The Rotary Club of Surulere North-east, district 9110, has inducted Adekunle Joel Ogunlade as the 15th president of the club.
The event which held at Hocal Suit in Yaba area of Lagos over the weekend, was attended by diginitaries, politicians and achievers from all works of life.
Mr. Ogunlade, who is a pension fund manager and the current regional manager, Southwest of NPF Pensions Limited, in his acceptance speech, reveals his six goals for the new Rotary year to include; Club Unity, Membership Retention, Membership Development, Youth Participation, Effective Projects, and promotion of Rotary works.
Speaking with Journalists, Mr. Ogunlade said the Rotary Club believes in service to humanity, noting that this is the reason the members of the club have been empowering people through various avenues.
Speaking on the club’s project for the 2017/2018 Rotary year, the new president lamented the decadence in the education sector, saying some students can speak but are unable to write good English.
Against the backdrop of this, he said the club has decided to donate 1,000 Oxford dictionaries for JSS1 students in four public schools in Surulere.
According to Rotarian Ogunlade, other projects include; renovation of two blocks of classrooms in two public secondary schools in Obele Odan Community; provision of 100 desks and seats in classrooms in two public schools, and provision of 10,000 exercise books in four primary schools in Obele Odan community.
He noted that some of the health-related projects are free eye test and distribution of eye glasses to 200 people in Obele Odan community; free HIV test and counselling; Free malaria test and distribution of malaria drugs and free polio vaccination in Obele Odan community.
Others are annual distribution of food items, wheelchairs, mosquito nets, drugs and materials in Cheshire home in Mushin area of Lagos.
Earlier, the guest speaker, Prof Chris Mustapha Nwaokobia, said now is the time everyone must challenge our planet to do right, calling for global peace and brotherhood that our universe so badly craves.
Speaking on the topic – Enforcing the brotherhood of man: The Rotary Four-Way Test As Key, Nwaokobia said, “there is no better time to revisit the ROTARY FOUR-WAY TEST than now, noting that, “If the Rotary Movement were a religious order, in the four-way test, it has a holy writ.
The Speaker said, “I have studied how the 24words scripted by Rotn. Herbert J. Taylor in the early 1930s became a moral compass, a behavioral testament, a script for proper conduct and character, and a sort of ethical yardstick, not only for Rotarians worldwide, but for all those who seek the beloved community.
“Today our planet appears too troubled to look the way of the inimitable words bequeathed to humankind by J Taylor through the Rotary Movement, whose copyright it is. I say however, that now is the time to sound these words from the mountain top, we must sing them in the valley, we must teach them everywhere, we must preach them in the places of worship, and we must challenge our planet to do right, for in them are the flawless fountains of brotherhood, he said.
Professor Nwaokobia in his speech applied the four-way test seriatim to the topic of today and concluded by urging everyone to hold on to the four-way test, noting that therein are salient issues and binding tissues for the beautiful universe we crave.
Some dignitaries at the event include; Dr. Jide Akeredolu, DGN District 9110; Akin Lawal, MD/CEO NPF Micro Finance Bank; Mr Sunday Gbenjo, CEO Total Telecoms Solutions Ltd; Mr Kola Olugbodi, MD/CEO Background Check International.
Others dignitaries present are Senator Ganiu Solomon, Alahaja Aisha Shamaki, Queen of Arewa/Non-Indigene Lagos State; Mr. Babatunde Asenuga, SEAN National Coordinator; while the duo of Hon Femi Gbajabiamila and Hon Desmond Elliot were ably represented.