The atmosphere was not the same at Igbogbo on Friday 17th of February, 2017 as the reputable Club, International Association of Lions Club, District 404A1 (Region 4), paid a courtesy visit to the Palace of the Adeboruwa of Igbogbo Kingdom, Oba Abdulsemiu Orimadegun Kasali, as part of their tour programme of humanitarian service and empowerment scheme to ameliorate the suffering of the downtrodden in the community.
The Association however, deemed it fit to pay homage to the Royal Highness. The team led by Lion Dr. Ayodele Ajayi who spoke on behalf of the Association and as the bona-fide son of the soul by residence, thanked Kabiyesi for receiving them to his Palace.
HRM Oba Abdulsemiu Kasali warmly welcomed them and implored them to use the Lions Club to advance the development of the youth and the community at large. He did not hesitate to advice the Social Group to imbibe our culture in their endeavors to accommodate frequent speaking of our mother tongue.
Furthermore, the King solicit for more creative empowerment programmes to sensitize the youth so as to discourage them from criminal acts, thus, enhance creativity and innovations. Kabiyesi equally seized the opportunity to advise the parents to ensure that their children are properly trained to shun violence, cultism and criminality. This is because the Lagos State Government has vowed not to leave any stone unturned, hence, any form of criminality will be decisively dealt with, and also emphasized that the Government is determined to purge the State of miscreants and hooligans who are constituting public nuisance and threats to the people of the State, e.g. Ajagungbale, Cultists, etc.
In the same vein Oba Kasali solicited for the establishment of a public Hospital in Igbogbo due to the pressure that is on Ikorodu General Hospital presently, which adversely affected a lot of people in need of urgent medical attention. He further pleaded with the Social Group to endeavour to empower the women to enable them become self independent.
The Adeboruwa of Igbogbo however used the opportunity to specifically appreciated the most decorated Lion member in Africa, Lion Engr. H.O.B Lawal, for his positive contribution towards the development of Igbogbo Kingdom.
Lion Kola Oyekanmi gave a vote of thanks to exhibit their candid satisfaction and gratitude before Kabiyesi unveiled the Lions Code of Ethics erected at the Palace.
Lion Dr. Ayodeji Ajayi in company of his wife, Lion Dr. Mrs Olayinka Ajayi, distributed free reading eye glasses to those who have earlier undergone screening exercise, while empowerment on tie and dye, bead making attracted special packaged gifts to the participants.
Lion Dr. Mrs Olayinka Ajayi also advised all the women there present to embrace cleanliness and maintain a healthy life style. She further admonished the women to give their children adequate training with proper monitoring.
On a final note, the Lions Club and its team proceeded to Afinju Street, off Baiyeku road, Igbogbo, to commission a borehole water project in loving memory of late Lion Abiodun Waheed Lawal. The commissioning process was done by Lion Dr. Ayodeji Ajayi while he thereafter handed it over to the CDA Chairman.
The event didn't end without an interactive session which was held at the resident of Lion H.O.B Lawal. The District Governor thanked the Lions Club, Region 4, for the successful of his tour to the Region. He further further expressed his gratitude to Lion Engr. H.O.B Lawal for hosting the Lions team and for his support. He therefore encouraged everyone to imbibe the spirit of giving as it is the will of God and the tenets of the Lions Club worldwide. Several questions and answers were also entertained and responded to, adequately.
Moreover, Lion Engr. H.O.B Lawal in his short address challenged all Lions Club members to show more commitment towards humanitarian service after congratulating the District Governor, Lion Dr.. Ayodele Ajayi, for his uncommon leadership roles played in uplifting the Unionism of the Lions Club.
Among the Lions Club members that witnessed the event includes the District Governor, Lion Dr. Ayodele Ajayi and his amiable wife, Lion Dr. Mrs Olayinka Ajayi. The event which was officially covered by the Publisher, Igbogbo/Bayeku Info Magazine, Ln. Shakiru Seidu, saw the likes of Ln. Engr. H.O.B Lawal, the Region President, Ln. Wumi Akano, Ln. Engr. Adeniyi Lawal, Ln. Kola Oyekanmi, Ln. Akamo Lookman, the Centennial President, Igbogbo Platinum Lions Club, Ln Taofeek Olokunola, Ln Adeola Rotinwa, the past President, IPLC and also the P. A. to the District Governor, Ln. Olatunde Okusanya, Ln Bayo Alebiosu, Ln Barr. Bimbo Ojedokun, Ln. Olusesan Daini, Zonal Chairman, Ln. Adewale Micheal, among others.
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