The new District Governor, Rotary International District 9110, Rotn. Kola Sodipo, has vowed to sustain the present status of zero report of polio virus in Nigeria until the country is totally free and declared polio non-endemic nation. This, he said during his installation ceremony, which took place at Muson Centre, Lagos.
Sodipo said, “Rotary has been at the forefront of the campaign for polio eradication in Nigeria and the world over the years. We have invested over $4 billion. This year, we want to collaborate with the National Polio Plus Committee to ensure that there is no more case of polio in Nigeria”.
Sodipo further said in the area of health, the district would fully equip identified Primary Health Centers within the district, covering Lagos and Ogun states towards ensuring that institutions provide the much needed healthcare delivery in the various communities they serve. He said the Intercontinental Free Surgical Mission, in various medical specialties, in conjunction with Rotarians and specialists from Districts in India and United States of America will continue to benefit the people.
7. Ondo Workers Protest against Non-payment of 12 months’ Salary
Several workers of Ondo State Emergency Medical Services Agency (ODEMSA) took to the streets on the 9th July 2018 in Akure to protest against non-payment of 12 months salaries by the government. They besieged the Governor’s Office at Alagbaka, Akure, brandishing different placards and chanting songs of protest to register their grievance and government’s indifference to their plight.
Odemsa was established on March 24, 2010 to provide emergency medical pre-hospital (ambulance) and hospital (trauma care) and road services, along crash-prone highway corridors in the state to salvage the lives of accident victims.
The protest was led by Mr. Samuel Aderoju, with protesters who defied the drizzling rain and inclement sun that followed, chanting words such as “Pay our 12 months’ salary”, “Rescue us to rescue others on the roads”, “Hunger is killing us”, “Save our roads from death,” “Give our lives priority, rescue our families”, “Our job is a life-saving job.”
Aderoju said the workers had held several meetings and made appeals to the state government but to no avail, revealing that the last dialogue with government officials in March went fruitless like the previous ones.
“They told us that they would pay and later resorted to verification to know if there were ghost workers among us, yet no positive result. Also all efforts to meet Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu had hit the rock, so we have come here to embark on civic and peaceful protest to get the governor’s attention ourselves since we were prevented from seeing him.”