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Rotary District Governor commissions projects in Onitsha, Umuawulu

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By Nkechi Ikenwoke

IN LINE with the Rotary objectives and seven areas of focus which include community development, disease prevention and treatment, maternal and child health care,  etc, the Rotary Club of Onitsha Gateway and Rotary Club of Awka Central, led by Rotarian Emenike Jonathan and Onyekachi Iruka respectively in District 9142, Rotary International has brought  life supporting facilities , including four toilet rooms for pupils in Akpaka Primary School, Onitsha and solar power equipment in Primary Health Center, Umuawulu, Awka South LGA respectively.

  The projects, which were commissioned by District Governor Okey Okonkwo were highly appreciated by the school headmistress, Mrs Franka Anukwonke, HOS Quality Assurance, Onitsha North Local Government Area, Mrs Fidelis Ngige, as well as the Secretary General, Umuawulu, Mr Francis Nwankwo and other indigenous people of the community.

  In his speech, Rtn Onyekachi Iruka, who is also the CEO of Mikon Solar World said the project was carried out in collaboration with Mikon Solar World to alleviate inadequate power supply which has been a severe challenge facing the health center.

  According to him, “the solar power equipment is now functional and workers moral has been boasted. I can attest to the fact that it is going a very long way to make their working experience better and even their admitted patients after many years they have been without electricity. Workers and patients are now seen in their happy mood.”

  “Apart from the indoor unit, we also installed solar light mostly for their night activities. We are looking forward to adopting the health care center to see more projects we can do to touch lives while in collaboration with other government agencies like Anambra Health Insurance Agency (ASHIA) to assist us in renewing their beds, bedsheets, nets and other things they need in the hospital.”

  In their separate addresses to members of Umuawulu community, DG Okonkwo and Rotarian Nwabunwanne described Rotary as service organisation where individuals are given the opportunity to serve humanity without counting cost or returning interest but providing  enabling environment for the society, adding that 80 per cent of Polio immunisation are being sponsored by Rotarians across the world.

  Nwabunwanne said: “We touch lives, impact in education, health and every other thing that improves human existence. The security light will help to brighten the environment mostly in the night.”

  Furthermore, DG Okey Okonkwo charged Rotarians to ensure the sustainability of the projects and encouraged the management to keep their faith alive for more development, stressing that Rotary Community Call should be formed to let members of the community who intend to genuinely assist in their community to discuss on their needs with Rotarians and also take full control of every project in the community.

  On behalf of the traditional ruler of Umuawulu, Igwe Joel Mmaduadichie Egwuonwu and the President General, Nze Charles Ibeneme, the Secretary General of Umuawulu, Peter Chukwuemeka thanked DG Okonkwo for coming to unveil the project, as well as Rotary Club of Awka Central for such a wonderful brightness they brought into their PHC and also prayed for its sustainability, even as they endeavor to apply their own human power.

  Mrs Anukwonke, on behalf of the school management and pupils of Akpaka Primary School, thanked DG Okonkwo and Rotarians for providing such wonderful toilet rooms in the school and prayed for God’s blessings as they travel back home.

  Rotatrians who graced the occasion were the President Elect and nominees of the both clubs, Rtn Chiedozie Ezeozie, Cadette Abuah and Rtn Modline Ohuoha.

  Others include AG Margaret, PAG Mayor Ikoroha, Ifeoma Nnatu, Joy Oputa, Carol Okwuchukwu, Mbaeli Flora, Victor Chigere, Tochukwu Ifionu, Kaobimdi Amobi, Okey Awachie among many others and Rotaractors.

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