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By Cliffsimeon Akalonu

The head of Corporate Communications of Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Mr. Isichie Osamgbi, has been installed as the 33rd President of the Rotary Club of Ikoyi, Lagos.

TRANSPORT DAY NEWSPAPER reports that the new President, in his speech, thanked the past Governor of the club, Kamoru Omotosho and all the past Presidents and members of Rotary Club of Ikoyi, for taking him to where he is today in Rotary and “schooling me on the spirit of giving and leadership”.

He said “looking back few years ago in 2010 when I joined the Rotary Club of Ikoyi, District 9110, Nigeria, on the kind invitation of my big brother Rotarian  Aigbe Olotu, it looked like yesterday, simply because doing good makes the year look so close”.

According to him, “ROTARY IS WHERE YOU COME AND GIVE WITH ALL YOUR HEART AND ALL YOUR LOVE for the good of mankind”, even as he extolled the virtues of touching lives, rendering service to humanity, doing good in various sphere of life and maintaining standards.

The expert in Corporate Communication and International Law and Diplomacy, added that in Rotary, “it is all about you, you and me, walking hand in hand, working together to do greater things for humanity. To sustain the spirit of doing things together in a higher standard, letting the world know that the more we do good, the better our community and the world at large would be”.

Rolling out his plans, he added that “my focus on our projects with determination this year is to impact more lives at a higher standard, with projects lined up in my Rotary year include (1) building of a Blood Bank (2) Renovation of the foremost Police Hospital, (3) Micro Credit Scheme to Sura Market Traders (4) more Legal Representations for Unjustified Incarcerations, (5) 100 free Eye Screening and Cataract Surgeries, (6) Donations of One Million Books, and (7) Vocational training for youths amongst others, touching lives”.

The new President also said “our strength this year would be more on collective efforts, every one participating together more than ever before, drawing on our wealth of experiences, vocations, relationships, friends, contacts and the three Ts – Talent, Treasure, and Time; to deliver excellent services to our community with all honour and dignity”.

Osamgbi has a Bachelor of Arts Degree (1992) from the Bendel State University (now known as Edo State University, Ekpoma); a Masters Degree in International Law and Diplomacy from University of Lagos in 1997, and has attended many national and international courses and workshops.

He worked as a journalist in the famous Thisday newspaper for several years, becoming an Editor in charge of Energy and Foreign Affairs beats as well as holding other top positions before moving to work for Shell Nigeria as Media Relations and Communications Adviser. He is currently the Head of the Corporate Communications department of NIMASA.

The ceremony witnessed the presentation of a paper by a former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Prof. (Mrs) Adaku Viola Onwuliri who spoke on empowering the girl child for sustainable economy.

According to her, there are about 1.1billion girls in the world with dreams and potentials to positively influence the world, hence, the need to protect them against vices like rape, molestation etc.

The event which held at Golden Gate restaurant, Ikoyi on Saturday, July 29, was witnessed by eminent personalities including a former distinguished Federal Permanent Secretary and Presidential Adviser, Chief Philip Asiodu; Chairman of Autobahn Technologies Limited, Ogbueshi Alban Ofili-Okonkwo; Corporate Affairs Adviser in Nigerian Breweries, Kufre Ekanem; the new President’s wife, Major (Mrs.) Janet Osamgbi among others.

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