Posted by Elizabeth Edozie on Nov 30, 2019
Rotary Club of Yaba Metropolitan has renovated a 2-storey building with 19 classrooms and offices in Birrel Senior High School, Sabo in Yaba, Lagos state.
The club repainted the entire building and also did some repairs which in dilapidated parts of the building which includes the roof.
The newly renovated building was commissioned on Friday, November 29, 2019 by the District Governor, Dr. Jide Akeredolu alongside the club president, Abdul Adewale Azeez and other members of the club.
The Interact club of Birrel Senior High School which is in the process of being chattered by the club was also inaugurated. Members of the club, as well as the teacher supervising the club were recognized.
Speaking during the inauguration, the DG stated, “For our boys and girls, the ideals we profess in Rotary are things we want to inculcate in you as you progress in life. For those in the universities, we have Rotaract clubs, and for those in secondary schools like you, we have Interact clubs.
“What we are doing now is to form an Interact club in this school where you will be taught our ideals so that when you grow up, you will become people of integrity. As you grow up in life, you will need a lot of skills to be able to compete in life. Am happy the club is here in collaboration with the school to imbibe the ideals of Rotary in students of this school who are interested”, the DG said.
The school principal who noted that the leaking roof had given the school a lot of concern, thanked the club immensely for coming to their rescue. “I remember since when we have been writing to the ministry concerning the leaking roof but no result. When it rains, it rains on the students, no windows, nothing. On behalf of the school management, old students, parents’ forum, currents students and even future students, I thank the club.”
Next was a courtesy visit to the office of the Group Managing Director, Courteville Business Solution, Dr. Ismail Akindele, the grand patron of the club.
The DG, while addressing Dr. Akindele said, “I have heard of what you have done for Rotary Club of Yaba Metropolitan and for humanity in general. We appreciate all you have been doing. I assure you that before the end of my tenure, we will have a very beautifully customized crystal for you from Rotary International.
“You have done so much and we will continue to appreciate you”, DG Akeredolu added while commending the GMD’s style of inculcating the ideals of Rotary into his staff.
Dr. Akindele, in his response stated that he was dragged into Rotary by Ayo Adeyemi, the Charter president of Rotary Club of Mushin Golden who had wanted him to join his club, “I know I don’t fit into the platform but I have people who would fit in so I told Ayo that the only way we could do it is by establishing a Rotary club in this organization, that was how we came about Rotary Club of Yaba Metropolitan”, he said.
“I love what the club does, I support their activities and I also participate in their projects. The number of proposed projects highlighted by the club president during his installation ceremony are quite commendable. I don’t know how many they have been able to do but they are all laudable”, he further said, adding that he had wanted the club named after his organization but was told by the then District Governor that the name of the clubs are derived based on geographical location.
He was however inducted by the District Governor as a senior member of the club and presented with some of the Rotary Newsletters.
The club members and District Governor proceeded to Magnificent Therapy Services, Home of Children with Special Needs, in Sabo Yaba, Lagos state where food items and toiletries were donated to the home by the club.
The Manager of the home, Michael Fayomade thanked the club on behalf of the home saying, “You have been our support in so many ways, both jointly and individually. Many letters have been sent out for support with no response but thanks to Courteville for the regular support.”
One new Rotarian was also inducted into the club by the DG.