By Adekola Afolabi
The Pioneer District Governor of District 404A-4, Nigeria of the Lions Clubs International, Lion (Dr) Kofoworola Jegede, PMJF, NLCF, LCIP, has promised to build N40m youth empowerment Centre in Akure, the Ondo State capital during her Lion Year (July 2023 to June 2024).
According to her, the plan is aimed at reducing youth unemployment and create windows of opportunities for the teeming unemployed youths to be self-reliant and employers of labour.
She equally revealed that Diabetes Screening centre will also be provided to reduce cases of diabetes in people, thereby reducing morbidity and mortality rate in the society.
Also, the District Governor listed Sight project as another important area to focus on to further address problems associated with vision in the society, noting that the Sight project will be driven by an early project of the Lions Club International Foundation, LCIF, in collaboration with the Ondo State Government, sited at the University of Medical Sciences Teaching Hospital (UNIMED-TH )Akure .
Lion Kofoworola Jegede said, these and several other programmes and activities would be executed during her tenure through fundraising and donations.
The Pioneer District Governor who made this known during her maiden interaction with the Media in Akure, the Ondo State capital, further said all her activities will be geared towards making lives more meaningful to the needy including the youth and women within her mandate areas of Ondo, Edo and Delta states.
She used the occasion to discuss details of her Together in Service mantra, her vision and mission, just as she equally launched a partnership with the Media to further boost the growth of the global service organisation.
She particularly urged media to assist in showcasing the various selfless activities of the Lions Club as the only Non-Governmental Organization with a seat in the United Nations.
Also in attendance are, PCC Tokunbo Jegede; PDG Adekunle Adedipe; Cabinet Secretary, Lion Olu Akinsiku; Cabinet Treasurer, Lion Foluso Bodunde; District Chief of Protocol, Lion Bode Akinwumi; District GLT Coordinator, Lion Queensly Adedipe and representatives of clubs in Regions 1, 2 and 3, all decked in their yellow jackets.
She described Nigerian youths as very intelligent, brilliant, creative and hardworking, adding that they needed necessary encouragement and support through training, retraining and reorientation to showcase their God-given talents for the benefit of the society.
The Pioneer Governor explained that all her programmes and activities are action-packed and will positively impact the people in various communities across her mandate areas.
She also encouraged people with heart of service to join the Lions Club to further assist the needy and the less privileged in the society, saying that neither religion, ethnicity nor politics is a barrier to service in Lions Club.
The Lion Year had started last Sunday with Thanksgiving service.