FG Renames National Women Center in Honour of Maryam Babangida

The National Women Development Center has been officially renamed ‘Maryam Babangida National Center for Women Development.

The 9th National Assembly had passed the bill for the renaming of the centre after Mrs Maryam Babangida into law.

The First Lady of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Senator Oluremi Tinubu, made an official announcement during an event held on Tuesday.

The First Lady said the decision was to honour the late former First Lady, Her Excellency, Dr (Mrs) Maryam Babangida, for her remarkable contributions to the lives of ordinary Nigerians.

Senator Tinubu added that it was to appreciate late Maryam Babangida’s contributions, particularly at the grassroots level, through her renowned programme, “Better Life for Rural Women.”

Senator Tinubu paid tributes to the late Mrs MmfBabangida for her iconic role in enhancing women’s participation in national development through the National Center for Women Development.

In her address, Senator Tinubu commended the Director-General of the Center, Hajia Asabe Bashir Vilita, and her management staff for their initiative in pushing for the renaming.

She also acknowledged the vital roles played by female National Assembly members who championed the legislative effort behind the change of name.

Representatives of the Babangida Family, Mohammed Babangida, and his brother, Aminu Babangida, expressed their gratitude to the First Lady of the Federal Republic of Nigeria for the esteemed honour bestowed upon their late mother.

They also extended their appreciation to all the women who contributed to the realization of the center’s renaming.

As part of the ceremony, the portrait of Senator Tinubu was unveiled at the Hall of Fame.

Notably, she had previously 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.

The event witnessed the presence of several dignitaries, including the wife of the Vice President, Hajia Nana Shettima, and wives of State Governors, among others.