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Rotary intensifies tree planting, immunisation exercises in Lagos

By Debo Oladimeji 
19 August 2023   |   4:00 am
The Rotary Club of Festac Town, Lagos State, has taken its push for a beautiful environment and a healthy society a notch higher with increased tree planting and immunisation exercises in the area. Within one month of his assumption of office, the new President, Rotarian Vincent Chinedu Iwueze, has rallied members of the club to…

The Club President Rotarian Vincent Iwueze ably supported from left by the Club’s President Elect Rotarian Demola Martin, the Club’s Service Project Director Past Assistant Governor Collins Onyenze, Club Vocational Service Chairperson Rotarian Miriam Ndiri-Dulo, Club Rotary Foundation Chairman Rotarian Collins Mbaegbu, Club Past President Rotarian Anslem Alokha, Club Past President Rotarian Charles Mbama, Club Secretary Rotarian Nwanneka IK. Onyeno and Club Public Image Director Rotarian Jenifer Obi

The Rotary Club of Festac Town, Lagos State, has taken its push for a beautiful environment and a healthy society a notch higher with increased tree planting and immunisation exercises in the area.

Within one month of his assumption of office, the new President, Rotarian Vincent Chinedu Iwueze, has rallied members of the club to execute two projects in these regards.

Speaking on the tree-planting project, Iwueze said: “The Rotary year commenced July 1, 2023. Our first project kicked off on Saturday, July 22, with the planting of trees in support of the environment. The tree planting exercise was successfully carried out along First Avenue by Love Base Assembly Church. These trees will beautify the environment, much as they will help protect the environment and serve as shelter.

“To ensure the trees grow, we partnered with Love Base Assembly Church, whose premises is lying adjacent to the First Avenue along the road, where these trees have been planted to assist with having an eye over the daily growth of the trees as a member of the benefiting community.”

He recalled that the planting of the trees demonstrates the club’s support for the environment and planet earth as part of its services to humanity.

“They will support the weather, in heat or downpours. And the trees we planted this time around are coconut trees, unlike just planting any tree for only shelter. They will serve the benefit of shelter and also provide fruits for human consumption as well.

“This is exceptional and impactful because by the time those trees grow from season-to-season, people will always go there to take shelter, and when the fruits also mature, they can also help themselves with the fruits they will bear.

“We must also remember that it is good to plant trees, because a situation where trees are no longer available in the environment portends danger for the society. We cannot do without trees; that is why Rotary International yearly ensures that we sustain the environment by planting trees whilst yet encouraging her members and indeed everyone individually to plant a tree in their environment from time to time,” he added.

The club had also on Sunday, July 23, 2023, despite the heavy downpour, carried out the vaccination of over 100 children within the age of one month to five years at the Catholic Church of Presentation, 23 Road, Festac Town, Lagos under the Rotary International Polio Out Break Response Immunisation programme.

“These tasks were carried out with joy and happiness by our members, echoing a feeling of satisfaction and fulfillment of purpose.
“Our club have outlined several other projects for the Create Hope in the World 2023-2024 Rotary year. The planting of trees and Polio Immunisation programme respectively are part of them, and we look forward to the execution of the other projects during the year, which will end on June 30, 2024,” Iwueze said.