As the forerunner of the private sector partnership for the Greenlife Pharmaceutical Limited has declared its support to Team Lagos ahead of the 2012 Eko National Sports Festival with the donation of its products valued at N5million to the athletes.
Speaking during the donation in Lagos yesterday, Chairman of the company, Obiora Chukwuka said the firm decided to partner the state as part of its corporate social responsibility, as well as to ensure that the athletes are healthy for the championship.
“Our aim for donating our products valued at N5million was in line with our mission of being a vanguard of healthy living and a choice companion to all her publics. This will feel will help Team Lagos athletes to be healthy. This is the first round of our support for the games and we hope to continue the support in our next round of donation,” Chukwuka said.
In his remarks, Chairman, Lagos State Sports Medicine Association, Dr. Akin George lauded the company for their gesture, while calling on other corporate bodies to take a cue from this.
‘This is a unique gesture being the first corporate body to response to the call by the government to ensure that private sector is involved in the staging of the festival. This is indeed a departure from previous games where government totally burned the whole expenses for the games. Greenlife has shown that they are ready to support the state and we hope others will follow,” George said.
He however, added that for the games, clinic would be operated in all the venues and hostels while there would 24hours ambulance service during the games.
For the Lagos State Commissioner for Youth, Sports and Social Development, Wahid Oshodi, the initiative by Greenlife was commendable, saying that private sector support is vital to the success of the games.
“I want to say that Greenlife is leading the way for others to follow being the first corporate body to publicly declare its support to the championship because government cannot do it alone.
Having worked with the corporate bodies and still working with them, we believe that these companies must also get value for their partnership as well.
This gesture is also in tandem with the priority that athletes’ welfare must be taken serious. We thank the management of the company and we hope that others will identify with the games,” Oshodi said.