In a bid to reduce the incidence of sickle cell anemia in the country, the District Governor of Lion club, Lion Ayobola Samuel, has announced plans to tackle the sickle cell scourge by embarking on aggressive advocacy and assistance to patients in Nigeria.
Lion Samuel, also said his district would impact on the educational development of children by partnering with state and local government within the district, to renovate some primary schools across the district.
Lion Samuel said at the occasion of his presentation investiture ceremony on August 5 that Lions across the globe have mapped out five key areas through which they want to make further impact in the lives of people in the 2017-2018 Lion’s year.
The five key areas mapped out for Lions globally are diabetics, relieving hunger, vision, pediatric and cancer and environmental protection.
Lion Samuel in his speech said, “For the benefit of our guests, Lions Clubs International was formed in 1917, a little over 100 years ago. The past 100 years have been devoted to making impact in the lives of the less privileged that we set out to serve. Lions have been acting on the simple idea of working selflessly to improve their communities. The first one hundred years have gone and we have started another journey of another 100 years to consolidate on the gains of the past years. For us, another century has begun, hence, the appellation ‘New Century’.
“I acknowledge the wonderful contributions of our past leaders and for the solid foundation they have laid. I am willing and ready to build on the foundation in order to consolidate on our legacies.
“In this district, we will embark on aggressive advocacy and assistance to patients. Also, realizing that the condition of our public primary schools has direct bearing on the future educational development of our children, we will partner with state and Local Governments to renovate some public primary schools across the District.
“Furthermore, we are in talk with a medical mission in the United States to see how we can make significant intervention in the areas of dentistry and vision as a strategy for health improvement.”
While appreciating his colleagues for their support in the past achievements of the district, he also called for more support and unity to finance laid down projects in order to make his leadership a success.