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Rotary president visits, to launch financial support for polio eradication


Representative of Rotary International President, Mary Beth Selene, yesterday arrived in Nigeria to initiate a fresh financial support for polio eradication in Nigeria, among other projects.

Selene, a member of Rotary Club of Madison West Towne-Middleton, Wisconsin, United States, said the new intervention is part of the global confidence that polio can be completed eradicated in Nigeria.

The yearly visit of the RI president’s representative is to commemorate humanitarian activities and conference of the Rotary District 9110, Nigeria. Selene, shortly after arrival at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos, said the rest of the world and Rotary is behind Nigeria amid the immense needs of her people.


She said: “We (Nigeria) are a year and four months away from being declared polio free in Nigeria. So, the rest of the world is behind you and we want to support you as much as possible; both personally and financially. We will give you money and whatever it takes.”

On the contributions of Nigerians to Rotary course, she said it has been immense “because the need is so great in Nigeria and so many beneficiaries that we can be serving. But we have the diligence and the giving nature of our members in the country, which are very important to Rotary”.

Chief host and Governor of Rotary District 9110, Nigeria, Dr. Wale Ogunbadejo, said it is the tradition to have the representative of the RI president at their yearly conference. He said: “We have a wonderful person here today, who is also a trustee of the foundation.

For your information, the foundation is the engine room of Rotary. When you are talking about polio, you are talking about the foundation. So, she knows so much about polio. She will be inspiring us to do more for Rotary.

“We are having our three-day conference where we will be talking about rotary, to inspire ourselves to do more because we serve humanity. We will see what we have done for the year, thank ourselves and others, and plan to do more for humanity,” Ogunbadejo said.

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