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Rotary donates stall umbrellas, aprons to traders in Plateau market

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The Rotary club of Jos Central, District 9125, has donated 20 stall umbrellas and 50 aprons to traders in Gada biu market in Jos North Local Government Area.

Speaking at the presentation on Tuesday in Jos, Mrs Yemisi Ikwu, President of the club, said the gesture was to reduce the hardship traders in the market were facing in selling their goods, especially during rains.

“One of the focus of rotary is impacting humanity through our selfless services. The donation is part of our economic empowerment and disease control programme.

’’The apron would ensure the safekeeping of their money and would enable them to cover themselves.

“This month’s theme is basic education and literacy , we are organising a literary quiz competition in Kabong community, in Jos North Local Government Area for 30 schools and we are drilling a bore hole in the same community,” Ikwu said.

She said the club would also organise counselling for nursing mothers as part of efforts to address post– partum syndrome, adding that it would conduct screening for early detection of kidney infection for residents of kabong community.

Speaking on behalf of the recipients, Mrs Lydia Wai , a mother of seven, thanked rotary for the gesture, saying it was a relief from the scorching sun and protection from rains in the market.

Wai, a widow, said the gesture would ensure a more conductive environment for business activities and help them to sustain their families.

Dr Victor Onukwugha, Governor of District 9125, Rotary international, urged the traders to use the items with care, saying the organisation was committed to assisting indigent persons in the society.
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COVID-19: Rotary club distributes palliatives to people living with disabilities in FCT

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The Rotary Club of Abuja Cosmopolitan district 9125,  has distributed palliative items to some physically challenged persons at the Karamajiji Disabled Colony, along Airport Road, Abuja Municipal Area Council, FCT.

 

The items were donated as part of efforts to cushion the effect of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, which had been ravaging the world since its outbreak.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the donated items include tubers of yam, loaves of bread, cartons of sachets Milo and milk as well as sugar.

 

While presenting  the items, the out-going President of the club, Ms Chinwe Ogbuka, said that the Rotary Club, as a humanitarian organisation, offered the gesture to support the people who were one of the less privileged groups in the society.

 

Ogbuka said that the Karamajiji Disabled Colony was one of the adopted communities the club had been supporting in the past two years.

 

She noted that the initial plan for this year was for the rotarians to have breakfast with the people, but that the COVID-19 pandemic stopped the plan.

“We decided that come what may, we have to execute our project in compliance with the circumstances that we find ourselves, which required social distancing. That is why we have come to present what we have to them.

 

“Fortunately, it also coincided with this year Salah celebration. We say let us use this opportunity to put smiles on the people’s faces,” she said.

 

Ogbuka explained that the whole idea was to make the people feel at home and have sense of belonging as well as make them realise that some people cared about them.

 

Also speaking, the incoming President of the club, Mrs Violet Obioma urged the disabled people to keep their environment clean, especially during the COVID-19 period.

 

Obioma also advised them to always wash their hands with water and soap, visit the hospital whenever they or their children are feeling sick, as well report any suspected case of COVID-19 to the hospital or appropriate authorities.

 

She urged them to put their trust in God and serve Him with all their hearts saying, “God is the ultimate.”

 

The club Ground Patron, Mr Agbo Williams said the gesture was one of the ways the club assisted the less privileged, who struggled to meet their daily needs.

 

Williams noted that but for the social distancing order by the NCDC, occasioned by the COVID-19, the rotarians in their usual practice, would have loved to socialise and share love with the disabled persons, to make them feel loved.

“We are only privileged to have our two legs and two hands, not because we are too special before God but nature made us to be this way.

“That is one of the reasons I am happy to come and associate with them because we are all one,” he said.

Williams advised the disabled people not to be discouraged because of their conditions but always be grateful and prayerful to God Almighty.

 

Speaking on behalf of the beneficiaries, Mohammed Dantalle, the Secretary to the Chief of People Living with Disability in FCT, commended the club for the gesture and for coming to share love with them.

Dantalle said that the period of COVID-19 has been challenging for people living with disabilities.

