By Ahmed Ubandoma
Abuja – The wife of the President, Mrs Aisha Buhari, said her Future Assured programme had so far supported over 200,000 victims of insurgency and families of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the country.
Mrs Buhari disclosed this on Friday when she hosted the First Lady of the Republic of Uganda, Mrs Janet Museveni, at the State House in Abuja.
The News Agency of Nigeria(NAN) reports that the aim of the meeting was to interface on the need to improve the health and well-being of women and children in their respective countries.
The wife of the President informed the visiting first lady of her passion to always support the health and physical well-being of women and children in Nigeria.
She said since the inception of the current administration, the Future Assured programme has recorded a huge success, especially in the areas of healthcare services as well as girl-child education.
According to her, we provided free medical outreach programme where we screened over 20,000 women of different medical conditions such as Hypertension, cervical cancer as well as diabetes.
Mrs Buhari said she was raising awareness to support malnurished victims of insurgency in the North east.
According to her, this was being done through her ‘Get Involved initiative’ , a component of her Future Assured programme.
” I will always do what I can to touch the lives of women and children in Nigeria,” she said.
The wife of the President said that she inaugurated ‘Youths Educational Empowerment Programme’ to enable women and children continue with their education.
In her response, the Ugandan First Lady thanked Mrs Buhari for giving her the opportunity to learn about her various women empowerment programme.
Mrs Museveni, who is the current Minister of Education and Sport in Uganda, also said that she was in Nigeria to extend greetings from women and children of Uganda to Mrs Buhari.
” I want to take this opportunity to learn from the wife of the President of Nigeria, the work she is doing to improve lives of women and children.
“I always used any opportunity I have to learn from what is happening around our continent; our continent of Africa is still the one that has many challenges to catch-up with the rest of the continents, ” she said.
The Ugandan first lady said that she was humble to be given the opportunity to participate in the rebuilding of her country.
She, therefore, thanked Mrs Buhari for the reception accorded her.
Dignitaries at the event included the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Mrs Khadijah Abba-Ibrahim, Senior Special Assistant to the President, Dr Hajo Sani, Wife of Nasarawa State Governor, Dr Mairo Al-makura.
Also present was the former Deputy Governor of Plateau State, Mrs Pauline Tallen.(NAN)