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Coca-Cola’s Safe Birth Initiative Makes A Stop @ Alimosho General Hospital, Donates N267m Equipments

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Ensuring healthy lives, promoting wellbeing and better healthcare outcomes for all at all ages is one of the Sustainable Development Goals which Nigeria, along with all members of the United Nations committed to in 2015. Some of the ambitious targets are to reduce global maternal mortality and end the preventable deaths of newborns and children under 5 years of age by 2030.

 

In achieving this, the Coca-Cola Safe Birth Initiative campaign made a stop at the General Hospital, Alimosho, Lagos state on February 17, 2020, where equipment and supplies worth a total conservative value of about $742,000 ie over N267 Million were handed over to the hospital as it seeks to improve the country’s maternal and neonatal mortality indices.

 

The Minister of Health represented by The Head of Department, Clinical Services, Yaba Federal Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital, Dr Olugbenga Owoeye, appreciated the efforts of Coca-Cola’s partnership in proffering solutions to health issues and called for other corporate organizations to follow suit.

 

In his words, “The Coca-Cola Safe Birth Initiative has been at the front runner in the achievement of the third sustainable development goal (of wellbeing and health for all).

Some of the donated medical equipment and consumables

“This partnership has successfully built capacity across the country’s public health Institutions and today’s event marks the handover of another batch of medical deliverables to the General Hospital, Lagos”.

 

Speaking during the event, Clem Ugorji, Business Unit Public Affairs, Communications & Sustainability Director, Coca-Cola West Africa said, “the Safe Birth Initiative is a part of the company’s wellbeing program to support the efforts of the government in reducing the alarming numbers of women and newborns who die from birth-related complications every day.

 

“The initiative was born out of the company’s desire to ensure mums and babies come home alive as part of the company’s effort towards building sustainable communities where we live and work”.

 

The current figures for maternal, neonatal and under age 5 mortality are 576 per 100,000 live births, 37 per 1000 live births and 128 per 1000 live births respectively. It is estimated that Nigeria accounts for 25% of Africa’s neonatal mortalities and also estimated that about 80% of these deaths are preventable.

In this regard, the Office of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Sustainable Development Goals (OSSAP-SDGs) made plans in partnering with interested private sector firms and stakeholders in building capacity to tackle lack of healthcare services related deaths, and Coca-Cola whose belief is that “business is only as sustainable as the communities in which they operate” has keyed into partnership with the sustainable development goals office.

 

This strategic partnership birthed the Coca-Cola Safe Birth Initiative which has received recommendations from the SDGs office and continues to contribute to the attainment of sustainable development goals.

 

The Safe Birth Initiative is a multifaceted project aimed at addressing the fundamental issues leading to the high maternal and neonatal mortality rates in the county through its key intervention scheme. Rather than treating the symptoms, it had adopted a cure-the-disease approach.

 

The approach is focused on strengthening the capacity of public hospitals through the Equip, Train and Repair intervention scheme as well as creating awareness of safe pregnancy practices and effective care for newborns.

 

Speaking on behalf of the Governor of Lagos State, Governor Babajide Sanwo – Olu, at the inauguration ceremony, the Secretary to the Lagos State Government, Mrs Folasade Jaji said;“The Lagos State Government commends and thank the management of Coca-Cola Nigeria Limited for these very wonderful initiative aimed at strengthening our capacity to address the issue of maternal and newborn mortality in Nigeria”.

 

Dr. Madewa Adebajo, Medical Director of Alimosho General Hospital, also commented; “We are here today, having received two container loads of medical equipment and consumables.

 

“We thank Coca-Cola and Medshare as this will go a long way to complement our efforts towards the safe delivery of our mothers and newborns.”

Prior to the Alimosho visit, the Federal Medical Centre Ebute Metta and the National Hospital, Abuja received a total of Six forty feet containers of medical equipment, kits and supplies courtesy of the Safe Birth Initiative.

 

In addition, a 2-week training session was organized for Biomedical Engineers and technicians at the School of Biomedical Engineering of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital in a bid to upskill the Biomed engineers and technicians’ capability in tackling preventable mothers and infants’ deaths through equipment uptime.

 

The inauguration ceremony had a number of dignitaries present. Among these dignitaries were the Senior Special Assistant to the President on SDGs, Princess Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire, the Secretary to the Lagos State Government, Mrs. Folashade Jaji, the Honorable Commissioner of Health, Lagos State, Prof. Akinola Abayomi, Director Biomedical Engineering and Training Services, Medshare International, USA, Eben Amstrong, Personal Physician to His Excellency, the Vice President, Dr Nicholas Audiffren and The Traditional Ruler of Shasha Kingdom, Alimosho, Oba Babatunde Akanbi Ogunrobi.

 

The Coca-Cola Safe Birth Initiative is a social investment from Coca-Cola Nigeria in partnership with the Office of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Sustainable Development Goals (OSSAP-SDGs) geared at proffering sustainable solutions to the most pressing challenge of bringing mums and babies home alive.

 


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Ugo Onwuaso is an ICT enthusiast. He believes technology should be used for general good. He holds a Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree from the Lagos state University.

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Magu, Suspended EFCC Boss Says He Never Received Bribe all His Life

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Ibrahim Magu, suspended acting chairman, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC), on Wednesday said he has never received bribe all his life.

Magu, Suspended EFCC Boss Says He Never Received Bribe all His Life

brahim Magu, suspended chairman, EFCC

Magu was testifying before the Justice Ayo Salami panel probing allegations of corruption against him.

The suspended EFCC boss said anyone who claim he had ever given him bribe should come forward before the panel to testify against him.

