This Day (Lagos)

12 July 2009

Nigeria: Red Cross Appoints VP, IG Volunteers

Abuja — In its efforts to build well equipped clinics, the Nigerian Red Cross Society has announced the putting together of a team of well accomplished Nigerians as Ambassadorial Volunteers and Red Cross Celebrities.

They include the Vice President, Goodluck Jonathan; Inspector General of Police, Mike Okiro; Minister of State for Petroleum, Odein Ajumogobia; Minister of State for Finance, Remi Babalola, and Managing Director, Chisco Transport, Chief Anyaegbu.

Others include Senator John Akpanoudehe, Chief Tunde Lemo and a host of others, with Saint Obi, Osofia, Ibu, Stephanie Okereke, Rita Edochie, Desmond Elliot, Bob Manuel Udokwu amongst others as Appointed Celebrities of the Red Cross.

A statement made available to THISDAY yesterday said the Ambassadorial Volunteers and Celebrities had the responsibility of raising requisites funds for the construction of Red Cross clinics across the country.

"In view of this, the concept has led to the commencement of construction of Red Cross clinics in different parts of the country," the statement said.

It added, "Some of the clinics being constructed are sited at Abuja, Kano, Lagos, Ogun, Ibadan, Anambra, and Rivers. As a matter of fact, the first clinic is near completion in Ibadan"

According to the statement, Nigeria Red Cross Society works with well meaning Nigerians who are willing to contribute to our projects."As you are aware," it added, "we continue to focus on disaster preparedness and response; community based health programmes, health education, first aid, motherless babies' homes and abandoned babies' homes amongst others."

It stated further that the clinic project ranks very high on the list of humanitarian activities for the Society and urged every Nigerian, corporation, media house and other organisations to work with the organisation to improve health care delivery service in the country

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