The Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Friday, inaugurated the Senator Abiru Innovation Lab in the Ikorodu area of the state.
The SAIL is a dedicated innovation and tech lab that is providing relevant technology, business, and digital skills to tech enthusiasts and young entrepreneurs across the Lagos East Senatorial District, which is located in the Ebute area of Ikorodu, Lagos State.
The lab is a private endowment project initiated in 2021 by Senator Mukhail Abiru and his wife, Mrs Feyisola Abiru, and is being operated in partnership with Co-creation Hub.
Unveiling the project on Friday, Sanwo-Olu described the SAIL as a “game changer” that would amplify the narrative of technological evolution in Lagos.
He said, “Africa missed the first Industrial Revolution; we also missed the second. We started with the Third Industrial Revolution at the tail end. We don’t have any excuse not to be key stakeholders in the coming Fourth and Fifth Industrial Revolutions, because it is the technology that will give up the leapfrog and make a young person sitting in Ikorodu compete with his peers across innovation capitals of the world.
“I am excited that the SAIL will be providing more opportunities for our young people to learn, relearn and grow their skills in the tech space and build a prosperous future for not only themselves but also our dear country. I congratulate Senator Abiru and his wife for this wonderful intervention.”
Abiru explained that, “SAIL took off in 2021 in partnership with CcHub to deepen acceptance of tech innovation in the Lagos East Senatorial District, using a human-centred design approach.’’
The lab facility is equipped with state-of-the-art technology and is managed fully by the CcHub’s highly trained facilitators who take the wide range of programmes being offered free-of-charge to participants who come from different parts of the district.”