Rotary Club of Asaba Downtown District, 9141 on Saturday, September 11, honoured the Minority Leader of House of Representatives, Rt. Hon Ndudi Elumelu at the Installation Ceremony of Rtn. Odinigwe Odigie, as the 2nd President for 2021/2022 Rotary Club Year.
Speaking after receiving the award, Rt. Hon. Elumelu who stated that he was pleased with some of the interventions of Rotary Club in Nigeria especially in the rural communities where a lot of lives have been touched in so many special and positive ways, thanked members of Rotary for their selfless and sacrificial efforts.
Rt. Hon. Elumelu who called on Rotarians in Delta and Nigeria to redouble their efforts, noted that the task ahead demands that all hands must be on deck to tackle social vices such as domestic violence, human trafficking, drug addiction and among other related vices issues including what he described as problems associated with unattained dreams by our young ones are further challenges that require serious attention
The astute lawmaker who expressed confidence in the leadership of the Rtn. Odinigwe Odigie’s led Rotary stated that the Asaba Downtown District 9141 of Rotary Club of Nigeria was in safe hands as its President.
“It is with utmost sense of commitment and service that I address this distinguished gathering of Rotarians at the installation of my own dear Rtn. Odinigwe Odigie as the 2nd President for 2021/2022 Rotary Club year.
“Indeed, I am very proud of Rotary Club in Nigeria, particularly, the Club of Asaba Downtown District 9141. You have come a long way in touching the lives of people in many special ways.
“Over the years, the Club of Asaba Downtown District 9141 has continued to exert itself along the line of Rotary’s motto of “Service Above Self”, in bringing positive change to our world and community in the basic areas of promoting peace, fighting disease, providing clean water, saving mothers and children, supporting education, growing local economies and protecting our environment.
“It is in this regard that I sincerely salute the sacrifices and selflessness of Rotarians, who, as professionals, businessmen and women, government officials, skilled workers and private individuals in all walks of life, for committing their resources, intellect, skills, energy and connections towards the overall good of others.
“However, I must state that the task ahead is still very demanding. There are still many miles to cover and many obstacles to surmount, and for this, you must redouble all efforts in this noble cause.
“For this, I am particularly delighted that that we are gathered to further strengthen this resolve with the installation of no other person than Rtn. Odinigwe Odigie as the 2nd president of 2021/2022 Rotary club year.
“Rtn. Odinigwe Odigie is a humble, strategic and exceptionally empathic personality with a heart for the good cause. He is a remarkably committed person with an outstanding wealth of experience and a track record of performance in handling tasks entrusted in his hands.
“I therefore have no iota of doubt that Rotary Club in Delta state is in the best hands in the 2021/2022 Rotary Club year.
“On this note, I charge, Rtn. Odinigwe Odigie to note that the task before him is an enormous one and that expectations are very high, given his reputation as an achiever.
“Though a lot have been achieved, there is still a need to redouble efforts to further address critical issues of access to quality education, particularly in the remote areas, community development, skill acquisition and employment for our youths as well as protecting our environment from degradation.
“Of course, like other parts of the world, diseases such as malaria, cholera, heart related ailments, diabetes, cancer, tuberculosis among others, are still confronting humanity. This is in addition to the adverse effect of Covid-19 to our social and economic lives.
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“In the same vein, social vices including issues of domestic violence, human trafficking, drug related, issues in addition to problems associated with unattained dreams by our young ones are further challenges that require serious attention. Indeed, duty beckons,” said Hon. Elumelu.