By Vincent Ujumadu
AWKA—THE Rotary International District 9412 yesterday donated 500 cartons of books in various academic fields for distribution to secondary and primary schools, as well as libraries across Anambra State.
It was a follow up to a similar gesture made by Rotary last year to the state during which it donated drugs and medical equipment worth millions of naira to the state- owned Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University Teaching Hospital, Awka.
The governor of District 9412, Dr. Emmanuel Ude- Akpeh, while making the donation at the Professor Kenneth Dike Library Complex, Awka, said the club decided to help in advancing knowledge by encouraging reading, hence the donation of the books.
He also observed that education ensures peaceful coexistence, adding that it was for that reason that Rotary has been promoting education in various parts of the world.
He said: “For the world to be peaceful, we need education and that is why Rotary International is donating this large number of books for the benefit of Nigerians.
“Education has no barrier as it helps to create a peaceful atmosphere among nations and through reading of books and sharing of knowledge, the world will become a better place to live in.”
Ude- Akpeh also explained that as part of its activities for this year, no fewer than 30 medical experts from India would come on a medical mission to Chukwuemeka Odumegwu University Teaching Hospital at the instance of Rotary International.
Their visit, he said, is in line with the programme of Rotary International which also emphasizes on disease prevention and eradication.
Anambra State Commissioner for Information and Communication Strategy, Ogbuefi Tony Nnacheta, who received the books on behalf of the state government, commended Rotary for the gesture, noting that it was not often that people and groups make donations to government and urged other organizations to emulate Rotary as government could not do everything alone.