By Elizabeth Uwandu
The District Governor (DG), Rotary District 9110, Rotarian Adewale Ogunbadejo, has said that Nigeria will soon be declared Polio free by the World Health Organisation within the next three years.
RTN. Ogunbadejowho was received by Laurine Ubanozie,President, Rotary Club Ikoyi Metropolitan branch, ahead of plans to mark the 2017 world Polio week in September, told members of the club that the sole aim of the association was selfless service to humanity which included the eradication of polio in Nigeria and bringing sustainable developments to the people.
His words, “. I am happy with the way I met Rotary Club, Ikoyi still trying on the path to be better. What I came to do is to motivate and inspire them to do more of what they are doing in terms of membership, project activities and contributions to the Rotary Foundation;
“As the Rotary Foundation is the charitable arm of Rotary that enables us to do go the world over. So we want all Rotarians to contribute to it so that we can have more funds to do all we are doing. We faced Polio in 1988 because we had the Foundation. So, I believe that our efforts in the fight against polio will see it being eradicated within three years.” added the DG.
Expressing delight over the DG’s visit, Rotn. Ubanozie said, “I am delighted that the DG visited, I am happy with his observations and corrections, and above all his conclusions that we improve on the sustainability of our community projects.
Speaking on why the club focused on development in schools, the President noted that the need to avoid demolition and vandalism of projects informed the decision.
“Most of our projects are on water and sanitation, where we ensure that proper toilet facilities are being provided for the public. We had an experience where a toilet facility built in the past at Obalende Park was demolished by the Lagos state government.
“Now, we have decided to concentrate on public schools around such as; Girls Secondary Grammar School, Aunty Ayo, etc. We developed a three year plan where we choose schools to focus on. It is of note that we have assisted these schools and we still assist them to have boreholes not connected to toilets, toilets, sickbays and e-libraries ,etc” addedRotnUbanozie.
Reiterating the need for Rotarians to stay healthy to enable them give succour ,Ubanozie said she hope to impact on the lives of Rotarian through her health project.” . “ I want to leave a health-consciousness legacy. That is why I started the year’s project with a health awareness campaign, encouraging people to know the status of their wellbeing.”advocated the president.