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Nigerian Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, Anambra State chapter, yesterday, joined sister societies
all over the world to mark this year's World Red Cross Day celebration with a call to the federal
government to establish a ministry of reconciliation.
The theme for this year is: ‘Love for Humanity’.
Speaking at the occasion, the State Chairman of Red Cross Society, Prof. Peter Emeka Katchy said the
ministry if established will enhance peaceful coexistence, enthrone national rebirth, values and
patriotism.
According to him, the national reconciliation ministry will also reduce violence, death, hardship,
displacement, destruction and the cost of security operations.
The celebration which took place at the Nigerian Red Cross headquarters in Amawbia, Awka South Local
Government Area was in commemoration of the founder of the organisation, Jean Henry Dunant who
was born on May 8, 1828 in Geneva, Switzerland.
Prof. Katchy noted that the theme of this year’s World Red Cross Day is in recognition and honour to
volunteers of the society all over the world covering 187 member nations with over 250 million
supporters.
He traced the history of the Nigerian Red Cross Society from the time it was a branch of the British Red
Cross in 1917 till April 1951 when the headquarters of the Nigerian chapter was established in Lagos by
the governor-general.
"Following the official handover in 1961, the Nigerian Red Cross Society became independent and the
seven cardinal principles of the society which include: impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary
service, unity and universality," Prof. Katchy said.
He commended Governor Willie Obiano and his wife, Mrs. Ebelechukwu Obiano for the grandiose
achievements and strategies targeted towards changing the fortunes of the people of Anambra in order
to achieve the much desired four pillars of development.
In a goodwill message, the Commissioner for Women and Children Affairs, Barrister Ndidi Mezue
represented by Lady Patience Anagu commended the efforts of Red Cross Society and promised the
ministry’s support.

Highlight of the event was the commencement of free medical outreach to over 50,000 less privileged in
the state.

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