24 Jun Video and Pics: Kebbi State First Lady hosts the OCI Foundation and the Nigerian Cancer Society, as the ArOY Health Campaign consultations continue (Abuja, Nigeria; 23/6/21)
Wednesday, June the 23rd, 2021 (Kebbi State Governor’s Lodge, Abuja, Nigeria).
Her Excellency, the First Lady of Kebbi State (Nigeria), Dr (Mrs) Zainab Shinkafi-Bagudu, has hosted a delegation of cancer advocates, led by Dr Adamu Alhassan UMAR, the President of the Nigerian Cancer Society (NCS), and included members of the OCI Foundation. Ms felicia DAGU and Mr Luter IKYOBOrepresented the OCI Foundation.
Video clip, as Dr Adamu UMAR addresses the First Lady of Kebbi State.
The NCS is officially partnering with the OCI Foundation in the implementation of the Arm Our Youths (ArOY) Health Campaign, and is part of a 3-way partnership that also includes the National Youths Service Corps (NYSC).
It should be noted that 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).