First Lady of Nigeria, Senator Oluremi Tinubu, has urged governors’ wives to remain united and supportive of each other.
She made this call during a meeting with them on Monday at the State House in Abuja, organized by the Renewed Hope Initiative.
Senator Tinubu commended the wives for their efforts in their respective states, particularly in alleviating the hardships caused by the removal of fuel subsidies, and encouraged them to intensify their efforts.
The Renewed Hope Initiative, driven by Senator Tinubu’s office, aims to complement the administration of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu by working towards a better life for families.
As part of this initiative, the Organization of African First Ladies for Development (OAFLAD) will launch the We Are Equal? We Are the Same Campaign.
This campaign focuses on women empowerment, promoting economic growth, and advancing gender equity. The campaign will be flagged off in Osun State, following a raffle conducted during the meeting.Senator Tinubu also announced the reintroduction of the Alternative High School for Girls.
This school will provide an opportunity for girls who have dropped out of school due to various reasons such as pregnancy, domestic violence, child trafficking, and drug addiction, to return to the classroom and acquire skills for self-sustainability.
The Senator plans to collaborate with the Federal Ministry of Education to harmonize and restructure similar intervention schools already established in some states.
In addition, the Renewed Hope Initiative will distribute 1,950,000 exercise books to public primary and junior secondary schools across the nation.
The exercise books which are already being produced will be given to each State through the RHI Coordinator/First Lady of the state to the SUBEB Chairmen for distribution to the students through the Local Government Education Authority.
Lagos and Kano will be getting 100,000 exercise books each, while 50,000 exercise books will be given to other States and FCT.
Senator Oluremi Tinubu stated that the RHI will flag off the “Renewed Hope Initiative Women Agricultural Support Programmes (WASP) in Imo State on the 28th of February, 2024.
The First Lady explained that women farmers would get N500,000.00 each and a total draft of Ten Million Naira (N10,000,000) will be given to five (5) RHI State Coordinators/First Ladies as the case may be.
In addition, the National Agricultural Land Development Authority, (NALDA) in partnership with the Renewed Hope Initiative (RHI) will support additional eighty (80) women farmers from each State with the provision of training and capacity building, agricultural inputs and buy off all produce from the farms after harvest.
The highlight of the meeting was the unveiling of the proposed Young farmers Club for Public Schools in each state of the Federation with the proposed uniforms for members. She pointed out that this will encourage food production among the youth tagged #Food on Every table. She appealed to each of the Governors wives to take ownership of this scheme and encourage it as much as possible.
This is the first meeting of the First Lady of the federal republic of Nigeria with the wives of State Governors in 2024. There were over 25 of them in attendance.
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