..Celebrates her with pomp and pageantry
..Awards deserving Rotarians
By Our Reporter
The Rotary Club Kaduna has celebrated with pomp the 55th President,Rotarian Joycelyn Anagende during an investiture,award and fundraising ceremony in Kaduna.
Held on Saturday the event attracted Rotarians,Friends and well wishers across the country,and deserving Rotarians were honoured for their invaluable contribution to the progress of the Club over the years.
Speaking the Chairman of the occasion, Alh. Mohammed ldris Malagi,commended Rotary for its humanitarian support and feat worldwide over the decades.
While congratulating the 55th president on the investiture,he noted that she came at a no better time “she’s coming at a time the ideals for which Rotary stands for cannot come at a better time that the world is facing the Covid-119 pandemic,this is time that humanitarian services are mostly appreciated and I believe she is going to live-up to expectations”
He then called on all and sundry to close rank to save humanity ” this is the time for humanity to come together, we’ve never witnessed such a challenge in our lives and now is how humanity can be saved” while urging others in similar services as Rotary “to also come forward”
He further called for partnership with government since the cannot meet all the plethora of challenges,”as you know humanitarian services is broad based,they IDPs are there, scourge of Covid-19 pandemic,facing security challenges,banditry, kidnapping here and there;people are been displaced almost on a daily basis”
Adding that,as a nation we have not done enough in addressing the overwhelming humanitarian challenges though we are not doing badly either, he however called for more concerted action by government in collaboration with other stakeholders in that regard.
On her part,the new Rotary President, Rotarian Joycelyn Anagende,noted that she came at a time of the Covid-19 pandemic challenge, “irrespective of that challenge, we’ve been able to pull through. l want to say categorically,clear that between July -October,we have been able to execute 5 projects,adding that, they will continue to live up to expectations as “Rotary teaches”
She further maintained that Rotary club as a Non governmental organization is committed to serve to humanity “we render services to the less privileged, putting smiles in the faces of they needy and supporting them in the best way we can”
According to her despite the pandemic,they were able to donate 10 computers to the Kaduna state special schools,carry out some laudable projects,such as conflict resolution, maternal and child health, supporting the environment, water and sanitation, Education and literacy, community development among others.
In the same vein,the past president Else Edochie,while describing her predecessor as a committed and untiring Rotarian, believed that she will succeed in taking the club to greater heights,pointing out that challenges she faced were both human, financial and environmental couple with the Covid-19 pandemic and #EndSars impasse
Speaking on the topic “curtailing insecurity and Reviving the Economy” Abdurauf Aliyu, harped on the need for Nigeria to “embark on aggressive structural transformation and impart substitution policies”adding that “the country must as a matter of urgency reduce her dependence on imports” among other things
The highlight of the investiture include the awards of excellence to seven distinguished Rotarians among which is the Executive Governor of Niger State and the MD Micro manna Limited,Kaduna,cultural displays and lots more