 

Dantalle, who commended Nigerians and the government for coming to their aide, however, urged them to do more, in assisting persons with disability.

“We want people and government do more, in terms of providing food for us.

 

“If possible, let us be placed on a small monthly allowance by the government, so that our people can use that to take care of their families.

 

“We are all family people. We have about 429 families here in the community  with disabilities, and we also have our able bodied brothers and sisters numbering over 5,000 people,” he said. 

Edited By: Chinyere Nwachukwu/Felix Ajide (NAN)

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Rotary commissions water project, distributes food items in Nasarawa community

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The Rotary Club, Central Business District (CBD), Abuja, on Saturday commissioned water project and distributed some food palliatives to residents of Gidan-Gimba Community in Karu Local Government Area of Nasarawa State.

News Agency of Nigeria reports that the food items included rice, noodles, vegetable oil, tomatoes puree and salt.

Speaking during the commissioning and distribution of the food items, the District Governor of the club, Dr Victor Onukwugha, said that the gesture was part of the club’s continuous assistance to the people and in support of government’s efforts to cushion the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We are not going to support with water and palliatives alone, we have other areas of focus like education and little skills, maternal and child healthcare, economic empowerment, water and sanitation, among others.”

Onukwugha said that the club had been assisting and collaborating with the Federal Government in the areas that were necessary.

“The water project and the palliatives were funded by the club members.

“We continue to do this and we will also extend some personal protective equipment to the frontline people helping with the intervention,” he said.

Onukwugha said that the rotary club’s palliatives had also been distributed in some other states.

He also said that the community was lucky to have been adopted by the club to help the people.

Distributing the materials, the President of the Club, Mrs Yelwa Abubakar, said the gesture was part of activities to reach out to the needy especially during this COVID-19 pandemic.

“We have come to assist families as a way to show our support and bring relief materials to them,” she said.

The president said that Rotarians had passion for helping the less privileged, adding that the club had adopted the Gidan-Gimba community for over four years.

Abubakar also called on Nigerians to reach out to the vulnerable as a way of serving humanity.

The past Assistant Governor, Rotary Club of Abuja, Rotarian Evelyn Onyilo, said that part of their mandate was to impact on communities.

She sensitised the community members to the pandemic and advised them to always wash their hands with soap and water, maintain physical distancing, use hand sanitisers, among others.

“We have Rotary Community Corps that will also help in sensitising the community more.”

Alhaji Danjuma Audu, the Village Head of Gidan-Gimba, said the club members had done a lot for his community.

“We are grateful for the water project, we had no clean water before now as we drink from the stream.

“I will make sure we maintain the water well, also the palliative will help a lot of homes,” Audu said.

He said that they provided food, drugs among others for them and they were always happy whenever they visited.

Audi also advised other Nigerians to extend a hand of kindness to the less privileged in the society especially during this pandemic.

A resident of the community, Mrs Victoria Yakubu, who benefited from the palliatives, commended the club for its constant support and appealed to the government to build a primary healthcare centre in the community.

Edited By: Vivian Ihechu/Donald Ugwu (NAN)

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Rotary Club distributes nose masks, hand sanitisers to community

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As the COVID-19 pandemic spreads uncertainty and hardship around the world, Rotary Club of Okota, District 9110, says it has distributed face masks, hand sanitisers and three work stations to Okota Community in Lagos State.

Its President, Ronke Jones-Adewale, told the News Agency of Nigeria that Rotary was all out to help contain the spread of the virus at the community level.

Jones-Adewale said Rotary was a club of action with its members engaging in community service to offer help to those in need.

“Fighting against disease is one of the Rotary’s main causes.

“So, our members are already supporting efforts to promote proper handwashing techniques, and teach people ways to stay healthy,” she said.

Jones-Adewale advised people in the community to stay at alert, stay safe, maintain high level of personal hygiene, adhere to social distancing and wear face masks, to control spread of the virus.

Also, Mrs Titilope Okubadejo, a former President and Chairman, Service Project, said that the distribution of the items was to reach out to the community.

