May 19, 2024

Rotarians commended over efforts towards Polio eradication

Rotarians commended over efforts towards Polio eradication

By Chioma Onuegbu, Uyo

ROTARIANS in the country have been commended for the numerous services they offer to humanity especially what they have done towards eradicating  Polio in the society.

A former Akwa Ibom State Chairman of People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Arc Otu Ita Toyo a.k.a ‘Total Chair, gave the commendation while presenting a lecture at the District 9142 joint district conference in Uyo, with the theme, “Creating Hope in a Despondent Society”

Toyo explained that only those who had contracted polio would understand and appreciate the impact of what Rotarians are doing in the fight to eradicate the disease.

His words, “.Something I believe every Rotarian abinicio know the meaning of service. And I want to personally thank you for the Rotarians for what you have done towards eradicating Polio.

“As long as we have Rotarians , other service organisations like Rotary there will always be hope. And until we as a people allow people who have the orientation to take over the work of creating hope we will be wandering in the wilderness”

Presenting a keynote address at the event a retired Judge of Akwa Ibom State High Court, Hon Justice Ifiok Ukana described Rotarians as a beacon of Hope in Nigeria.

He also described the theme of the conference as challenging and most appropriate, given the economic hardship and tough times that Nigerians are facing in recent times.

 He stressed that the current situation demands that avenues should be created to encourage many Nigerian citizens that may have lost hope that things could be better, or that tomorrow is going to be good.

Justice Ukana who noted ,that no part of the world is immune to what is going on today, stressed, “And a person who has hope is able to weather the storm, he is able to hang on until assistance comes”.

While expressing concern over the myriads of problems bedeviling the country today, ranging from unemployment, insecurity, worsened economic hardship occassioned by  removal of fuel subsidy, insecurity noted, “If you are above 60 years you would have seen better days in Nigeria”

He noted that one way of creating hope in the present situation in the country is  for people to begin to “speak up even for the hopeless to hear. It gives them encouragement that some people are speaking on their behalf”

He commended Non Governmental organizations and Civil Society Organisations for the role they play in  the regard.

The event which featured plenary session/panel discussion was also attended by Rotary International President’s Representative PDG Hans Gunter Gellersen.