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First Lady of Nigeria supports women in farming, PLWDs

*Senator Oluremi Tinubu, CON, First Lady of Nigeria, affirms the Renewed Hope Initiative Women Agricultural Support Programme is designed to transform lives and improve economic development of especially  women farmers across the country

Alexander Davis | ConsumerConnect

Senator Oluremi Tinubu, CON, First Lady of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, has said the economic transformation and development of the country calls for collaborative efforts on the part of both the government and the governed.

The First Lady said this while speaking at the flag off of the Renewed Hope Initiative (RHI) Women Agricultural Support Programme (RHI-WASP) held in the South-East Zone.

Busola Kukoyi, Special Assistant to the First Lady on Media, Wednesday, February 28, 2024, stated Senator Tinubu reiterated the commitment of the RHI to supporting women farmers across Nigeria.

She said: “The Renewed Hope initiative’s commitment to supporting women farmers aligns with the broader national agenda to strengthen the agricultural sector.

“His Excellency, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, GCFR’s administration recognises the pivotal role that agriculture plays in achieving sustainable development and ensuring food sufficiency.”

The First Lady explained to the women that each beneficiary would get N500,000 each, besides agricultural inputs, such as fingerlings, fish and poultry feeds, three weeks old birds, bundle of improved cassava stems, bags of fertilizers and others.

Senator Tinubu equally noted: “All farm produce will be bought over by the National Agricultural Land Development Authority, NALDA after you harvest your products.

“Also, the one hundred women farmers present today will commence their training programme this week while other farmers from other states within the South-East Zone will commence their training within their states as scheduled by NALDA officials afterwards and will also receive agricultural inputs from NALDA simultaneously.”

The statement disclosed the RHI-WASP is being joined by NALDA, which is supplying the Agricultural inputs and training of the women farmers across the nation.

She further stated: “The financial support for the women farmers per state from the Renewed Hope Initiative, RHI, is to enhance and encourage productivity while the training from NALDA is to reduce crops waste and promote more efficient production and farming techniques.”

The event, described as a two in one forum, had Senator Oluremi Tinubu through the RHI Social Investment Programme give out Small Business Recapitalisation Grants of N100,000 each to 100 Persons Living With Disabilities (PLWDs).

The First Lady assured the stakeholders that the government would continue inclusivity at all levels.

Earlier in his remarks on the occasion, Governor Senator Hope Uzodinma of Imo State appealed to the citizens to keep faith with the government as it is doing everything possible to ensure a better and more prosperous nation.

The Imo State Governor said: “The captain of this nation plane will soon turn off the seat belt sign and we will all have a smooth flight.”

The women farmers got a grant of N500,000.00 each and farm input’s according to their areas of specialisation, stated the media aide to the First Lady.

It is noted that the intervention for women farmers by the Renewed Hope Initiative also will be replicated in all the other geopolitical zones of Nigeria.

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