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Ambode Dedicates Birthday Celebration To Fight Against Cancer

Akinwunmi Ambode, Governor of Lagos State; Omo-Oniles
Posted: Jun 9, 2016 at 9:33 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)




…Announces Readiness To Increase Response To HIV/AIDS Challenge


For the second year in a row, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State has concluded plans to dedicate his birthday on June 14, 2016, towards advancing the fight against cancer.

This is as he appealed to his family members, friends, political associates and well wishers wishing to place congratulatory messages on his birthday via newspaper adverts or other platforms to instead channel same to the cause.

A statement by Mr. Habib Aruna, his Chief Press Secretary, said the governor would on Tuesday, June 14, participate in a #GivingTuesday event being pioneered by the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy (CECP-Nigeria), a group in the forefront of the war against cancer.

Ambode had graciously accepted a request by the CECP-Nigeria, being anchored by Dr. Christopher Kolade, to participate in #GivingTuesday to mark his birthday which coincidentally falls on a Tuesday.

GivingTuesday is an initiative founded by the United Nations in 2012 as a global way of engendering and celebrating philanthropy and is observed worldwide, supported by business, political and social leaders who jointly champion fund-raising for community development.

The event would see Governor Ambode raise more awareness towards the quest to raise funds for a Mobile Cancer Centre in Lagos.

The governor urged interested people to send their donations to Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy (CECP-Nigeria): Zenith Bank Account No: 1014594851, Sort Code- 057150013.

The statement also added that the governor during the event would be inducted as the Lagos State Patron of CECP.

Last year, Governor Ambode devoted his birthday to raising funds towards the fight against cancer, a move the CECP said, went a long way to opening the floodgates of support to the cause.

In another development, the Lagos State government has announced its readiness to increase its response to the challenges faced by people living with HIV/AIDS in the state.

Governor Akinwunmi Ambode stated this at the meeting with a delegation of Global Fund at the United Nations headquarters in New York on Wednesday.

The governor, who had earlier declared his commitment to the judicious use of the grant, was unequivocal about the economic sense of having a healthy population in driving the growth and development of the state.

Dr. Mark Dybul, Executive Director of Global Fund, remarked that the proposed grant to the health sector in Lagos State is to fight the scourge of HIV/AIDS.

This also comes at the back of the Paris declaration of last year, in which Lagos State along other major fast track cities of the world had signed on to end the epidemic by 2020.

According to him, this would be the first time in the history of global fund that a grant is being offered to any state government across the world. It is believed that Lagos State has been chosen because of the present political leadership and its performance in the state.

Earlier in the week, the governor gave a keynote address on the need to fast track political involvement of governments in ending the AIDS scourge at the fast track cities conference on HIV/AIDS in New York.