The first female Governor of Rotary Club Nigeria, Rotarian Chief (Mrs) Jumoke Bamgboye, has urged members of the global humanitarian group to make the world realise the narratives that rotary opens opportunities and grow its membership.
At her investiture as the 12th District Governor of Rotary International District 9125, she said the world must feel the impact of their members.
The organisation comprises of about 135 clubs across 23 States of the Federation and the Federal capital, Abuja.
Bamgboye said, “let us tell our Rotary stories – the world must know that we do. How can we work to end hunger, eliminate disease or treat it? We build schools and provide shelters, promote literacy, develop and empower communities, eradicate and reduce maternal deaths, protect planet earth, yet we keep our stories to ourselves.
“Let us tell our Rotary stories for there are many out there who need to hear these stories to join us. For when we grow our membership, we will by extension grow our foundation through more giving.”
She said in the words of Michelle Obama, “for any door that’s been opened to me, I have tried to open my doors to others” as she posited, “let us invite one another in. By doing so, we can begin to fear less, to make fewer wrong assumptions and let go off biases. Rotary opens opportunities.”
Bamigboye said, “I accept the trust you have placed in me and pledge to add value to our rich history.
Also speaking, chairman of the occasion, Mallam Yusuf Olaolu Ali (SAN) challenged members of the club to use the four-way test of Rotary as enough to change our country and continent for better.
He urged Nigerians to imbibe the Rotary four-way test, saying” it is the only antidote to make the country move in the right direction as most of the vices afflicting Nigeria today like insecurity, kidnappings, extortions, corruption and others would not rare their ugly heads if we deal with ourselves in truth, fairness, just and peaceful understandings.
Ali hailed the new District Governor as a goal getter, who has been able to effectively combine her matrimony in Col. Theophilus Bamgboye’s home with her career as a lawyer working hard at the bar and now at the Kwara State bench.
He wished her a successful tenure.
Earlier before handling over, the outgoing Governor, Rotarian Dr. Victor C. Onukwugha, gave an account of his achievements, which included making Nigeria polio-free as well as donation of over N10 million Personal Protection Equipments (PPE) to assist the Government in the wake of coronavirus pandemic in Nigeria among several others.
Onukwugha said the investiture of the first female President was historic, saying the Rotary International had delivered on its mandate.
At the event, awards of recognition were given to the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), first lady of Kebbi and Plateau States as well as the Minister of Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja.
Responding on behalf of FRSC, Corp Marshal Boboye Oyeyemi lauded Rotary International’s contributions to humanity, promising that it would spur the commission into doing more to save lives in the country.
The first ladies of Kebbi and Plateau represented by a Special Adviser and Commissioner from their States responded in the same vein.
The Executive Governor of Kwara State was represented at the occasion by the Deputy Governor, Kayode Alabi.
Several monarchs like the Olomu of Omu-Aran, Oba Abdulraheem Oladele Adeoti, members of his Council of Chiefs, the Representative of the Emir of Ilorin, Executive members of Omu-Aran Development Association were also in attendance.
Almost all the past Governors of the District and other elected structures since its creation in 2009 were present at the colourful investiture.