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Emir tasks volunteer group on community development

The Emir of Ilorin, Alhaji  Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari, on Thursday urged members of  the Volunteers of  Ilorin Community and Environs (VOICE)  to remain  in the vanguard of the movement for community development.

Sulu-Gambari made the plea  when members of the group  paid him a courtesy call .

Newsmen report that the group, which promotes  volunteerism, is to embark on an entrepreneurship and environmental sustainability initiative.

The traditional ruler  said the objectives and vision  of the group were  in line with his vision on how  developmental efforts could assist   residents of the city.

”I have always looked forward to a project like this and I am happy this is happening during my reign.

”Your project on volunteerism to develop ourselves and the community is a pioneer initiative which is unique and it could not have come at a better time.

”I assure you that you have my full support and the support of all residents and I will help you get the support of notable people in the state.

”We are just hoping that this will spur other people too to come up with programmes like this that will alleviate our suffering  and cater for our needs, ” the emir said.

Earlier in his  address of welcome, the Chief Volunteer of the group, Lawal Olohungbebe, said the group was committed to  creating a  community that would not rely solely on  government for all its needs.

”Our intention is to awaken the spirit of volunteerism within Ilorin because we don’t want to keep waiting for government to do everything for us as we are mostly affected by most of these things.

“ We intend to start working on our own by doing our bit and  we would welcome if  this is complemented.

”There are people on ground already who have skills and they have volunteered to train others for free by  giving them entrepreneurship ideas.

“ If such people are interested, they can pay such people to learn more.

”In addition,  we want to help  ourselves to improve  our environment and not wait for others  to do that for us, ” Olohungbebe said.



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