The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Primary Healthcare Board, has urged humanitarian organisations to harmonise their projects plans with that of the government for effective service delivery .
Dr Iwot Ndaeyo, the Executive Secretary of the board, said this at the Fund-Raising/Investiture of Rotarian Henry Iwu as the 7th President of the Rotary Club of Abuja Kubwa, on Saturday in Abuja.
According to Ndaeyo, healthcare is about partnership, because without it, there won’t be proper healthcare. So in that partnership, humanitarian projects need to be in alignment with that of the government.
“So the advice I am giving here is to tell partners that there is the need to harmonise their plans. They need to key into government focus.
“You may not be aware that right now in the FCT, the health sector has a strategic government plan.
“We are in partnership with USAID, they support the FCT, we signed an MoU with a work plan that has been approved to be carried out in the next five years.
“So, if partners should key into this work plan, resources that they have could be pulled together. Government can achieve more and even they can achieve more too with the resources they have,’’ he said
Ndaeyo said that partnership was the way to go to guarantee that citizens would be healthy and productive in the nation.
According to Ndaeyo, Rotary Clubs are first level players as they have been supporting communities, empowering people, improving the general wellbeing of the people and making people have better health and good life expectations .
“So this induction of the 7th president of Rotary Club of Abuja, kubwa, is important to us because Kubwa is in Bwari and the cholera outbreak that we have just recorded Bwari had a very high case fatality.
“So Rotary club is doing a lot to help communities to come into active participation with their health activities.
The newly sworn-in president of the club, Iwu said Rotary was a humanitarian service organisation, and “mankind is her business, so service to humanity is her watch word”.
Iwu said that rotary bridges the gap between government and the people, especially at the rural comunities through the projects that they carry out.
He said that Rotary executes projects in seven areas of focus and listed them as Peace and Conflict Resolution, Disease Prevention and Treatment, Water and Sanitation, Basic Education and Literacy, Economic Empowerment and Sustaining the Environment.
Reeling out some of the projects the club would be executing during his tenure to include Peace and Conflict Resolution, Ending Open Defecation, construction of toilets and bore holes.
According to him, the club will also pay the school fees of 50 indigent students in Kagini community, a suburb in Abuja to enable them continue their education.
Iwo encouraged Nigerians to join and support the club, adding that it was not a cult as was the belief of some Nigerians.
Also speaking, the past President of the club, Rotarian Lovina Nkorn-Ntui, said that the club had executed laudable projects that impacted positively on the lives of people at the grassroots.
Okorn-Ntui, represented by a former President of the club, Rotarian Obas Ekeinde said that due to the laudable project the club executed in the last rotary year, it was recognised by the district and it won several awards.
She expressed the hope that the club would double on the feat it achieved in 2020.
“Rotary is one of the foremost humanitarian organisations in the world, and this requires clubs to do good and do service projects within their immediate communities.
“I want to advise the new president that rotary is a leadership ground, he should be focusd, be patience and carry everybody along.”
Speaking on the succession policy of Rotary where presidents who would lead clubs in the next four years had been elected, Ekeinde urged that Nigeria should adopt the style.
Ekeinde, who also spoke as a former president of the club, said that if Nigeria could learn from the succession plan, it would be better for it.
Mrs Ese Williams, a member of the club, advised Nigerians to join the club to serve humanity, adding
“it is not an elitist club like people think.’’
According to Williams, the club is a humanitarian organisation where the needy and less privileged in the society are assisted.
“As you know, government alone cannot do everything, especially at the rural communities, you will be surprised that some communities don’t have water, no schools, no health facilities.
“Where they exist ,they are nothing to write home about, so Rotary move into these communities to equip the communities and to renovate health facilities, as well as to render service to them ,’’ she said
Williams said you dont have to be rich to give, rather it was the spirit behind the giving that mattered.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that highlights of the event included fund raising for projects to be executed and awards presentation to some Nigerians who had distinguished themselves in their various fields of endeavour.
One of the recipients, Mr Ekunde Jigan, Head, Remedial Management, Aso Savings and Loans said he was delighted to receive an award from Rotary.
Jigan said that service to humanity was what everybody needed to do because that was what would make the society to prosper .
“This is because if I am well to do and my other neighbours are not, I am not secured and I am not safe.
“So, if I am safe and my neighbour is safe, the entire community would be saved. That is one thing every one of us should have at the back of our minds ,the need to help each other,” he said.