The Federal Government has expressed delight at efforts of Philanthropists and International Agencies who are desirous of identifying with the objectives of the present administration particularly in the areas of health and human capital development, which remains one of the critical focus of this administration.
This position was made known by the Honourable Minister of State, Health, Senator Dr. Olorunnimbe Mamora when he received in audience a team from Sir Emeka Offor Foundation, a humanitarian based Non-Governmental Organization geared towards the upliftment of the welfare of the less privileged, at his office, the Federal Ministry of Health Headquarters in Abuja on 26th August, 2019.
The Honourable Minister of State said, “Partnerships like these are welcome and will be of immense benefit to Nigerians”. He commended the positive efforts of the Foundation towards the health sector particularly now that Nigeria is working towards the attainment of a polio free certification. The Minister of State said that, “such contribution is highly welcomed because government cannot do it alone”.
Emeka Offor stated that his Foundation since inception has demonstrated interest in the following key areas (amongst others) which are in tandem with the present administration’s aspirations for the sector: Polio eradication; Eradication of River blindness (Onchocerciasis), which had earlier assumed an endemic proportion in Nigeria with present statistics indicating that 32 out of the 36 States in the country are affected; Working towards total elimination or drastic reduction of cervical cancer (a vaccine preventable cancer); Supply of medical consumables consisting of equipment and drugs to hospitals in Nigeria; Supply of books to Libraries in various States of the country thereby facilitating an improved quality of education in the country.
On the visiting team of the Emeka Offor Foundation was the former American Ambassador to Nigeria, Howard Jeter, who is also a member of the Governing Board of the Foundation.