BY: NONYE JULIET EKWENUGO and DAHARATU AHMED ALIYU
Joycelyn Anagende has emerged the 55th President of the Rotary club of Kaduna.
Joycelyn took the mantle of leadership Saturday in Kaduna during the investiture fundraising ceremony of Rotary club of Kaduna.
In her acceptance speech after the investiture ceremony which had large attendance of members, District Officers and well wishers, the 55th President disclosed that her passion and drive for services to humanity has never ceased or changed.
“I stand on this exalted alter as the 55th club president today, I wish to reiterate that my passion and drive for services to humanity has never ceased or changed from the first day, although the times are daunting and pandemic has posed unimaginable challenges for the Rotary circle. I am particularly encouraged that as a club we have weathered the storms, adapted and impacted on our immediate communities in these few months of transition”.
Joycelyn while speaking, also disclosed that the theme of this Rotary year is opens opportunities, ” it is therefore our focus to create opportunities that strengthen leadership, service and translate ideas to action. Rotary is a huge platform that gives us unlimited access individuals both home and abroad who later turn out to become friend, business associate and family ” she stated.
She also stated that, “in this Rotary year about the sum of 5 million Naira has been budgeted to enable us carry out projects in the 7 areas of focus which include peace and conflict prevention/resolution, disease prevention and treatment, water and sanitation, maternal and child birth economic and community development”.
In an interview with the newsmen shortly after the investiture ceremony, the Chairman of the occasion, Mohammed Idris Malagi said that the new President a committed Rotarian whose passion is never in doubt , adding that she is focused and hardworking.
Malagi who is also the Chairman Bifocal Group of companies Publisher Blueprint newspaper, said that this is a time humanitarian service is mostly appreciated.
He also called on other well meaning Nigerians to come together and save humanity especially in this time of global pandemic while encouraging Rotary club Kaduna to assist government in fighting insecurity.
In his abridge paper presentation, the independent political risk and strategic foresight consultant, Abdulrauf Aliyu said that “what we are experiencing today is slow motion fiscal disaster. The federal government and some States are already spending more of their budget on debt servicing than any other sort of expenditure”.
Highpoint of the investiture was presentation of awards to deserving members of the club who has served in one capacity or the other.