The Alake and Paramount Ruler of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo, has advised Rotarians to create and celebrate the feat achieved in the fight against polio fever in Nigeria and for being appointed by God to take care of others.
Oba Adedotun Gbadebo, made the remarks while welcoming two Rotarian Groups during courtesy calls ahead of the organisation’s Annual Conference taking place at the Obasanjo Presidential Library, Abeokuta.
The Alake noted that Nigerians would ever be grateful to Rotary Club for kicking polio out of Nigeria.
The Egba Apex Monarch congratulated the two incoming women District Governors for breaking the barriers of an all male-dominated group by getting to the peak.
Oba Gbadebo used the occasion to appeal to iconic clubs like the Island Club, Yoruba Tennis Club, the Country Club and others to follow suit.
Alake lauded Rotary Club for caring for others, saying God had blessed the club for meeting the needs of communities and residents all the time.
In his remarks, the outgoing Governor, Mr Dayo Akinbobola said he recalled that Oba Alake was a Rotarian President in 1987, adding that he was always a Rotarian at heart.
He added that the Alake canvased for ladies aspiring to be the heads of social and voluntary organizations to be encouraged, adding that God created both man and woman to be of mutual benefits to each other.
Alake noted that women have shown the world that they had a lot of roles to play and were adding values to human dignity and human beings.
Earlier in his opening remarks, the Rotarian District 9110, Governor of Ikeja North, Mr Kola Oyebade told the Egba Apex monarch that they were at the Palace to pay a traditional homage and to ask for His Majesty’s Royal Blessings.
He described Abeokuta as a best environment for their annual retreat and Conference, adding that COVID-19 had aborted their plan to meet for the exercise last year.
Oyebade reassured that the Egba Monarch’s advice would be seriously considered.
Also speaking at the occasion, the District President of Ikeja, Mr. Dotun Lampejo, told the Alake that the women were moving up the ladder in his Rotary Club, adding that Alake’s advice had come at a better time and needed to be looked into.
Present at the occasion were
Oba Michael Aderounmu, the Onijale-Papa, Aare Ganiyu Babayeju, Aare Baaroyin, Layi Labode, Gbolashakin AbdulLateef Adenekan and Bobatolu Mathew Koleoso.