……List Achievements In Polio Eradication, Basic Education, Others
The Rotary Club of Ikeja has reiterated its commitment to community development through its six areas of focus Peace and Conflict Resolution and Prevention, Disease Prevention and Treatment, Water and Sanitation, Maternal and Child Health, Economic and Community Development and Basic Education and Literacy with special focus on Polio eradication and Basic education.
This was disclosed at the media roundtable organized by the club on Monday to sensitize the media and especially the public on the organization’s projects and interventions.
The theme of the meeting tagged: “We See” according to the President of the Club, Rotn Olumuyiwa Fagbola is to tell the world what rotary is all about and secondly is to see if the club can attract more members into its fold.
“This country is in difficulty in all directions and the only way anybody should be able to sleep well is to say I have tried my best in my little corner and the best medium to do that is through our organisation, rotary.
“We see those who are displaced children of war or other humanitarian crisis, we choose to see those who live without hope because there is no sustainable economic development plan, we see because the world has chosen to turn a blind eye to these issues, these conflicts, these crisis but we are Rotarians and we have chosen to open our eyes to the needs of the world and our communities and having seen we cannot run away that is the true essence of rotary. We see problems and provide solutions to these problems essentially our six areas of focus.
“When we see we don’t just act, we further probe, we call it needs assessment with the community and engage them, we observe the problem, how we can go about it and we bring the community in,” he explained.
Briefing the media on the club intervention projects, Past President of the club, Rotarian Lanre Faseun said the club is an interventionist that is why they recently organized training for about 60 teachers in Lagos State, “it was a whole day programme and we are trying to expose these teachers to new teaching methods, how they can use the instrumentality of information technology to boost a structure that will be of benefit to the students, particularly Biology, Mathematics, Chemistry and physics and from the feedback we got from participants it was well received.”
Other areas of interventions on basic education and literacy is the star project of the club where they renovate class room blocks at Ikeja Junior High School and donation of school furniture and materials with a total amount of more than N12 million.
On peace and resolution was the hosting of A 5-Nation international peace and conflict resolution training seminar and sponsoring training of community leaders and police.
Disease prevention and control is the donation of mosquito nets to Agidingbi community and total eradication of polio in Nigeria as a whole.
According to Rotn Fagbola the fight against polio started in 1984 “and what we do is to sensitize the world community about the fight against polio. Rotary itself has spent over one billion dollars in fighting polio. That is a small fraction of what the government and other foundation had spent.
“For Nigeria to be certified as polio free every community in Nigeria is to be touched by immunization. That we have not heard the issue of polio in the last three years is due to the efforts of rotary collaborating with various companies in order to immunize Nigerian children. It still continues because we have to continue to immunize, rotary will continue to play a role in immunization so that we don’t have reoccurrence of polio in Nigeria.”
For maternal and child health, he said rotary club of Ikeja donated various medical equipment to Lagos State University Teaching Hospital and presentation of Christmas gifts to patients and staff.
Economic and Community Development, the club recently gave vocational tools to some communities as well as micro credits scheme to Isolo community and completion of LSDPC Estate Club House, Isolo.
Present at the event were past governor of District 9110 to which Rotary Club of Ikeja belong, PDG Julius Adelusi-Adeluyi, immediate past President of the club, Rotarian Adeniyi Adelaja and the Vice President Rotary Club of Ikeja; Rotarian Oludotun Lampejo.