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Access to inclusive education promotes life-long opportunities for all –First Lady Oluremi Tinubu

L-R: Governor (Senator) Ademola Adeleke of Osun State; First Lady (Senator) Oluremi Tinubu; Hajia Shettima, Wife of the Vice President; and Mrs. Titilola Adeleke, Wife of the Osun State Governor, Mrs Titilola Adeleke, at the Ceremony, Osogbo, in Osun State Capital         Photo: State House

*Nigerian First Lady (Senator) Oluremi Tinubu, CON, performs the groundbreaking/sod-turning ceremony for construction of the Alternative High School For Girls, in Osogbo, Osun State capital, stressing that true equality requires equal access to education, as educated women are the foundation of strong, prosperous societies

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

Nigerian First Lady (Senator) Oluremi Tinubu, CON, has performed the Groundbreaking/Sod-Turning ceremony for the construction of the Alternative High School For Girls, in Osogbo, Osun State capital.

The event held in Osogbo was under the Access to Education For All Programme of the Renewed Hope Initiative (RHI), an initiative of the First Lady.

Senator Oluremi Tinubu described the school as another opportunity for girls and women who had to stop schooling for sundry reasons but are desirous of formal education to pursue their dreams.

Busola Kukoyi, Senior Special Assistant to the First Lady on Media, stated Senator Oluremi Tinubu said: “The alarming rate of school dropouts among girls are a stark reminder of is need for alternative solutions in their educational pursuits.

“The consequences of this challenge are profound, affecting not only their individual lives, but also have attendant socio-economic implications for our nation.

“We cannot afford to squander the potential and talents of half of our population.”

The First Lady also expressed the hope that the girls and women who would be beneficiaries of the school would optimise the chance to complete high school, acquire higher education and valuable life skills, to enable them reach their full potential in life.

“As we embark on this noble endeavor, let us remember the words of Nelson Mandela, who once said, ‘Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.’

“I urge us to commit to this, knowing that with education, we can break the chains of poverty, ignorance, and inequality, by providing our women and girls with tools and resources to thrive and succeed.”

The First Lady Tinubu announced at the event that the groundbreaking event would culminate in the launch of the #WeAreEqual Campaign in Nigeria, an initiative championed by the Organisation of African First Ladies for Development (OAFLAD).

Senator Oluremi Tinubu further explained how she would use education as a tool to promote the campaign in Nigeria.

“This campaign recognises that true equality requires equal access to education, and that educated women are the foundation of strong, prosperous societies.

“The official launch date of the event will be in May, 2024 by the special grace of God.”

Speaking at the event, Governor (Senator) Ademola Adeleke of Osun State assured the First Lady of his readiness to follow-up and provide the school support.

Adeleke highlighted his administration’s commitment to the course of women and girls to ensure their rights and safety are guaranteed.

In her remarks also, Mrs. Titilola Adeleke, Wife of the Osun State Governor, commended Senator Oluremi Tinubu, especially for her fairness and justice reflected in the transparent manner Osun State was chosen for the construction of the school.

The statement noted the education project, when completed, would provide learning facilities for high school cadre, vocational and skills learning, a library, sick bay and a creche.

In attendance at the ceremony performed by First Lady Oluremi Tinubu were wife of the Vice President, Hajia Nana Shetima, Wife of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Wives of 12 State Governors, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, the Ọọni of Ife, and other traditional rulers in the state among others.

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