The Senator representing the Lagos East Senatorial District in the National Assembly, Distinguished Senator Mukhail Adetokunbo, FCA celebrated the resourcefulness and creativity of Nigerian youth.
In a goodwill message to commemorate the 2021 International Youth Day with the theme, “Transforming Food Systems: Youth Innovation for Human and Planetary Health”, Abiru reiterated urgent need for young people to be at the ‘forefront of the creativity and innovation that will transform food security and combat climate change in the new industrial age’.
He said, “As we are all aware, the pandemic that took the world by storm in the year 2020 has no doubt permanently altered the course of history. Everything, from social interactions, modes of worship to commerce and access to finance have changed in conformity with the new normal.
“The dislocations occasioned by the raging pandemic put most business concerns and solutions in jeopardy whilst it also gave rays of hope to hitherto unthinkable options.
“In other words, as many groaned over loss of businesses, the pandemic created unprecedented opportunities for others to boom. Facemasks, hand sanitizers, logistics, virtual meeting tools and applications became the fastest selling global products. Smart companies rather than agonizing over the plague, confronted an existential threat by aligning with what moves in the market”.
Senator Abiru commended young Nigerians in the tech space who leverage the pandemic to rise into prominence stressing that he will prioritize legislative interventions that will create opportunity for creativity of young people to boom.
“Responsibly, our Youths have also risen up to these challenges as we see the rapid evolution of fintechs such as Flutterwave, Paystack etc in the Technology space which has attracted massive foreign direct investments into the economy.
“As your representatives, we understand the need to provide the shoulders for young people like you to stand on. The minimum duty we owe you is to create an enabling environment and opportunities for you to thrive. This, we are taking seriously as the trustees of your mandate”, Abiru assured.
On how he is serving the interests of the youth, Abiru said, “As your Senator representing Lagos East Senatorial district, I am also paying particular attention to this drive from 3 main angles: firstly, in concert with all major stakeholders, I am championing the repeal and re-enactment of the Copyright Act.
“And as you know the critical underlying premise of the copyright law is to protect and reward creativity and innovation, from an economic point of view. The bill has passed 2nd reading and awaits public hearing when we resume in September 2021.
“Secondly, I am also setting up a Community Innovation Space in conjunction with CCHub (a dedicated innovation group that makes use of social capital & technology to accelerate economic prosperity) for youths in the Lagos East Senatorial District.
“The centre will focus on tailored-made solutions that will solve scores of challenges facing us as a people. Our concept in this regard is the adoption of a Human Centred Design approach that will identify the real problems and challenges facing our youths and proffer solutions.
“Thirdly, students in various Higher Institutions of Learning in the Senatorial District will benefit from our planned Bursary Scheme. About 500 of our young people across the 98 wards in the 16 Local Governments and the Local Council Development Areas, LCDAs have been shortlisted as beneficiaries and this will take off in the coming academic session this year”.