Senator Oluremi Tinubu, the wife of the All Progressives Congress presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has commended women in rural communities over the role they played to sustain homes and keep food on Nigerians’ tables.
This is even as the former Lagos First Lady called on stakeholders and policymakers to concentrate efforts on addressing challenges faced by rural women.
Tinubu gave the charge in a statement in a statement issued on Saturday by her office to mark the UN-designated International Day of Rural Women.
The statement stated, “I wish to commend the millions of women across rural communities in Nigeria who contribute in no small measure to the agricultural process. Women have always provided labour on our farms and in other areas of food production and processing, and it is important that they get recognition for this.
The three-term senator further called for programmes targeted at rural women which will help them increase their earnings and enable them to attain a better quality of life.
She said: “It is key that we take a close look at the agricultural value chain and identify more opportunities for rural women. There must be concerted efforts to bring them up to speed on global best practices in agriculture, work to address the challenges they face and educate them on means through which they can increase their earnings.”
Tinubu, who founded the New Era Foundation and represents Lagos Central in the Senate, is known for her philanthropic activities which are often aimed at empowering women, youths and senior citizens.
Established in 2007 by the United Nations General Assembly, the International Day of Rural Women recognises the critical role and contribution of rural women in enhancing agricultural and rural development, improving food security and eradicating rural poverty. The theme of this year’s celebration is “Rural Women Cultivating Good Food for All”.