Okobadejo urged people of Okota Community to maintain distancing from others or isolate themselves in order to slow the spread of the contagious virus.

“Social distancing is the best approach to contain the spread of the disease, and if people can adhere strictly to it, the spread will reduce drastically” she said.

Commenting, Gabriel Ogugua, the club President-elect, said that the distribution was to create awareness about the spread of COVID-19 and how to stay safe at the community level.

Ogugua said the virus was real, pointing out that some people were yet to believe that the virus was real.

He said COVID-19 had affected people and the community in so many ways that people could not even live their normal ways of life the way they used to live it before.

“Rotary programmes are now online, physical and social distancing have made us not to carry out our normal activities,” he said.

A beneficiary, Ahmed Sanni,
works as a security personnel in Okota Community thanked Rotary Club for the kind gesture.

Edited By: Olagoke Olatoye (NAN)

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Access to clean, safe water crucial to COVID-19 survival – Rotary Club

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The Rotary Club of Ibadan (Oyo State), Jericho Metro District 9125, says access to safe and clean water is crucial for surviving the coronavirus global health emergency.
The President of the club, Mrs Bisi Yomi-Layinka, stated this on Friday in Ibadan, when it donated a solar-powered borehole worth N2.1 million to Eyin Grammar community in Molete area of Ibadan.
While inaugurating the project, Yomi-Layinka said that access to clean and safe water could improve sanitation and better hygiene habits in communities.
“One of Rotary’s six areas of focus is water and sanitation.
“Providing communities with sustainable access to safe water and improved sanitation has always been part of our service projects, even before the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The provision of this borehole, therefore, falls under this area of focus.
“Water is essential in any community. It ensures the absence of sicknesses and diseases. It also eases life for women who usually trek miles, carrying buckets on their heads and children on their backs, in search of potable water.
“With this borehole project, this community is experiencing, first hand, the good works that Rotary does all over the world. It is expected that life here will become healthier, safer and easier.
“Congratulations, therefore, to the women and the children of Eyin-Grammar community,” she said.
The president said that the club would ensure that the water project was sustainable by collaborating with the community on its maintenance.
“To guarantee that and to ensure the maintenance and sustainability of this multi-million naira borehole project, we will set up the Rotary Community Corps, in conjunction with members of the community,” she said.
Yomi-Layinka urged other well-meaning Nigerians to invest in humanitarian services within their immediate communities to conquer the raging COVID-19 pandemic and for a happy healthy future for the people.
“As a humanitarian organisation, we have been able to increase public awareness on coronavirus through enlightenment campaigns and donations of hand hygiene materials to communities and health centres,” she said.
A community leader, Alhaji Muideen Lawal, lauded the project, which he described outstanding in the community.
Lawal said that the project would avail members of the community easy access to safe and clean water, which was hitherto a herculean task.
“We appreciate the efforts put into this project, especially at this critical time.
“I want to assure you that we are going to work out the modalities for the maintenance of this borehole.
“We are going to make sure it is long-lasting and sustainable, even if we have to levy each household for its maintenance. We will not want to be calling upon you all the time over small issues,” he said.

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Lockdown: Residents of 7 communities in Kano State benefit form Rotary Club’s palliatives

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Residents of seven communities in Nasarawa Local Government Area of Kano State have benefited from the N1.2 million palliatives donated by some chapters of Rotary Club International in the area.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the distribution of the food items which was tagged, “COVID-19 Rotary Community Intervention,” took place at different locations in the state.

Presenting the food items to the residents of Sauna-Kawaji in Nasarawa local government area, the North West Coordinator of the club, Barr. Nureini Jimoh, said the gesture was to assist those in need.

According to Jimoh, the aim was to cushion the hardship occasioned by COVID-19 lockdown in the state.

He added that the donation of the food items which included rice, sugar and millet was part of their Corporate Social Responsibility to their host communities.

Jimoh said: “At this trying period, there is the need for individuals and corporate bodies to assist those in need in our communities so as to make them feel being among.

“We also advise residents to always abide by the rule of social distancing and use of face masks. Also, you are advised to avoid visitation to help stop the spread of the virus.”

