Ambode, Ovia, Alakija, others team up to battle cancer


Kazeem Ugbodaga

Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode; President of the Nigerian Stock Exchange, Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede; Chairman, Zenith Bank Plc, Jim Ovia and Chairman at Famfa Oil, Modupe Alakija were among the prominent Nigerians who converged in Lagos on Tuesday to battle the scourge of cancer in the state.

The occasion was the 53rd birthday celebration of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode which was held at the State House, Ikeja on Tuesday. The governor had dedicated his birthday to the fight against cancer and was able to pull the ‘who is who’ in the society to a forum aimed at establishing Mobile Cancer Centres, (MCC) for the state.

Speaking at the event, a special luncheon to raise funds for the provision of three Mobile Cancer Centres across the three Senatorial Districts in the State, Ambode called on Nigerians to join hands together to wage war against the scourge.

The governor, who spoke at an event tagged: “#GivingTuesdayLagos” put together by the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy (CECP-Nigeria), which coincided with his 53rd birthday, said the centres would go a long way to save millions of Nigerians from preventable suffering and death.

Lamenting the rate at which the terminal disease had claimed thousands of lives in recent times, the governor said it was unacceptable and therefore called for concerted efforts from all and sundry.

He said the war against cancer was one that the government could tackle alone, hence the need for Nigerians to extend their philanthropy towards the scourge.

“Lives are lost every day to cancer and this is unacceptable. This is why the Lagos State Government carries out public health programmes focused on cancer. I believe that the government alone cannot solve every problem; everyone has a role to play. In my one year in office, I have come to realise that even with the best will in the …Read More

Source:: PM Newspaper