Former Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to Goodluck Jonathan, Dr. Reuben Abati, has charged the new Rotary International Governor of District 9110, Dr. Jide Akeredolu, to be accountable, transparent and disciplined in his leadership of service to humanity.
He also urged the District Governor to strive to make a difference in the lives of humans as he upholds the value of honesty and decency while reflecting on the concept of uncomfortable truths.
Abati gave the charge at the installation ceremony of the 39th District Governor of Rotary International District 9110, at the MUSON Centre in Lagos.
He said leadership was the problem in many parts of the world.
While describing election in Africa and succession politics as ‘gamble and casino game’, where the winner expects to cash out at the expense of others, which is why leadership positions had become an opportunity to gain access to peoples’ resources.
He, however, commended the Rotary Club for its mode of succession system, which he said is ‘rancor-free, and relatively politics-free’ and worth emulating, as every member knows when it is their turn to sit at the table to serve and make a contribution. He, therefore, advised African nations to adopt such a system of succession, which he said would ensure “greater peace and stability in the continent.”
There seems to be a conspiracy of world leaders against the human community. Rotary projects a different model: the idea of service above self, the idea of giving back to the community and the belief that individuals can make a significant difference in the transformation of our communities. This is noteworthy,” he said.
In his address, Akeredolu assured that the club would not relent in its service to humanity, while it ensures the implementation of its 12 projects, which is geared towards alleviating cervical cancer in women, congenital heart disease in children, extreme poverty in Nigeria and donating towards charity, among other projects lined up for the one year of administration.
Akeredolu, who is also a Consultant Surgeon and Chief Medical Director at Inland Specialist Hospital Group, decried the number of women who lose their lives to cervical cancer and babies born with congenital heart disease, noting that the club would ensure the provision of vaccination for women and young girls in schools to alleviate cervical cancer in Nigeria, while it will fund the treatment of babies with the heart diseases.
He said, though, the treatment of the diseases require huge amount of money, which is why the club would need financial support from members of the society, while it also reaches out to homes that lack access to quality basic needs of life – empowering and bringing them out of extreme poverty.
Akeredolu further assured that his administration would work towards ensuring a better and habitable Nigeria for all citizens, while he solicited for support for the realisation of the Rotary Club goals towards humanity.