Chairman, Senate Committee on Industries and the senator representing Lagos East, Mukhail Adetokunbo Abiru, has stressed the need to develop the interest of pupils and teenagers in production of tech-enabled devices and gadgets to aid swift industrial growth.

He spoke in Lagos last week at the graduation of teachers and secondary school pupils in Lagos East, who successfully completed training in modern inquiry-based teaching techniques and computing as part of their Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) curriculum at the Senator Abiru Innovation Lab (SAIL).

Over 300 teachers from both public and private schools (STEM and non-STEM teachers) were selected from the district, covering Lagos Education District 2 and 3.

Abiru noted that future jobs and opportunities would be shaped by technology.

He said: “What we are doing today is preparing these young ones for the opportunity in the future. The jobs and economic opportunities of tomorrow will largely be defined by digital innovation and technology.

“Today, secondary school students who are between the ages of 13 and 18 who are graduating have learnt about physical computing using Arduino and coding to develop various solutions to human problems. This is how Asian Tigers pulled up and became one of the most technologically developed nations in the world.

“It is interesting to know that some of their colleagues are already working for major corporations in the world while still in schools here in Nigeria. I interfaced with some of these young tech gurus recently in Gbagada at the GenZ Techies Event where SAIL was the sponsor. Young folks numbering almost 1,000 defied heavy downpour to discuss technology and network within their ecosystem.

Lagos Commissioner for Education Mrs. Folashade Adefisayo said technology should be included in school curriculum, adding that the SAIL Teachers Fellowship would have a great impact on many generations.

Adefisayo hailed Abiru for his dedication to development.

Special Adviser to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Innovation and Technology, Mr. Olatunbosun Alake, also hailed Abiru for placing priority on human capital growth.

He urged other elected public office holders to take a cue from Abiru and introduce programmes that would have impact on people.

SAIL is an innovation space in Lagos East Senatorial District, set up in partnership with a renowned technology and social enterprise company, The Co-creation Hub (Cc-HUB), Lagos, to train youths on digital and innovation skills and build entrepreneurs.