30 Jun Third outing of 2021 in Abuja schools, as NOA-OCI Foundation partnership continues to benefit Nigerian secondary school students (Government College, Karu, Abuja; 29/06/2021)
On Tuesday, JUNE the 29TH, 2021, the OCI Foundation once again teamed up with Nigeria’s National Orientation Agency (NOA), to visit students of the Government College, Karu, Abuja, Nigeria. Mrs Ruth OGUN, a Director with the Directorate, chaired the event.
The NOA is an official partner to the OCI Foundation. On March 9th, 2021, the NOA signed an MOU with the OCI Foundation, in a brief but colourful ceremony held at the NOAs Headquarters in Abuja. Details of the ceremony can be found HERE.
At the occasion, the OCI Foundation, which was led by Mr Luter IKYOBO (the Social and Entertainment Liaison Officer) and accompanied by Mary PETERS (a member of its Advocacy Team). In addition to providing refreshments to the students, the OCI Foundation also distributed information flyers and delivered talks on breast and cervical cancer preventive strategies.
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), Nigeria’s National Orientation Agency (NOA), the Federal Ministry of Health (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.
There are also plans to involve the Office of the First Lady of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the Nigeria’s Governor’s Forum (which includes the Governors of all the 36 States of Nigeria), and Nigeria’s ministries of Health, Education and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).