Sanwo-Olu, Uduaghan, Obasa, Kyari, others for ‘The Witness Newspaper Foundation’ launch

    The Witness newspaper

    In honour of its fourth anniversary, The Witness, a digital and print daily, is launching a non-governmental organization called “The Witness Newspaper Foundation.”

    The event is set to take place on Sunday, October 24th, 2021, at the famous Lagos Continental Hotel (previously Intercontinental Hotel), Victoria Island, Lagos.

    The newspaper’s Managing Director, Mr Julius Akpovire-Enyeh, said in a statement on Monday that the foundation, which is the newspaper’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) arm, will focus on improving the education, health, and empowerment of the society’s less-privileged, vulnerable children, youths, widows, and the elderly.

    According to Enyeh: “Today, there are many children and youths who have dropped out of school due to lack of adequate support; there are a lot of less-privileged widows and the aged who are yearning for help.

    “As a responsible organisation, we aim to ameliorate the pains of these individuals and in turn contribute to nation-building.

    “The underprivileged widows and their vulnerable children constitute a significant component of every country’s population.

    “Available statistics show that Nigeria has over eight million disadvantaged widows with over 21 million children. Many are stigmatised and blamed for their husband’s death and displaced from their marital homes.

    “The aged constitute 5.2 per cent of Nigeria’s population and the figure is expected to hit 6 per cent by 2025. But it’s sad that in 61 years of independence from the colonial administration, Nigeria is yet to enact a national policy on the care and welfare of older persons.

    “The rate at which the elderly are dying in the society as a result of inadequate healthcare and poverty is alarming and embarrassing to the country.

    “The foundation will also tackle poverty and empower less-privileged youths. Although Nigeria is Africa’s biggest oil exporter with the largest natural gas reserves on the continent, it was reported by the National Bureau of Statistics in 2019 to have 83 million people living below the nation’s poverty line. Still, unemployment and underemployment are on the increase.”
    The event’s main host is Lagos Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, while the chairman of occasion is Dr Emmanuel Eweta Uduaghan, the immediate-past governor of Delta State.

    Other dignitaries expected to attend include Lagos Speaker Mudashiru Obasa, Mallam Mele Kyari, Group Managing Director, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mr Patrick Akinwuntan, managing director, Ecobank Nigeria Limited, Mallam Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi, director-general/CEO, National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Dr Adaeze Udensi, executive director, Titan Trust Bank Limited, and Dr Victor Ad (PDP).

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