By Wahab Akinlade
The President of Eko Centennial Lions Club, Mr Lukman Olabiyi has called on influential Nigerians to use their wealth to serve and uplift the less privileged in the society.
Mr Olabiyi made the call when he led members of his club to donate relief materials to the inmates at Lagos State Rehabilitation and Training Centre, Owutu, Agric, Ikorodu, to mark the beginning of a new Lions’ year commencing on July 1.
While pleading with well meaning Nigerians to invest in programmes that would promote the cause of humanity, the club president said Lions Club understood its roles in the society, and it would continue to give helping hands to the needy.
Mr Olabiyi also urged the three tiers of government to be more committed to the cause of the less privileged.
“Kindness is free, let’s give it; it is only when we give that we get more; giving is living. If God has raised our standards of living, let’s raise the standards of our giving.”
“Let all wealthy Nigerians come and join the Lions Club International to give back to the society. It is a place to serve the needy whole-heartedly. There are so many needy people seeking our help, we should rise up to help.
“Ours is a commitment to humanitarian services in our communities. We are passionate about the causes of the less privileged and the commoners in our communities,” he said.
Mr Olabiyi implored Nigerians to jettison the perception that someone needs to be a millionaire before he or she can join lions club stressing that anyone who could afford to buy bottle of soft drinks and share among people is qualified to be a member of the club.
In his response, an official of the Lagos State Rehabilitation and Training Centre, Owutu, Agric, Ikorodu, Mr Arole Olamide who received the relief materials on behalf of the inmates, thanked the club for its kind gesture and also sought more support from the organisation.
By Wahab Akinlade