Congratulations Nigeria As We Mark World Polio Day

On behalf of Sir Emeka Offor Foundation and the Rotary family in Nigeria, I congratulate Nigeria as we celebrate the World Polio Day this 24th October, 2019.
The World Polio Day was established by Rotary International to commemorate the birth of Jonas Salk who led the first team to develop a vaccine against Poliomyelitis. This has become very significant in Nigeria because the scourge of Polio has been largely arrested through robust routine immunization, advocacy and supervision.
As we mark the day, we shall not forget that as a country, we are very close to being declared a Wild Polio Free country by the World Health Organization. The remaining milestone requires a lot of hard work, team collaboration and cooperation by all stakeholders in order to actualize the dream.
I wish to commend the Rotary International, World Health Organization, Nigerian Government and its Ministries, Departments and Agencies for the commitment, zeal they have put in so far. Similarly, all Health Workers, Volunteers, Rotarians and Supporters of this worthy course require special commendation.
We shall continue to pay special tribute to all International Partners including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for their generous interventions towards the eradication of polio in Nigeria.
Our Foundation shall continue to engage in sustainable ventures and endeavours that will drive the progress of this fight against Polio in all its ramifications.
Once again, congratulations Nigeria
Immunization must continue, advocacy is imperative, we shall win!

Sir (Dr) Emeka Offor
Rotary International Polio Ambassador to Nigeria
Founder, Sir Emeka Offor Foundation (SEOF)

Sir Offor Honoured with International Humanitarian Award

The Founder of Sir Emeka Offor Foundation and Rotary International Polio Ambassador to Nigeria, Sir Dr Emeka Offor, was honored with an International Humanitarian Award on the 23rd of September, 2019 in the United States by Andrew J. Young Foundation. The award was in appreciation of Sir Emeka Offor's philanthropic and humanitarian activities which have impacted many lives positively.

Sir Emeka Offor who received the award in the company of his wife, Barrister Mrs. Adaora Offor, dedicated the award to humanitarian workers and volunteers all over the world w ihtout whom, he said, philanthropy and Humanitarian activities will not achieve their purpose.

The event attracted many personalities from Nigeria and other countries, including His Excellency Senator Ken Nnamani - Former Nigerian Senate President, Ambassador Howard Jeter (Former US Ambassador to Nigeria), Brenda Cressey – Board Member, Rotary International, Dr Judy Monroe – US Centre for Disease Control Foundation President, Tom Warth – Founder, Books for Africa, Dr Patrick Plonski – Executive Director, Books for Africa, Peggy Asseo – Director of Planned and Major Gifts, Rotary International, etc.

By Obi Ebuka Onochie

Photo by Alyce Henson

SEOF Hosts Dinner in Honour of Ambassador Andrew Young

Sir Emeka Offor Foundation hosted a dinner in honour of Ambassador Andrew Jackson Young on 22nd of August 2019 at Jake's Restaurant and club Silverbird building Abuja. Amb. Young was a two time Mayor of Atlanta and United States Ambassador to the United Nations.

The country representatives of Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, World Health Organization, Center for Disease and control, NSTOP, NPHCDA (National Primary Healthcare Development Agency), EOC (Emergency Operations Center), UNICEF, USAID, US Ambassador to Nigeria, governors, Ministers, Captains of industries and business community were present at the dinner.

Obi Ebuka Onochie – Media Correspondent
Chrome Group/Sir Emeka Offor Foundation

Photo Credit: Alex Aghomi

SEOF Joins Rotary to Mark Nigeria’s Three Years without Wild Poliovirus

On 21st August 2019, Nigeria marked three years without any case of wild Poliovirus. Nigeria has so far gone three years without any child being paralyzed by the wild polio virus. This is an achievement, the 1st of 3 milestones. The Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) stakeholders along with other partners and donors met at the Conference Hall of Sheraton Hotel Abuja to mark this very important milestone for Nigeria. The partnership has agreed there should be no celebration on this milestone.
This is to ensure we don’t encourage complacency but continue the fight towards polio eradication. Rotary International Polio Ambassador to Nigeria, Sir Dr. Emeka Offor at the occasion in his goodwill message, commended stakeholders including Health Workers in the field who risk their lives especially in places affected by insurgency to ensure every Nigerian child gets immunized. He however reiterated that his Foundation will continue to give all the necessary support to fight against polio. Sir Emeka Offor Foundation is one of the stakeholders in the fight against polio and still remains the highest African donor to Rotary International towards eradication of polio.
He was accompanied by Ambassador Andrew J. Young (Former US Ambassador to the UN) who also shared the United States success story in eradicating Polio while also commending Nigeria, the partners and donors for their relentless efforts. If the current status is sustained through combined efforts of all stakeholders, African region will be declared polio free by World Health organization in March 2020. All the activities of advocacy, awareness creation, fund raising, immunization and field supervision will continue with all seriousness and focus, until we are completely free from poliovirus. Nigeria is the last polio endemic nation in Africa and this calls for continued commitment by Rotary International, support from organizations like Sir Emeka Offor Foundation, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and government intervention whenever needed.

Obi Ebuka Onochie – Media Correspondent
Chrome Group/Sir Emeka Offor Foundation

Photo Credit: Alex Aghomi

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