Hard times temporary, will soon fade away – First Lady Tinubu
Middle, Sen. Oluremi Tinubu, flanked by the wife of the the Chief of Staff, Mrs Salamatu Gbajabiamila, the wife of the Senate President, Mrs Ekaette Akpabio, the Chairperson, Nigeria Governors Wives, Amb. Folake Abdulrazaq of Kwara state, and other state governors’ wives.
Published By: Ayorinde Oluokun
By Celine-Damilola Oyewole
The First Lady, Sen. Oluremi Tinubu has assured that that the hardship being experienced in the country is temporary and will soon fade away as the policies and plans of the Federal Government begin to yield expected fruits.
The First Lady gave the assurance during a meeting with the Governors Wives on her pet project, Renewed Hope Initiative (RHI) at Aso Rock presidential villa on Monday.
According to her, all hands must be on deck as the hard times being faced by Nigerians will soon come to an end with the right policies of the Federal Government.
The President’s wife assured that the year 2024 is loaded with “peace, progress, prosperity and greater achievements’’ to the advantage of all Nigerians.
Mrs Tinubu commended the governors’ wives for their efforts and support in the year 2023, urging them not to relent in addressing the needs of the vulnerable in their states.
“Times like this calls for sober reflection, hence, all hands must be on deck. Moreover, the hardship situation is temporary, it will soon fade away.
“The mission of the RHI is driven by my office to complement the Renewed Hope Agenda of the administration of President Tinubu,’’ she said.
She said Women Agricultural Support Programme (WASP), under RHI, will empower 20 farmers each, from five states in the South East Zone.
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“These farmers will get N500,000 each and a total draft of N10m will be given to five RHI states’ coordinators as the case may be.
“The National Agricultural Land Development Authority in partnership with the RHI will support an additional 80 female farmers from each state with the provision of training and capacity building and agricultural inputs.
“We will buy-off all produce from the farms after harvest,’’ she said.
Mrs. Tinubu said she would soon launch “Young Farmers Club’’ in public schools across the nation to encourage farming among young population.
She said schools with the best farms would be identified, and prizes would be given to them, ranging from school renovations, equipping of school science laboratories, provision of ICT equipment and upgrading of school libraries.
On the programme, “Every Home a Garden’’ competition, the first lady said the overall best garden owner will win the sum of N20m by December.
She urged the governors’ wives to update her on the progress made on the programme.
According to the first lady, other areas of focus in RHI included, economic empowerment, health and social investment.