Ambode stresses importance of regular fitness exercise

AbdulHakeem Abdul-Lateef

Gov. Akunwunmi Ambode of Lagos State on Sunday advised people to do regular fitness exercise in order to live healthy life.

(From Left) Dr Ibrahim Oreagba, Coordinator HCFI), Lagos State Commissioner for Home Affairs Dr AbdulHakeem Abdul-Lateef and others at the flag-off of the 2017 Walk For Life fitness exercise organised by the Human Concern Foundation International (HCFI) in Lagos on Sunday.

(From Left) Dr Ibrahim Oreagba, Coordinator HCFI), Lagos State Commissioner for Home Affairs Dr AbdulHakeem Abdul-Lateef and others at the flag-off of the 2017 Walk For Life fitness exercise organised by the Human Concern Foundation International (HCFI) in Lagos on Sunday.

Ambode gave the advice at the 2017 annual fitness exercise tagged “Walk For Life’’ organised by the Human Concern Foundation International, a sister organisation of The Muslim Congress (TMC) in Lagos

The governor, who was represented by the Commissioner for Home Affairs, Dr AbdulHakeem Abdul-Lateef, said that a “healthy nation is a wealthy nation’’

“On behalf of the Governor of Lagos State, I congratulate the Human Concern Foundation International (HCFI) for this fitness exercise.

“I want to say that living healthy requires that we do a lot, taking the right food, understanding the value of water, understanding when to rest and more than anything, physical exercises.

“So, by doing this regularly, I believe that it is not something that should be annual but it is symbolic.

“It is just meant to gear all of us up that this is what we need to do; minimum of 30 minutes fitness exercise everyday and I believe that you’ll take advantage of this.

“This is the type of collaborative efforts that the government is talking about.

“Only a healthy nation can be refer to as a wealthy nation.

“So on this note, I flag off this, we will go in peace and come back in peace.’’

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The Coordinator of the HCFI, Dr Ibrahim Oreagba remarked that the annual physical exercise was initiated to encourage Nigeria to always take walk on regular basis to keep fit and live a healthy life.

Oreagba, who is an Associate Professor at the College of Medicine, University of Lagos, said the theme of this year’s walk for life is “Come let’s Walk for Health and Unity’’.

The  fitness exercise involved walking from Jibowu bus stop along Lagos-Ikorodu expressway to Maryland and back to Jibowu, a distance of about 10 kilometres.

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