He was responding to allegations that he allowed a suspect Hima Aboubakar, a Nigerien National to escape from justice.

The suspended EFCC boss had opened his defense on Monday to clear corruption allegations against him.

The probe panel has allowed him to have only two lawyers represent him at a time.

On Monday & Tuesday, he was represented by Wahab Shittu and Aliyu Lemu.

In yesterday’s proceedings, he was represented by Shittu and Tosin Ojaomo.


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HP, AU Commission Sign MoU to Collaborate for Development of Entrepreneurial Skills in Africa

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HP Inc. in partnership with the African Union Commission (AUC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to foster entrepreneurial learning in Africa.

The aim of the MoU is to further cement the collaboration between these two parties in building entrepreneurial skills across the continent and to leverage HP Foundation’s Learning Initiative for Entrepreneurs (HP LIFE).

HP LIFE provides people in the region with access to 32 free, online courses in seven languages to build key business competencies as set out in the AGENDA 2063.

AGENDA 2063 is Africa’s blueprint and master plan for transforming Africa into the global powerhouse of the future.

It is the continent’s strategic framework that aims to deliver on its goal for inclusive and sustainable development and is a concrete manifestation of the pan-African drive for unity, self-determination, freedom, progress, and collective prosperity.

HP Inc. and the AUC have agreed to exchange information and material on enhancing quality education for learners and entrepreneurs in Africa, organize symposiums and conferences on education and skills development initiatives, leverage the online platform HP LIFE, which is aimed to enroll a million users between 2016 and 2025 and is part of HP’s commitment to enable better learning outcomes for 100 million people globally by 2025.

The aim of the MoU is to ensure closer collaboration and exchange of information between the parties, in a manner that creates synergies in Youth Skills Development, Academic Exchanges, and Research in Africa.

“HP is driving access to quality education globally to enable anyone and everyone to build skills to compete in the digital economy,” said Issam Essadiqi, Interim Managing Director, HP Africa. “Making education more accessible and effective helps people get better jobs, launch small businesses, and create opportunities for their families and communities.

“HP believes technology can be the great equalizer in education and is using it to enable students to get access to quality education in the classroom and beyond.”

The AU Commissioner for Human Resource, Science and Technology H.E Prof. Sarah Anyang Agbor said, “The partnership with HP will accelerate our education response to Covid-19 and beyond to ensure accessible and continued learning for African youth.

The African Union’s education agenda, which has a focus on digital learning is well complemented by the opportunities that the work with HP will bring about for African youth.

In line with prioritizing distance learning, the partnership will support individuals and institutions of learning to provide the requisite expertise and opportunities.”

HP LIFE was first offered through hundreds of local training centers in countries such as Nigeria, Tunisia, South Africa, Uganda, and Kenya, to help people learn the skills to start or grow a business or improve their employment prospects.

In 2012, HP LIFE expanded to an online platform. Since 2016, over 116,000 men and women across Africa have already received HP LIFE training. 82% of women who took part in an HP LIFE survey said that participating in the programme had increased their confidence in their future

Today, technology can support new styles of learning. PCs and tools designed for education can offer students flexibility of time, place, and pace of learning, whether in or out of the classroom, or in a blend of environments.

HP and the AUC’s joint efforts have the potential to uplift access of education and opportunities for career work and economic growth, and this collaboration has the potential to make lifelong learning a reality.


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“TIME 100” Lists Tony Elumelu among 100 Most Influential People in the World 2020

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TIME has named Tony O. Elumelu, one of Africa’s leading investors and philanthropists, in the 2020 TIME100, the annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world.

“TIME 100” Lists Tony Elumelu among 100 Most Influential People in the World 2020

The list, now in its seventeenth year, recognises the activism, innovation, and achievement of the world’s most influential individuals.

Mr Elumelu, who is one of only four Africans on the 2020 list, is recognised for his track record of business turnaround and value creation, and economic empowerment of young Africans.

Tony Elumelu is the founder and chairman of Heirs Holdings, his family owned investment company, committed to improving lives and transforming Africa, through long-term investments in strategic sectors of the African economy, including financial services, hospitality, power, energy and healthcare.

He is the Chairman of top pan-African financial services group, the United Bank for Africa (UBA), which operates in 20 countries in Africa, the United Kingdom, France, and is the only African bank with a commercial deposit taking licence in the United States.

The bank provides corporate, commercial, SME and consumer banking services to more than 21 million customers globally.

Elumelu also chairs Nigeria’s largest quoted conglomerate, Transcorp, whose subsidiaries include Transcorp Power, one of the leading generators of electricity in Nigeria and Transcorp Hotels Plc, Nigeria’s foremost hospitality brand.

Mr Elumelu is the most prominent champion of entrepreneurship in Africa. In 2010, he created The Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF), the philanthropy empowering a new generation of African entrepreneurs, catalysing economic growth, driving poverty eradication and ensuring job creation across all 54 African countries.

Since inception, the Foundation has funded just under 10,000 entrepreneurs and created a digital ecosystem of over one million as part of its ten year, US$100m commitment through the TEF Entrepreneurship Programme.

Self-funded, the Foundation is increasingly sharing its unique ability to identify, train, mentor and fund young entrepreneurs across Africa, with institutions such as the UNDP, the ICRC and leading European development agencies.

Tony Elumelu Named In “TIME 100” List Of 100 Most Influential People In The World 2020Heirs Holdings, which serves as a corporate role model for African businesses, and the Tony Elumelu Foundation will both celebrate 10 years of impact in November.

Their mission continues to be inspired by Mr Elumelu’s economic philosophy of Africapitalism, which positions the private sector, and most importantly entrepreneurs, as the catalyst for the social and economic development of the continent.


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