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Our impactful legacy ‘ll continue– JCI Akure

By Emmanuel Oluwadola

The Junior Chamber International (JCI) Akure chapter, has pledged to sustain its impactful legacy in Ondo State through unwavering commitment to humanitarian services.

The JCI outgoing President, Mrs Abímbólá Òdógínyòn made the pledge while briefing journalists as part of activities to commemorate 40th anniversary of the Junior Chamber.

Òdógínyòn highlighted JCI Akure’s four-decade journey, aligning with the global Junior Chamber International mission to nurture young leaders and entrepreneurs.

She emphasized the organisation’s role in community development through involvement in significant projects, including training, seminars, and community outreach programs addressing issues like drug abuse.

While saying her administration focused on family and faith, the outgoing President underlined the organization’s belief that faith in God provides purpose to humanity, even as she invited participation in their upcoming convention to share insights that can positively influence the lives of youths and parents.

Òdógínyòn celebrated the administration’s accomplishments including sustaining relationships with state media and ministries, successful projects and recognition of game and dance competitions.

Highlighting their impactful 2023 projects, the third Akure JCI female president also detailed endeavours from celebrating Babies of the Year to “Vote Not Fight” sensitization and World Breast Cancer Day collaboration with Adekunle Ajasin University, and the “Clothes the Needy ” project.

Other achievements included collaborations with FIDA for juvenile sensitization, a Safe Driving Campaign with FRSC, and participation in the 2023 World Clean Up Day.

While commending the previous administrations, senators and elders for their unalloyed support, Òdógínyòn also urged the incoming administration to reflect on their successes, ensuring seamless continuity and upholding the values of selfless service to humanity.

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She acknowledged the unforeseen challenges faced, including the demise of a dedicated member, Architect JC Tosin Arowolo, and expressed the organization’s commitment to maintaining a low-spirit handover.

“We understand how situations are right now in the country. So, the Akure JCI Board of Directors and I were able to deliberate about giving out, during this festive period, the excess bags of used neat clothes we were not able to distribute during our April project in Ita-Oniyan due to a reason.

“At this period, many people are thinking of what to eat and not what to wear. Instead of handing these outfits to the incoming administration, we think that giving them out during this period will be helpful,” she said.

The weekend activities to celebrate the 40th anniversary include a community service event distributing used neat clothes to residents on December 16, 2023, at 8 am in the Office of Akure Youth Leader, Déjì’s Palace, Akure.

This will be followed by the 37th Convention & 38th Investiture on December 17, with the theme “Effect of Parental Negligence on 21st Century Youth.”

Dignitaries such as the Deji of Akure and the Olumoru of Imoru in Ose local government will grace the award presentation on December 17.

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