Oluremi Tinubu, the First Lady, has asked state governors’ spouses to support President Bola Tinubu’s Renewed Hope Agenda in order to promote good governance throughout the board.
On Thursday, she delivered the warning in front of the FCT representation and the wives of governors from around the country at the Presidential Villa.
She asserted that in order to address issues impacting the populace, state leaders—particularly those in opposition parties—must collaborate with the presidential agenda.
The First Lady lauded the wives of governors for their personal projects and initiatives in their various states to assist the vulnerable in society.
She said part of the reasons she called for the meeting was to update the forum and share her experiences from her trips to other nations with them, as “such will help me to position myself appropriately for the task ahead.”
The first lady further said that the administration of President Tinubu had set machinery in motion to ensure that a lasting legacy was left behind for generations and those yet unborn.
“I am delighted to welcome you all to this meeting, it has become imperative for us to have this forum so that I can update you on issues especially as they affect our nation.
“Some of the things I discovered were that HIV/AIDS is still very prevalent in Nigeria. Estimates from the 2023 Spectrum by the Ministry of Health, the Nigeria HIV/AIDS Indicator and Impact Survey revealed that about 1.98 million persons are living with HIV/AIDS in the country.
“Adults aged 15 years and above make up about 1.8 million People Living with HIV (PLWHIV), of which 1.1 million are adult women; equally, one in seven babies born in the world is a Nigerian Child.
“Underscoring the significance of the nation’s role in the global fight against AIDS, Children contribute 23 per cent of new HIV infections in Nigeria, almost four times more than the eight per cent contribution of key populations according to Mode of Transmission Study.’
“These statistics are alarming, embarrassing, and unacceptable.’’
The first lady stated that Tinubu had obtained funding from the Global Fund to provide HIV testing kits for people and dual testing kits for HIV and Syphilis for expectant mothers throughout the nation.
“I got the agreement from Prof. Ali Pate, the Minister of Health, to work with the Renewed Hope Initiative to increase advocacy on the HIV/AIDS epidemic and to work with governors’ wives to ensure that Nigeria ends the HIV/AIDS epidemic by 2030,” she continued.
“We must come together with a unifying message to fight this hydra-headed monster and save the future of our nation. We did it during the Ebola Virus and Covid-19 pandemic.
“As the theme for the 2023 World AIDS Day indicates: ‘Let Communities Lead,’ we will be taking the advocacy to our traditional rulers, religious leaders of various faiths, community leaders, educational institutions, and the nooks and crannies of the nation.’’