From Fred Ezeh, Abuja
The Abuja Chapter of the Actor Guild of Nigeria (AGN) is soliciting financial support for one of its members, Prince James Uche, whom they say has been down with kidney-related diseases since last year.
The actors told Daily Sun in Abuja that 58-year-old Uche has been surviving through the efforts of family, friends and the Guild. He regretted that their financial strength could not enable them to shoulder the cost of the transplant in India, hence the need for financial support from the public so that the actor could have a kidney transplant in India.
A statement made available to our correspondent reads in part: “We honourably solicit the financial support and any other kind of assistance from well meaning individuals and philanthropic organisations to rescue the deteriorating health condition of one of our members, Prince James Uche. According to verifiable evidence and doctor’s report, he is suffering from chronic renal failure, and the surgical bill in Appolos Hospital in India amounts to N11 million. Surgery services would include kidney transplant, eye surgery, diabetes management, high blood pressure and dialysis.”
According to the doctor’s report, Prince James is currently managed for chronic kidney disease and retinopathy secondary to poorly controlled hypertension and diabetes.
The report partly reads: “He has been undergoing treatment in our facilities for the past 10 months and is presently on Tabs Lisinopril, Nifedipine, Methyldopa, Hydrochlorothiazide, Atenolol, among so many others. He has had four sessions of haemodialysis in the last one year.”
They appealed to both Nigerians and non-Nigerians to make their donations generously to help the ailing entertainer and actor regain his health. Those willing to help the actor may call 07068381720 and 08023200557 for further enquiries.
Lions Club leader assures on eye centre, other projects
By Christine Onwuachumba
Lions Club International District 404A1 has assured that it would bring succour to many Lagos residents this year.
The new district governor, Dr Ayodele Ajayi, said the club was planning to raise N15 million to furnish and equip Oluwatoyin Eye Centre in Lagos.
He spoke in Lagos at an event attended by the past district governor, Mr. Laitan Onalaja and multiple council chairman, Kola Oyekanmi. It was Ajayi’s inaugural address since he assumed leadership of the district. This year, Lions Club International celebrates its centenary.
While reiterating the organisation’s commitment to its traditional service of youth empowerment, saving sight, feeding the hungry and environmental protection, Dr. Ajayi acknowledged the significance of the centennial celebration. “We will celebrate by expanding our community service projects, invite new members to join our association for better impact and connect better with our communities through our legacy projects,” he said.
he noted that Lions Club already had notable projects to its credit, including the Motherless Babies Home in Lekki, Cancer Screening centre at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Diabetes Centre at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) and the Accident and Emergency Centre at the Sagamu Interchange on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway. He said the eye centre under construction would be the biggest in Africa when completed.
The new district governor also vouched that the security challenge prevalent in the country would not affect any of its on-going projects.
“We cannot do anything without good partnership with security agencies, especially now that you have a lot of kidnapping going on and restive youths all over the place. For every Lions’ programme, we partner with the relevant security agencies,” he informed.
Oyekanmi spoke further: “Each of our projects is undertaken after community-based assessments indicated the community’s needs. We execute and hand over to them. They take ownership, and that makes them custodians of these projects. Therefore, security at that level is assured in addition to the government security apparatus.”
He said the eye centre was already on-going, with the building almost completed.
“What we hope to do is to see how we can equip the building, especially with medical equipment that will help in taking care of eye challenges in that community and even beyond,” he noted.
Besides the Lions Club international fund, which he said could be accessed for grants, the district governor said members of the club were also philanthropic.
“No matter how bad our situation might be, what makes us Lions is that ability to be able to give from the little we have of our talent, time and resources to help others, especially the less privileged in our society.
“With the support of the Lions in my district, about 1800 of them, and prominent members of this community, especially when they see that this project is geared towards helping the less privileged in their community, help will definitely come, “he said.