The First Lady, Senator Oluremi Tinubu, has restated the need to give more attention to the elderly in the society. Mrs. Tinubu said this when she hosted the wife of the Akwa Ibom State governor, Pastor Patience Eno, in her office at the State House yesterday in Abuja.

The First Lady noted that the elderly have paid their dues in all spheres of life and deserve to be taken care of in their old age.In a statement by her spokesperson Busola Kukoyi, Senator Tinubu said: “It is easy to bypass them, so to speak, because their voice is no more loud. They need our attention.

“I commend the Akwa Ibom State governor, His Excellency Pastor Umoh Eno, for buying into the vision of the Renewed Hope Initiative Elderly Support Scheme (RHIESS),” she said.

The First Lady congratulated the governor on his victory at the Supreme Court, confirming him as the duly elected Governor of Akwa Ibom State.

“It is now time to work fully. Let us put politics behind and face governance,” she said.Mrs. Eno explained that she was at the State House to update the First Lady on the RHIESS.

“My husband, the governor, has decided to adopt the RHIESS programme, as initiated by you, and says that it would now be a monthly programme. He recognises that it is a highly laudable one and it really brings joy and hope to the elderly,” she said.

The governor’s wife announced that Akwa Ibom State was set to host 500 elderly, aged 65 years and above every month, by giving them N50,000.00 token, in addition to giving them sundry items as well as access to free medical checks.

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