A legal practitioner, Mr Olatunde Busari (SAN), has called on non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to emulate the developmental roles of the Rotary Club in complementing government’s efforts at providing infrastructure.
Busari made the call at the Investiture Ceremony of the 10th President of Rotary Club, Ibadan Jericho Metro in Ibadan, Oyo State capital, on Sunday in Ibadan.
He said that the burden on both the State and Federal Governments would be reduced greatly, if more NGOs could collaborate to meet the people’s needs.
“Today’s event is a wake up call to everybody that cares about a good, safe and a better society. Rotary Club keeps demonstrating that service to humanity is important.
“I am not surprised when they were reeling out projects the Rotary Club is involved in and services otherwise that you would expect the government to be involved in.
“For instance, provision of potable water, provision of schools, amenities and facilities to hospitals; I think this club is a good complement to the state and the federal government.
“And, I think if we have more bodies like the Rotary, then, the burden on the government to provide infrastructure and facilities would be reduced and we will have an improved society,” Busari said.
He stressed the need for support for fellow human beings and encouragement to one another, “if we want the world to be a good place to live in”.
The newly elected President of the club, Mr Samuel Kolawole, said that with the support of members of the club more notable and impactful projects would be done in many communities in the country.
Kolawole promised that the focus of his tenure would focus on executing projects on a large scale, which would directly affect people’s lives and transform the society based on lessons from the past events.
“Rotary Club of Ibadan Jericho Metro is not dependent on a particular person, whether as president or not, it is dependent on the entirety of members.
“So, as long as we have committed members, we are going to be doing things that would be more productive and in a bigger way.
“We have set out our goal for the year and we are meant to surpass what we have achieved in the last Rotary year.
“They will be projects that people can see and feel the impact of,” Kolawole said.
Earlier, the outgoing President, Mr Seyi Alaba, recounted the 18 notable achievements done during his tenure.
According to him, they included donation of COVID-19 palliative, construction of Micro-flush toilets for Awodi Community at Ilorin, Kwara State and skills acquisition programmes, among others.
The event featured raising of fund for the 2021/20222 projects focussing on Disease Prevention and Treatment, Child and Maternal Health, Basic Education and Literacy, among others
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