Sources: Nigerian Tribune and The Nation, February 2012 

Akure (capital of Ondo State, Nigeria)

The Rotary Club of Ijapo in Akure, RI District 9125, Nigeria, has expressed its readiness to assist 15 rural communities in the Ondo State with water boreholes for 15 communities,  a recreational center and a blood bank. The communities include Akure South, Akure North and Ifedore local government areas of the state.

Already, three of the communities, Oke-odu, Ilere and Ikota in Akure South have benefited from the gesture of the club regarding their water problems.

The new president of the club, Mr. Kehinde Ige, a lawyer, speaking at his investiture as the 28th president of the club, said the club had provided water for the communities, while arrangements were in advanced stage for the implementation of the projects in other communities.

He disclosed that the two plots of land for the club at Ilekun would be developed to a community recreational center and a blood bank where indigent patients that could not afford to pay for blood would get it free.

Kehinde Ige  said the club would make the blood available for such people as the centre would be managed by qualified doctors, nurses and laboratory technologists.

He said, “We have been able to solve part of the water problems of three rural communities in Akure area. Those communities are Oke-Odu, Ilere and Ikota. Within the next six months or so, we want to cover about 15 other rural communities in Akure South, Akure north and Ifedore local government areas.”

The Rotary club president stated that the club was ready to implement programmes that could further make living more meaningful to the people of the rural communities in the state.

The outgoing president, Alhaji Jola Mustapha Badmus, reeled out his achievements in office to include increased membership from 32 to 40, payment of all club’s debts and leaving the club’s account viable.

Among other achievements, he said, are purchase of two plots of land for the club and that 13 club members earned Paul Harris Fellowship.

The chairman of the interim committee of Akure South Local Government area, Jide Adejuyigbe, who also chaired the occasion, commended the club for contributing to the development of the society.