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Change of Batton at Inner Wheel District 912

By Amidu Arije

The Police Wives Association (POWA) Multipurpose Hall was filled to capacity on Saturday as the Inner wheel District 912 installed Mrs Adefunke Olubunmi Shinaba as its 15th District Chairman.

In their beautiful attires, members of the club throng the venue full of life, excitement and joy were visible in their faces as they exchanged pleasantries.

The cynosure of all eyes was the outgoing district chairman, Mrs Ronke Solomon and the incoming chairman Mrs Shinaba.

The beautifully decorated hall was charged to different sonorous songs by bands of musicians invited for the purpose.

The hall was decorated in purple like designs, an act that depicts the international humanitarian body theme for the year 2021/2022 which is PINK FIRST

With the recitation of the National anthem the occasion began followed by recitation of the Innerwheel anthem and a call to order by the outgoing chairman, Solomon formalised the commencement of the installation ceremony.

Clubs by club roll call was done as all clubs that made up district 912 comprising Lagos and Ogun States filled out one after the other with their clubs banner in their hands danced to the waiting district chairman and the association’s international representative.

The clubs were received with enthusiasm and pleasantries.

When it was time for the installation proper the outgone District chairman gave an account of her administration. She said despite the global health challenge resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, the district was able to carry out laudable programmes for the benefit of residents of the two states that made up the District.

She said, “We thank God for the success of our administration, despite the COVID-19 pandemic, we were still able to impact lives positively, we empower women with small scale businesses with tools needed to upgrade, we trained over 100 youths in skill acquisition and computer training.
We also organised free adult education training for people who could not read and write both in Lagos and Ogun states. From feedbacks participants enjoyed the programme and were able to learn how to read and write within the periods of 3 months.”

The handing over ceremony was conducted by Mrs Solomon as she hands the collaret, a symbol of office to the new District Chairman and wished her a successful sojourn in her administration.

While given her acceptance speech, Shinaba thanked God and members of the club for the success achieved during the last administration in which she was the Vice-chairman.

She promised to work further on the success achieved during the last administration and also to surpass it.

Shinaba said her focus will be on women, health, training and empowerment programme for youths, education, among others.

“Pink First’ as our theme, implies putting female gender first. Young and old women, widows, married or unmarried, so long as they are females regardless of their categories.”

That is why we have to put all our efforts as a to ensure we put Pink First by all means in this service year. We aim to do this by building, developing, as well as inputting new and harnessing already existing skills in a lot of women in local communities within our district,” she said.

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