President Muhammadu Buhari Thursday in Abuja accepted an invitation to serve as Grand Patron of the Committee Empowering Corporate Philanthropy in Nigeria.
Receiving the group led by Nigeria’s former High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Dr. Christopher Kolade, at the Presidential Villa, President Buhari said that the Federal Ministry of Health will work in close concert with the committee.
The committee has “Big War Against Cancer” as its focal point for 2016.
In a statement signed by presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina, Dr. Kolade told President Buhari that the committee was out to promote philanthropy nationwide, and to encourage organizations and individuals to use their resources to help others.
“As father of the nation, we want you to be our Grand Patron, so that you can give us the benefit of your support for the things we do. Your integrity and credibility will serve us in good stead,” Dr. Kolade said.
He added that the war against cancer can be won, if both the government and the private sector support the acquisition of mobile cancer centres, which could be deployed in all states of the federation, and Abuja.
President Buhari was decorated with the garland of the committee and presented with a plaque of the organisation.