Abiru tasks young technicians with developing solutions to societal problems –

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Mukhail Adetokunbo Abiru, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Industries and a Senator representing the Senate District of Lagos East, tasked young digital technology enthusiasts with developing solutions to a myriad of challenges facing society.

Abiru said so yesterday at Gen Z Hackfest, which is an annual conference that connects Gen Z youth in the large-scale tech space.

A statement released by Abiru’s media assistant, Enitan Olukotun, said the well-attended event allows ambitious Gen Z techies to come together and test their creative and coding skills, creating solutions to problems. of Africa.

The event took place at Zone Tech Park, Gbagada Lagos and attracted hundreds of young people from the Lagos East Senatorial District and beyond.

Abiru, whose innovation lab Senator Abiru Innovation Lab (SAIL) was the title sponsor of Gen Z Hackfest 2022, said his passion for human capital and youth capacity development informed the creation of SAIL. , a dedicated innovation center set up for young people. and entrepreneurs in the Lagos East Senatorial District.

He said, “I remember the first meeting I had with some prominent members of this community, Eniola Osabiya, Jolaoluwa Olatunji (who is participating in the STEM program) and their friends at the facilities of Senator Abiru Innovation Lab (SAIL ) in Ikorodu Lagos. .

“Honestly, I was captivated by the daring boldness of the young guys while showcasing their grand plans and how they planned to positively alter the course of history. I was compelled to inquire about the age of Eniola.

“This special meeting reinforced and revalidated my team’s prognosis on the rationale for SAIL and the choice of pilot programs, in particular the Tech Talent Development and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) cafe for high school students.

“I have seen concretely how digital and tech skills can unlock tantalizing global opportunities for young people amidst the outcry of lack of job opportunities in Nigeria.

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“More interesting is the fact that college degrees are not essentially a requirement to be hired by these technology services-related companies. The world is now skill driven. That’s what you can do other than certifications.

“Eniola’s story is not entirely different from the inspiring viral story of John Oseni, a prominent member of the GENZ Techies community. The 16-year-old Akure-born programmer shared how he worked for around 17 start-ups with networks around the world, including the United States of America, Canada and others.

“So my desire to see more success stories like that of Eniola and John and many other teenagers making waves in the tech space led me to create SAIL using my foundation, the Tokunbo Abiru Foundation Constituency Team (TACT) in partnership with renowned technology company, Co-creation Hub (Cc-Hub).

“The first-of-its-kind Innovation Center in the Lagos East Senate District is a dedicated innovation and technology lab that provides relevant technology, business and digital skills to tech enthusiasts and young entrepreneurs.

“Your generation, Gen Z, who are between the ages of 9 and 24, are the biggest beneficiaries of the digital revolution shaping the world today. Even the Millennials you succeed haven’t had the opportunities before you.

“Your generation is making huge feats around the world in the tech space. We have seen how young people like you are creating devices, solutions that will make the world a better place.”

The lawmaker, affectionately known as the #DoingGood Senator, told young people how he strives to make their aspirations and dreams come true.

He said he sponsored 13 bills and co-sponsored 3 other bills, adding that two of the bills are of particular interest to young tech enthusiasts and entrepreneurs.

According to him, these bills are the Copyright (Repeal and Reinstatement) Bill 2021 which passed first and second readings, public hearing and third reading and was passed in the Senate.

“The second bill is the Franchise Regulation Bill 2022 which has passed first and second readings and is now awaiting public hearing.”

“Similarly, I have thrown my weight behind the Start-up Bill which is currently before the Senate. I can assure that the 9th Senate led by His Excellency, Dr. Ahmad Ibrahim Lawan, the President of the Senate, is committed to enacting laws that will create an enabling environment for youth ideas and innovations to flourish,” Abiru stressed.

At SAIL’s permanent site, Abiru noted that the purpose-built facility that will accommodate a minimum of 500 to 800 people each year with a full complement of e-learning will be ready before the end of August.

According to him, the facility has a co-working space for 30 people and also supports young people in the neighborhood with free electricity, internet and other facilities as they create their own story within the facility. technology ecosystem.

The conference attendees went into a frenzy when Abiru entered the room. They applauded him for the exceptional support and leadership he has given to young people not only in East Lagos but beyond.

The senator engaged aspiring young tech entrepreneurs and key members of the GenZ Techies community, including John Oseni, CEO Ulterex, Pleasant Balogun, CEO Zeddpay, Ibrahim Opeyemi Salami, CEO Devtranet, Favor Chukwuedo, Program Manager, Find Worka, among others.

Also present at the event were more than 50 participants from SAIL Tech Talent and STEM classes. They were led to the event by SAIL HUB Director Deji Abisola.

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