In the spirit of celebrating women in the National Assembly who have contributed greatly to the advancement of causes that will directly impact the lives of women in the country, Senator Oluremi Tinubu is a force to be reckoned with.
Oluremi Tinubu (born 21 September 1960) is the former First Lady of Lagos State and is currently a Senator representing Lagos Central through the All Progressives Congress (APC) Party.
The youngest of 12 children, Senator Oluremi Tinubu was raised in Ogun State.
Adding to the statistics of women with higher education, she received a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from the University of Ife, and a National Certificate of Education in Botany and Zoology from the Adeyemi College of Education.
Oluremi Tinubu became the First Lady of Lagos State when her husband, Bola Tinubu, was elected as governor in 1999. As the First Lady, she established the New Era Foundation, dedicated to establishing centres for “all round development of young ones and promote public awareness on environmental health and community service.”
She has sponsored various bills including the a bill for an Act to provide for the establishment of the Institute of Environmental Practitioners of Nigeria while her motions include the motion on lead poisoning in Zamfara.
Providing an update on the sad occurrence in October 2017, Tinubu revealed that according to reports, there were 400 children causalities and that only 8 of the 38 affected communities in Zamfara State have had any form of remediation carried out.
She also disclosed that paucity of funds had forced several Civil Society Organizations out of the area. The Senate then resolved to summon the Minister of Solid Minerals, Dr. Kayode Fayemi to appear before it in plenary to deliver a brief on his Ministry’s mining roadmap, implementation framework and how it intends to ensure protection of the inhabitants of mining host communities.
Along with Mrs. Binta Bello, Aishatu Jibril Dukku is the other female representative from Gombe State in the National Assembly House of Representatives. She was born in 1969 and represents Dukku/Nafada Federal Constituency of Gombe State through the APC.
Fighting stereotypes on female education in the North of Nigeria, she completed her secondary education in 1981 and immediately proceeded to Bayero University, Kano where she obtained a B.Ed. in English, in 1986. She worked as an educationalist and counsellor before foraying into politics.
In the House, Aishatu has been very vocal on issues related to education and women’s health. For instance, she moved a motion on the need to address the alarming rate of maternal mortality in the country. She also accused States of paying lip service to education. Aishatu Dukku chairs the House Committee on Political Parties and Electoral Matters and her committee was charged with the mandate of examining 12 bills proposing amendments to the extant Electoral Act 2010.
Aishatu Dukku has received several awards nationally and internationally. In addition she holds the traditional titles of Gimbiyar Dukku and Jakad Yar Dass ta Farko.
In her position she is an inspiration to young girls and women who need a voice in the National Assembly, especially on issues involving education and women’s health.