Saturday, July 1, 2017 3.00pm/Proshare WebTV
The wife of the Ondo State Governor Mrs Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu and the CEO of the Nigeria stock exchange Mr Oscar Onyema, have both emphasized the need for concerted efforts in the early detection and treatment of cancer.
They both disclosed this at the fourth edition of the NSE Corporate Challenge tagged “e-Race Cancer 2.0” at the Onikan Stadium, Lagos.
An annual 5km highly competitive race which involves, a running, walking and jogging, attracted this year listed companies in the exchange, non-listed companies, Non-Governmental organizations, notable Nigerian citizens and celebrities from the entertainment industry.
The Ondo State first lady commended the Nigerian stock exchange for galvanizing efforts to raise awareness and mobilize funds for the purchase of Mobile Cancer screening centres, across the 36 states in the country.
Mrs Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu a cancer survivor , giving her remarks at the event which had a massive attendance despite a heavy downpour, called for increased investments through a public-private sector partnership that will improve the screening process for cancer in Nigeria, considering the huge costs involved.
She used the occasion to call on the Federal Government, to effect policies that will attract private capital investments into the healthcare sector, to tackle diseases like cancer. Mrs Akeredolu leads a foundation which is known as Breast Cancer Association of Nigeria (BRECAN)
Mr Oscar Onyema in his remarks lauded the listed companies, non-listed companies, organizations, notable Nigerians and celebrities for their continuous support for the corporate challenge, since inception.
He said the NSE remained focus in one of its CSR efforts of mobilizing funds for the purchase of 37 MCCs in the country, at the value of $615,000 each.
The NSE boss said since the inception of the corporate challenge, the exchange has been able to mobilize over N100ml, for the purchase of MCCs.
According to him, the corporate challenge this year attracted 200 partner companies who are all in massive support for the cause to tackle the cancer scourge in Nigeria.
At the end of the 5km race Anolue Uzochukwu emerged the overall winner within 18 minutes 48 seconds, while Okorie Favour emerged the first for the ladies.
About 100,000 Nigerians are diagnosed every year of cancer, while the survival rate from the diagnosis is 20%.