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Women empowerment is a catalyst for social justice, national development ─First Lady Oluremi Tinubu

Nigerian First Lady Senator Oluremi Tinubu, CON (centre) Being Decorated as Grand Patron of NCWS Photo: State House

*Nigerian First Lady Senator Oluremi Tinubu, CON, who has been decorated the Grand Patron of the National Council for Women Societies, declares it is ‘our collective responsibility to address issues affecting women and work towards creating a society where every woman can thrive and fulfill her potential

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Nigerian First Lady Senator Oluremi Tinubu, CON, has been decorated the Grand Patron of the National Council for Women Societies (NCWS), in Nigeria, at an impressive ceremony, held in the Banquet Hall of the State House, in Abuja, FCT.

Speaking at the event, the First Lady noted that the NCWS has always been a beacon for advocacy in addressing systemic issues that affect women in Nigeria even as the country strives to create a more equitable and empowered society, where women are not just beneficiaries but integral contributors to national progress and prosperity.

Busola Kukoyi, Special Assistant to the First Lady on Media, in a statement issued Thursday, December, 14, 2023, in Abuja, quoted Senator Oluremi Tinubu as saying: “The NCWS is not new to me, as I happen to have been a state patron from 1999 to 2007, when my husband was the Governor of Lagos State.

“I identify with you in fostering unity, promoting equality and amplifying the voices of women across every sector of our society including creating a more inclusive and equitable nation which echoes the ideals that we all aspire to achieve.”

She equally affirmed her unwavering support as the Grand-Patron of the NCWS.

The Nigerian First Lady also stated: “As the Grand Patron, I am aware of the challenges being faced by women in our society.

“Women continue to face discrimination, violence and limited access to education, healthcare and economic opportunities.

“It is our collective responsibility to address these issues and work towards creating a society where every woman can thrive and fulfill her potential”.

She as well appreciated the Executives of the NCWS for their dedication to the welfare and progress of Nigeria through the targeted programmes of the women’s societies.

Senator Tinubu also commended the women’s efforts at championing causes that uplift women and promote education, healthcare, entrepreneurship, and social welfare initiatives, which resonate with the core values of the Renewed Hope Initiative (RHI).

The Grand Patron of the NCWS further pledged to do more through the RHI to create an enabling environment for women to thrive.

“I will advocate initiatives that support women’s health and economic empowerment, and work towards eliminating all forms of violence and discrimination against women,” she noted.

Earlier in her address on the occasion, Hajia Lami Adamu Lau, National President of the National Council of Women Societies, had extolled the virtues of the First Lady, commending her Initiative, the Renewed Hope Initiative.

Hajia Lau also pledged the support of the Council and its established machinery in achieving the objectives of RHI.

The event had in attendance Wives of State Governors, Wives of Members of the National Assembly, Wives of Ministers, President of DEPOWA and wives of other service chiefs, members of the NCWS among others, Kukoyi said in the statement.

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