Fanfare as Lagos, Ogun Rotary members install Ikheloa as governor
Amidst a colourful ceremony and distinguished audience, which included the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi and international president of Inner Wheel, Oluyemisi Alatise, Patrick Ijehon Ikheloa, was recently installed as the District Governor of District 9110, Rotary International, comprising Lagos and Ogun states.
In his acceptance speech, Ikheloa pledged to support the about 100 clubs in Lagos and Ogun states fulfill Rotary’s dream of touching lives, by implementing projects that address the six areas of focus, which include maternal and child health, economic and community empowerment, water and sanitation, peace and conflict resolution/prevention, basic literacy and education, as well as disease prevention and treatment.
Ikheloa, who disclosed the theme for the new Rotary year beginning July 1 as “Rotary serving humanity,” also revealed that the District intends to record phenomenal increase in two major areas of the club’s concern, which are membership and obligation to Rotary Foundation.
“We intend to organize vocational trainings for about 500 youth and we have resolved to re-organize our Rotaract clubs and empower them. We would do our best to see that they are focused and guided on the right path as future Rotarians.”
In his valedictory speech, the immediate past District Governor, Otunba Bola Onabadejo, said the Rotary year had been very eventful.
“Our major concern during the Rotary year was membership development and we were able to increase the number of clubs to 96 while membership grew from 1,194 to 2,297. The Rotary Club of Omole Golden came first in membership development,” he said.