“I accept to be your president and I promise to be your inspiration.” With this words, the Secretary of Transportation in the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), Rotn. Kayode Opeifa, was yesterday inaugurated as the 35th president of the Rotary Club of Agege, District 9110, Lagos.
At the investiture ceremony, which held at Sheraton Hotel, Ikeja, a one-minute silence was held in honour of the late Rotary International President-elect, Sam F. Owori, who died in July 2017.
Owori was scheduled to assume duty in July 2018, and he would have been the first Ugandan and second African to lead the global organization dedicated to serving communities with his face adorning every Rotary gathering across the world. The first African to lead Rotary worldwide was Jonathan Majiyagbe, a Nigerian.
Reeling out his plans for the Rotary year, Opeifa said they would mobilise funds to eradicate polio from Nigeria and the rest of the world, while committing funds to projects to cover the six areas of focus in Rotary, which are peace and conflict prevention/resolution; disease prevention and treatment; water and sanitation; maternal and child health; basic education and literacy; and economic and community development.
“We will execute at least two projects in all the six areas of focus. Our catchment area, Agege has over three million population and we are constrained by funds, which can only reach barely one per cent of the population. My target is to reach 10 per cent of the population, which is about 300,000 residents of Agege.”
He listed some of the projects to include medical outreach, electrifying three of the Primary Healthcare Centres (PHCs) in Agege to deliver 24 hours service and save more lives, provide beddings and equipment to the PHCs, provide bag-packs to public school pupils and empowerment programmes to indigent residents.