First Lady Supports APC Women in Fabric Business Empowerment Initiative

By Milcah Tanimu

Fulfilling her pledge to bolster the economic standing of Nigerian women, First Lady Oluremi Tinubu has taken a significant step by providing a substantial quantity of fabric to bolster women engaged in politics. This initiative, falling under the Social Investment Programme of the Renewed Hope Initiative, aims to bolster the financial foundation of women in politics and was inaugurated at the National Secretariat of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Abuja on Wednesday, May 22.

Represented by the Vice President’s wife, Hajiya Nana Kashim Shettima, the First Lady highlighted that the support targets APC women involved in the fabric business.

During the handover of the fabrics, Hajiya Shettima remarked, “The modest gesture we have brought is to aid our APC women who are involved in the fabric trade. While the quantity may not meet all expectations, I encourage you to accept it in good faith, with the assurance that more of such programs are forthcoming.”

She further commended the tireless efforts of the First Lady, stating, “Your Excellency, without exaggeration, within one year, Her Excellency (Oluremi) has traversed all 36 states and the six geopolitical zones. She is fervent about seeing positive changes in the country.”

Hajiya Shettima urged unity among women, emphasizing the importance of supporting each other, as building solidarity is essential in fostering progress.

In his response, APC National Chairman, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, expressed delight at the initiative, advocating for increased opportunities for women in recognition of their pivotal role in the party’s electoral triumphs.

Dr. Ganduje highlighted the significant contributions of women to electoral victories despite facing various challenges, underscoring the need to rectify the disparity in acknowledging their role in politics. He emphasized the importance of women’s participation at all levels of governance.

Regarding the empowerment initiative, Dr. Ganduje emphasized its role in enhancing financial inclusivity for women. He lauded the program’s potential to uplift women already engaged in the fabric business, particularly amidst prevailing economic challenges.

Dr. Ganduje emphasized the importance of honesty, transparency, and nationalistic values in executing the program, urging organizers to ensure that the fabric reaches the intended beneficiaries without any additional expectations. He encouraged recipients to utilize the support to bolster their businesses, thereby contributing to their economic stability and growth.


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