The Senator representing Lagos Central and former "First Lady" of Nigeria's Lagos State - Senator Oluremi Tinubu OON is to be honoured with an award "in recognition of her outstanding contribution to Education and Empowerment in Nigeria" by the Association of Nigerian Academics in the UK (ANAUK).
According to a release signed jointly by Cllr. Adedamola Aminu and Gbemiga Adeniji - the association's President and Public Relations Officer (PRO) respectively: "This recognition is to appreciate her commitment to development of education in Nigeria and her poverty alleviation/empowerment initiatives. Her apprenticeship and vocational training for women and youth is of tremendous significance. Her alternative education initiative is targeted towards disadvantaged female. The initiative has given a second chance to many by providing an alternative to formal education to the female child who has lost out on education either through poverty, cultural/religious attitude to the girls, rape, abuse, forced marriage etc."
The Release added that: "Her New Era Foundation established the New Era Camp in Ajah, Lagos. The Foundation provides opportunities to acquire inter-personal skills essential for life accomplishment. Equally note-worthy is her sustainable projects and support to small and medium scale enterprises (SMEs). Furthermore, through collaboration with other government departments and NGOs, she has promoted excellence in leadership and mentorship.
"ANAUK is inspired by the need to give honour to whom honour is due and to appreciate the selfless service of Senator Oluremi Tinubu. Besides, we reckon that this award will serve as encouragement to other democratically elected office holders in Nigeria to deliver dividends of democracy.
"This recognition and honour is part of our annual events to support education in Nigeria and to impact policy decisions and implementation in order to enhance sustainable educational growth and development."
Senator Tinubu holds a National Certificate in Education in Botany and Zoology from the Adeyemi College of Education and a Bachelor's degree in Education from the then University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University) in Nigeria.
The Awards event holds at the Monarch Suite, Hilton London Metropole, Edgware Road, London W2 1JU on Saturday April 5, 2014 at 5.00pm prompt.