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WOMEN IN AGRICULTURE: SSAP ABBA ISA, FIRST LADY REAFFIRM COMMITMENT TO SUPPORT PWD

Senior Special Assistant to the President on Special Needs and Equal Opportunities, Hon. Mohammed Abba Isa, and the First Lady, Mrs Oluremi Tinubu, have reaffirmed their commitment to inclusivity and equality by ensuring that women with disabilities have equal access to opportunities and support in agriculture.

Hon. Abba Isa made the commitment Tuesday at the flag-off ceremony of the Renewed Hope Initiative Women Agricultural Support Program focusing on support for women in agriculture and persons with disabilities in the North-East geo-political zone held in Maiduguri, Borno State.

The initiative, spearheaded by the visionary leadership of the esteemed First Lady, Mrs. Oluremi Tinubu, underscores the unwavering commitment of the government to empower the most vulnerable segments of the society.

In his special remarks, the Senior aide to President Tinubu noted that the initiative was aimed at harnessing and unlocking the boundless potential in the fertile soil of the North-East, where the resilience of the people has endured the harshest of challenges by empowering the women who are the backbone of our agricultural sector, and ensuring that no one is left behind, especially those with disabilities.

The SSAP stated that the significance of women in agriculture cannot be overstated as they are not only cultivators of the land but also nurturers of families and communities.

The Presidential aide noted that despite their pivotal role, women often face numerous challenges, including limited access to resources, land rights, and financial support, stressing that the Renewed Hope Initiative seek to address these barriers and provide women with the tools, training, and resources they need to thrive in the agricultural sector.

Hon. Abba Isa commended the first lady, Mrs. Oluremi Tinubu, for her visionary leadership and unwavering dedication to the well-being of the less privileged people.
The presidential aide called for partnership and collaboration and the need to work together to turn renewed hope into tangible progress, transforming the lives of women and persons with disabilities across the nation

Speaking, the first lady Mrs Oluremi Tinubu was represented by the wife of the Vice president who is also the Vice Chairman of Renewed Hope initiatives, Nana Kashim Shettima, stressed that the initiative reaffirm government commitment to inclusivity and equality by ensuring that women with disabilities have equal access to opportunities and support in agriculture.

About 220 women farmers and people with disabilities benefited from the programme; among them, 120 women farmers, 20 from each of the six northeast states received N500,000 each and 100 people with disabilities from Borno each received N100,000.

The occasion was attended by the Deputy Governor of Borno, Umar Usman Kadafur; wives of the governors of Adamawa, Bauchi, Gombe, Taraba and Yobe States; and the APC Deputy National Chairman (North), Ali Bukar Dalori.
Also in attendance are Senators for Borno North and Central, Muhammed Tahir Monguno and Kaka Shehu Lawan, members of the House of Representatives, Engr Bukar Talba and Dr Zainab Gimba, Deputy Speaker of Borno House of Assembly, Engr Abdullahi Askira, Secretary to the Borno State Government, Bukar Tijani, commissioners and other senior officials of government.

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