The Rivers State Government says it is pleased to partner with Rotary Club in the quest to positively impact on its communities.
Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike stated this during the Rotary Club District 9141 Conference at the Obi Wali International Conference Centre, in Port Harcourt on Friday, May21, 2021.
Speaking through his deputy, Dr. Mrs Ipalibo Harry Banigo, Governor Wike, said as a voluntary, not-for-profit international organization, Rotary Club had become a household name, having addressed several service projects and committed service to community and humanity.
According to the governor, Rotary, globally known as the World’s First Service Club has always emphasized inclusiveness and innovation in its activities.
Wike, who expressed delight with the eradication of polio in Nigeria and by extension, Africa, applauded Rotary for playing a pivotal role in the fight to kick out polio.
“Today, in Nigeria and Africa, we are confident no child is paralyzed because of poliomyelitis again. Most of that work was spearheaded by Rotary through your ‘End Polio Now Campaign’ alongside the World Health Organization, UNICEF and other development partners”. Governor Wike further stressed.
He urged Rotary to use more of its professional skills to mentor young people in Rivers State help vulnerable and underserved communities as well as people with special needs.
In her address, the District Governor 2020-2021, Virginia Major who gave an update of the District’s activities in the past 10 months, disclosed that District 9141 which is almost four years old, was carved out of the old District 9140.
Virginia Major said every district governor comes with a lot of District emphasis, adding, that District 9141emphasis are in line with Rotary International’s strategic priorities, which according to her, include, increased impact, expanded reach, enhanced participants’ engagements and increase in abilities to adapt.
The theme for this year is “Rotary Opens Opportunities”.