Lagos - The February 6, 2016, Lagos City Marathon is not
just attracting international elite marathoners, many Nigerians in diaspora are
showing interest, and the latest are two Nigerian doctors practicing in the
United States of America.
Dr. Blessing Fadaka and Dr. Nurudeen Lawal are coming to
Lagos to work as volunteers during the Lagos City Marathon, first full marathon
in Nigeria in 30 years.
Both Fadaka and Lawal believed that volunteering during the
marathon is just one way of giving back to Nigeria, a country that gave them so
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“I'm a trained Nigerian physician in internal medicine and
cardiology who happens to be working in the USA. My medical training in Nigeria
was mostly tuition free and my goal in life is to take any opportunity to
contribute to the development of Nigeria hence I offer my services where needed,”
Lawal who learnt about the marathon from Fadaka decided to
volunteer because as a firm believer in physical fitness, he thought that
contributing in any way to encourage the culture of running or fitness is good.
“A large program like this will attract people with varying
degree of fitness. I hope to offer assistance in emergency health services
especially as an advanced trainer and practitioner in cardio pulmonary
resuscitation in an unlikely instance of such need arising. I will also make my
services available in any form the organizing committee might deem it fit.’’ He
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