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2 Feb 2018

"Sedoo Initiative for children with special needs celebrates her fifth year anniversary" {SEE PHOTOS}

By: Shidoo Tarkaa

The Sedoo Initiative for Children with Special (SECHILD) Needs recently celebrated her fifth year anniversary at Kano Hall of Transcorp Hotel in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory of Nigeria.
It was also the launching of her 5th year strategy plan, inauguration of advisory board, award ceremony and launch of her magazine "Making the Best of the Unexpected."
The event which was well attended was graced by a cross section of the Nigerian society from government officials to members of charity organizations across the country.
In his welcome address, Mr. Aondofa Anjira, the co-founder of the Sedoo Initiative for Children with Special Needs said the occasion was to celebrate how far they have come within five years and to build on that. He said that the Initiative was borne out of their experience (his wife and his) of nursing two children with special needs (Sedoo and Aondofa) and the desire to support, advocate and reach out to other families/care givers/ children with special needs.
In a documentary which was aired at the event explaining the five years of the Initiatives existence, the Founder/President, Kawan Aondofa-Anjira (Mrs.) said the growth of the Sedoo Initiative has been one of challenging, fulfiment, patience and sacrifice as they have faced challenges including limited space and cost of physiotherapy for the children. She called on the stake holders, well-meaning, spirited individuals and government agencies to partner with the Initiative to enable them reach a larger number of affected children. She said their efforts have been more of private funding which the result is not as much as would have been if supported and partnered with.
The chairman of the occasion Dr. Emmanuel. A Gemade while declaring the occasion open described the Sedoo Initiative as a worthy cause, calling on all to support it to grow.
The five-year Strategy Plan was presented to the public in details by Mr. Angbianger Emmanuel Iorkumbur a project management professional with expertise in organizational development and training and Public health expert with specialty in monitoring, evaluation and research.
After the launch of the Initiatives five-year Strategy Plan, the chairperson of the Board of Trustees inaugurated the Advisory Board. Members of the Advisory Board inaugurated include:
Dr. Denis Richard Shatima, a Senior Consultant Paediatrician with the National Hospital Abuja,Major General Emmanuel Tsehemba Nienge (Rtd), a former military general,Dr Paul B. Orhii, a former Director General of National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Nigeria, Mr. Angbianger Iorkumbur a Public health expert.
The award ceremony was conducted by the chairperson Board of Trustees Barr. Aver Gavar who congratulated all the awardees with a charge to continue advocacy, partnering, supporting and bringing up more ideas that will aid in carrying out the activities of the Initiative and improve the lives of the children with special needs.
The Minister of Health and other five distinguished personalities were awarded the SECHILD award for outstanding contribution and support to children with special needs and were celebrated and appreciated for being great Advocates of special children. The Awardees were,Professor Isaac Folorunso Adewole, a Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the College of Medicine, University of Ibadan, Nigeria, and Honorable Minister of Health, Federal Ministry of Health,Arc (Dr.) Terver Gemade, former Managing Director / CEO, Federal Housing Authority,Engr. Terhemba Nongo,General Manager Business Development with the Nigeria Export Processing Zones Authority,Dr. Terungwa Acho a Residency Trainee in Internal Medicine and the Chief Medical Officer (Director), Department of Medicine, State House Medical Center, Abuja among others.
The event was well attended, some of the attendees amongst many others are listed below;
Hon.Minister of Health -Represented-Dr. Ovuraye John, Consulting Family Physician, Deputy Director /Head Newborn Branch, Child Health Division, Family Health Department, Federal Ministry of Health,
Hon.Minister of Education-Represented by Anyanwu B. N (Mrs), Hon.Minister of Women Affairs-Represented-Com.Mungadi Abubakar,
Former Minister of Environment/Information Chief John Ogar Odey,
Damian Dodo-SAN, Senior Partner, D.D. Dodo & Co
Tony Ijoho -SAN SSG Benue State Government-Represented,
Director General NAPTIP-Represented by Mrs.Adekunle Siminlade,
Sir Emeka Offor Foundation-Representation -Laretta N. Epuechi,
Dr. Emmanuel I.Gemade
Dr. Gabriel A.Gundu
Mr. Terna Abbo
Members of PENCOM Christian Fellowship,
Staff of National Pension Commission-Pencom,
BAM u Mkom members,
Engr.Nyior Chairman Ontiv Professionals,
Barr.Terfa Prince Toryem-Secretary Benue Investment Company,
Comfort Aderemi-Sanya (Mrs)
Barr.Mrs.Iveren Inienge
Barr.Aver Gavar-Chairperson Board of Trustees
Media houses including NTA Crew, FRCN, Option A Media and others.


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