ENUGU, Nigeria (VOICE OF NAIJA)- About 250 police, military retirees, and other senior citizens across the country will be receiving N950m by the wife of the President, Mrs. Remi Tinubu.
She explained that, each of the beneficiaries will receive N100,000, noting that the scheme is to cushion the effect of the economic situation on senior citizens.
The First Lady disclosed this at the maiden edition of the Renewed Hope Initiative Elderly Support Scheme on Thursday in Abuja.
Tinubu said, “This economic empowerment programme is borne out of a steadfast commitment to the well-being of our elderly citizens and it marks a significant stride in our collective pursuit of a more inclusive and compassionate society.
“This scheme is to support 250 vulnerable elderly citizens aged 65 and above in all 36 states of the federation, the Federal Capital Territory and veterans from the Defence and Police Officers’ Wives Association.
“These selected beneficiaries will receive N100,000 each. This is to cushion the effect of the economic situation and to alleviate the burdens of our esteemed elders during this festive period.
“The total sum to be disbursed is N950m as approved by the Governing Board of the Renewed Hope Initiative.”
Speaking further she noted that the 36 states of the federation would be given N25m each to give to beneficiaries.
She adds, “Each state of the federation will receive the sum of N25m. We are committed to ensuring that each state receives this gesture, without discrimination.
“By reaching out to the elderly this festive period, we not only honour their contributions but also acknowledge the unique encounters they face.”
She urged the senior citizens to support and pray for the president.
Tinubu said, “This period should be a time of joy and comfort for all, even as we hope for a greater Nigeria, in security, education, health, employment, and business opportunities for all. We seek your continued support and prayers for the administration of President Bola Tinubu, as we look forward to better days ahead.”
The Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Christopher Musa, said the efforts of the First Lady towards the retirees would motivate those still in service.
Represented by the Director, Veteran Affairs, Defence Headquarters, Maj. Gen. Danladi Saliu, Musa noted that history would be kind to the First Lady for her gestures to the military.
Musa said, “I most sincerely appreciate Her Excellency for this gesture towards our retirees. You have demonstrated once again that the welfare of our armed forces both serving and retired and their families are of ultimate priority to you. This noble act is one which you will forever be remembered for.
“And prosperity will judge you fairly for repeatedly bringing renewed hope to the members of the armed forces and their families. This will have a multiplier effect on the morale and efficiency of the serving members of the armed forces.“