The First Lady of Nigeria, Dr. Mrs. Aisha Muhammadu Buhari has urged political leaders to pay particular attention to the reoccurring development deficits in the country so that they will become history.
She made the call during an event to mark the 6th anniversary of Future Assured project in Abuja.
The First Lady of Nigeria noted that Future Assured has made a lot of progress in the areas of health and nutrition, girl-child education, and women and youth empowerment.
“It is possible to achieve a turnaround on the negative health outcomes and the persistent rates of morbidity and mortality especially as they affect women, if concerted efforts are made by all stakeholders.”
She commended her foundation development partners and other stakeholders, both governmental and non-governmental for their effort, time, and other resources.
“We do not want you to relent, commitment and support to Future Assured remains important in deepening collective commitment and investment to the development of this country”.
The Vice President of Nigeria, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo (SAN) commended the passion and the excellent work of the First Lady for women and under-privileged Nigerians.
“The spirit and letter of ‘Future Assured’ fits with the government’s policy on social investment, from which millions of Nigerians have benefitted, most of them women. Government has been discouraging child marriages and encouraging more girl-child school admission.”
The Minister of Health, Prof. Osagie Ehanire, said that the Ministry has in the last 6 years collaborated with the Future Assured programme on numerous fronts, especially the RMNCAH+N, enjoying tremendous support from the First Lady in driving health sector initiatives.
He recalled many instances of her personal sacrifice, including, when she repurposed a large hotel into a hospital within a few weeks to serve as a treatment center for the COVID-19 Pandemic.