Rotary is world’s foremost Service Organisation - Prof. Yemi Osinbajo


Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, yesterday said Rotary International was the foremost humanitarian service organisation in the world as he acknowledged the organisation’s campaign against eradication of polio.

Osinbajo said this in his goodwill message at the Opening Ceremony of the 2018 edition of Zone 20A Institute of Rotary International held at the Eko Hotel and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos.

Speaking on Rotary’s efforts at adding value to humanity, Osinbajo, a Rotary alumnus said “Rotary is undoubtedly one of the foremost service organisations with over a century of footprints of its good work of intervention in basic needs of humanity almost everywhere one turns,” saying with more than 1.2 million members in about 35,000 clubs and over 200 countries worldwide, there was no gainsaying that Rotary’s network of volunteers working locally, regionally and internationally to provide humanitatian services by promoting peace, combating hunger, improving health and sanitation, providing education and training and eradicating polio, remained the biggest army of change makers in the history of our planet.

However, the Vice President noted that Nigeria had shown clearly its relevance in Rotary even at a global scale by hosting the Institute which brought Rotary leaders from across Africa together.

While charging members of the organisation not to rest on their oars, Osinbajo said “we live in a world at the moment where almost everyone needs to be a Rotarian, going by the increasing rate of violence and hatred which unfortunately cause distractions from the real issues of wellbeing of our people as Rotary has over the years impacted positively on humanity without interference from political, cultural and social differences.”

“From all indications, Rotary’s six areas of focus is a clear pointer to a resolve to perpetually partner with governments to address basic challenges faced by the greater number of our people” he said.

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