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Mrs Buhari uregs media engagement on First Ladies’ projects

Ms. By Emmanuel Mogbede

Mrs. Aisha Buhari, the wife of President Muhammadu Buhari called on journalists to engage more with the first ladies of the state in order to give more visibility to their projects.

She made the appeal Wednesday night in Abuja at an event organized by independent newspapers to honor the state’s first ladies who had used their offices to positively impact the lives of people, especially the less privileged and vulnerable.

The event was labeled: “Independent Newspapers Nigerian First Ladies Impact Awards”.

Ms. Buhari, who was the special guest of honor at the event, was represented by Mr. Aliyu Abdullahi, her special advisor for media and publicity.

“I am happy to be at this momentous event, which seeks to recognize the efforts of the first ladies to spread the dividends of democracy.

“I am particularly happy that some first ladies have been recognized as having excelled in this area.

“I want to take this opportunity to call on media professionals to engage more with first ladies so that their projects can gain more visibility.

“The partnership will be a win-win because the media would then have fulfilled part of their social responsibility,” she said.

She congratulated the management of Independent Newspapers for organizing the event, saying it was an important milestone and a testament that the newspaper understood its role as a development partner and actor.

“There is no doubt that the media have a central role to play not only in setting the agenda for the speech, but also in supporting and amplifying good causes,” she said. .

She added that the First Ladies provided the belly of any government as they provide humanitarian, compassion and mercy services by organizing health, education and empowerment projects.

According to her, the first ladies contribute to the protection of vulnerable people, including women, children, young people and the elderly in society.

She said they also had the benefit of providing advice to governors and had become advocates for school enrollment and retention, adult education, self-reliance and health awareness. .

She added that the first ladies were also activists against gender-based violence, drug addiction and human trafficking.

“They also provide financial support in terms of scholarships and the settlement of medical bills for disadvantaged people,” Ms. Buhari said.

She congratulated the first ladies who were awarded the prizes at the event, saying the prize will not only inspire them to do more, but also encourage others.

According to her, the award will also open discussions regarding more partnerships that will be in the general interest of the country.

Mr. Steve Omanufeme, Managing Director and Editor-in-Chief of Independent Newspapers, while welcoming guests to the event, said it was designed to recognize and celebrate distinguished first ladies who have consistently outperformed despite prevailing economic circumstances.

He noted that while the Constitution may not have defined the responsibilities of first ladies, the more notable know how influential the position could be.

“They don’t just sit idly by and watch their husbands work hard to find a better life for the people.

“Some first ladies play an active role in policy making, humanitarian and charitable work, while others have focused on family and social responsibilities, they have embarked on different public projects and have excelled,” he said. he declared.

He added that although the first ladies had no constitutional responsibility, most of them used their positions to change the narrative and shape the fates of families, women, children, widows and orphans in their fields. , and should be celebrated.

The Nigerian News Agency reports that Akwa Ibom’s first lady, Ms. Martha Udom Emmanuel, founder of the Family Empowerment and Youth Reorientation Initiative, received the First Lady of the south-south of the year 2021.

She thanked independent newspapers for this honor and assured that she would continue to advocate for girls’ education and the inclusion of women in government at all levels.

“If you educate the little girl, you certainly educate the whole world. If you train a girl, you prepare that child for the future.

“I try to mold and mentor young people so that when we are no longer we have responsible girls to take after us,” she said.

The First Ladies of Taraba were also honored, Ms. Anna Darius Ishaku as First Lady of the North East in 2021, and Ms. Bisi Adeleye-Fayemi, First Lady of Ekiti State for Women’s Political Empowerment.

The First Ladies of Cross River States, Kwara, Bauchi, and Osun also received awards for standing out and using their duties as First Ladies to advance the course of the less privileged and vulnerable in society.

Hajiya Aisha Bala Mohammed, First Lady of Bauchi State, in her remarks, called on mothers to stand up and encourage their children, especially girls through education, claiming that without education, development and peace would remain a mirage.

There were three major award categories covering Independent First Lady of the Year, First Lady of the Year covering each of the country’s six geopolitical areas, and general categories.

Source: NAN

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