Rotary International President’s Representative, Selene Arrives Nigeria


Mary Ekah

In preparation for the three-day conference of the Rotary International taking place in Abeokuta from May 10 to 13, the Rotary International President’s Representative, Mary Beth Growney Selene, arrived Lagos yesterday evening, bringing with her the best wishes from the President of the Rotary International, Ian H.S. Riseley, to Nigerians.

Selene, who was warmly received by the District Governor for Rotary International District 9110, Adewale Ogunbadejo, at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport Lagos, said her visit to Nigeria was part of the activities celebrating rotary year for this year.

She said Rotary club has been confident in supporting Nigeria to eradicate polio, noting that Nigeria is a year and four months away from being declared polio free country, thereby leading the world in the fight against polio.
She added that Rotary club would continue to give Nigeria the support it need both financially and morally. Selene who is visiting Nigeria for the first time, described it as a country full of wonderful and beautiful people.

She said the contribution of Nigerians to Rotary has been so immense, adding, “The need is so great in Nigeria and we also have many beneficiaries here too.”

Her expectations while in Nigeria, she said, is to have a good time and also to meet as many Rotarians as she can.
District Governor for Rotary International District 9110, Ogunbadejo, said Selene’s visit was symbolic.

“Every Rotary year, we have a visitor because the Rotary International President usually sends a representative to be with us and today we have a very wonderful person around with us,” he said.

Ogunbadejo further that Selene would educate Nigerians more about polio during her stay in Nigeria, as well as inspire Nigerians to do more for Rotary.