26th August, 2010
The Rotary Club Ogudu GRA in Lagos, South West Nigeria, on Monday, held its annual convention and induction of new members, during which it extended a hand of fellowship to the less privileged members of the society.
The day-long event, which attracted all members resident in Ogudu and nearby Gbagada, hadÂ Mr. Matthias Oladeinde Shoga, the Governor ofÂ District 9110, as special guest of honour.
Speaking at the take off of the programme, Chief (Mrs.) Betty Ojo, president, said the annual event was planned in consonance with the vision of Rotary Club worldwide, which is to always effect positive changes in theÂ society.
She also said that the club has continued to engage in philanthropic gestures to help some of the less privileged in the area overcome some of their life challenges, which individuals may not be able to undertake on their own.
One of the main events of the event was a visit to Rev. (Mrs.) Christiana Bamidele Georgeâ€™s Little Saints Orphanage, where a cheque of N120,000, was presented for the upkeep of two of the inmates.
Presenting the cheque, Mr. Shoga, remarked that the best legacy the older generation can bequeath to the younger ones is education and care that can make them responsible members of the society when they grow up.
Similarly, the club donated a well equipped library to Ogudu Senoir Grammar School.
Thanking the club, the principal of the school, Mrs. Evelyn Abimbola Popoola, remarked that â€œif Nigeria has been like Rotary Club, the country would have moved forward beyond its present stage in all areas of human advancement.â€
Mrs. Popoola also expressed gratitude to the club for the donation of computers which she said are a great source of knowledge for present and future students of the school.
The event was capped with the distribution of interest-free micro finance loan to many aspiring traders and artisans in the area.
Beneficiaries of the loan included Mrs. Haruna Rebecca, Mrs. Bukky Adesina, Miss Alimot Olamide and Mr. Ossai Ferdinand.
The programme, which ended with induction of new members, attracted past presidents of the club and chairman, Ogudu Residents Association (OGRA), Alhaji Raheem, his wife, and Chief (Mrs.) Onikepo Oshodi, among others.