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Tinubu’s Wife Supports 120 South-West Women Farmers With N60m

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Wife of the President, Senator Oluremi Tinubu on Tuesday, presented a N60 million to 120 women farmers drawn from across the six South-West geo-political zone to enable them to commence farming activities in the year 2024 planting season.

This is just as a total of 100 People Living With Disabilities (PLWDs) in Ogun State also received a cash grant of N100,000 each for which they are expected to plough back into their various existing businesses to enjoy a more comfortable life.

The First Lady presented the cheques during the launch of the Renewed Hope Initiative Women Agricultural Support Programme for the South-West and flagging off of 2024 planting season held on Tuesday at the June 12 Cultural Centre, Kuto, Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.

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Speaking at the presentation, Mrs Tinubu said the flag-off was part of the commitment of the present All Progressives Congress (APC) led administration to promote the women folk, particularly the farmers across the country.

Disclosing that the same exercise was being replicated simultaneously in Plateau State for the North Central, Borno for the North-East and Kebbi for the NorthWest geopolitical zones, the First Lady reiterated the federal government's commitment towards empowering the women to continually contribute to sustainable development while also helping to achieve food security.

The wife of the president said the administration of President Bola Tinubu recognises the pivotal role agriculture plays in achieving sustainable development and ensuring food sufficiency and as such, the Renewed Hope Initiative's commitment to supporting women farmers nationwide aligns with the broader agenda to strengthen the agricultural sector.

 

“Today, we are supporting 20 women per state in the South-West with the sum of N500,000 each. To this end, a draft of N10 million per state will be handed over to the first ladies who are the Coordinators of this programme in each of the South-West states for disbursement to the beneficiaries”.

 

She, however, urged the women farmers beneficiaries to seize the opportunity of the support received to expand their farming entrepreneurship, improve on their contribution to national and local food production and serve as role models to aspiring women in the country.

 

The First Lady also called on all stakeholders including government officials, community leaders and non-governmental organisations to support local farmers and every effort that could help to increase food production in the country.

 

Speaking earlier, the governor of the state, Prince Dapo Abiodun applauded Mrs. Tinubu for the initiative describing the kind gesture as quite exemplary and testimony to the visionary leadership of the First Lady.

 

Gov Abiodun revealed that the Women Agricultural Support Programme was no doubt a well-thought-out initiative which would no doubt further encourage women farmers to boost food production across the country.

 

He explained that investment in women was quite important as any nation that invested in women was only investing in its because women are mothers of nations.

 

The Ogun State governor revealed that his administration has equally prioritised the empowerment of women as over 50,000 of them have benefited from over N1.5bn Okowo Dapo, a financial assistance scheme initiated by his government to support the women among others.

Speaking earlier, the wife of Ogun State Governor, Mrs Bamidele Abiodun thanked the President's wife for working hard to make life much better for the women and the less privileged in the country through the Renewed Hope Initiative.

Mrs Abiodun maintained that such kind gestures such as the Women Agricultural Support Programme would no doubt impact the prosperity of the women farmers but also helped in boosting food production in the country.

She equally lauded the first lady for championing the cause of people living with disabilities like never before, calling on other members of the public to give support to this set of people to make life much better.


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