Rotary Club pledges to take on healthcare, education projects in Bwari
By Bridget Ikyado
The President of Abuja Rotary Club in Bwari Area Council, Mr Chidi Ojogho has pledged to rigorously pursue healthcare, education economic and community development projects in service to humanity.
Ojogho who made the pledge at his investiture ceremony in Abuja, called for stakeholders support to enable him meet the target within the next 12 months.
He said that service to humanity and value creation has become the defining features of the club, pledging to expand the frontiers of service to humanity and creating hope in the area and the world at large.
“In keeping with tradition, we will focus on six key avenues of service, maternal and child healthcare, basic education and literacy, water and sanitation.
“Others are disease prevention and treatment , peace and conflict resolution, economic and community development.
“I urge us all to draw strength and inspiration from one another in creating hope in a world where hopelessness has become the new world order,” he said.
Ojogho said that renovation and equipping of Dutse Primary Healthcare Centre, a slum in Abuja with a population not fewer than 500,000 persons will cost of six million naira.
According to him, women and children go through harrowing experience in accessing health care in this dilapidated structure with minimal chairs for patients waiting to access healthcare.
He said that the club will organise science quiz competition for six schools in Bwari at the cost of 1.5million naira and embark on building of a five classroom block at Kuchiko village in Bwari at the cost of five million naira only.
Ojogho said that the current state of the school will elicit tears down the eyes of any first time visitor of conscience.
“There is no single block of classroom in this school and there are no offices either. The children learn under trees; when it raining, they run to neibouring houses to take shelter and return when the rain is over.
“It is a testament to the resilient spirit of the poor Nigerian child to liberate himself through acquiring education at all cost,” he said.
He said that the club will embark on planting of trees to save the environment at the cost of N800,000 and a free eye care in Ushafa, Dutse and Bwari at the cost of two million naira.
“We have mapped out series of other life touching projects all of which space will fail me in enumerating in this single speech.
“The Rotary club of Bwari would under my leadership be supporting the work of the government through the remodeling of rural primary and secondary schools and health care centers.
“I understand that due to the current economic climate, the task ahead will be enormous, but with faith and trust in the abiding grace of God, it is my sincere hope that we’ll realise these projects.
“It is true that extending one’s hand to help someone else has more value than joining two hands in prayer,” he said.