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Rotary Club of Isolo has empowered about 20 persons with tools and equipment to further enhance local output and encourage entrepreneurship among people living within Isolo community, commissioning a one block of two classrooms at the Isolo Comprehensive Senior High School, Alabe.
The empowerment project is part of the club’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative to give back to its resident community. Some of the items given includes: Sewing Machine; Grinding Machine; Hair Dressing Equipments, Gas Cooker, Baking instruments; Carpentry tools, among others.
Speaking at the Commissioning ceremony in Lagos, Senator Ganiyu Solomon, said that individuals and corporate Nigerians can take cue from rotary, saying, “In fulfillment of service and economic development programme which is the vision in rotary, rotary club is donating a block of two classrooms to the school and also empowering the indigenous Isolo community all in the name of giving selfless service to the people, but there are various service areas, this is just one of them, community and economic development.
“Government cannot do it alone, it is important to invite well meaning Nigerians to participate, whether corporate Nigerians or individual to assist, take a cue from rotary, anybody can do it, this is why we commend Parent Teacher Association (PTA) for their effort in assisting the children. There is no country that is self sufficient that can do everything all alone.
In the same vein, President Rotary Club of Isolo, Mrs. Lolade Ogungbe, added that the government should be more focused on schools in Nigeria by building model schools that looks like private schools with a view to discouraging the influx of mushroom schools.
According to Ogungbe, “In rotary we believe in service to our community and one of the avenues of service to the community is basic education and literacy and in line with that basic education and literacy and community development project, we got a letter from this school about a year ago, asking us to provide them two additional blocks of classroom.
“This will enable the school to qualify for West African Examination Council (WAEC) centre, they don’t have a hall so their school do not host WAEC, so it will be of immense benefit to the school,” she said.
Deputy Executive Secretary of Isolo LCDA, Elder Samuel Ogunlolu, commended the gesture describing it as loudable. “When you provide infrastructure you are providing and adding value because you are bringing up the leaders of tomorrow, Ogunlolu said.