Rotary International, Bill Gate Foundation to tackle polio in Nigeria

Tunde Akanbi, Ilorin

An International Service Organisation, Rotary International and Bill Gate Foundation have raised the sum of ninety nine million dollars (99 m dollars) to completely wipe out the wild polio virus in Nigeria.

Out of this fund, Rotary International raised thirty three million dollars while Bill Gate donated sixty- six million dollars

The District Governor 9125 of Rotary International, Rotarian Clement Bisi Adegoke disclosed this in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital while answering questions from newsmen.

Rotarian Adegoke who said Bill Gate is the global partner of Rotary International, noted that the idea of raising the fund is to clear the last outbreak of polio in the country.

According to him, as the nation celebrates fifty six years of independence, it was high time for the leaders and the led to reflect on the future of the country and change their orientation positively, as well as guide against total dependence on government and also called for a review of the nation’s structure.

The Rotarian governor urged Nigerians not to undermine the capacity of the leaders to lead the people, but that the leaders should be challenged and put on their toes while the led must be objective about criticizing their activities.

He cautioned the various political leaders particularly the leadership in the National Assembly to shun rancour and face the responsibility and challenge of improving the living standard of the electorate which according to him, was the purpose for which they were elected.

Answering another question, Rotarian Adegoke who is a big time poultry farmer said agriculture and entrepreneurship are the way out of the economic recession the nation is presently going through.

On the insecurity challenges facing Nigeria, the Rotary Governor said part of the focus of Rotary International is peace and conflict resolution and said the organization has provided lot of depressed and distressed Nigerians with aids inform of food and materials particularly at the Internally Displaced Peoples camp (IDP’s) in the North Eastern part of the country.