As part of its avowed social responsibility to the society, the Rotary Club of Ikeja-Alausa Central under the leadership of Rotarian Deji Shonuga has donated a water borehole to the Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu Primary Health Centre, to enhance public access to clean water.
The ‘Change Maker’ District Governor, Rotary Club 9110, Mr Remi Bello, performed the commissioning of the water project on Friday, November 26, 2021 at the centre in Oritse, Ikeja.
He said, “The statistics from last year’s World Toilet Day regarding water sanitation and hygiene says 95 per cent of our health centres in the country lack water and good toilet facilities. The Rotary Club in Ikeja saw this need and decided to sink a borehole in this centre for the community.
“This is a good example of a service programme to change lives, and we must do more collaboration and partnership to achieve these goals. We have to do more, and other projects are still on the way.”
The Charter President, Rotary Club of Ikeja-Alausa Central, Mr Deji Shonuga, said the club embarked on the project after assessing the environment and observing a lack of safe water.
“We carried out an assessment of the environment and found out there are certain basic amenities, such as safe water, lacking in the community health centre which relied on collecting rainwater. As part of our mission in the Rotary Club, we always look for a way to make positive impact in our communities, and in line with the Sustainable Development Goals which includes access to clean water, we find this feat noteworthy,” he added.
The Matron of the health centre, Mrs. Awodeyi Olubukola expressed joy and satisfaction over the laudable efforts of the club at coming to the rescue of the hospital, considering the importance of water in carrying out day to day activities of the institution. She expressed hope that other associations would emulate the goodwill program of the Rotary Club at impacting positively in the lives of residents and public establishments around them.
Later on, the District Governor and his entourage met with members and executives of the Rotary Club at the Airport Hotel, Ikeja to review the year’s activities and also brainstormed on projects ahead.