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

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Sir Dr. Emeka Offor Inspects Waziri Alhassan Public Library in Daura

From Left to Right: Hon. Tony Nwoye, Kastina State Permanent Secretary Ministry of Information, Culture and Home Affairs, Hajiya Talatu Nasir, Former Deputy Governor of Imo State Prince Eze Madumere, Founder of SEOF Sir Dr. Emeka Offor, Governor of Kastina State, Aminu Bello Masari and Deputy Governor of Kastina State Alhaji Mannir Yakubu at the Library Inspection.

Sir Dr. Emeka Offor was in Daura Kastina state to inspect the rehabilitated and expanded Waziri Alhassan public library in Daura Kastina State. The governor of Kastina State, Aminu Bello Masari was also on sight to inspect the life impacting project along with his deputy, Alhaji Mannir Yakubu and Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Information, Culture and Home Affairs, Hajiya Talatu Nasir.
The Waziri Alhassan library Daura is wearing a new look, tastefully renovated and modernized with its shelves fully stacked with qualitative, educative and informative books. Computers were also supplied and fully installed along with a standby generator and a water borehole. The renovation, furnishing and computerizing of the library came courtesy of Sir Emeka Offor Foundation (SEOF) as part of its educational intervention program in Africa. Sir Emeka Offor Foundation has given out books and computers worth over 22 million Dollars to Primary, Secondary and Tertiary institutions in Nigeria and 18 other African countries through its book distribution program. Other educational institutions in Kastina state had benefitted hugely from SEOF's book distribution program in the past.
Sir Emeka Offor, the founder of SEOF believes strongly that education without appropriate educational materials is the clog in the wheel of African development hence his resolve to donate educational materials to African schools as much as he can. Schools in Tanzania, Angola, South Sudan, South Africa, Gabon, Zambia, Ghana, Botswana, Nigeria and so many other African countries have benefited from this program. Waziri Alhassan Public Library Daura is one of the libraries that have benefitted from SEOF's education program which is in accordance with federal government desire for more private participation in education development in Nigeria
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Obi Ebuka Onochie
Media Correspondent – Chrome Group/SEOF
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National Immunization Plus Days Activity with Rotary

Rotary International Polio Ambassador to Nigeria, Sir (Dr.) Emeka Offor and his wife Rotarian Mrs Adaora Offor (Esq), engaged in a National Immunization Plus Days (NIPDs) activity. The supplementary polio immunization exercise was carried out in Nassarawa, Benue States and FCT today. SEOF Founder and his delegation were accompanied by the Rotary International Vice President (Yinka Babalola), Nigeria National Polio Plus Committee Chairman (Dr. Tunji Funsho), Rotary District 9125 District Governor (Dr. Victor Onukwugha, Past District Governors and other Rotarians. Venue was at the Holy Trinity Catholic Church Maitama and the Ansar ud deen Central Mosque Abuja.

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CDC Delegation meets with SEOF

SEOF received a delegation from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Foundation and the CDC Center for Global Health, on July 17, 2019.
The objective of the meeting was to explore areas of shared interest and joint cooperation.
The delegation included Judy Monroe, MD, President/CEO of the CDC Foundation; Monica Thornton, Senior Advancement Officer, CDC Foundation; Omotayo Bolu, Immunization lead at CDC, and Joel Stanoveich, Strategy & Planning Lead at Center for Global Health. They met with the Founder, Sir Emeka Offor, the Vice President, Barr. Adaora Offor Esq., Senator Ken Nnamani, former Senate President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Amb. Howard Jeter, former Ambassador of the United States of America, and other senior members and staff of the Foundation.
They got a brief overview of SEOF and its activities, including its new and emerging areas of concern. They also outlined their objectives and thrusts, as they probed for and expanded of areas of intersection of effort.

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