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Nigeria’s First Lady, Sen. Oluremi Tinubu on Tuesday renamed the National Centre for Women Development to Maryam Babangida National Centre for Women Development.

At the ceremony, Mrs Tinubu saluted the sterling contributions of the former first lady to the lives of the ordinary Nigerian, especially at the grassroots, through her pet programme, Better Life for Rural Dwellers.

She described the Late Mrs Babangida as an icon who redefined the scope of women’s participation in national development through the National Centre for Women Development.

She noted with nostalgia that she was at the ninth National Assembly when the bill for the renaming of the centre was passed and signed.

She expressed excitement at being the one to perform the actual task of renaming edifice as first lady.

She commended the Director-General of the centre, Asabe Bashir and her management staff for taking the bold step for the renaming of the centre as well as all the female National Assembly members who played leading roles in the legislative struggle for the actualisation of the decision.

In his remarks, representative of the Babangida family, Mohammed Babangida and his brother, Aminu Babangida, thanked the first lady for the honour done to their late mother.

A portrait of the first lady was also unveiled at the Hall of Fame. She had earlier been inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2019 as the first female legislator to have been elected into the Senate for three consecutive terms.

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