OrderPaperToday- Speaker House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara has commended the Rotary Club for their role in routing polio out of Nigeria and other countries.
Pointing out that service is at the heart of leadership, the Speaker called on them to intensify efforts in alleviating the sufferings of people displaced by Boko Haram attacks.
In a press statement issued by his spokesman Turaki Hassan, the Speaker said this when he received a delegation from Rotary International, District 9125, led by its governor, Mike Omotosho.
Dogara said: “‎I sincerely believe that it is because you have served, offering your talents and resources and placing it at the disposal of people, the less privileged, communities that are ravaged by diseases and others, that your organisation, Rotary International, is one of the leading organisations in the world.”
He also assured them of the support of the House in their projects, but advised them to reach out to the Senate to also key into the programmes.
According to Dogara, Nigeria can not get to greater achievement of greatness without making plans and working towards them.
“We must envision where we are going to because it is said that without vision, people perish. You need to know your destination so that you can now work out the roads that will lead to it.”
He also called on leaders to be positive examples for the younger generation.
“Without a model, it is very difficult for individuals to have something that they can aspire to. We have had wrong models in the past; we are happy that this time around, we can look up to certain individuals in government and politics and say truly, I desire to be like this person, and I guess that is one big thing that this commonsense in Nigerian politics has brought to bear in Nigeria today.
“Leaders are now committed to change, and have gone from talking about fighting corruption to doing everything within their powers to live a corruption-free lifestyle, and doing everything possible to put an end to corruption.”
Earlier, the leader of the delegation and Governor of Rotary International District 9125, Mike Omotosho stated that the delegation had visited with the aim of inviting the Speaker to the end of the year district conference, then invited him to be a part of their on-going special projects.
Omotosho also informed the Speaker of steps being taken by the organization to ensure complete eradication of polio, and efforts geared towards empowering IDPs, including getting displaced children back to school.
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