurated on 50 or April 2021 with the terms of reference of shortlisting 320 indigent but brilliant students of the Lagos East senatorial District studying in state-owned tertiary institutions in Lagos state. 20 slots were allocated to each of the 16 LCDA that make up the District to arrive at the 320 number stated above.
“My reflection on this is the conscientious commitment of the sponsor to the good people of Lagos East with a special focus on students and the younger generation. Thank you sir, Distinguished and plenipotential Senator Mukhail Adetokunbo Abiru for writing your name in gold in the hearts and lives of this 600 young people. Your concerted effort on this bursary scheme is geared towards a foundational basis and shared agenda for reconstructing our youth as actors and recipients of sustainable development” Dr Abiodun Abatan asserted
“There is nothing more important than investing in human capital, which is the absolute priority of Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu. Development is driven by human source capital, and catching up in development starts with education. 600 of our best is been supported today as a form of encouragement.
What Senator Abiru has done is writing his impact in the heart of the students across lagos state” Hon. Tokunbo Wahab, Special Adviser to the Governor on Education
“Promise is a cloud and fulfilment is the rain, what senator abiru has done today is rain support on our future leaders, thereby bringing smiles on faces of students facing educational challenges. Diligent students need all the support they desire to excel in life, and I want to congratulate all recipients that made it to gain from this bursary awards and also wish our distinguished Senator Tokunbo Abiru more grace to impact on humanity” Professor Ibiyemi Olatunji-Bello (Vice-Chancellor, Lagos State University LASU)
The senator was subsequently honoured by students of LASPOTECH for his fervent support towards education.
Others in attendance were; His Royal Majesty, Oba Kabir Adewale Shotobi Ayangburen of Ikorodu Represented by Olubese of Ibeshe, His Royal Majesty, Oba Jibade Agoro Ranodu of Imota, His Royal Majesty, Oba Folarin Ogunsanwo, Alara of Ilara, Evang Dr. E.A Adegoke – Ikorodu Central, Chief Imam of Ikorodu Central Mosque – Sheikh Seifudeen Olowo-Oribi, Oba Semiu Orimadegun Kasali, Adegboruwa of Igbogbo, His Royal majesty, Oba Dr. Babatunde Olagun Ogunlaja Aladeshoyin of Odo Noforija, Oba Richard Abayomi Ogunsanya, Olubeshe of Ibeshe, Oba Bashir Aremu Sotonwo, Sekumade of Ipakado, Senator (Dr) Adeseye Ogunlewe, Asiwaju Dr. Olorunfunmi Basorun, Alh M.L Animashaun (CUBANO), Asipa Kaoli Olusanya, Alh S.O Alogba, Alh Jamiu Adio Saka, Hon Saheed Hassan Adefarasin, Omo-Oba Olumuyiwa Sosanya, Alh Sikiru Akani Seriki Bamu, Hon. Wasiu Tolani Odeyemi (WASTAB), Senator Anthony Adefuye, Chief Bode Oyedele, Hon. Babajimi Benson, MHR Representing Ikorodu Federal Constituency, Hon. Wale Raji (MHR Representing Epe Federal Constituency Represented by his Senior Legislative Aide Mr Basheer Hassan), Hon. Bayo Balogun (MHR Representing Ibeju-Lekki Federal Constituency), Hon. Rotimi Agunsoye (MHR Representing Kosofe Federal Constituency), Hon. Sanai O. Agunbiade, House of Assembly Representing Ikorodu Constitutency 1. Majority Leader of the HOA Represented by Hon Azeez Jimoh-Olosugbo, Hon. Sanni Ganiyu B. (House of Assembly Representing Kosofe 01), Hon. Saheed Femi (House of Assembly Representing Kosofe 02), Hon. Abiru Rotimi Lateef (House of Assembly Representing Somolu 02), Hon. Kazeem Raheem Adewale (House of Assembly Representing Ibeju Lekki 02), Hon. Sylvester O. Ogunkelu (House of Assembly Representing Epe 02), Dr. Frederic Oladeinde (Commissioner for Transportation), Hon. Mrs. Yetunde Arobieke (Comm. Wealth Creation and Employment), Hon. Dele Oshinowo (Agboyi-ketu), Princess Samiat Bada (Ikosi-Isheri), Hon Kolade Alabi (Bariga LCDA), Hon Moyosore Ogunlewe (kosofe Local Govt), Hon Wasiu Adeshina (Ikorodu central), Hon Sesan Daini (Igbogbo-Baiyeku LCDA), Hon. Sulaimon Kazeem Olanrewaju (Ikorodu West LCDA) and Hon Gbadebo-Alogba Motunrayo (Ijede LCDA)