Posted by Elizabeth Edozie on Aug 23, 2019
Nursing mothers in Onigbongbo Primary Health Centre, Lagos state has benefitted from Rotary Club of Onigbongbo’s humanitarian services this Rotary year.
Rotary Club of Onigbongbo, one of the Rotary clubs under the umbrella of Rotary International, District 9110 Nigeria covering Lagos and Ogun states, on Thursday, August 22, 2019 donated some items to Onigbongbo Primary Health Centre in Lagos.
Items donated to the centre include plastic chairs, Blood Pressure monitoring system, pillows, refrigerator, bedspreads, and pillow cases. The club also distributed free insecticide treated nets to nursing mothers in the centre.
The club which leveraged on the official visit of the District Governor, Dr. Jide Akeredolu to carry out the donations, firstly led DG Akeredolu and members of his entourage on a courtesy visit to the Oba of Onigbongbo Land, His Royal Majesty Munirudeen Olatunji Yussuf who expressed his gratitude to the club for their numerous humanitarian services to the community.
The District Governor, while addressing the king noted that having gone through Rotary Club of Onigbongbo’s workbook, he can see that they have done a lot for the community over the years and is still doing a lot.
“They planned to do a lot more which includes provision of computers to one of the schools here, rehabilitation of the water borehole facility in one of the school here and quite a lot more. We deemed it fit to pay a courtesy call to you for the support you have been giving them over the years in the course of their service to humanity”, the DG said.
“We hope you continue to give them that fatherly support and advice. We encourage them to do what we call needs assessment during which they go to the communities to find out their needs and then they go back, task themselves and try to meet those needs and sometimes, if they can’t meet all the needs, they come to us”. The DG further said.
“We have a pool of funds that we have access to which is called The Rotary Foundation and we can get funds from there and use it to support them”, DG Akeredolu added.
The king responded to the DG saying, “It is highly commendable for a set of people to willingly donate their time and resources to others without being called upon to do so. As they are donating drugs, they are donating food items and various other things. I have never seen anyone else do such in this community except for those who it during fasting period alone.”
Speaking further, the king said, “If only the government would follow your footsteps, our communities would have been better than it is. If it is made mandatory for one to be an active member of a Rotary club first before contesting for any position in our society, it would have been a great idea because they don’t have the same charity spirit you have.
“I once asked members of Rotary Club of Onigbongbo if they are being paid salaries because the things they do are mind-blowing. May God continue to provide for you all as you continue in your service to humanity”, the king concluded.