Senator Oluremi Tinubu was born on the 21st of September 1960. She hails from Ogun State, Nigeria. Oluremi Tinubu is the former First Lady of Lagos State and currently a Senator representing Lagos Central Senatorial District at the Nigerian National Assembly. She is a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Political Party. Oluremi Tinubu was the youngest of 12 children; she was raised in Ogun State. Tinubu received a B.S. in Education from the University of Ife, and a National Certificate of Education in Botany and Zoology from the Adeyemi College of Education.
Senator Oluremi Tinubu Early Life
Oluremi was the youngest of 12 children and grew up in Ijebu Ode. She attended Our Lady of the Apostles College and sat for her WASC in 1979 and then went to obtain an NCE from Adeyemi College of Education Ondo, in 1982. Armed with her NCE, Oluremi proceeded to the University of Ife now Obafemi Awolowo University, Ife, where she obtained a degree in Biology Education. She also holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Theology(PGD) from the Redeemed Bible College Ogun Station.
Senator Oluremi Tinubu Career
Senator Oluremi is an educator, she was a high school teacher before venturing into politics. She first had a taste of Nigerian politics when she became the First Lady of Lagos when her husband, Chief Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu was Governor of Lagos between 1999 to 2007. While she was First Lady of Lagos, Oluremi started a Non-Profit Organization, the New Era Foundation, which is dedicated to women empowerment, youth development, and girl-child education.
In 2011, Oluremi Tinubu contested for the senatorial position of Lagos Central Senatorial District on the platform of Action Congress of Nigeria(ACN) and was successful. She contested again in 2015 for the same seat and again was successful, but this time on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), a party that was formed from the merger of many other political parties of which ACN is one of them.
Senator Oluremi Tinubu Awards
Tinubu has won several awards and honours including the National Award of the Officer of the Order of the Niger [OON], Ghana Noble International Award for Leadership (2004), and Gambian Diamond Award for Immense Contribution to the Emancipation of People from Poverty (2005).
Oluremi Tinubu became the First Lady of Lagos State when her husband, Bola Tinubu, was elected as governor. As the first lady, she established the New Era Foundation, dedicated to establishing centers for “all-round development of young ones and promote public awareness on environmental health and community service.
When Tinubu was elected, it was challenged at the Legislative House Election Petition Tribunal -which would later convene and uphold the election in 2012. Tinubu was one of over 100 senators elected in the 8th assembly in 2015. However, only six of these were women. The others were Stella Oduah and Uche Ekwunife, who both represent Anambra, Fatimat Raji Rasaki, Rose Okoji Oko and Binta Garba. At the 2019 general elections, she retained her senatorial seat representing Lagos Central, making it her third tenure in office.
Senator Oluremi Tinubu represents Lagos Central Senatorial District on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC). An educationist, administrator, philanthropist, and Officer of the Order of the Niger, she was the exemplary First Lady of Lagos State between 1999 and 2007, during which period she founded the New Era Foundation; a non-profit organization, dedicated to youth development, girl-child education, women empowerment and inspiring young persons to excellence.
Over the years, this forthright role model has made a tremendous impact on the lives of several people and institutions within and outside Nigeria. Included here are:
Annual Spelling Bee competition to raise educational standards, and; gave birth to the Annual One-Day Governor programme, which has produced many First-Class university graduates.
Alternative High School for Girls to help young ladies who dropped out of school due to early pregnancy, to complete their high school education.
Endowment Funds in four universities; School Building constructed at the Oluremi Tinubu Elementary and Junior High School, Johnsonville, Mount Serrador County, Liberia; Science Block for Adeyemi College of Education, Ondo; considerable donation towards the building of the National Sickle Cell Centre; donation of her entire 50th birthday monetary gifts to social causes.
As Senator, she hosts a quarterly Town Hall Meeting with her constituents, to render accounts of her stewardship and obtain feed-backs on their developmental needs. To date, she has sponsored three bills: to provide Social Security for Elderly Citizens; seek the Amendment of the Labour Act, to enhance employment opportunities for women, and; a Bill to provide Special Economic Assistance to Lagos State because of its status as a former capital city and the commercial capital of Nigeria.
Her constituency development initiatives include:
Post-Secondary School Scholarship Scheme [PSSS] –Annual disbursement of N100, 000 to 26 beneficiaries for four years, and 624 students of tertiary institutions receive N10, 000 as book bursaries.
Grants to help 650 beneficiaries within her constituency to re-capitalize their businesses.
Provision of maintenance grants to alleviate the plight of the elderly(Elderly Citizen Assistance Scheme).
Sponsorship of Youth Empowerment and Skills Acquisition Scheme (YESAS) to enable more youth in her constituency to become economically productive and self-employed.
Helped secure N377m funding from the Tertiary Education Trust Fund [TETFUND] for three institutions – Sir Michael Otedola College of Primary Education (N109m); Lagos State University (N108m), and Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education (N160m).
Through the Senate Committee on Education, she obtained Federal support for the rehabilitation of Jibowu Junior High School, Yaba [N21 million], Banjo Primary School, Otumara-Ilogbo, Ebute-Metta [N20 million] as well as N15 million each for Holy Trinity Primary School, Ebute-Ero, Ansar Ud-Deen Primary School, Oke-Popo and Ire-Akari Primary School, Orile-Iganmu. From first lady to Senator of the Federal Republic, the educationist, administrator, and philanthropist Mrs. Oluremi Tinubu, OON, is an inspiration to many. Oluremi Tinubu was born on September 21, 1960, to an Itsekiri mother and Yoruba father. She was the youngest of 12 children and was raised in Ogun State.
Mrs. Tinubu received a B.Sc. in Education from the University of Ife, and a National Certificate of Education in Botany and Zoology from the Adeyemi College of Education. She became the first lady of Lagos State when her husband, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, was elected governor at the return of civilian rule in 1999.
As first lady, she established the New Era Foundation, dedicated to establishing centers for “all-round development of young ones and promote public awareness on environmental health and community service.” She currently represents Lagos Central Senatorial District on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) after winning re-election in the March 28, 2015 polls. Oluremi Tinubu has executed a lot of philanthropic acts to alleviate the plight of indigent persons and most importantly, she has touched the lives of girls and women in her constituency. She has also written several publications; including an autobiography- The Journey of Grace – My FaithWalk.
In recognition of her achievements and contributions to societal upliftment, Senator Oluremi Tinubu has been honoured severally locally and internationally. Among these are the National Award of the Officer of the Order of the Niger [OON]; Fellowship of both Adeyemi College of Education, Ondo and College of Education, Ikere-Ekiti; Member, Board of Trustees of Kings’ University, Ode-Omu; Ghana Noble International Award for Leadership (2004); Gambian Diamond Award for Immense Contribution to the Emancipation of People from Poverty (2005); many citations and chieftaincy titles. In appreciation of her contributions as a role model, the AFAO/WAWA (Association Des Femmes De L’Afrique De L’Ouest/West African Women Association) named the Oluremi Tinubu Women Training Centre in Gorom, Senegal after her.
Senator Oluremi Tinubu Personal Life
Senator Oluremi Tinubu is married to Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the former governor of Lagos and chieftain of the APC, A.K.A Jagaban. Their marriage is blessed with three children.