Akinwunmi Ambode, the Governor of Lagos State has stated the Government desires to fight cancer. He made this gesture known at a special luncheon organised by the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy (CECP), to mark his 53rd birthday on Wednesday.
He told the committee that his government is committed to fight cancer by supporting individual and corporate initiatives engaged in eradicating the scourge in Nigeria. He also described the war against cancer as one that the government cannot tackle alone, hence, the need for Nigerians to extend their philanthropy towards the scourge.
The Governor called on Nigerians to join hands together with this government to wage war against the cancer scourge, expressing the hope that the centres would go a long way to save millions of Nigerians from preventable suffering and death.
he called for concerted efforts from all and sundry due to the rate at which the terminal disease has claimed thousands of lives in recent times,
“Lives are lost every day to cancer and this is unacceptable. This is why the Lagos State government carries out public health programmes focused on cancer”. TheNews Reports
“I believe that the government alone cannot solve every problem; everyone has a role to play. In my one year in office, I have come to realise that even with the best will in the world, government cannot do everything. The real challenge before me as Governor of Lagos is how I unite public, private and philanthropic sectors in building our state, Therefore, I am glad that through this private sector led initiative, I can play a role in helping to advance the BIG WAR Against Cancer for the well-being of not just the good people of Lagos State but Nigerians in general.
The event was organised to raise funds for the establishment of cancer centres and provision of mobile cancer units across the three senatorial districts of Lagos State, Nigeria’s commercial capital. The Governor took the responsibility to meet every individual present to donate, where an undisclosed amount was realised as four mobile cancer units with each costing about $600,000 were pledged to be purchased by some organisations and also decorated as the first Governor to be inducted as the State Patron of the CECP.