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Photos/videos: Rotary Club of Abuja CBD takes soap-making project to Gidan Gimba; plans to construct classrooms, toilets

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Esu of Gidan Gimba and Anne Uche Obi, President of the Rotary Club of Abuja CBD on Saturday at the monarch’s Palace
From left: Rotarian Helen Bassey, Rotarian Nancy Nneka Ibekwe, Rotarian Salome Garba and Rotarian Jesse Yuan at the Palace of the Esu of Gidan Gimba during the outreach programme of the Rotary Club of Abuja CBD on Saturday

GIDAN GIMBA, Nasarawa (Sundiata Post) – The Rotary Club of Abuja CBD led by its president, Ms Anne Uche Obi on Saturday carried out an outreach programme at its adopted community, Gidan Gimba in Nasarawa State.

The programme was in embarked upon by the club in Commemoration of the International Women’s Day 2022.

Anne Uche Obi (right), President, Rotary Club of Abuja CBD and Aisha Ali, secretary and President Nominee, at Gidan Gimba on Saturday

The Rotary team arrived the community at about 11am to the warm embrace of an enthusiastic community led by their traditional ruler, the Esu Gidan Gimba, in whose palace the event took place.

Salome Garba, Charter President, Rotary Club of Abuja CBD and Community Service Director, distributing food items to women at Gidan Gimba on Saturday

Ms Evelyn Onyilo, a Past Assistant Governor, District 9125 and current membership chair of the club, introduced members of the Rotary Club of Abuja team present made up of Uche Obi, the president; Ms Salome Garba, Charter President of the club and Director of Community Service; Rotarian Ezekiel Zang, a retired Assistant Inspector General of Police; Rotarian Karls Tsokar, Rotarian Jesse Yuan and Rotarian Ene Onyilo.
The rest of the Rotary Club of Abuja present were Rotarian Galam Oyinlola Lung-Ya, Rotarian Helen Bassey, Rotarian Aisha Ali, secretary and President Nominee, Rotarian Nancy Nneka Ibekwe, Rotarian Katherine Phillip Adamu, MFR;  Rotarian Max Amuchie, treasurer and incoming president of the club and Madam Gloria, the soap making trainer.

Evelyn Onyilo, Past Assistant Governor, District 9125 and current Membership Chair, Rotary Club of Abuja CBD, giving out food items to women in Gidan Gimba on Saturday
The trainer, Madam Gloria, teaching women how to produce soap on Saturday in Gidan Gimba
A woman mixing ingredients for soap making at Gidan Gimba on Saturday
Video: Sharing of food and clothes by the Rotary Club of Abuja CBD at Gidan Gimba on Saturday
Video: Training of Gidan Gimba women in soap production on Saturday

In her speech, Uche Obi told the people of Gidan Gimba that her team was there to get 10 women selected for the project undergo training on how to produce soap in a commercial scale. She added that the women would also get monetary gift to enable them start the business.

Obi said it was the club’s way of ensuring that women were economically empowered to contribute meaningfully to their respective families and to the nation in general.
She concluded by saying that food items, clothes and other items would be distributed to all the women present and their children.

Helen Bassey, Club Admin, Rotary Club of Abuja CBD and Rotarian Jesse Yuan, distributing soft drink, chocolate and biscuits to children in Gidan Gimba on Saturday
Anne Uche Obi, club president and Rotarian Karls Tsokar at the event in Gidan Gimba on Saturday

In his response, the monarch thanked the Rotary Club of Abuja CBD and told the people that the team was not from any political party or government, but people who had come to assist the community because of their love for humanity.

Rotarian Galam Oyinlola Lung-Ya, incoming Youth Director, Rotary Club of Abuja CBD, besieged by children on Saturday in Gidan Gimba as she gave out soft drinks, chocolates and biscuits
Rotarian Ene Onyilo, incoming Club Admin (left) and Rotarian Katherine Phillip Adamu, MFR, incoming International Service Director, Rotary Club of Abuja CBD at the place of Esu of Gidan Gimba on Saturday
Max Amuchie, Incoming President, Rotary Club of Abuja CBD, making cash presentation to one of the beneficiaries in Gidan Gimba on Saturday. Behind him are Rotarian Ene Onyilo waiting to make her own presentation and Rotarian Jesse Yuan

The Rotary Club of Abuja also made a needs assessment of what areas of intervention it could assist the community. The traditional ruler said the most important need of the people is the construction of classrooms and toilets at the Central Primary School, Gidan Gimba. The club, accompanied by the traditional ruler, went to the school and saw that only one classroom block is standing in the school. The other classroom blocks have collapsed and the pupils have no toilet in the school.

Rotarian Salome Garba and Rotarian Ezekiel Zang at Gidan Gimba on Saturday
Rotarian Anne Uche Obi, President, Rotary Club of Abuja CBD, addressing the Gidan Gimba community on Saturday during the club’s outreach programme to commemorate the International Women’s Day 2022

The Esu of Gidan Gimba then showed the club the portion of land where the classroom block should be constructed. The club announced that it would undertake the construction of two toilets quickly while work on the classroom block would done new Rotary Year, which commences July 1.

The outreach programme was co-ordinated by a committee headed by Rotarian Salome Garba as community service director. Other members of committee are Evelyn Onyilo, Ibrahim Audu, Ene Onyilo, Aisha Ali and Max Amuchie.

•From left: Max Amuchie, Helen Bassey, Ezekiel Zang, Salome Garba, Katherine Phillip Adamu, Anne Uche Obi, Evelyn Onyilo, Karls Tsokar Aisha Ali,Galam Oyinlola Lung-Ya, Ene Onyilo, Jesse Yuan, Nancy Nneka Ibekwe and Madam Gloria in front of the place of Esu of Gidan Gimba after the event on Saturday
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