Rotary plans N2.5bn projects in Abuja, others
ROTARY International has called for greater vigilance to sustain Nigeria’s gain in the war against polio.
Rotary International President, Jonathan Majiyagbe, made the assertion in Abuja at the weekend at the investiture of Dr. Mike Omotosho as Governor of District 9125, Nigeria.
Majiyagbe stressed how increased immunisation and vigilance could hand the nation a polio-free certificate by the World Health Organization.
He noted: “We are very happy that we have gone this far. But then, there are challenges. We still have to maintain routine immunisation; we have to be very accurate with our surveillance. Those are the things we need to do so that within the next two years, we don’t have any more case of polio. And then, we can have certification for Nigeria and indeed Africa to be a polio-free region.”
Also speaking, newly inaugurated Governor of the District covering 24 states, Omotosho, stressed that about N2.5 billion would be spent in the next year covering projects.
Some of the projects, according to him, include cleft lip surgery and polio corrective surgery.
Speaking further, he noted that the District would among other things, sink 250 boreholes in many communities and fund Vesico Vaginal Fistula surgeries.
His words: “The most important priority for me as governor will be the change agenda. There is a whole lot of noise about change. Somehow, I believe Rotary has the panacea that we need to make the change truly happen. It is the guiding principle of Rotary, with the four-way test: the things we think, say or do. This can truly be applied profitably to our individual lives, to our businesses, communities, to nations, even at the international level.
“It can also be used for proposed legislation in government, even relationship between students and teachers. Once you are able to subject your thought process, the things you want to say or the things you do to the four-way test, it will guide you to the way you relate with the other person.”
“It is the four-way for the things we do say or do. That is, is it the truth? If it passes that test, you move to second one; will it be fair to all concerned? If it passes the second one, you move to the third one: will it be beneficial to all concerned? And, will it build goodwill and better friendship? “
He added that the District had made arrangement for 500 shelter boxes for Internally-Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the country. Each of the shelter boxes, he said, has the basic needs of an IDP, from blanket to immediate needs. Besides, he said Rotary was working to make the IDPs gainfully employed and bring them back into the society.
Omotosho said non-Rotarians could also embark on various humanitarian projects in their societies to make life more comfortable for the less privileged.
“We would be leveraging on the achievements of our past leaders and my visions for Rotary in District 9125 are, therefore, summarized into four areas: “To increase the number of clubs and members in our District with the singular aim of re-distributing; be massively involved in bigger, bolder and better projects across the District; to increase the District’s contribution to the Rotary Foundation; and leave a legacy of the Rotary House…This year’s theme is “Be a Gift to the World” and Nigeria needs a gift of
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