The Governor of Oyo state, ‘Seyi Makinde’, has commended the humanitarian services of Red Cross in the society as well as building a more peaceful and sustainable community to make the world a better place to live in.
Giving the commendation on Thursday while playing host to the organization, on behalf of Governor Seyi Makinde, at the Secretariat in Ibadan, the deputy governor, Barrister Abdul-Raheem Adebayo Lawal said Oyo state government under the leadership of Governor Makinde is very delighted to have one of its own as the new president of Red Cross, Yemisi Adeaga.
According to him, His Excellency, Governor Seyi Makinde would have love to receive the National officers in person but was out of the country for business summit in UK to be able to invite or attract investors into Oyo state.
He congratulated the National officers who were elected in January as well as the newly elected president of the organization in Nigeria, Prince Adeaga, saying his trajectory into Red Cross society was dated back to several decades.
While commending the crucial role of Red Cross volunteers in providing essential support and assistance to those in need, he emphasized the importance of their deep sense of understanding of the challenges or disasters faced by the communities they serve.
He said: “Needless to say that the activities of Nigeria Red Cross society are well known all over the world, since 1960 up to date, there has not been a year that Nigeria Red Cross has not touch lives of our citizens, and to that extent, we know as a matter of fact that this society is acting positively into human development and human care.
“The activities of Red Cross are all embracing. Disasters of any dimension, you will see them there, such as flood, fire, outbreak among others. They are always the first on the line of disaster contact.”
The deputy governor who recalled the flood incident that broke roads into two in Niger state about four years ago, commended the Red Cross of Nigeria for coming handy to provide succor to the people of Niger state as well as many other ways they have been able to uplift the society and the people in Nigeria.
He stressed that during the civil war in Nigeria between 1967 and 1970, it was the Red Cross that also first rendered assistance emphasizing their pivotal role in the society.
He noted that the Red Cross are meant to cater for the people in areas of disaster mitigation by providing medical facilities and by combating Coronavirus across the word, adding that as a government, they can not undermine or play down the role Red Cross is playing globally and whatever support within the power of Oyo state government would be given.
Later, the deputy governor declared that Governor Seyi Makinde had donated one ambulance to the group, and that it would be given to the national president tomorrow.
He added that one of the cardinal points of Red Cross is to protect lives which is inline with the Nigeria constitution promising that Oyo state government will ensure that lives and properties are saved in Nigeria and poverty would be reduced and to also make lives more meaningful to our teaming population.
Earlier in his remarks, the National president, Oluyemisi Adeaga, said they are in Oyo state to give themselves an update knowledge what is required of them as management team and governance members who are just resuming on the position of National officers of Red Cross society that is expected to drive this particular organization, the first in Nigeria to be established since 1960 to play auxiliary roles to government in areas of health and disaster.
Adeaga, who is the first Oyo state indigene to occupy the position of National president of Res Cross, highlighted that the organization is about humanitarian services as they believe that every human being has a right to live.
He expressed his gratitude to Seyi Makinde, the governor of Oyo State, for his personal donation to the Oyo State chapter of the Nigeria Red Cross, which enabled them to renovate the branch headquarters, create a children welfare department that is now well-equipped, and improve the services of the Nigeria Red Cross medical center at the new garden, where the Oyo State Government donated the land and First Bank donated the structure.
Adeaga stressed that His Excellency is so passionate and concern about what’s going on in the society which is also the mission of Red Cross, adding that their resilient to disasters is very high especially on the issue of criminality.
He noted that with the help of a listening government in Oyo state, disaster will be eradicated as the government has always responded to anything that will affect the lives of Oyo state indigenes positively in terms of proper care and to produce better human in the society.
“On this note, the Red Cross movement say thank you sir,” he said.
The highpoint of the event was presentation of gift on behalf of Governor Seyi Makinde to the visitors as well as the conferment of the tittle, “Vice patron of Red Cross in Oyo state” on Bayo Lawal by the President, Yemisi Adeaga.