Rotary Clubs in Nigeria have been called upon to use their credibility and community based status to help organize credible political debates during elections in order to ensure that best candidates are elected to public office in Nigeria.
Renowned pharmacist, foremost politician and governorship aspirant of the People’s Democratic Party in Lagos, Mr. Jimi Agbaje, made the call on Sunday 16th September 2018 at Sheraton Hotel Ikeja, at the Investiture and Inauguration of the 14th President of Rotary Club of Ojodu, Rotarian Churchill Nwagwu.
Mr. Agbaje who was guest speaker at the event, said because of the credibility of Rotary, many Nigerians will have confidence in any election debate they put together, being a humanitarian community based organization that has impacted positively in the lives of people. Most of the grass root populace will have a lot of trust to participate in such debate, he explained.
Agbaje emphasized the need for Rotarians to take active part in politics, noting that some of the good projects executed by Rotary Clubs and handed over to government are not being well managed. He therefore advise Rotarians to use the influence as men and women of integrity to educate people in their various communities on the dangers of selling their votes, thuggery and non-participation during the electoral process which in the end throws up mediocres in government and in turn spell doom for their future.
Also speaking on the occasion, Mr. Emeka Oparah, Director of Corporate Communication & CSR, Airtel Nigeria, reminded Rotarians of the need to live out the creed of their organization.
Mr. Oparah who spoke on the theme, ‘BE THE INSPIRATION’, said that through the humanitarian contribution Rotary has made in the lives of people, a lot of lives have been changed for better in our communities.
He stressed the need for people to take positive and inspirational actions in the society, especially during this period of economic downturn and insecurity in our country.
Mr. Oparah urged Nigerians to learn to live above board at all times, even if it is against all odds.
In his acceptance speech, the new President, Rotary Club of Ojodu, Rotarian Nwagwu enumerated the six areas of focus which his administration is going to pursue to make positive change in the society. These are Peace and Conflict Resolution, Disease Prevention and Control, Water and Sanitation, Maternal and Child Health, Basic Education and Literacy, Economic and Community Development.
He therefore appealed for funds to support these initiatives which are intended to bring succour and transformation to the society.
Highlights of the occasion was the formal investiture of Rotarian Nwagwu as the 14th President of the Club and presentation of Awards of Excellence to distinguished individuals in the society, including Mr. Jimi Agbaje, Mr. Emeka Oparah and Engr. Dozie Mbanefo, Managing Director/CEO New Crystal Outdoor, who also chaired the occasion.