By Adekola Afolabi
The Pioneer District Governor of the newly bifurcated District 404 A-4 Nigeria, Lions Club International, Lion (Dr) Kofoworola Jegede, said she is on course to achieve her 5-point agenda during the 2023-2024 Lion Year.
According to her, the 5-point core projects include building of youth empowerment centre in Akure, and other community service projects, saying Lions Club focuses on five global courses including environment, feeding the hungry, paediatric cancer and vision (eye) and diabetes.
She spoke at her public presentation ceremony as Pioneer District Governor, District 404 A-4 Nigeria, adding that the youth center will create windows of opportunities for the teeming unemployed youths to be self-reliant and employers of labour. The colourful ceremony held at the International Culture and Event Centre (The Dome), Akure attracted Lion leaders and members across the country and dignitaries from all walks of life.
The pioneer District Governor, explained that her core projects are aimed at reducing youth unemployment, addressing cases of diabetes in people, thereby reducing morbidity and mortality rate in the society, as well as reducing problems associated with vision within her mandate areas of Ondo, Edo and Delta states.
She noted that all the projects would be executed through fundraising and donations.
Lion Kofoworola Jegede particularly appreciated all for their support and total belief in her capacity, with a promise never to take the support and confidence for granted.
“The District Theme this year is “TOGETHER IN SERVICE”. Our basic obligation in the Lions Clubs is to serve the less privileged and put smile on their faces, hence the “We Serve” moto.
“But the concept of Togetherness engenders Team Spirit, Mutual Cooperation, Unity of Purpose and Collective approach to attaining set goals. It follows therefore that the best way to impact the under-served in the community through Service is in Togetherness, hence the Theme “Together in Service”.
“In serving together, we plan together, pool resources together, organize together, and mutually enjoy the benefits of synergy on the part of those serving and those being served. More importantly, Serving Together results in achieving a huge lot collective unlike an individual struggling to impact alone thus achieving so little.
“My advocacy therefore is that during the 2023/2024 Lions Year, our members should render service genuinely together with a common purpose. My Logo is coined from a water droplet that carries in it the Nigeria flag. As commonly said, “little drops of water make the mighty ocean”. The little droplets of water turning into an ocean can be likened to the huge results derivable from serving the underprivileged collectively together”, she added.
Earlier, the chairman of the occasion and Delta State Deputy Governor, Sir (Lion) Monday Onyeme, congratulated the new District Governor and called on all and sundry to support her to achieve her set goals for the betterment of the society.
In her paper, the guest speaker, Dr Felix Ale, Director, Corporate Communication of the National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA), Abuja who is also one of the awardees at the ceremony, urged the gathering to continue to do their best to complement Government efforts through support services like Lions Club is doing, to make life more meaningful to people.
The ceremony witnessed fundraising and awards presentation.