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Okon becomes Ojodu Rotary Club president

By Adaku Onyenucheya
29 September 2022   |   2:20 am
The Wife of the Lagos State Governor, Dr. Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu, in her goodwill message commended the club for its N57.8 million investment in the community and economic development projects in the state.

Edwin Okon has been installed as the 18th president of the Rotary Club of Ojodu.

The Wife of the Lagos State Governor, Dr. Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu, in her goodwill message commended the club for its N57.8 million investment in the community and economic development projects in the state.

She said earmarking funds channeled towards executing a number of charity projects was key to the growth of the economy.”I sincerely wish you the best in your quest to impact lives positively through your humanitarian activities.

It is particularly encouraging that the proceeds from today’s installation have already been earmarked to be channelled towards executing a number of charity projects, especially the campaign against domestic, sexual and gender-based violence, focusing on educational institutions and grassroots development in targeted communities is laudable,” she said.

She said the project is in tandem with the commitment of the state government, not only to ensure fitting justice to perpetrators of a such heinous crime but to also engender prompt, effective, efficient and adequate care for those at the receiving end of the crime who, in most cases, are women and children.

She said the month of September is designated as the awareness month against all sexual violence, domestic violence, and child abuse, among others, noting that the state has a zero-tolerance approach against criminal acts.

Sanwo-Olu said it is gratifying that organisations, such as Rotary Club are now beaming their searchlight in this direction, adding that this must not be a one-off exercise, but must be sustained to scale up the awareness about the menace, particularly in educational institutions and communities across the state.

Earlier in his acceptance speech, the president said the club has earmarked N57.8 million for various projects, which include, community and economic development; a micro-credit scheme for market women/Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) owners, as well as provision of fertilizers and other implements to vegetable and waterleaf farmers.

Okon said other projects include, the reconstruction and furnishing of seven classroom blocks at Ojodu Abiodun Primary School; sponsorship and treatment of 20 pupils in Wesley Schools, Lagos with hearing impairment; registration of students for West African Examinations Council (WAEC) and Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), as well as employment of part-time teachers.

He said the club would also ensure yearly allowance for the top three successful students in federal universities; distribution of educational materials in primary school; promotion of mass awareness and campaign against domestic and sexual violence in communities, as well as immunisation of persons for polio and donation of wheelchairs to polio victims, other women and children.

Okon said the club would also embark on a medical outreach, free eye tests, deworming, distribution of mosquito nets and testing for lifestyle diseases along with disease prevention and treatment as well as cervical cancer vaccination for girls in Ojodu/Isheri schools/communities and training of young girls in decoration and baking among others.