Rotary Club unveils 2022-23 sustainable projects
By Hudu Yakubu Abuja
Rotary Club of Abuja Garki neighbourhood has pledged to extend their humanitarian services by partnering with the government to address some of the challenges of insecurity and banditry across the country.
The New President, of the Rotary Club of Abuja Garki Neighborhood, Rotarian Hajiya Zainab Omowunmi Owonikoko, pledged while unveiling her sustainable projects and activities for the year 2022-2023, targeted at enhancing local and global impact.
While briefing journalists in Abuja Nigeria’s capital, during the official flag-off of the Rotary year 2022-23, Friday in Abuja, she said the Club’s areas of focus tend to fall on promoting peace, fighting disease, providing clean water, saving mothers and children, supporting education, growing local economies and protecting the environment.
Owonikoko, who will within the period pilot the affairs of the Club, District 9125 Nigeria, said our Club programmes for the year include among others; family health outreach programs vocational /career talk & quiz competition for schools in FCT, organizing Polio /Covid-19 seminars, rallies, road shows as well as sponsorship of 20 Youths to Rotary Youth Leadership Academy (RYLA).
She added that others are: “Water & sanitation project (A joint project with our sponsored interact Club) tree planting/environmental Sanitation in our sponsor schools in FCT, economic & community development projects (women empowerment, donation of sewing machine, donation of grinding machine).
“Donation of Wheel Chairs to School of the Blind, donation of exercise books and school, donation of Laboratory equipment to our sponsored schools, donation of Medical Equipment to Health Center in our adopted Village, 1-year full scholarship to 30 indigent students and donation of Computers and Accessories to our sponsored school in FCT”.
She continued that “having kept all our objectives of development of acquaintance and fellowship to promote vocational excellence and pursuit of service above self since 1905.
“Rotary International has therefore contributed to the promotion of peace and understanding globally through uncountable humanitarian services and projects. We are united by common values and vision for the future as we sharpen our focus with targeted specific causes that will reach communities most in need.
“We, therefore, invite the kind-hearted public and private organizations to partner with us in donating/sponsoring of club programs/projects during the year 2022/23”.
Owonikoko, having emerged as the first female Club President officially assumed office yesterday, July 1st, to pilot the affairs of the Club and work towards the actualisation of Rotary goals and ideal of service during the year.
The Past Assistant Governor, Sikiru Adetona revealed that the club had over the years carried out several projects within Rotary’s seven core areas of focus which include disease prevention and treatment, water and sanitation, maternal and child health, basic education and literacy amongst others.
Adetona, however, appealed to FCT Administration and other critical stakeholders to support community projects, noting that community needs are overwhelming.