First Gambian Rotary International Governor aims high

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

New Governor for District 9101 of the Rotary International, Akiladi Allen, has planned to strengthen the Rotary with unprecedented plans laid for the year 2018 –19.

Allen was speaking at a recent press conference convened by District Governor 9101 at a local hotel in Bijilo.

It is for the first time in over 30 years, that a Gambian has assumed full responsibility for the administration of the District of 10 member countries as Governor.

One of Allen’s goals outlined for the Rotary year include the implementation of a Global Grant project on solar Lightening and Water supply in all 10 member countries of the District.

In addition, Allen has planned to seek a donation of US$70, 000 to Rotary’s annual fund, from which each club will benefit US$1,000.

“This responsibility that we have been entrusted with is one that we take seriously and which we will jealousy guard to ensure performance and deliver on mandate and responsibilities expected of us.” Allen said.

Allen also challenged all Rotarians to inspire humanity. “I oblige you as Rotarians of District 9101 to challenge ourselves to be the inspiration to pioneer the positive change we seek for the sake of humanity.” he added.

Similarly, the new District Governor also urged all Assistant Governors and District Committee and sub-Committee Chairs to support and help achieve his outlined goals by June 2019.

Rotary International is aimed at serving humanity in the areas of Peace and Conflict Resolution, Maternal and Child Health, Water and Sanitation, Community Development, Disease Prevention, and Basic Literacy.

In light of the above, Allen assured Rotary International 10 member countries his full performanceand results drivenduring his mandate as District Governor.The ten member countries include The Gambia, Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Guinea, Liberia, Guinea Bissau, Mali, Cape Verde, Senegal and Sierra Leone.

Since its 39 years in The Gambia, Rotary International has reported to have spent over US$600, 000 on various projects like water supply, which 92 villages have benefited.

Mr. Akiladi Allen’s appointment was endorsed by former governors of district 9101 of 10 countries, which means out of the 10 countries in the district, he now heads 18 regions, and 77 Rotary Clubs with over 1800 Rotarians. 

Author: Sankulleh Gibril Janko