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Women play critical roles in national development – First Lady

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Oluremi Tinubu

Last Updated on July 28, 2023 by Fellow Press

The First Lady, Sen. Oluremi Tinubu, on Friday in Abuja said women had enormous roles to play in driving the nation’s development and transformation efforts.

The first lady, after a meeting with the wives of former governors in her office, posited that women must be involved in critical stakeholder activities like assisting the government in promoting the welfare of Nigerians.

She said the wives of former governors, with a sphere of influence within and outside their states, played the roles that could not be looked down upon in nation’s development.

She acknowledged that the former governor’s wives played pivotal roles during the campaign of the election that brought her husband President Bola Tinubu to power, therefore, she could not push them aside.

She described the wives of former governors as mothers of nation in their various terrains that she required to work with her and the government in pushing the nation forward.

“We need them. They were all there during the campaign, we have to make sure they come in to talk about ways forward about the various programmes we have on the table.

“I need them to represent the government and to help me with the job, in spite that the current wives of governors are there, nobody is encroaching on anybody.

“I’m thinking of inviting wives of royal fathers and that of religious leaders too, to work with me in the Renewed Hope Initiative because I believe mothers have big roles to play.

“If we have to heal this country, women have to nurse this country back to life; there are many things going on in the society.

She said the walfare of people was significant to her, adding that she needed other women to support her in reaching out to the local communities via her national project.

“This is the first time we would have a state of emergency placed on food security and fuel subsidy is also there, I wish we can try to ameliorate the inconvenience all these new reforms are having on people.

“This is why I need the mothers, they are women of substance, and we need them to continue with what they have been doing, even if it is to reach out to the next neighbour, because I can’t get to all households.

“If we cushion whatever inconvenience we are facing now, it will go a long way. This is me going into familiar territories; however, all hands have to be on deck for this country to move forward; that is why I am asking the women for support.

The wife of the former governor of Ekiti State, Erelu Bisi Fayemi on behalf of the others, appreciated the first lady for stretching her hands of fellowship at them.

“We are here to spend time with our mother, we work together to ensure that our party APC won the election recently, it is important for us to continue to engage women in whatever we do.

“What have been the practice in the past is that when you go through an electoral act, the women do all the hard works and they make sure that the votes count, but after that is done, women are pushed to the margins.

“The first lady has acknowledged that mothers matter, therefore it’s not just about bringing the former wives of governors together, it’s about recognising the power that women have wherever they are in their local communities.

“We cannot achieve our development goal as a nation if we do not invest in the empowerment of women; therefore, we pledge to support our mother the first lady in all her works and that of our other sisters in the states.

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Accept FG offer above N60,000 as new minimum wage, Opeyemi Bamidele to labour

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The Senate Leader, Senator Opeyemi Bamidele, APC, Ekiti Central has pleaded with the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC and the Trade Union Congress, TUC
to accept whatever the federal government offered them above N60,000 as the new minimum wage.

Bamidele urged the NLC and TUC to toe the path of dialogue and peace in the negotiation of a new minimum wage, which the President had promised to send a bill to the National Assembly for this purpose.

The Senate Leader has reiterated the need for Nigerians to demonstrate more patriotic spirit and oneness in their daily activities as the nation journeys through its socio-political trajectory towards the promised land.

He made the call in an Eid-el-Kabir message by his Directorate of Media and Public Affairs on Sunday, just as he highlighted some achievements of the administration of President BolaTinubu.

Bamidele said, “The federal government has conceded to N60,000, which translates to a 100 percent increase. But both NLC and TUC turned down this offer, leading to a two-day industrial action.

“The federal government has promised to make more concessions in this respect. As the federal government reveals its new offer, I plead with the organised labour to accept it in the national interest. The economy will remain in this condition. Collectively, we are taking multi-pronged measures to reverse disturbing economic indicators.”has conceded to N60,000, which translates to a 100 percent increase. But both NLC and TUC turned down this offer, leading to a two-day industrial action.

“The federal government has promised to make more concessions in this respect. As the federal government reveals its new offer, I plead with the organised labour to accept it in the national interest. The economy will remain in this condition. Collectively, we are taking multi-pronged measures to reverse disturbing economic indicators.”

While identifying with all Muslim faithful nationwide, Bamidele who noted that Nigerians, regardless of religion and tribes, should team up with and rally support for the Tinubu administration to safely steer the ship of the nation into a successful end, emphasised that no nation could travel the journey of national rebirth alone without the unwavering support of its citizens not minding their political, cultural and social backgrounds and orientations.

He assured that the current administration would leave no stone unturned in alleviating the economic hardship being faced by the majority of Nigerians and re-offer them a sense of pride in their home country.

In the spirit of the season, the Senate Leader urged all Muslims to emulate love and good neighbourliness exemplified by Prophet Mohammed (SWAT) during his time and how he related very well with people of other faiths and nationalities.

Bamidele who appealed that the ongoing reengineering efforts of the Tinubu Administration could only yield democratic dividends in an atmosphere devoid of insecurity, but where lives and property are protected, said: “Just to mention a few among ongoing projects like the 700 kilometres Lagos-Calabar Coastal Highway, the establishment of N50 Billion Pulako Initiative and annual recruitment of 30,000 new police personnel are Key Performance Indicators of this government.

“Only recently, this government declared a state of emergency in agriculture and launched the National Agricultural Development Fund with N100 billion, in addition to the Dry Season Farming Initiative and the Green Imperative Programme to ensure food security across the land.

“All these and other components of the 8-point Renewed Hope Agenda require the patriotic support and prayers for their deliverables to multiply at the doorsteps of Nigerians in the remaining three years of the first term of this government.”

He further urged the Muslim faithful to use the season of Eid el-Kabir to pray for the leaders of the country for divine wisdom and understanding that can match the enormous tasks of leading the country especially at a time when economic realities are not favourable around the world.

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FG updates on UAE lifting visa ban on Nigeria

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The Minister of Aviation, Festus Keyamo, has revealed that the United Arab Emirates (UAE) government will soon announce the date for lifting the visa ban that has been imposed on Nigerian travellers.

This information was shared during an interview with Otega Ogra, Senior Special Assistant to President Bola Tinubu, which is available on the official YouTube page of the State House of Nigeria.

Keyamo acknowledged that while a resolution was reached between President Bola Tinubu and UAE President Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan during President Tinubu’s working visit to the UAE in September 2023, additional processes were required before the ban could be officially lifted.

He said the processes have now been completed, paving the way for the imminent announcement from the UAE government.

“After that high-level meeting, Mr. President, credited to him, made things very easy for us all. We did our follow-ups as his ministers. We have done everything. We have resolved everything.

“Just wait for the announcement from the UAE government, and that announcement is imminent,” Keyamo stated.

The Minister further mentioned that he is aware of the specific date when the travel restriction will be lifted, but he emphasized that it is up to the UAE government to make the official announcement.

The lifting of the ban is expected to restore ease of travel for Nigerian citizens to the UAE, thereby enhancing bilateral relations and cooperation between the two countries.

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