Ikoyi Lions Club restates commitment to SDGs
Lagos Ikoyi Lions Club, District 404A-1, has reiterated its commitment to achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the country. This was revealed at the investiture of Taiwo Fatai Raji as its 35th President and installation of other officers for 2022-2023 Lions year.
The event also featured N10 million fund-raising for community projects. The event Chairman, Nike Akande, lamented that the nation, in recent times, had witnessed significant deterioration in quality of life and governance.
She raised concerns that key aspects of life had continued to wane owing to inadequate infrastructure, and as a result, the club, which was built on strong leadership foundation, has taken the mandate to serve the nation in critical areas, including healthcare.
“The club is actively contributing towards United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) on hunger, good health and well-being and environmental sustainability,” she added.
Director, St Andrew’s Schools, Nigeria, Mary Onu, said that though the COVID-19 pandemic led to the closing of physical businesses and unemployment, it also brought about globalisation where the world now works together.
“There has been improvement in digital economy. Zoom meetings have become a norm. COVID-19 brought about e-learning, telemarketing and other things.
“It also came with its challenges, such as closing of physical shops, as people mostly buy online. People are also loosing their jobs,” Onu said. She said such conditions could cause sufferings, leaving the world in a bad shape, adding that such situations could be salvaged by the role service organisations play in the society.
Raji said his tenure would offer quality service in areas paediatric cancer, hunger, diabetics and environment, adding that focus area would receive most attention.
“Our plans would target club objectives, evaluate the present status and focus on how to fulfill our objectives as one of the best Lions Clubs in the country and beyond,” he said.
He, therefore, encouraged all members to get involved in the club’s development. District Governor, Anogwi Anyanwu, urged them to lift other clubs that are not strong enough to be on their feet.
He urged them not to get tired of giving their time, talents and treasure, even with the economic state of the country, as many people are in need of their help.