By Chibuike Nwabuko
In her address, quickly after her decors, Rotarian Anne commended her predecessors namely: Charter President, Salome Garba; Martins Odeh, Yelwa Abubakar and Daramola Ganiyu for their contributions at different times of their tenure in moving the Club to the excellent height, making the Rotary Club of Abuja CBD a force to reckon with.
Rotarian Anne, who herself was a club member, increased through the ranks. At various times, she was Assistant Secretary, Youth Director, President Nominee Designate, President Nominee, President Elect/Vice President and now President.
The 5th President who revealed interest to deliver, said the function she has been offered is that of service for humanity– a cause she is passionate about.
She therefore guaranteed to be guided by Rotary’s 4 Way Test viz; (1) Is it the truth? (2) It is reasonable to all concerned? (2) Will it construct Goodwill and Better Friendship? (4) Will it be helpful to all worried?
Rotarian Anne guaranteed that with concerted efforts from the District Convener, Ayo Oyedokun and Rotary International President 2021- 2022, Shekhar Mehta, all the Districts goals and Rotary International Presidential citation would be fulfilled.
The fifth President who called her 12- member Changemaker Board of Directors, repeated that they will focus on Rotary’s 7 areas of focus that includes: Maternal and Child Health, Basic Education and Literacy; Water and Sanitation; Peace and Conflict Prevention and Resolution; Economic and Neighborhood Development; Disease Avoidance and Treatment in addition to Supporting the Environment
In her words,” As a Club President with a group of devoted members, we are burdened the responsibility of increasing membership”. Including that with the vibrant Convener, PAG Evelyn Onyilo as the subscription Chair, that the membership drive will increase by 50 percent.
On his part, the Chairman of the occasion, who is also the President of Nigerian Union of Reporters, Associate Christopher Isiguzo, advised all members to sign up with hands with the fifth President to achieve all that she has actually detailed to attain in her period. He reminded that Rotary is about giving and. service to humankind. Including that a person’s spirit of providing is what he will be kept in mind for even when the person no more.
Earlier in her address, the visitor speaker, former First Lady of Imo State, Nneoma Nkechi Rochas Okorocha praised Rotarian Anne Uche Obi on her election as the fifth President of the Rotary Club of Abuja CBD and said she believes that she would surpass the target she has set for herself in view of her pedigree.
Speaking bon the theme: “Leadership With Empathy”, Her Excellency who first highlighted on what management is not said management has nothing with age and management is not management as supervisors handle things while leaders lead individuals.
According to her, “leadership is the act of inspiring people to achieve a set objective while empathy is ability to share and envision yourself in another person’s position or to place yourself in other person’s circumstance. It is ability to share the feelings if others.
She said empathy motivates leaders to comprehend performance along with permit leaders to establish relationship with the people they lead.
Mrs Okorocha therefore worried that to have the Nigeria of our dream, leaders must come down to listen more to individuals they are leading.
She for that reason prompted Nigerians to hope to God to provide us a listening leader in our country.
Other occasions at the celebration were the awards to deserving Chief Executive Officers and others who have differentiated themselves in their chosen fields of endeavour.
Some the awardee are: Chief James Ume, Publisher, The Whistler; Mr Maxwell Loko, CEO, Startimes; Past President Yelwa Abubakar; Immediate Past President Daramola Ganiyu; Rotarian, Habiba Dione; Associate Emmanuel Ogbeche and others.