Nigeria’s Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo says there is a great hope for people suffering from cancer disease.
He says a lot of lives can be saved if the required support is given by philanthropists, to prevent the disease.
The Vice President was speaking in Abuja, at a luncheon organised by a non-governmental organisation, Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy.
The Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy CECP annually provides a platform through which the private sector can support the developmental efforts of government in various ways, through an event known as, ‘Giving Tuesday’.
The Giving Tuesday initiative is a global way of engendering and celebrating philanthropy and the day, which is observed worldwide, is supported by business, political and social leaders, who jointly champion fund-raising for community development.
The 2016 version was a unique gathering at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel Abuja, as philanthropists gathered for this year’s event, which had the big war against cancer as its focal point.
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, who is the National Patron of the CECP, praised the efforts of Philanthropists, who are contributing to the scheme, as he urged Nigerians to always contribute to the well being of others.
Quoting America’s Martin Luther King (Jnr), the Vice President said: “Martin Luther King (Jnr) observed that life’s persistent and most urgent question is ‘what are you doing for others?’ The answer to the question defines our humanness. Indeed that the core of every human virtue is its contribution to the lives and wellbeing of others. Giving affirms our belief in community and the communality of human existence.”
Threat of Cancer
He said the threat of cancer is real, as a lot of people have died from the disease in Nigeria in the last four years but early diagnosis can help prevent its mortality rate.
“The threat of cancer is real however survival rate has improved tremendously in many countries with better infrastructure for early diagnosis and prompt intervention. Sadly however WHO data shows that within the period of four years, Nigeria has had a significant increase in the incident of deaths from the common cancers,” the Vice President lamented.
Professor Osinbajo who pledged his personal commitment to the course, noted the contributions the National Cancer Prevention Programme has made towards tackling the disease in the country.
Coordinator of the CECP, Dr Christopher Kolade said the battle against cancer can be won because; Nigeria is blessed with experts in the medical field, especially Oncologists that are presently working outside the shores of Nigeria
He therefore urged them to come home and add value to the country, as of the CECP work hard to provide more facilities for them.
“Our people are adding tremendous, eminent value to the medical situation in the UK. In fact we have doctors also in the Middle East and all other parts of the world. So the additional thing that the Centurions of the CECP are going to do is to make sure that we provide facilities in this country so that the expertise of our medical doctors can be effective here,” Dr Kolade said.
The CECP boasts of a hundred philanthropists, with each man or woman massively investing his/her resources to create a positive change and make life better for the masses of Nigeria.
A lot of donations were received at the well attended event.