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2016-01-18 13:50:16.

With the February 6 countdown to the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon down to 18 days, there seems to be no end to professionals signing up as volunteers and from where they come. The latest of such are two Nigerian medical professionals in diaspora, specifically practicing their trade in the United States of America.

Dr. Blessing Fadaka, a female, and her male counterpart, Dr. Nurudeen Lawal have expressed intentions to be in Lagos to work as volunteer during the Lagos City Marathon, the first full marathon in Nigeria in 30 years.

For Fadaka and Lawal, offering their service as volunteers over the duration of the marathon is a way of giving back to Nigeria, a country they say gave them so much.

"I'm a trained [Nigerian] physician in internal medicine and cardiology who happens to be working in the USA, said Lawal, "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 believes 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.'' Said Lawal

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