The President of Rotary Club of Gbagada South, District 9110, Rotarian Uchenna Okwuego, has disclosed that the club has committed about N9.2 million to renovate some classrooms and construct a four-block toilet facility and water treatment plant at Abule Ayo Nursery and Primary School, Bariga, Lagos State.
The club has also donated medical equipment worth millions of naira to the Taraba State government through its Rotary Reproductive, Maternal and Child Health (RMCH) initiative.
Speaking during the installation and induction of Board of Directors/Fundraising ceremony for the 2021/2022 service projects held in Lagos, recently, Okwuego said the club would also donate textbooks to the school as well as repair and replace its windows, doors, ceiling and the teachers’ chairs and tables.
He added that the club would also donate educational materials, plastic chairs, marker board, projector, laptop and desktop computers to Evans Adelaja Girls Grammar School.
Okwuego said other projects the club would embark on include the donation of medical equipment, drugs and treated mosquito nets to Gbagada General Hospital, Bariga Health Centre and Obodoukwu Community Hospital, as well as deworming exercise and polio push.
“Rotary targets to achieve its objectives of making a better world. Just recently on July 29, 2021, Rotary Club of Gbagada South had gone steps ahead by providing desks and benches to aid learning in a school in Ikosi Ketu. We also planted trees in the same school in a bid to beautify and protect the environment. Also, Micro Credit Loans worth N10 million were given to Ososa Market men and women in Ogun State as well as a Global Grant project of 10 rooms toilet with water treatment plant going on at Asese Community in Ogun State, and other sites yet to commence due shortage of resources. However, we cannot do it alone without your support,” Okwuego added.
National Coordinator of the RMCH initiative, Prof. Emmanuel Adedolapo, while presenting the items, which included family planning commodities and consumables, to the Taraba State government, warned against the sale of the items.
Speaking through Rotarian Esther Hassan, who represented him, he stressed that “these equipment and contraceptives being donated today are not to be sold” but should be “given free of charge to beneficiaries in need of them.”
He noted that the organisation was optimistic that the state’s reproductive health and family planning coordinators would assist in ensuring, “the judicious use of these equipment and effective use and counseling on various contraceptives donated.”
Receiving the items on behalf of the state government, the Commissioner for Health, Dr. Innocent Vakkai, said they would go a long way to reduce the maternal death rate in the state.