Governor of Rotary District 9140, Mr. Akabom Enobong , has said that the Rotary Foundation would build a polio rehabilitation centre in the country.
He made the pledge in his acceptance speech while being sworn in as the new governor, on Saturday, in Calabar.
Enobong said the promise was made out of the foundation’s commitment to eradicate polio in the country and the world at large.
According to him, the rehabilitation centre would be located in any part of the country willing to donate land free of charge to the foundation.
He said the donated land, would determine the capacity of the rehabilitation centre.
“I am happy to be installed today as the 38th governor of district 9140.
“In my tenure as the governor, I promise to embark on the building of a rehabilitation centre for polio survivors in Nigeria.
“This centre will accomodate polio survivors in Nigeria. We are determined to give them the life they deserve,” he said.
According to him, the foundation would seek financial and material assistance from local and foreign Rotarians for the actualisation of the project.
“Rotary is service to humanity. Polio is almost being eradicated from the surface of the earth.
“In the last one year, only 74 cases of polio were reported around the world’’, he said.
He solicited the cooperation of all Rotarians to enable him succeed.
Earlier, Mrs Ijeoma Okoro, immediate past governor of the district, said that Rotary Foundation had contributed immensely to the eradication of polio through awareness campaigns, education and financially contributions.
She advised her successor to see the foundation as a way of serving humanity.