ROTARY Club of Okota, District 9110, says it has empowered five women, donated ICT equipment, fully kitted first aid boxes, and supply notebooks to some schools in Okota Community area of Lagos State.
Its President, Ronke Jones-Adewale, said that the donations were part of the “Three in One” project embarked upon by the club.
It was tagged: “Basic Education and Literary Project”.
Jones-Adewale said items donated by the club to the beneficiaries included complete ICT system unit with all in one printer, universal power supply.
In the empowerment programme, each beneficiary woman got Ex-large insulated cooling container, plastic cooler, five cartons of soft drinks, five cartons of bottled water, and stipends for ice blocks.
She said that the basic education and literary project comprised fully kitted first aid kits and 1,500 notebooks to six schools within Okota and Oke-Afa areas.
The club president said that donations to the schools were a continuous programme.
She said that the first aid boxes had been introduced in some schools in line with the Motto of Rotary: “Doing Good in the World, Service To Humanity”.
The club leader said that four out of the six schools had been enjoying the club’s programme before two other schools were added.
Jones-Adewale said that the complete ICT system unit with all in one printer and universal power supply were donated to two secondary schools in Okota, which made the total number of beneficiary schools to be eight.
She said that the donation was in tandem with what Rotary International stands for all over the world.
Jones-Adewale said that basic education was one of the six areas of focus as the bedrock and future of any nation in the 21st century.
“Regarding the empowerment, the impact is definitely going to be felt by the beneficiaries, their dependants, and invariably the community.
“The items of empowerment will shore up the income base of the beneficiaries, the entire value chain involved in delivering the service, while also providing satisfaction to the consumers in whichever community they might be operating their businesses,” she said.
Commenting, Mr. Jide Oderinde, the club Secretary, said that the effect of COVID-19 on Rotary Club generally had been very disastrous.
Oderinde said: “It has really held us back from doing our normal things, but still we went ahead under the leadership of a determined president.”
The secretary said that both international and at the centre, most of our meetings are now virtual, like this programme that we did today, we supposed to have done it a long time ago, this Rotary year, the president is so committed.
“I salute her courage she went ahead and make sure that she accomplished all her set goals because we are rounding up the Rotary year.
“But we thanked God, we are law-abiding organisation; we don’t go contrary to the government directive.
“But, we put all the recommendations laid by the government into place during the program, we ensure we maintain social distances,” he said.
Oderinde said that the club president had completed her set goals.
Earlier, Mrs. Tiitlope Okubadejo, a former President and Chairman Service Project, said that Rotary delighted to see people expressing their joy and satisfaction about what the club has been able to do for them.
Okubadejo said all these we have done today were just to ensure that we affect the lives of our community positively.
“Whenever we rise up between the Okota Community that we are from Rotary, we are happy the way people welcome us because they know that we are positively impacting their lives,” she said.
A beneficiary, Mrs. Bolanle Ariyo, said she was very happy that the club did not wait for the big things to happen before empowering them.
Ariyo said that she did not know anybody from the club, but was nominated to be among the beneficiaries, adding that what was given to her would go a long way, especially at this point in time.
She prayed that none of the club members will be victims of COVID-19.
Also, Mrs Mojisola Adeyoyin, the Headmistress, Low Cost Primary School II, responding on behalf of all beneficiary schools, said that the club had just addressed one of the major needs of pupils in her school. (NAN)
– Jun. 5, 2020 @ 15:49 GMT |