By Martha Agas
Jos – The Rotary Club of Tin city, District 9125, on Saturday in Jos inaugurated Mr Owolabi Folaranmi as its 16th President for the 2020/2021 Rotary Year.
In his acceptance speech, Folaranmi during his investiture ceremony, promised to serve the club with committment and innovation.
He said that his desire to serve humanity made him to join the international humanitarian organisation.
He said his projects and programmes for the club during his tenure would be premised on the seven major areas of the organisation’s focus on peace and conflict prevention and resolutions; disease prevention and treatement.
Other areas of the organisation’s focus are water and sanitation; maternal and child health; basic education and literacy, economic and community development and supporting the environment.
The newly-inaugurated president said he had earmarked N3.4 million for projects he would embark during the rotary year, while soliciting for support for their implementation.
“Giving scholarship to 20 less previleged students of Government Secondary School Hiring Jos South, providing them with science related text books for their libraries estimated to cost N750,000,” he said.
He said the club would conduct Medical screening, provide long lasting Insecticidal Nets, birth kits and create awareness on Polio, estimated to cost N300,000 at Namua/Abattoir communities in Jos South Local Government Area.
“Drilling of hand pump borehole at Fobur community, Jos East Local Government Area estimated to cost N1.7Million,”he said.
Folaranmi also said the club would conduct an outreach to Jos Correctional Centre and organise workshop for youths in Jos North, Jos South and Riyom Local Government Areas on peace.
Speaking at the event, Mrs Cecilia Naanshep , the immediate past President of the club, thanked the club members for supporting her during her tenure.
She said the cooperation of the members made them to create impact on lives, urging them to accord such support to the new president and wished him a successful tenure.
In her keynote lecture, Mrs Mary Izam the chairperson of International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) in Plateau, described as worrisome the increase in the number of rape cases in the society.
She said FIDA had recorded more than 400 cases of rape during the COVID-19 Pandemic, saying the menace could be stopped with the cooperation of community leaders, legislature and security agencies.
Izam expressed concern that even fathers who were supposed to protect their daughters also raped them.
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that 15 persons were given award at the event for impacting humanity, amongst them was Musa Baggos, member representing Jos South and East at the House of Representatives, Mrs Mary Izam, FIDA chairperson Plateau and Dr Chidia Maduekwe, Managing Director Nigeria film Corporation.
The club also donated nine mini tricycles to Persons With Disabilities.(NAN)