Senator Oluremi Tinubu, the wife of President Bola Tinubu, has expressed her willingness to partner with the United Nations (UN) and its agencies to address issues on women in public life, increased participation in the economy, ending gender-based violence, child labour, and the scourge of out-school children.
She spoke at the Presidential Villa, Abuja while receiving the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria, Matthias Schmale, and his team.
Tinubu said her national programme, ‘Renewed Hope Initiative’, is also taking all the issues into cognisance.
The First Lady further urged women to stop looking down on themselves and improve themselves.
She said: “I want more women in the decision-making positions like legislative arms because if laws are not changed, this would be the same game continuously. However, are the women ready to sacrifice? We are the ones that need to stand up to help ourselves.
“Education is very vital and I don’t believe that a woman cannot get all that she wants once she is educated but our focus on education is for all both boys and girls and even less privileged women.”
On his part, Schmale promised on behalf of his organisation to collaborate with the office of the First Lady on women and children development.
He said the UN was aware of President Tinubu’s stand on improving the economic situation in the country, adding that the organisation was in support of this.
The UN official said: “One issue is the role of women in public life and we are very keen on it as you. We offer our support significantly in increasing the number of women in public life in Nigeria.
“Secondly, it is our understanding that the president has made the economy an important stone, again we know that women play a key role in the economy considering food and security as a national emergency.
“We are ready to explore what more we can do to support the government and your excellence in increasing the role of women in the economy and revitalizing the economy.”
Schmale added that the UN would support the First Lady in ensuring that issues like polio, out-of-school children, child labour, and violence against women are brought to the minimum level.