The Akure Metro Rotary club has vowed to increase its membership from 58 to above 100 to meet the target of becoming a Mega club as it assured on the eradication of polio.
This was the vision of the club highlighted during its special fellowship programme held on Monday July 5, 2021 to usher in a new president for the next one year and the induction of new members.
The Change Maker President of the Akure Metro Rotary Club, Rotn Obadua Adegboyega in his acceptance speech, said Rotary International has spent $1.8 billion to give oral polio vaccination to a total of 2.5million children in 122 countries in the world which attributed to zero polio recorded in all the countries except in Pakistan and Afghanistan which he said would be addressed soon.
In addition, he said the sum of $30million has been spent to tackle COVID-19 both locally and internationally where nose marks, ventilator, emergency hospitals and many others were out in place to curtail the pandemic.
He noted that the Rotary International directed for the increment of membership to 1.3 million against the existing 1.2 million members, servicing about seven billion people in the world and stressed that the District 9125 has been ordered to move from 3,000 members to 6,000.
Obadua reiterated the club’s commitment to continue to impact on life and selfless service to humanity with strict compliance to the seven focus of the club among which includes mother and health care, support for education, disease prevention and treatment, support the environment, water and sanitation as well as peace, conflict prevention and control among others.
He said the club will continue to keep polio at zero level, sponsorship of rotaract and interact clubs at the tertiary institutions and secondary schools as well as to be in partnership with other clubs for joint projects that will impact on the community.
Representative of the club’s District Governor, Rotn. Ayoola Oyedokun, AG Akinniyi Johnson, PHF+, applauded Akure Metro for the success recorded, declaring that the club would be among the 13 clubs to be honoured for prompt and regular payment of dues.
In his brief remark, Rotn. Busuyi Lawani, PHF applauded the immediate past President for performing excellently well by scaling through the targets of the club.
Rotn. Oluwasegun Ota, PHF and Rotn Sunday Agbotoba, PHF applauded the immediate past President, Rotn. Okunade Akinkuotu, PHF, for his performance, calling on the new President to ensure surpassing the legacies on ground which would be emulated by others.
Earlier, the immediate past President, Rotn. Okunade Akinkuotu, PHF informed that the club has satisfied all its obligations to Rotary International including backlog of unpaid dues to ensure the organisation meets its humanitarian services to the world at large.
While saying that five members of the district were recognised as Paul Harris Fellow (PHF), while one of the member became a Major Donor (MD), he noted that the club has opened opportunities for its members and their communities to serve and change lives.
The occasion witnessed the induction of Rotn Ajayi Oluwatimilehin and appreciation of some selected members for their various contributions to the growth of the club over the last one year.
The council of past President’s of the club ratified 20 member, led by the President, Rotn. Obadua Adegboyega to carry the mantle of the club’s leadership for the next one year.