……Spends Half Of The Budget On Education
Rotary Club of Ikeja, District 9110, at a media roundtable disclosed the intervention projects executed by the club for the 2019-2020 Rotary year.
Addressing Journalists at the programme on Monday, the Club President, Rotarian Olumuyiwa Fagbola said the country is going through a tough time and the poor are always at the receiving end.
“We need to do a lot of selfless service in order to create more comfortable environment for our people who, besides the various levels of governments in the country, rely heavily on philanthropic organisations like Rotary.
“We always seek to meet their expectations and also exceed them in some cases.”
Adding that over the years, Rotary Club of Ikeja has consistently displayed the passion for implementing various projects in the areas of focus and in some cases deliver projects ahead of schedule, he said members are always in one accord and in the right direction when implementing people oriented projects that will further improve the conditions of the communities.
Rotarian Fagbola also stated that fifty-two years after its establishment, the Rotary Club of Ikeja has made tremendous impact on the lives and environment in Ikeja and beyond under areas of its focus: Education and Literacy; Disease Prevention and Treatment; Water and Sanitation; Economic and Community Development; Maternal and Child Care and Peace and Conflict Resolution.
“This Rotary year, on Education and Literacy, the Club donated a three blocks of class rooms to Ikeja Junior High School as well as an e-learning application to the school. The Club also extended the project to Babs Fafunwa Millennium Secondary School, Ojodu, Ikeja.
He however said the project under Education and Literacy got half of the budget for the year. “Our budget for the year is N25million and the projects under education gulped over 12million naira.”
Disease Prevention and Treatment: Donation of Hospital equipment to the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, LASUTH, Ikeja.
Water and Sanitation: The Club donated borehole facility to Ikeja Military Cantonment and recently, to mark the month of water and sanitation, the Club in partnership with Rotary Club of Shagamu Central with the collaboration of Sir Kesington Adebutu Foundation embarked on a Twin Club Project, with the donation and commissioning of a portable water borehole at the Palace of the Alaperu of Iperu Remo, Ogun State.
The Club also donated Environmental Sanitation materials to the Obada Ipodo Market Association in Ikeja to further support and encourage them to continue to keep the market clean and safe for themselves and their customers.
Economic and Community Development: Provision of interest free micro credit loan to the tune of N1million for 40 beneficiaries at the sum of N25, 000 per person for the Market Women of Obada Market in Isolo.
Also, provision of Vocational and Empowerment tools to the Nigerian Air Force Officer’s Wives Association (NAFOWA) Vocational Centre, Ikeja as well as other vocational centres in Ikeja, Agidingbi, Ikorodu and Oregun.
Maternal and Child Care: Regular visit to Modupe Cole Memorial Child Care and Treatment Home to donate mattresses, floor mats, toiletries, beddings, food items and other hygiene materials to the Home and donation of Medical Equipment to LASUTH management and gift items to patients on admission.
For Peace and Conflict Resolution, the Club gave scholarship awards to University of Ibadan, Oyo State Students studying Peace and Conflict Studies and donation of relief materials to Internally Displaced People’s Camp at Igando and over 200 people benefitted from it.
The President also added that the club was part of the star project of the District, District 9110 which was prevention of cervical cancer where many girls were vaccinated against the disease. “We are also part of the Polio eradication which Rotary International had embarked on for many years.
Also responding to questions at the event, Past Assistant Governor, District 9110, Chief Olabintan Famutimi said Rotary Club of Ikeja performed very well under the current president. “This is the ninth month of the Rotary year and we have executed all the projects scheduled for the year and with what we have been able to achieve for 2019/2020 Rotary year shows that we are dynamic, we are always working and we are free today to tell our story.
He however said one the problems the Club had was maintenance and sustainability of the projects which most of the times are handled carelessly by the benefiting communities. “I think we have tried our best but I feel the communities still need sensitization on how to handle the projects.