Rotarians pledge to escalate humanitarian interventions

By Rafat Salami, Abuja

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Rotarians with their flags at the Rotary Foundation Annual Dinner and fundraising in Abuja.

The Rotary International District 9125, has reiterated its commitment to continue to carry out humanitarian and community services to give the less privileged and downtrodden in the society a sense of belonging.

This was the consensus of Rotarians and guests at the annual Rotary Foundation Annual Dinner and fundraising at the International Conference Center in Abuja.

Rotary International comprising 23 states and the federal capital Territory Abuja. It is at the fore front of eradicating polio globally, train youths on energy management for wealth creation, provide humanitarian and community services across the world under its six areas of focus.

The Governor of the District, Dr. Victor Onukugha  while giving his welcome address thanked all for their dedication to giving and commitment to make the world a better place.

District Governor, Dr. Victor Onukugha

Regional Rotary foundation Coordinator for West and East Africa, Olugbemiga Olowo urged all to be proud of giving to the foundation, as it is a great feat to give to the needy.

This, he noted was part of the reasons that informed the setting up of Rotary, stressing that it had recorded tremendous achievements in this regard.

“Rotarians give because they know their resources will not be wasted but utilised wisely. The Rotary Foundation capacity for financial diligence fetched it a four start rating by the charity navigator.

“This is evident by the fact that 90% of donations by us is channeled towards projects. Our donations go to make a lot of difference to communities in the world,” Olowo stated.

Dr. Emeka Offor, the highest donor to Rotary Foundation in Africa, and Chairman of the occasion urged everyone to contribute to the good of the society and the people.

Polio free Country
Dr Offor expressed his joy that by June Nigeria by extension Africa would be receiving certification as a polio free Country, but charge all stakeholders not to rest on their oars as there is still work to do in the continent of Africa.

“I am happy. This is what we have been looking forward to. It is not a mean feat. We should celebrate it, but we must not be complacent. Remember polio travels like humans, so we must not go back sleep.

“Every child must be vaccinated. Every nook and crannies of Nigeria must be touched. We must continue to be vigilant. Not just government alone, but everybody,” he said.

Dr Offor said he was inspired by what Rotary stood for, stating that since becoming a Rotarian, he has not regretted his action.

“Rotary is known for humanitarian and community services, so this year we are going to be touching lives more than ever before. I want to call on all Rotarians and non Rotarians to support us to actualise these projects,” he added.

 

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