Rotary Club of Okota, District 9110 has in one day embarked on a three in one programe by empowering five women, donation of ICT equiptment to two schools and donation of fully kitted first aid kits and note books to six schools in Okota Community in Lagos State.
Its President, Ronke Jones-Adewale said that the three in one project was “Basic Education and literary project, complete ICT system unit with all in one printer, universal power supply and the empowerment programe”.
Jones-Adewale said that the basic education and literary project comprises of fully kitted first aid kits and 1,500 note books to six schools within Okota and Oke-Afa area.
She said that donations to schools has been continous and it was going to be continued that first aid boxes was just newly introduced in line with the motto of Rotary which was “Doing good in the world, service to humanity”.
She said that four out of the six schools had been on going before that two schools were added to the donation which made the number comes up to six.
The president said that the complete ICT system unit with all in one printer and universal power supply was donated to two secondary schools in Okota which makes the total number of school beneficiaries to eight.
She said that the reason for the donation was simply in tandem with what Rotary International was known for all over the world.
She said that basic education was one of the six areas of focus and education was the bedrock and future of any nation in the 21st century, so we are playing our bit in securing the future of our nation.
“Regarding the empowerment, the impact is definitely going to felt by the beneficiaries, their dependants and invariably the community.
“The items of empowernment will shore up the income base of the beneficiaries and the entire value chain involved in delivering the service, whilst also providing satisfaction to the consumers in whichever community they might be operating their businesses” she said.
Sunreporters reports that each beneficiary got Ex large insulated cooling container plastic cooler, five cartoons of soft drinks, five cartoons of bottled water and stipends for ice blocks.
The president however used the opportunity to called on people to join Rotary that the club needs more volunteers.
Also, Mr Jide Oderinde, Secretary , said that Rotary serves humanity and we tend to help our immediate environment, this programme we had today was one of our point, basic things we do in Rotary, we empower ,basic literacy and so on.
Oderinde said that it was not an exemption that Rotary was doing this but just that this Rotary year was wonderful.
He said that the president has loaded it full, it was the year of her lots of programe that she intends to conclude and so far, so good that is what she has done.
He said that the effect of covid-19 on Rotary club generally has been very disastrous, 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 center, 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 organization, we don’t go contrary to government but we put all the recommendations laid by government into place during the programme, we ensure we maintain social distances” he said.
Oderinde said that the president has completed her set goals and that was what she said she was going to do when she was elected as the president.
Earlier Mrs Tiitlope Okubadejo, a former president and Chairman Service project said that Rotary delights to see people express their joy and satisfaction for what we have been able to do for them.
Okubadejo said that 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 that she was very happy with what she got 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 among the beneficiary and what they had given to her would go a long way especially at this point in time.
She prays that none of the club members will be victims of Covid-19.
Mrs Mojisola Adeyoyin, Headmistress, Low Cost Primary School 11, who responded on behalf of all the schools said that they are doing humanitarian job, we really appreciate it the children are happy too.
Adeyoyin said that the club had just addressed one of the major needs of pupils in her school