PRESENTED BY TINUADE AWE, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, REGULATION, NIGERIAN STOCK EXCHANGE (NSE)
The Distinguished members of the NSE National Council Captains of Industry
The Stockbroking Community
Gentlemen of the Press
Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen
On behalf of the National Council and Management of The Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE), I warmly welcome you all to the 5th edition of the annual NSE Corporate Challenge, taking place today Saturday, September 15, 2018, here at the Muri Okunola Park, Adeyemo Alakija Street, Victoria Island, Lagos.
Let me start by expressing my sincere gratitude to all the teams that have come out early this morning despite your busy schedules. The whole-hearted participation by all of us in today’s event shows our determination to catalyze national effort and co-operation to ‘e-Race-cancer’ in Nigeria. I think we all deserve a round of applause.
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. Data from the ‘Rapid Assessment of the Prevention and Control of Cancer in Nigeria’ report by the Wellbeing Foundation Africa (WBFA), shows that cancer is responsible for 72,000 deaths in Nigeria every year, with an estimated 102,000 new cases annually.
Started in 2014, the NSE Corporate Challenge was birthed to stimulate additional awareness about cancer, advocate the importance of early testing/detection and more importantly raise funds towards the purchase of mobile cancer centres to provide free screening and treatment in Nigeria.
The corporate challenge race was also conceptualised as a one-day competitive and fun-filled 5 kilometre walk, jog and run event. As is our tradition, we have made adequate preparations to ensure that you enjoy the event.
Today, we have here with us, outstanding personalities such as Ali Baba, Kemi Afolabi, Titi-the-Dynamite, Ikechukwu, Immaculate Dache, Monica Ogah, Arole The Prophet and others, who have also answered the call to e-Race cancer from Nigeria. There will be music from artistes I don’t want to reveal yet, refreshments to replace lost energy and prizes to reward the swift ones.
So far, the NSE Corporate Challenge has been highly successful, recording more than 2,035 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 the campaign to e-race cancer in Nigeria. Net of expenses, we have saved up N57m. We have some way to go to purchase the first mobile cancer unit but we believe with the continued support of individuals like you and our sponsors, we can make this dream happen soon.
Today is not for long speeches but indulge me as I recognize and show appreciation to our sponsors for the 2018 NSE Corporate Challenge, Dangote Cement, Stanbic IBTC Plc, Beta Glass Plc, FCMB, FBN Holdings, Unilever and IHS Towers for their contributions towards the success of this event. We also received in-kind support from Aquadana Water, Emergency Rescue, Bodyline Fitness and Spa, Airtel Nigeria, Duracell, Lotus Fitness and Spa, PZ Cussons and LASAA.
I would also like to specially commend our media partners for using their medium to create awareness for the 2018 NSE Corporate Challenge – Channels Television, CNBC Africa, Business Day Newspapers, Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN), Television Continental (TVC), AIT, Raypower 100.5 fm, Proshare, Kaftantv, Enterprise TV and others.
Finally, I will like to thank the great team at the NSE for always sparing time to participate in this programme in one form or the other, particularly our Corporate Communications Team led by Olumide Orojimi, for always pushing the envelope.
Thank you to all.