The Wives of the Kaduna and Niger State Governors have commended MTN Nigeria for supporting the fight against breast cancer in Nigeria.
The commendation was given during the MTN Pink Polo Exhibition, the annual Breast Cancer awareness event that drew the curtain on the 2016 MTN African Patrons Cup Polo Tournament.
Speaking during the event, Wife of the Niger State Governor and MTN Pink Polo Day Ambassador, Dr. Amina Abubakar Bello, said the tournament seeks to draw attention of Nigerians to the devastating effects of cancer using the game of polo.
“Breast cancer is the deadliest amongst all the cancers that affect women. Polo on the other hand is widely acknowledged as the game of kings and the king of games. We feel the Pink Polo Tournament platform will draw the attention of not only kings but also the wider public to the menace of Cancer in Nigeria.
Beyond the exciting polo on display, we are also reminded of the plight of women whose lives have been adversely affected by the cancer scourge, not only in the country but the world over.”
In her welcome address, Hajiya Hadiza Nasir El-Rufai, the wife of the Kaduna State Governor and the Chief Host of the event, called for concerted efforts from all key stakeholders in the fight against cancer.
According to her, increased awareness and advocacy as well as public/private partnership would help stem the effects of cancer in the country.
“We need all hands to be on deck if we are going to successfully stave off the threat of cancer in Nigeria. I hereby call on well-meaning corporate bodies, organizations and well-placed individuals to join hands with us in this initiative.”
In his contribution, the Senior Manager, Master Brand, MTN Nigeria, Emamoke Ogoro, who led the delegation, expressed optimism .
“The whole Pink Polo initiative is in line with a number of other breast cancer initiatives around the world. The idea is to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer.”