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Obaze, Okunna, Ubah pledge support for Sickle Cell patients

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…as group launches Skill acquisition centre

By O’star Eze

Mr Oseloka Obaze, Professor Stella Okunna and Dr Ifeanyi Ubah were among those who recently pledged support for sickle cell patients in Anambra State.

They made this known during the recent grand opening of a multipurpose skill acquisition centre by Association of People Living with Sickle Cell Disorder in Nanka, Orumba North LGA of Anambra State.

Speaking during the event, Obaze said he was inspired by the resilience of the leader of the group, Mrs Aisha Edward applauding her “zeal and ingenuity in pivoting the affairs of the organization.”

He observed that her work of giving a voice to sickle cell patients and advocating for their well being is what the government should be doing. “Aisha Edward’s doggedness is worthy of emulation and called on the government to do well to assist her cause as it is “genuine and altruistic,” Obaze said.

He then enjoined members of the association to emulate their leader and look beyond their condition to become useful members of the society.

Obaze disclosed that he has donated a bus to the group while pledging to continue supporting the association in however way he could.

Professor Bernard Odoh who was represented by CSP James Nwafor (retired) said he was proud of Aisha Edward and would continue to support her cause.

On her part, Professor Stella Okunna said she was proud of the Director of the Association, Aisha Edward. She encouraged her not to relent in her struggle and congratulated her in her recent feat of establishing a multipurpose skill acquisition centre for the group. She also appreciated Ifeanyi Ubah and the Obazes for heeding the call of the association praying for God to continue blessing them.

She said she would always make herself available to the association as she is encouraged by its activities as it concerns promoting the cause of sickle cell patients.

Dr Ifeanyi Ubah said he was encouraged by the strength and passion exhibited by Aisha Edward adding that it was the reason he got involved in her cause.

Ubah who was represented by Chief Emma Ogwueleka and Chief Charles Agu Onyeka, both members of Ifeanyi Ubah Foundation’s Board of Trustees said he was satisfied with how Edward was following through on the cause of Sickle Cell Disorder and pledged to continue supporting the empowerment of sickle cell patients through the association.

Orient Daily reports that the association launched a multi-purpose skill acquisition centre with consisted of a fashion house and confectioneries at Nanka, Orumba North LGA. Some of the skills the centre provides are gele tying, bead making, weaving and sewing and baking machines.

Speaking about the centre, Aisha Edward, the director of the organisation, said the initiative was a palliative that sought to empower several sickle cell patients in the state who have acquired some skills but are yet to be empowered to start earning a living.

Edward said as the organisation anticipates the passing of the long awaited sickle cell bill, the centre would continue to work towards self reliant among the members.

She also disclosed that the centrem, as well as the equipments, were donated by Ifeanyi Ubah while the baking oven was donated by Dr Ofunne Omo Obaze.

Edward appreciated Professor Okunna, and Prince Onyeka Eze, the CEO of Prince Osisioma Foundation and Professor Bernard Odoh , APC guber aspirant in Ebonyi State for their assistance and moral support to the association. She also noted that establishment of skill acquisition centres and sickle cell specialist hospitals in the three senatorial zones, were some of the issues addressed by the Sickle Cell bill yet to be passed by the Anambra State.


She said that the organization will not relent but would continue advpcating for support from organizations and well meaning members of the society to establish more skill acquisition centres in other senatorial zones in the state and beyond. She said the present centre would engage 14 persons; 4 in the confectioneries’ section, 4 in the unisex saloon and gele tying section while 6 will be in the sewing and fashion designing section, adding that two million naira will set up such an outfit in each of the other senatorial zones.

Edward then disclosed that Rock Tama water packaging firm has promised to give any person that patronises the centre with a cold drink adding the confectioneries used to entertain everyone at the event as well as the food and some of the outfits were sewn by the organization.

Highpoints of the event were the blessing of the centre by Rev. Fr. Barrister Obiora Okeke and the handing out of allowances and beverage packages to members of the association by Aisha Edward assisted by Venerable Joel Akunazobi, both chaplains of the association. There was also a pep talk from Dr Mrs Nne Inuoma-Ngumoke, a United States of America based humanitarian representing Universal Mission and Emeka Nnamani.



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