International Director Yinka Babalola has recently ended a two-day visit in The
Gambia, a visit that gave him the opportunity to see some of their projects and
also hold a counterpart discussions with District Governor Aki Allen and
colleagues in the country.
Mr. Babalola also met with young Rotarians across the sub-region and discussed with them some issues of concern and how to increase more members into Rotary clubs.
He said the visit was part of his tour of countries in both Africa and Europe. He also shared his work experience with Gambian Rotary clubs, saying he has being a Rotarian for the past twenty-five years in Nigeria.
“Apart from the Rotary International, we also have what politicians call constituency responsibilities. I am part of that board and represent the whole of Africa, the Middle East, and some parts of Eastern Europe with about 78 member countries.”
He said his main mission in The Gambia was to meet the District Governor to together inspire rotary clubs and see how best to help communities and increase membership of Rotary clubs.
Mr. Babalola commended Gambia Rotarians for being action oriented and for supporting people in changing their lives.
Commenting on some of their activities, Mr. Babalola said Polio campaign is part of their programmes. “We have four Rotary clubs in The Gambia with about 100 to 150 Rotarians out of about 1.5 million people of Gambia’s populations which is not enough. So, we need more members from The Gambia to help communities,” he said.
Assistant District Governor Minyan Jobe applauded the director for his visit in The Gambia and assured him of a close working partnership.