Rotarian Ikheloa, during his visit to The Guardian’s Rutam House in Lagos… yesterday. PHOTO: GABRIEL IKHAHON
The Rotary International has vowed to remove Nigeria from the three countries in the world still plagued with polio.
The club has also described The Guardian as the true flagship in the media for its commitment not only reaching out to the teaming Nigerians but also not compromising its stand and passion as the voice of the voiceless and always ready to impact on the less-privileged.
The District Governor, Rotary International, District 9110 comprising Lagos and Ogun states, Rotarian Ijehon Ikheloa, stated these yesterday when he led a team of the top echelon of the club on a courtesy visit to The Guardian Rutam House in Lagos.
Ijehon, who lamented the discovery of polio again in Nigeria of recent after it was believed to have been eradicated, appreciated the support and partnership the club had been enjoying with The Guardian in assisting to publicise the good work of Rotary International to all Nigerians.
In his remarks, the Executive Editor, The Guardian, Mr. Abraham Ogbodo, commended the club for its good work and assured the team that the company would continue to assist as usual.
“The Guardian is already doing well in the area of supporting the club and would continue to do so.
“Rotary is a club made up of members with passion and when you are involved, you would want to do more,” he said.
He also lauded the 4-Way Test of Rotary, which according to him, if imbibed by Nigerians, would help everyone to reason well and follow the path of dignity.
“The good work of Rotary International, the largest non-governmental organization in the world with 1.3 million Rotarians had been in obscurity.
“When it became dawn on us to sensitize the world of the good things we are doing which they can benefit from and we as one of the Districts in Nigeria approached The Guardian, we were happy for the unflinching support we received, which we are still enjoying.
“We are here to concretise the relationship by soliciting for further co-operation and partnership” he said.
Ijehon expressed the commitment of his District made up of 96 clubs with 2,500 Rotarians to helping the less privileged.
He listed the Club’s six areas of focus to include peace and conflict prevention/resolution, disease prevention and treatment, water and sanitation, maternal and child health, basic education and literacy as well as economic and community development.
He lamented the ignorance of many Nigerians who do not know what the Rotary stands for as non-religious, apolitical but an organization that is committed and has given boreholes to communities, donated not less than 1,500 pints of blood to Lagos State Government for the less privileged, organized vocational training and had given out loans to women for their business, donated incubators to hospitals, shared not less than 2,500 treated mosquito nets to people among others.
He added that all these could not have been done, if the Guardian as a humanitarian organization did not commit itself to giving the club the necessary publicity.