Aisha Buhari reiterates commitment to improve maternal health
The Wife of the President, Mrs Aisha Buhari, has reiterated her commitment to improve maternal health and reduce the rate of infant mortality in Nigeria.
She made the statement on Thursday in Abuja when Mr Perry Colderwood, the Canadian High Commissioner to Nigeria paid her a courtesy visit at the Presidential Villa.
She noted that the wife of any leader have the responsibility to assist her husband in various ways since he is busy with state affairs.
She said that this informed her decision to float her pet project, “Future Assured’’ to provide alternative life line for Nigerian women and children.
“I decided to come up with a project called “Future Assured’’ to help in reducing maternal and infant mortality rate and support girl-child education.
“The project is also to enlighten parents on how to restrain their children from being indoctrinated into social vices.
“Monitoring daily activities and control of every child is a unique family affair.
“We need to educate women on how to control their children in order to avoid a situation where they would fall victims of indoctrination to social vices inimical to the society,’’ she said.
Buhari commended the Canadian government for the good working relationship with Nigeria in the areas of education, health, power and other developmental projects.
She thanked Canadian government for indicating interest to support and assist Nigeria reduce the rate of maternal and infant mortality.
She said that President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration had been making efforts to tackle insecurity, health, education and other challenges it inherited from previous administration.
Speaking earlier, the High Commissioner said the Canadian government would collaborate with Nigeria to improve maternal and child mortality and combat child marriage among others.
He said that 9,000 Nigerian students were studying various courses in Canadian institutions of higher learning.
Colderwood promised that his country would assist Nigeria strengthen its healthcare system.