A coalition of 16 Rotary Clubs in Abuja, with the support of an NGO, Wheels of Hope, has donated 160 tricycles to survivors of polio meningitis in the federal capital territory.
This humanitarian gesture, for which Rotary Club is globally known for, was to mark the 2020 Edition of World Polio Week.
The handover ceremony, which took place at the Rotary Polio Office located at Cairo Street, Wuse II, Abuja witnessed hundreds of excited survivors of polio meningitis taking delivery of their tricycles and thanking the donors for their support.
According to Felix Akinseye, President, Rotary Club of Asokoro, the tricycles would enable the beneficiaries to move about their daily lives which, obviously, will positively impact their economic wellbeing as they would be able to engage in more economic activities.
Akinseye disclosed that Rotary Club International started fighting polio meningitis since 1988, adding that Nigeria, and indeed, the entire African continent have been certified free from polio, leaving Afghanistan and Pakistan as the only two countries where polio is yet to be completely eradicated.
“We enjoin everyone to help keep polio at zero levels in Africa and extend hands of support and friendship to the Polio Survivors who are now Polio Champions”, he said.
Apart from Rotary Club Asokoro, other Rotary clubs involved in the donation include RC Abuja Capital, RC Abuja Downtown, RC Abuja prestige, RC Abuja Kubwa, RC Abuja Ministers Hill, RC Abuja Asokoro Diamond, RC Abuja Ambassadors, RC Abuja Gwarinpa, RC Abuja Metro, RC Abuja Gwarinpa Newage, RC Abuja Maitama, RC Apo, RC Abuja Capital Territory, RC Abuja Urban.
All the presidents and Polio chairs of each of the 16 Rotary Clubs were in attendance.