- 500 Nigerians in Ogun state have benefitted from free eye surgeries and corrective interventions
- The initiative sparked an outpour of joyous emotions among the beneficiaries in the southwest state
- There are also plans to move the initiative across the country to enable more people benefit from it
Associates of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN under the auspices of 'Friends of Osinbajo' have assisted 500 Nigerians in Ikenne, Ogun state in conducting free eye surgeries and corrective interventions within 48 hours.
The initiative which sparked an outpour of joyous emotions among the beneficiaries is also expected to move around the country.
In a statement sent to Legit.ng on Wednesday, May 26, organisers of the initiative stated that 6000 eye surgeries will be conducted in six geo-political zones of the country within six weeks.
Legit.ng gathered that many Nigerians have continued to receive free consultations, screening, and other corrective eye care interventions in the Ikenne community and beyond, courtesy of the medical outreach.
The March 8 Initiative kick-started as a mark of honour for Osinbajo on his birthday and it has been sustained by the associates of the vice president since then.
Osinbajo had asked his friends not to spend money on gifts or public congratulatory messages in the media for his birthday but rather use such funds to touch the lives of ordinary Nigerians.
Having impacted the lives of many Nigerians over the years through various initiatives, the March 8th initiative, on Monday, May 24 flagged off a nationwide medical outreach focusing on eye surgeries, general eye treatment, giving out free eyeglasses.
The outreach scheduled for locations across the country kicked off at the General Hospital Ikenne and was formally flagged off by Ogun state commissioner of health, Dr Tomi Coker.
Many beneficiaries who regained their sights after the free eye surgery expressed gratitude to the organizers and thanked the vice president and his friends, noting that the impact of the initiative on Ikenne community and in their individual lives cannot be quantified.
The organisers also disclosed that the second phase of the exercise has been scheduled to hold between Wednesday, June 30 and Friday, June 2 at the General Hospital Idi Iroko, while the last phase of the outreach in the state will hold on Monday, June 7 and end on Wednesday, June 9 same month at the General hospital, Owode Egba.
The Ogun medical outreach is organized in collaboration with the state government and the National Eye Center.
The medical outreach would be flagged off on Thursday, May 27 in Sokoto state and will be held in other parts of the country in the coming days.
Recall that about 50 small-scale business owners in Lafia, the Nasarawa state capital on Monday, March 8 got a one-off cash grant of N100,000 each to support their businesses courtesy of ‘Friends of Osibanjo.’
The gesture of the group was part of the activities it lined up to celebrate the 64th birthday of VP Osinbajo.
Meanwhile, the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria, PFN, on Wednesday, March 3, conferred on VP Osinbajo, a special award of the ‘Defender of Faith’.
The award was conferred on VP Osinbajo at the 16th Biennial Delegate Conference of the PFN held at the Michael Okpara Square in Enugu state.