10 Sep Engagement with the Liaison Offices of Nigeria’s 36 States Commence, as the OCI Foundation intensify efforts to roll out its ArOY Health Campaign across the Country (September 8th, 2020)
OCI FOUNDATION COMMENCES ENGAGEMENT WITH THE LIAISON OFFICES OF NIGERIA’S 36 STATES, AS PLANS TOWARDS THE ArOY CAMPAIGN ROLL-OUT ACROSS THE COUNTRY INTENSIFY (08/09/2020)
In line with its firm commitment to a successful nationwide roll-out of the Arm Our Youths (ArOY) Health Campaign, a delegation from the OCI Foundation, led by its National Champion (Rev Dr Austin Epunam), on Tuesday, September the 8th, 2020, paid a courtesy visit to the Chairman of the Liaison Officers for all the 36 States in Nigeria, Hon Pius Yenshi. Hon Yenshi is also the Plateau State Liaison Officer.
In addition to its National Champion, the OCI Foundation was represented by Dr Ramatu Ibrahim (Head of Medical Activities), who was the spokesperson on the day, along with Ms Felicia Dagu (Admin Officer III). Others in attendance were Mrs Sandra Udeike (the Media Liaison Consultant), Dr Fatima Inusa (Liaison Officer, LAMS Initiative), Mr Abdullahi Aliyu Rufai (of the Foundation’s Advocacy Team), among others.
This important and productive meeting was facilitated by Hon Mrs Agatha Manafa, the Liaison Officer for Anambra State, who was also in attendance.
For the records, the ArOY Campaign is a novel, Harvard-endorsed, WHO-supported, and evidence-based health promotion initiative of the OCI Foundation, which is being introduced across all senior secondary schools in Nigeria as a way of tackling breast and cervical cancers. In September 2019, it was rolled out across all the 261 senior secondary schools in Anambra State of Nigeria, and a similar event, scheduled for Benue State in May 2020, was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. All of Nigeria’s 36 states (and the FCT) are expected to benefit from the ArOY campaign on or before the end of 2025, and the ongoing consultations are part of this whole process.
The ArOY Health Campaign has the support of the, NextGenU.org (the World’s first online University), the United States Centers for Disease Control (U.S. CDC) and the University of British Columbia, Canada (ranked 45th in the world, according to the 2021 QS World University Ranking). Experts from these institutions, along with others from the University of Saskatchewan (Canada) and the Griffith University (Australia), will work with the OCI Foundation and the Nigerian Government on the roll-out, implementation and monitoring of the ArOY project. In addition, the prestigious Harvard Medical School, USA, of which Dr Chris Ifediora (the Founder of the OCI Foundation) is an Alumnus of, had earlier endorsed the Campaign, and made significant contributions to the Campaign’s design ahead of its roll out in Anambra State last year.
A number of other reputable Nigerian institutions partnering the OCI Foundation on this initiative include the Innoson Group, the NYSC (National Office), the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs (Nigeria), Nollywood Nigeria, the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, the Anambra Broadcasting Service (ABS), Silk Road Restaurant (Abuja), and the Post Primary Schools Service Commission, PPSSC (Anambra state), among others.