The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, is partnering with Empower 54, an NGO, in creating consciousness and eradicating malnutrition in Africa which at the moment kills 2.three million youngsters yearly in Nigeria.
Empower’s President, Princess Modupe Ozolua, in a press release on Tuesday in Abuja, stated that the monarch would work with Empower by way of his Global Outreach (Ooni of Ife Global Outreach) Initiative.
Empower 54 Project Inc (Empower 54) is a US non-profit organisation offering humanitarian help since 2003 by way of well being, schooling, empowerment, and IDP/refugee programmes to underprivileged Africans.
Ozolua recalled that Nigeria’s Minister of Health had declared that “one-third, 33 per cent of Nigerian Children less than five years old suffer from chronic malnutrition” which translated into very disturbing statistics.
“After Empower 54 evacuated the severely malnourished Internally Displaced Persons(IDP) youngsters from Bama to Maiduguri on June 13 and June 1 2016, we realised extra needs to be accomplished to avoid wasting youngsters affected by Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) past evacuating them from excessive threat zones for remedy.
“There is numerous variety of non-IDP youngsters affected by SAM throughout Nigeria and different components of Africa that additionally need assistance.
“ Due to Oba Ogunwusi’s dedication to humanity, it’s with nice honour that he has agreed to lend his voice and fervour to the marketing campaign to eradicate malnutrition in Africa.
“Ooni helps Empower 54’s ahead considering and lives altering initiative by stating,’’ Ozolua stated.
She stated that the Ooni of Ife regretted that malnutrition was creeping deeper into the material of the society as there was have to undertake insurance policies and techniques that had been able to combating its fast growth.
“ Africa is the wealth of the world with big human and pure assets and we should type a consensus that might scale up diet tasks for the higher developments of future leaders which can be being crippled each day by our collective negligence.
“As the Co-Chairman of the National Council of Traditional Rulers of Nigeria (NCTRN), we require holistic and systematic world blended strategy in addressing the shade of malnutrition in Africa.
“ I recognise and applaud months of intervention of Empower 54 in subjugating the unfold of malnutrition in Nigeria and throughout Africa.
“Therefore, in an effort to forge greater participation, it is my sheer commitment and other global partners to advocate alongside the long-term collective aspirations of Empower 54 in championing malnutrition extinction roadmap in Africa,” the assertion quoted Oba Ogunwusi as saying.
Ozolua stated that as a worldwide goodwill ambassador for Empower 54, the Ooni has joined Archbishop Desmond Tutu (Patron of Empower 54) and Hollywood actress, Kat Graham (Empower 54’s goodwill ambassador for IDPs/Refugees) to work in the direction of impacting lives of underprivileged Africans.