•Commence local production of immune-boosting RTUF drugs
•Expands humanitarian services to Congo DRC, Liberia
Senator Iroegbu and Godsgift Onyedinefu
Empower 54, a Non Governmental Organization (NGO) dedicated to providing humanitarian assistance has saved over 1,800 malnourished children who are victims of the ongoing Boko Haram insurgency in Borno state, Northeast Nigeria.
This was disclosed by the Founder/Chair, Empower 54, Princes Modupe Ozolua, who also provided $3m worth of foods, supplements and drugs to the Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps in the North East and Edo State, South South Nigeria.
Ozolua while recounting her experiences in some of her numerous visits to the terrorism-hit parts of the North East, lamented that the citizens have continued to suffer devastating and untold hardship while malnutrition remains an epidemic particularly amongst children.
She said: “When you go to the North East, in Borno State, you will see that these people are passing through a lot. Its like life has no meaning to them because leople die everyday even in the IDP camps where they are being killed. Most of the children have been orphaned and they are severely malnourished.
“Empower 54 in collaboration with the Nigerian millitary and the Borno state government successfully evacuated malnourished IDP children from Bama, Borno state.”
She added that as part of efforts to eradicate malnutrition in Nigeria and Africa, the NGO has commenced a Nutrition and Education for life campaign focused in the local production of RUTF to be distributed to malnourished children across Nigeria.
She also informed that the module will be duplicated in the Democratic Republic of Congo, DRC and Liberia where Empower 54 is also offering aid.
Ozolua through her NGO also distributed free medication in Edo State from August to September 2018 with over 15,000 women and children received free Albendazole, Vitamin A and pre-natal vitamins.
On the challenges she faced, she said Nigerians are not receptive or supportive of humanitarian efforts compared to other countries which according to has been discouraging.
She added that funding has been another challenge as the projects executed are capital intensive. She urged well meaning Nigerians to donate to charity.
However, the Chief Executive Officer of White Ink Consult, Brig-Gen. Bala Saleh (rtd) commended Ozolua who pioneered Cosmetic Surgery to Nigeria and West Africa through her business, Body Enhancement Ltd, for founding Empower 54 formerly known as Body Enhancement Foundation- Body Enhancement Annual Reconstructive Surgery (BEARas) in 2003 with Nobel Laureate Winner for Peace, Archbishop Desmond Tutu as the Patron.
Saleh noted that NGO is touching lives as a growing international humanitarian organisation dedicated to providing desperately needed humanitarian assistance such as medical messions, hunger eradication, educational, women/girl empowerment and refugee programmes to underprivileged Africans.
The former Chief of Infantry Corp, Nigerian Army promised to use his expertise and platform to support Empower 54 in their quest to improve the lives of less privileged children especially in the conflict zones of Nigeria.
Ozolua’s dedication to humanity has earned her many national and international awards and recognition, including “Humanitarian of the Year” by African Award Organisation in Atlanta, Georgia and several special recognition by Elle Magazine as one of 50 Women Shaping Africa.
In recognition of her passion for 15 years of philanthropy work, the Nigerian press named her the “Africa’s Humanitarian Queen”, endorsed by Archbishop Desmond Tutu and the IDPs in the North East who calls her “Sarauniya Alheri” meaning ‘Princess of Goodness’.