The Country Director of RCS Nigeria, Blackson Olaseni Bayewumi attended the Summit of the Nigeria Governors' Wives Forum in Partnership with Consulate General of Nigeria in New York. The Summit focused on stemming factors for migration flows by providing basic needs of the people such as qualitative education, good healthcare, affordable shelter, poverty alleviation and wealth creation
Her Excellency, Senator Oluremi Tinubu, First Lady of Federal Republic of Nigeria spoke about the activities of the 'Renewed Hope Initiative', in providing basic needs of the people by building capacities of the people, awarding scholarships to the indigent students, providing startup capital for the people to start their businesses and supporting some communities that recently experienced disaster.
Her Excellency, Ambassador Professor (Mrs) Olufolake Abdulrasaq, the Chairperson of the Nigeria Governors' Wives Forum and the First Lady of Kwara State spoke about the activities of the Forum in supporting the effort of Government and meeting the basic needs of the people. She also spoke about the activities of the 'Ajike People Support Center' in this regard.
Other First Ladies (Wives of State Governors) at the event also discussed their respective initiatives, programmes and activities of meeting the needs of the people in their various states across the country.
In summary, the Summit provided a veritable platform for the Guests, Speakers and Participants to look at the issue of 'Migration Flows' as a serious threat to our collective Wellbeing that requires urgent and serious attention.
The Summit proffered solutions in this regard such as appropriate and qualitative Education, improved Healthcare services, massive investment in affordable Housing, improved inflow of Investment to create the needed jobs, increased social intervention in poverty alleviation, special attention to girl child education, to mention but few.
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