By Eric Elezuo Photos: King Solomon Ekhaiyeme
It was obviously one of the best days for Rotarian Kola Sodipo as Rotarians from far and wide gathered at the Shell Hall, MUSON Centre, Onikan, Lagos as he was installed as the 38th Governor of Rotary International District 9110.
The glamorous event, which featured the presence of past and present executives as well as members of the general public, kicked off with the recitation of rotary songs, conducted by Past Assistant Governor Leke Adepeju which ushered in the procession of Council of Governors before the National Anthem was rendered.
Thereafter the welcome address by the Chairman, Installation Committee, Past Assistant Governor Wale Adegbite, was delivered, and was followed by a farewell address by the outgoing District Governor, Rotarian Adewale Ogunbadejo.
The event reached a crescendo when District Secretary, Kolawole Ojelabi, presented Rotarian Kolawole Sodipo as the new District Governor to all present. This was when the new Governor’s intimidating profile which showed that he trained as Pharmacisist at then University of Ife (Now Obafemi Awolowo University) and worked at Neimeth before setting up his own private practice was read.
The presentation was greeted with the loud ovation, and Rtn Sodipo who had earlier served at various top capacities in the districtwas subsequently installed by Rotarian Adewale Ogunbadejo amid fanfare.
The newly installed Governor, full of smiles, accepted the position in an inaugural speech which highlighted his programmes and projects for the 2018-19 Rotary Year.
The event which was steered by Yemi Sodinmu had in attendance the Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Mrs. Oluranti Adebule, who was represented by Commissioner For Energy, Mr. Wale Oluwo, Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosu, represented by Ogun State Commissioner For Commerce and Industry, Otunba Bimbo Ashiru, Senator Ganiyu Solomon as well as Permanent Secretary , Ministry of Information and Strategy, Lagos State,Mr. Fola Adeyemi. The Guest Speaker was Managing Director/CEO of First Bank,
Also, some distinguished Nigerians were also honoured in the course of the occasion such as After the installation of the District Governor, . They include the Founder and Executive Chairman, Peacock Group of Companies, Aare Segun Philips, Founder of Leadership Newspaper, Sam Nda-Isaiah, CEO Greenwich Trust Limited, Mr. Kayode Falowo and Mr. Femi Tejuoso.
To spice up the occasion, a raffle draw and auction sales were organized, and were conducted by Past Assistant Governor Mohammed Mijinyawa. Guests went home with juicy prizes and had loads of fun.
With goodwill toasts from different sections of the Rotary society and vote of thanks taken by Rotarian Lekan Olabinjo, the event came to a glorious end.