Senator Tinubu honours MKO, others at Town Hall

-launches economic empowerment programme for youth and unemployed persons


As part of efforts to further perpetuate the significance of June 12 in Nigeria, Senator Oluremi Tinubu and constituents of Lagos Central Senatorial District are to hold a Town Hall Meeting on Friday (June 14).

The senatorial district’s 7th Town Hall Meeting is focussed on the exemplary legacy of the winner of June 12, 1993 elections, Bashorun MKO Abiola and others who struggled selflessly towards realising genuine transformation in Nigeria.

Themed “Making the Sacrifice for Development”, the occasion is scheduled to take place at the historic Lagos City Hall, CMS Lagos.

A press statement issued by Senator Oluremi Tinubu’s Constituency Office in Lagos indicates that top politicians, youth and a cross-section of the society have already indicated interest in participating in the event.

Like other past Town Hall meetings, Friday’s event will also include the launching of              Youth Empowerment and Skills Acquisition Scheme [YESAS), a new economic empowerment scheme to further improve the socio-economic circumstances of more constituents.

Also, Senator Oluremi Tinubu will brief her constituents and receive feedbacks from them on her Senatorial duties, constituency projects being implemented and how all citizens can work together to achieve effective and lasting change in the society.

She will also give an update on the N222.3 Drug Rehabilitation and Counselling Centre which she facilitated for Lagos Central Senatorial District under the 2012 budget and the N 223 million ultra-modern market that is about to be constructed in the district under the 2013 national budget.

While her recent efforts in the Senate include the sponsorship of bills to provide social security for Nigeria’s elderly citizens and to amend sections of the Labour Act which restricts employment opportunities for women, she is currently working with other Senators on a bill aimed at conferring a Special Status on Lagos state.

Outside the Senate, her social welfare/developmental initiatives include launching of the Post-Secondary School Scholarship Scheme (PSSS) for hundreds of indigent students, the Petty Traders Empowerment Capital Scheme (PETECS) to help beneficiaries re-capitalise an existing petty trade as well as the Elderly Citizens’ Assistance Scheme (ECAS) which provides funds to alleviate the plight of elderly citizens.

Senator Oluremi Tinubu’s passionate commitment to education has brought benefits to several institutions of higher learning; she helped secure funding from TETFUND to enable the Sir Michael Otedola College of Primary Education (MOCPE) construct its School of Primary and Early Child Care Education and the Lagos State University (LASU) to expend further resources on important matters of academic relevance.

The release of N109 million to MOCPE and another N108 million to LASU is aimed towards addressing some of the deficiencies in core areas of teaching and learning facilities and resources.

Through the Senate Committee on Education, she secured additional federal resources to rehabilitate schools in her constituency, including the Jibowu Junior High school, Yaba (N21 million); Banjo Primary School, Otumara-Ilogbo in Ebute Metta, Lagos Island (N20 million).

Also, three primary schools are to benefit with N15 million rehabilitation funds each, under the initiative.