Fuel subsidy: Rotary Club tasks government on palliatives

The Rotary Club of Omole Golden has called on government at all levels to act fast in providing the expected palliatives to the citizens.

Speaking in separate speeches, during the investiture of Rotarian Veronica Isijola, as the 20th President of Rotary Club of Omole Golden in Lagos, the Rotarians called on President Bola Tinubu to act fast in providing the expected palliatives.

They noted that the effect of the fuel subsidy removal was biting harder.

They also said the suffering and hardship being faced by the people daily, in the last one month were excruciating, adding that there was the need for the government to do something urgently to address the situation before it was late.

Delivering his speech, the Guest Speaker, Mr Adekunle Alonge, the First Vice President, Nigeria Institution of Estate Surveyors and Valuers, said government at all level should ensure that the resources at their disposal were utilised for the benefit of the masses.

Alonge, who was represented by Dr Agbato said looking at the state of change globally, it was obvious that things were getting so hard and people were losing hope.

”The new government talks about renewed hope. But we have not seen the manifestation of that renewed hope.

”So, it is the responsibility of government to ensure that the palliatives they have been provided at a time like this, get to the people that really desired it.

”They should not hoard those palliatives, so that everybody will be happy. That’s my advice,” he said.

The new president of the club, Isijola stood to bring smiles on people’s faces, the club strived to alleviate their sufferings, hence, calling on government to collaborate with the club toward alleviating poverty.

”With the collective strength and effort of all, I am confident that we will create a lasting impact in our community and beyond.

”Together, we will strive to provide access to clean water and sanitation, maternal and child health, eradicate diseases, foster peace and conflict resolution, enhance education and literacy, empower local economies, and safeguard our environment,” she said.

Isijola said the Rotary Club of Omole Golden had the potential to be powerful force for positive change, and to achieve goals.

”Let us remember that ”Service Above Self” is not just a motto; it is the essence of who we are as Rotarians. Together, we can be the change-makers, the trailblazers, and the driving force for good in our community and beyond,” she said.

Isijola called for support from the general public, to enable the club execute the projects it listed for the year.

”With your support, we can continue to improve and impact more lives, bringing smiles to the faces of the less privileged in our society.

”Remember, you have not lived until you have done something for someone who can never repay you,” she said.

Earlier, the immediate past President of the club, Rotarian Ganiyu Lawal, said that the past 12 months had been an exceptionally busy year.

Lawal said the club was privileged to work collectively in reaching out to the society through various projects, aimed at touching lives and raising the stake of Rotary Club of Omole-Golden.

He said upon assumption of office, his team realised the need to organise, execute and implement programmes in line with the Rotary International mandate and the specified project was to meet the needs of the target community, in a bid to fulfil the vision and the core values of the club

According to him, the club kicked off its project implementation process with ”Tree Planting: Supporting the Environment initiative”.

”Nature reveals that planting of tree is one of the easiest ways of improving the environment, beautifying our surroundings and purifying the air, as trees provides natural cooling effects and aids breathing process for man through oxygen,” he said.

The past president said the club planted over 20 trees across the metropolis, delved into education, material and child healthcare, among other projects.

He said within the year, over 21 members were inducted into the club, as it was able to retain 98 per cent of its members.

Source: News Agency of Nigeria