The February 6, 2016, Access Bank Lagos City Marathon is not just attracting international elite marathoners, athlete managers and journalists, 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 plan to be in Lagos to work as volunteers during the Lagos City Marathon, the first full marathon in Nigeria in 30 years.
Both Fadaka and Lawal believe that volunteering during the marathon is just one way of giving back to Nigeria, a country that gave them so much,
Lawal, says he is a trained Nigerian physician in internal medicine and cardiology who happens to be working in the USA,
His medical training in Nigeria was mostly tuition free and his goal in life is to take every opportunity posed to contribute to the development of Nigeria, hence his decision to offer his services.
Lawal who learnt about the marathon from Fadaka decided to volunteer because as a firm believer in physical fitness, he believes that contributing in any way to encourage the culture of running or fitness is good.
He said a large program like this will attract people with varying degree of fitness and hopes to offer assistance in emergency health services especially as an advanced trainer and practitioner in cardio pulmonary resuscitation in an unlikely instance if such need arising.