While calling on them to make proper use of the items, Jimoh advised the beneficiaries to continue to support the club, especially by presenting their children for polio immunisation.

Responding on behalf of the beneficiaries, the village head of Sauna-Kawaji, Malam Umar Adamu, commended Rotary Club for its kind gesture.

According to him, the foodstuffs came at a time when the people were stranded at home and in dire need of such assistance to reduce the hardship caused by the lockdown.

Adamu assured the Rotarians that he would do everything within his ability to ensure that the people continued to give the club all the necessary support.

Edited By: Edith Bolokor/Ejike Obeta (NAN)

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Rotary club donates palliatives to Akinale, Ogun state, community

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The Rotary Club, Abeokuta, District 9110, has distributed food packages to Akinale community in Ewekoro Local Government, Ogun State, to cushion the effect of the lockdown order.

The royal father of the community, Oba Olufemi Ogunleye said this in a  statement made available to newsmen on Saturday.

Ogunleye said the packages contained foodstuffs and beverages which were aimed at relieving the people of hardship during the lockdown occasioned by COVID-19 pandemic.

According to him, the people are made to observe physical distancing while the packages are being distributed.

He, however, expressed gratitude to the  club for its continued humanitarian services which had quickened the transformation of the rural community into an urban society.

“We appreciate the kind gesture extended to us at this critical period, likewise every other form of generosity extended toward the community in the past.

“We remain proud of this club and will continue to be,” he said.

The monarch said Akinale had benefited from several humanitarian services rendered by the club in the past 11 years, especially in the area of socio-economic development programmes.

He said that the club had  donated books, uniforms and school sandals to primary school in the community.

The monarch also said that vocational training and soft loan had been provided to empower the youth and  women in the community.

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Akinale community members receiving some food palliatives

The Pesident of the Club, Mr Abiodun Amusan said it was a challenge to relieve the community of any hardship during the pandemic since it had been a great partner of progress to Akinale community.

Amusan advised the people of the community to adhere strictly to the hygiene protocol to prevent the spread of the ravaging COVID-19 pandemic.

Edited By: Chinyere Bassey/Donald Ugwu (NAN)

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Lockdown: Rotary International distributes palliatives to 200 households

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The Rotary International Club of Asokoro District on Saturday gave palliatives to no fewer than 200 households of poor and vulnerable in Kpaduma 1 community of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the distributed items included rice, yam flour, beans, semovita, garri, salt, beverages, noddles, face masks and hand sanitiser.

The beneficiaries, who were mostly women, were also taught how to make hand sanitiser and face mask for sell to the public.

Mr Kanayo Chukwumezie, president of the club, said that the gesture was to reach out to the less- privileged against the challenges of Coronavirus induced lockdown.

According to him, there are two types of virus affecting the people in the community.

“There is Coronavirus and hunger-virus; we are here to take care of the two.

“For  Coronavirus, we give them over 200 hand sanitiser packs, 200 face masks and taught them how to make hand sanitiser and face masks.

” For the hunger-virus, we gave them food stuff to take away the hunger.

“However, this is one of the 30 villages the Rotary Club of Asokoro is carrying out humanitarian intervention in the FCT.

“What we did today will go a long way to help them, because they can now produce hand sanitizers and face masks.

“They can make them to protect themselves and if possible sell to make some money.

” I believe with the skills, they will help themselves and their families,” Chukwumezie said.

Similarly, the club’s president-elect, Mr Felix Akinseye, said the Rotary Club of Asokoro normally took care of the Kpaduma community anytime the need arose.

“This is the best time to look out for the vulnerable ones among us.

“The Federal Government said that we should stay at home and many of these people are not working.

“So we felt we should reach out to them with food stuff, face masks and hand sanitiser.

” They can use these items to take care of themselves against hunger and protect and prevent themselves from the spread of coronavirus,” Akinseye said.

The  Madaki of Kpaduma village, Mr John Tanko, appreciated the club for considering the community for the palliatives.

“We are happy about this development. Whoever gives food to another person has given that person life.

