Enterprise Television- Early Detection of Cancer: NSE Calls for Increased Awareness
The Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) has called for urgent action to be taken to raise awareness about early detection of cancer, and to develop practical strategies to address the increasing cancer burden.
The Exchange made this known at the fifth edition of the NSE Corporate Challenge annual race themed, “e-Race Cancer”, held on Saturday, at Muri Okunola Park, Lagos, with the purpose of raising funds and creating awareness on the fight against cancer.
The NSE Corporate Challenge is a one-day competitive and fun-filled 5 kilometre walk, jog and run event aimed at promoting health and wellbeing in the Exchange’s operating environment. It is a professionally organized and volunteer-driven initiative involving companies listed on the Exchange, broker dealer firms, non-listed companies and individuals who identify with the initiative.
Speaking at the event, Mr. Oscar N. Onyema, OON, CEO of NSE, who was represented by Ms Tinuade Awe, Executive Director, Regulations, NSE, said, “the cancer epidemic in Nigeria is huge and is set to rise if urgent actions are not taken to raise awareness about early detection of the disease, and to develop practical strategies to address the increasing cancer burden.”
Austin Ani of Stanbic IBTC emerged the overall winner with a completion time of 18.45 minutes, after coming second in the 2017 edition. He was seconded by Paul Alabi of Aluko & Oyebode while Danladi Verheijen of Vetiva came third, finishing the race in 19.57 minutes and 20.04 minutes respectively.
Paul, who is also not new at the NSE Corporate Challenge, was the overall winner in the 2016 edition.
Ngozi Dozie-Madubiuke of Vetiva, emerge third with a completion time of 22.48 minutes, tagging her the Fastest Female while Sadhisha Dave of PZ Cussons, also female, emerged the winner of the Senior Citizen category for runners aged 50 and above, with a race time of 29.10 minutes.
The over 500 runners at the race were joined by outstanding race ambassadors such as Ikechukwu Onunaku, Immaculate Dache, Monica Ogah, Wole Arole the Prophet, Asiri Comedy to mention a few.
The NSE Corporate Challenge was birthed to minimize cancer and maximise life by stimulating additional awareness about cancer, advocating for the importance of early testing/detection and more importantly raising funds towards the purchase of Mobile Cancer Centres to provide free screening and treatment in Nigeria.”
Some of the corporate sponsors of the 5th edition include, Dangote Cement, Stanbic IBTC, Beta Glass Plc, FCMB, FBN Holdings, Unilever and IHS Towers.
The exchange Corporate Challenge has so far recorded more than 2,500 runners from over 306 institutions, comprising c-suite level executives, top government officials and celebrities. Celebrities such as Ali Baba, MI Abaga, Burna Boy, Seyi Shay, Dolapo Oni-Sijuwade, Gideon Okeke, Debola Williams, Tina Mba, Simisola and Yung6ix amongst others, have at some point thrown their weight behind this campaign to “e-Race Cancer” in Nigeria.
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