-by Harris Emanuel
Uyo—Akwa Ibom State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Comrade Ini Ememobong has emerged the 15th President of the Rotary club of Uyo Metropolis, the state capital. Ememobong takes over from Rotarian Ubong Jeremiah who had held the mantle of leadership since 1st July 2020.
In his acceptance speech captioned “Behold, a great door of service opens,” Comrade Ememobong pledged commitment to invest his time, energy, resources and talent to the service of Rotary club of Uyo metropolis, Rotary club International and humanity in general.
“Rotary is an excellent vehicle that drives on the expressway of service to humanity and for about a decade, I have witnessed Rotary through Rotarians, put smiles on millions of faces, save lives, protect the environment, advance the course of global peace”, he said
Earlier, Comrade Ememobong led some members of the Rotary International, District 9142 to the QIC Leprosy Hospital, Ekpene Obom in Etinan LGA, Government Primary School, Afaha Ubeh Itam and Christ the King Catholic School, Wellington Bassey Way, Uyo, as part of activities to mark his installation.
At the Leprosy Hospital in Ekpene Obom, Ememobong, donated relieve materials and work tools ranging from vulcanising machine, sewing machine and hair clippers to some of the inmates who were earlier trained on some vocational skills.
He assured the hospital management that the Rotary Club of Uyo Metropolis will during his tenure continue to partner the hospital to fast-track humanitarian services to the leprosy patients, as well as similar health service providers in the state
The team which later moved to Government Primary School, Afaha Ubeh Itam, donated a wash-in-school facility, and fifty dual decks, to boost the teaching and learning conditions of the pupils.
The visits also featured the planting of fifteen stands of coconut trees at Government Primary School, Afaha Ubeh Itam and another fifteen stands at CKC, Willington Bassey Way in Uyo Metropolis, and a donation of additional fifty dual decks as part of Rotary Club’s support to the free and compulsory education policy of the state Governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel.
Receiving the newly elected Rotary President of Uyo Metropolis and his entourage, the Medical Superintendent of the hospital, Dr. Charles Ekandem thanked Comrade Ememobong for the visit, and for his numerous humanitarian services to the less privileged persons in the society. Ekandem said the exemplary lifestyle of Ememobong was synonymous with the ideals and goals of the Rotary Club which he was now a point-man.
Dr. Ekanem who decried the practice of stigmatization against leprosy victims and ostracizing by family members, added that such practices were debasing to human essence, thus sometimes making it very difficult for the victims to experience full recovery.
The Medical Superintendent used the occasion to solicit support of the state government and donor agencies to continue to provide medical care services to leprosy victims in the state.