First Lady, Mrs. Aisha Buhari has distributed food items to vulnerable groups in Gombe State through her pet-project, ‘Future Assured’ as part of humanitarian activities she started since November 2019.
The outreach, which has been focusing on hospitals, charity organisations and the poor, berthed in Gombe state from 3rd to 4th January, 2020.
Mrs. Buhari, in her goodwill message delivered by Aliyu Abdullahi, her Special Assistant on Media & Publicity, said that the visit was to show love to the most vulnerable in our communities and to remind the people of Gombe State that the mother of the nation identifies with them in their time of need.
Mr. Abdullahi also informed the beneficiaries that the First Lady remembered the demonstration of love, support and solidarity to her husband, President Muhammadu Buhari by the people of Gombe State.
First Lady of Gombe state, Her Excellency, Hajiya Asmau Muhammadu Inuwa Yahya, who received the team and flagged off the ceremony was overwhelmed with the kind gesture of the Nigerian First Lady and for choosing Gombe State as one of the beneficiary states for this mercy outreach mission.
She was accompanied by Wife of the Deputy Governor, the Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, Mrs. Naomi Joel Awak, and other Gombe State officials.
Hajiya Yahya in her remarks stated that the human spirited initiatives being pursued by Mrs. Buhari through her pet project, Future Assured are in tune with Gombe State Administration’s programmes targeting the empowerment of women, youth, and other vulnerable groups. She also pleaded with the leadership and representatives of all beneficiary groups to ensure fair distribution process with a view to reaching out to the targeted beneficiaries.
The distribution of bags of 50kg bags rice, cartons of spaghetti, and gallons of vegetable oil flagged off at the Pantami Stadium in the city of Gombe before the First Lady’s delegation extended its visit to the Gombe Orphanage and subsequently to ancient town of Tula where one of the oldest Nigerian Correctional Facilities is located.
The delegation of the First Lady was taken round these locations by the wife of the Governor, Hajia Asmau Muhammadu Inuwa Yahya and her team.
Head of the Orphanage, Mallam Mohammed Adamu who conducted the team round the orphanage expressed her gratitude to Mrs. Buhari for remembering them.
At the ancient Tula Correctional facility in Kaltungo Local Government Area, the Tula Women Association and the Chief Warden received the delegation and also conducted the delegation round the facility where another goodwill message from First Lady was delivered for the inmates, Mrs. Buhari admonished them to use the experience of rehabilitation and become good citizens in order for them to be reintergrated into the society and contribute their quota to the development of the nation.
The Chief Warden of the Tula Correctional Facility thanked the Nigerian First Lady for coming to their rescue, while the Tula Women Association were also full of appreciation to the First Lady, the Tula Women Leader recalled that this is the first time in history that they received any delegation of Nigerian First Lady in their community and remarked that they will remember the visit as historic moment in their community.
Among the groups that benefitted from the First Lady’s generosity included FOMWAN, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) women, Widows Group, Zaurawa Group, various youth groups, three Orphanage Homes, four Correctional Facilities, People living with disabilities, various Women groups in all wards of the 11 Local Government Areas of the State.