First Lady to Nigerians: Hard times will be over soon

Nigeria’s First Lady, Senator Oluremi Tinubu, has told Nigerians that the hard times they are facing will soon come to an end with the right policies of the Federal Government.

The President’s wife gave the assurance on Monday in the State House during a meeting with the Governors Wives.

The meeting centred on her pet project: “Renewed Hope Initiative.”

Senator Tinubu assured that the year 2024 is loaded with “peace, progress, prosperity and greater achievements” to the advantage of all Nigerians.

She commended the governors’ wives for their efforts and support in 2023, urging them not to relent in addressing the needs of the vulnerable in their states.

She said: “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.”

Senator Tinubu said the Women Agricultural Support Programme, under the RHI, will empower 20 farmers each from five states in the South East.

She added: “These farmers will get N500,000 each and a total draft of N10 million 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.”

Tinubu said she would soon launch a “Young Farmers Club” in public schools across the nation to encourage farming among the young population.

She said schools with the best farms would be identified and prizes given to them, ranging from school renovations to equipping of school science laboratories, provision of ICT equipment and upgrading of school libraries.

On the programme: “Every Home a Garden,” the First Lady said the overall best garden owner will win the sum of N20 million 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.

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