“May God bless and increase the club for all they are doing for our people,” Tanko said.

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Rotary Club donates food items to Abuja community

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The Rotary Club of Garki has donated food items  to Aleita community on the Airport road, Abuja to support the Federal Government’s  effort to contain effects of  the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Mr Osehi Uduebar, President of the club, said  on Friday that the donation would cushion the effects of the lockdown on vulnerable households.

Uduebar said that  the club picked out Aleita community  as mandated by  Rotary International.

He said the gesture  was done in partnership with the Nigeria National Polio Plus Committee.

” We decided to go through the district head of the  community to distribute the items in order to ensure that it gets to the people it was meant for.

“The traditional head of the community has the record of all the different community leaders which will make it easier to get to the right people,”Uduebar said.

Responding, the District Head of Aleita, Chief Ibrahim Gajatna appreciated the club for all  the donation.

Gajatna said that the traditional cabinet members would  follow up with the distribution of the items to ensure it gets to the right people.

He said that the club was the first to assist the community and then urged them to do more.

One of the beneficiaries, Madam Justina  Attah, 86, also appreciated the food stuff.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the items donated included rice, beans, groundunt oil, wheat and beverage.

Edited By: Angela Okisor/Sadiya Hamza (NAN)

 

 

 

 

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Rotary distributes food items to FCT communities 

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The Rotary Club International, Federal Capital Territory (FCT), on Wednesday distributed food items to some communities within the territory.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the food items include rice, garri, beans, noddles and salt.

NAN also reports that some of the communities included Lugbe, Gwarimpa village, Kuje, Bwari, Gwagwalada, Nyaya, Karu, Jabi village, Dutse-Alhaji, Zuba, Jahi among others.

Speaking during the distribution of the food items, the District Governor of the club, Dr Victor Onukwugha, said the gesture was part of the club’s continuous assistance to the people and in support of government’s efforts to cushion the effect of the COVID-19 lockdown.

Onukwugha said the club had been assisting and collaborating with the Federal Government in the areas that are necessary, adding that the interventions are done nationally.

“ We continue to do this and we would also extend some personal protective equipment to the frontline people helping with the intervention,” he said.

Onukwugha said it was not a new thing to the rotary, as it also helped during the challenging days of polio eradication.

He said that the rotary’s palliatives had also been distributed in Lagos and Ogun States.

Also, Dr Kazeem Mustapha, Vice Chairman of Nigeria National Polio-plus Committee (NNPC), who was present during the distribution, commended rotary international for its passionate contribution to humanitarian and developmental issues.

Mustapha recalled that rotary international and the global polio eradication partner had been working together with the Federal Government on eradication of polio.

He said that, with the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, it had become important for rotary international to bring its experience in humanitarian interventions to bear.

Mustapha, however, said that the main challenge of the lockdown was that some people were finding it difficult to feed.

He said the palliatives became necessary, especially for people in the communities who needed to go out daily before they could take care of themselves and their families.

On her part, Mrs Omobola Odusoga, the President of Rotary Club, Apo, appealed to wealthy Nigerians to join government in assisting the less privileges at this critical time.

“ I know it’s a rough time for us, but we need to share the little we have.

“ I requested for list of the widows and people that cannot afford three square meals a day, for us to reach out to them and it was well coordinated.

“We should help, no matter how small. We should reach out to the needy and put a smile on their faces. Real happiness is helping others,” she said.

Some residents of the benefiting communities commended the Rotary Club for coming to their aid.

In Kuje, Agnes Baba, a trader, expressed her gratitude to the club for its act of generosity, while calling on other citizens to emulate the kind gesture other.

Similarly, Ladi Jato, a taxi driver who reside in Bwari, said the club’s gesture was timely and would go a long way in bringing succour to him and his family.

He said that since the COVID-19 induced lockdown began, his life had been on a standstill and he was at a loss of what next to do.

“While I figure a way out, this gesture would put some smile on the face of my family. I pray that other people of goodwill would come to our aid,” he said.

Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo and Isaac Ukpoju (NAN)

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