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NIMASA interested in activities that promote healthy living – Dakuku

… As Diete-Spiff, First Rivers State Governor, says sports essential for life  

Mr. Joseph Taouk, Cordeau catering, Mr. Heaky Dimowo, Coordinator
Eastern Zone, NIMASA,  King Alfred Diete Spiff, First Executive Governor
of Rivers State, Mr. Isichei Osamgbi, Head Corporate Communications, NIMASA and
Ms Chalya Shagaya of NIMASA Public Relations during the Charity Golf Tournament
organised by NHF in conjunction with NIMASA, held in Port Harcourt, Rivers
The Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety
Agency (NIMASA) Dr. Dakuku Peterside, has expressed the agency’s commitment to
supporting activities that promote healthy living, as a way of giving back
to the society through its Corporate Social Responsibility programmes. 
Dakuku stated that outside of its maritime regulatory functions, the Agency was interested in activities that promote healthy living of Nigerians.
Speaking on behalf of the Director General shortly after the tee-off
ceremony of the Charity Golf Tournament at the Port Harcourt Golf Club, the
Agency’s Head, Corporate Communications, Mr. Isichei Osamgbi underscored the
essence of exercise to the overall well-being of the human body. 
Dr Dakuku Peterside stated that the partnership with the NHF to host the
tournament was in line with the Agency’s corporate social responsibility; 
“For us in NIMASA, we take every opportunity to connect with the
community, with the people of Nigeria who are our constituency. We are
partnering with the Nigeria Heart Foundation to save life, to keep people
active and live healthy because the heart is very important to the body.”
The DG also noted that the partnership will create awareness on the need
for regular exercise as a measure to keep the heart and the entire organs of
the body healthy.  

“With the support of the Port Harcourt Golf Club
as partners, the idea is to create awareness, raise funds for further research
on heart diseases and to let people know that an active life will help in a lot
of ways to keep fit,” he said. 
Among top dignitaries in attendance was the first Executive Governor of
Rivers State, King Alfred Diete-Spiff who commended the Nigerian Maritime
Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) for its role in bringing to the
forefront health related issues and creating awareness that will assist
patients in the management of heart diseases as well as the risk factors.
King Alfred Diete-Spiff made this assertion at the opening of The
Charity Golf Tournament organised by NIMASA and the Nigerian Heart Foundation
held at the Port Harcourt Golf Club in Rivers state at the weekend.
King Diete-Spiff who is also the paramount ruler of Twon-Brass in
Bayelsa State noted that he has been watching with keen interest the Agency’s
activities the maritime sector and is delighted that it is creating awareness
for various health related ailments, stating that the partnership of NIMASA and
the Nigerian Heart Foundation is great for the entire nation.
“As you know NIMASA is a maritime regulatory Agency and for such Agency
to spread its corporate social responsibility to the health sector by
partnering with the Nigerian Heart foundation simply means the Management of
the Agency love Nigeria and Nigerians” the Amanayabo of Twon Brass said.
Also speaking, the Executive Director of Nigeria Heart Foundation, Dr
Kingsley Akinroye said the essence of the partnership with NIMASA to organise
the golf tournament was to raise awareness about the heart and encourage people
to exercise regularly.  
He disclosed that heart-related diseases are among the major killers in
Africa, with life expectancy dropping due to lack of adequate facilities and
“Some of the risk factors for heart-related diseases include diet,
lack of exercise and smoking. What to do to is to exercise and that is where
golf comes in. Golf players are policy makers who can take the message to their
various establishments and preach the message,” he stated
In the same vein, the Captain of the Port Harcourt golf club, Mr. Chris
Allagoa commended NIMASA for the support towards successful hosting of the
tournament. He called on all stakeholders to support NIMASA and the Nigerian
Heart Foundations in their bid to promote wellness in the country.
It would be recalled that in recent times NIMASA has continued to promote
wellness in the maritime sector and this was evident when the agency recently
organised breast cancer awareness as well as the hepatitis awareness lecture to
commemorate the world hepatitis day and many more.

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