Celebrating Senator Tokunbo Abiru at 60: A Reason to SAIL By Sulaimon Mojeed-Sanni

Celebrating Senator Tokunbo Abiru at 60: A Reason to SAIL By Sulaimon Mojeed-Sanni


Development, wherever it occurs, is never accidental but the result of meticulous planning and steadfast dedication. Throughout history, from the stone age to the industrial revolution, and into the era of artificial intelligence, progress has been driven by visionary individuals committed to realizing their goals. From the British Empire to the United States of America, and from Japan to China, Germany, Singapore, and most recently, the United Arab Emirates, we have witnessed intentional strides towards projected aims.


In the midst of this intentional pursuit of development stands Senator Tokunbo Abiru, a former Bank Managing Director whose foray into politics seemed serendipitous following the demise of Senator Bayo Osinowo. However, since assuming office, Senator Abiru’s actions have been characterized by unwavering commitment to redefining the status of Lagos East on the global stage.


Senator Tokunbo Abiru has set for himself a goal beyond mere human capacity development; he envisions long-term national regeneration by positioning Lagos East as the Silicon Valley of Nigeria, if not Africa. His approach is devoid of ethnic bias but driven solely by a bias for creative innovation that will endure beyond his tenure.


Under his visionary leadership, the establishment of the Senator Abiru Innovation Lab (SAIL) heralds a new era of innovation and empowerment in the senatorial district. More than just a physical space, SAIL embodies hope and opportunity for countless young Nigerians eager to carve out their paths in the digital age.


The name SAIL is instructive, evoking imagery of a sailor guiding his people from the past to the future. Just as sailors adjust sails to harness the wind’s energy and navigate towards their destination, SAIL serves as a beacon of innovation, entrepreneurship, and technological advancement under Senator Tokunbo Abiru’s stewardship.


Established in partnership with Co-Creation Hub (CcHub), SAIL has earned recognition as a world-class facility dedicated to nurturing talent and driving economic prosperity. Its comprehensive programs, spanning from tech talent development to startup acceleration, have empowered thousands to realize their potential and contribute meaningfully to society.


Senator Abiru’s vision for SAIL transcends mere skill development; it aims to ignite a cultural shift towards innovation and entrepreneurship. By equipping the youth with the tools and mindset to thrive in the ever-evolving tech landscape, SAIL lays the foundation for a prosperous and resilient community.


Reflecting on SAIL’s impact, one is inspired by the statistics: over 4,313 lives transformed in just 20 months, with a remarkable 95% placement rate for tech talent graduates. These figures underscore the potency of visionary leadership and collective action, propelling Lagos East towards a brighter future.


Senator Abiru’s commitment to meritocracy in selecting SAIL participants speaks volumes about his dedication to excellence. Emphasizing that SAIL transcends political patronage, he seeks to empower young innovators poised to shape the future.


As we commemorate Senator Tokunbo Abiru’s 60th birthday, let us not only celebrate his achievements but also recommit ourselves to the ideals he embodies—integrity, innovation, and inclusivity. In honoring his legacy, we honor the countless lives touched and transformed by his visionary leadership. Here’s to Senator Abiru, a true champion of progress, and a catalyst for a brighter tomorrow for Lagos East and beyond.


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