Rotary’s Four Way Test Can Save Nigeria – Asiodu …as Isichei Osamgbi becomes 33rd President, Rotary Club Ikoyi

L-R: Special Guest of Honour, Chief Philip Asiodu, former petroleum Secretary, Guest Lecturer, Prof. Viola Onwuliri, former Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, with Wife of the President, Major (Mrs) Janet Osamgbi, New President, Rotary Club of Ikoyi, Rotarian Isichei Osamgbi, Chairman of the occasion, Ogbueshi Alban-Ofili-Okonkwo and Past District Governor, Rotary International, District 9110, Dr Omotosho Kamoru at the investiture of Osamgbi as the 33rd President of Rotary Club of Ikoyi in Lagos, at the weekend.

Former Petroleum Secretary, Chief Philip Asiodu, has said that Nigeria would overcome most of her socio-economic challenges if public servants adhere to 50 per cent of the Four Way Test of the Rotary Club.
Asiodu who spoke at the weekend in Lagos as a Special Guest of Honour at the investiture of Rotarian Isichei Osamgbi as the 33rd President of the Rotary Club Ikoyi, noted that the Four Way Test of the Rotary International embraced by all its clubs is all encompassing in dealing with issues of principle and dedication to work and would be of great advantage in a developing nation, if applied in the delivery of service.
The Rotary Four Way Test which says; (1) Is it the Truth, (2) Is it Fair to all concerned, (3) Will it build goodwill and better Friendship, and (4) Will it be beneficial to all concerned, will address the issues of incompetence, lack of dedication and quality service delivery which adversely affect the public service, he said.
According to him, the country would be better off by 50 years if her public servants would adhere to the principles of the 4-way test of the Rotary Club in their day-day activities in the country. He argued that with the abundance of human and natural resources, most of which are yet untapped, Nigeria should have done better than she is doing currently.
“Nigeria has a unique geographical location, scores of untapped natural resources and 3, 000 miles away from the Europe market compared to her Asian counterparts, who are 11, 000 miles from the European market and yet she has not been able to utilise the advantage of this geographical location to the advantage of her citizens”, he said regrettably.
Asiodu in his remark also urged qualitative education which would improve on the present poor quality in the nation’s educational system. He also advocated the teaching of what he termed a national language, which aside English language, will be spoken by children in schools across the country.
He added that each child learning at least one national language would promote unity, oneness and cohesion in a multi-ethnic nation like Nigeria, as soon everyone will be able to speak a language that another would understand aside English.
Collaborating Asiodu, Chairman of the occasion, Ogbueshi Alban Ofili-Okonkwo, Chairman of Autobahn Technique Ltd, noted that applying the Rotary Four Way Test in picking leaders in the country the way Rotary does, will go a long in helping build a healthy nation of quality leaders, for which he noted that the new Rotary President, Isichei Osamgbi was.
On his part, Professor Chris Ogbogbo, President Historical Society of Nigeria and Head of Department of History at the University of Ibadan noted that justice and fairness will help address several issues of inequality and agitations in the country, of which the Rotary Club’s principles have taken care of, whether it is the girl child education or other social economic matters.
in his acceptance speech, Mr. Isichei Osamgbi, who took over from Rotarian Oladele Ojogbede, said that the Rotary Club Ikoyi has been in the business of doing good in the last three decades, which he said has been necessitated by the fact that people need care and love.
Osamgbi, who is the Head of Public Affairs of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), pledged that in the current Rotary year under his watch, such acts of doing good would be taken even to higher standards, insisting that the government cannot do everything.
“Our focus is to impact on more lives. Someone near you needs cataract surgery; we will undertake at least 100 of such surgeries in this Rotary year. We will build a blood bank and are partnering with the Police Hospital in Falomo, Lagos. where we carried out some renovations recently, among several other projects the Club plan to undertake in this Rotary year,” said Osamgbi.

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