A non-governmental organisation (NGO), called Nigerian Association for Young Adults (NAYA), in collaboration with the International Hope Canada (IHC), on Sunday, formally handed over hospital equipment, worth over 574 million naira, to Madonna Hospital, Umuahia.
The president of the association, Mr Shola Agboola, said the gesture was part of the group’s contribution toward improving the wellbeing of their compatriots at home.Agboola said that it was their own way of giving back to the society because of their conviction that government alone could not meet the yearnings and needs of the citizenry alone.
He said that the organisation had made similar donations, including quality educational materials, computer sets and clothing, to other states of the federation. He said that the states included Kebbi, Imo, Bayelsa, Osun, Ogun, Oyo and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
Agboola credited the good gesture wholly to the benevolence of the Canadian government, via IHC, an NGO of Canadian professionals, comprising nurses. He also said that the entire equipment was procured by IHC and handed over to NAYA for shipment to Nigeria. According to him, the group only raised funds through personal donations to ship the items in a 40-feet size container to Nigeria.
The Project Coordinator of the group, Dr. Uche Nwankwo, said that the organisation was poised to partner with well-meaning individuals and groups in Nigeria toward actualising its objective of supporting the Nigerian government in making life more meaningful for the citizenry.
Chief Sunny Nwosu, the Patron of the association and facilitator of the donation, described NAYA members as “ambassadors without borders.” Nwosu said that it cost over N5 million to ship the equipment to Nigeria and thanked the members of the association for their personal and collective sacrifices.
In her speech, the Executive Chairman of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, thanked the group for the gesture, describing it as a demonstration of “uncommon patriotism” to Abia and their fatherland.
She also thanked the group for donating medical equipment worth N1.5 billion to a public hospital in Osun.