Rotarian TPL Salau Funke Doris, a registered Town Planner and a corporate member of Nigeria Institute of Town Planners is the President of Rotary Club of Ota. In a chat with The Travellers Magazine, she disclosed that the purpose of the club is service for humanity.
Salau, who studied Town and Regional Planning, graduated from the Federal Polytechnic Ilaro, she did her OND at Ogun State Polytechnic, then proceed to the Lagos State University for masters degree in Urban Planning because of her love for planning.
She did her youth service in 1998 with one of the leading estate firm in Nigeria at Diya Fatimileyin & Co. After her service, she joined Wemabod Estate, a member of Odua Group of Investment.
Salau married to Dr. Taofik Salau a senior lecture in University of Lagos who hail from Abeokuta in Ogun State.
Salau said:Rotary is about service to humanity either you are a president or a* *member the job there is that you render your service to the people without expecting* anything in returns.
We provide for people that do not know you and will not come back in future to thank you
Since her assumption of office as the President of the club, they have done many projects for Ota community such as Providing borehole for a community at Unity Estate in Iyesi, Ota.
Empowerment of 25 women with N500,000, equipping some schools with computers and also renovated Iyesi High SCHOOL ICT Room.
The club also provided health services to people in Ota. Recently, 100 cataract patients were operated on free of charge at Ace Medicare Clinics a hospital that was owed by a member of the Club. PAG Wole Kukoyi and the club also screened 100 men for prostrate cancer for free, apart from that, many people were treated for malaria and they were given treated nets and drugs.
We have done so many things; we planted trees to beautify the environment, this Saturday we are going to join LASTMA and the Road Safety at toll gate and Ojuore to control traffic, last week we did a vocational training to empower people by giving them lecture; we called professionals in different fields to tell them what they can do apart from their certificate to have as a source of income.
I have this thinking that you have to read and write before you can be useful to yourself and the community, but that training made me personally to understand that you have to make sure your offsprings learn a trade, the economic situation in the country is not friendly,” she said.
Salau stated that one must be a giver, and also ready to give your talents, time and treasure before he or she can join Rotary Club because funds are generated from members and some Nigerians support them also.
Rotary Foundation of Rotary International gives them funds through the Rotary Foundation; when the club contributes to the foundation, the foundation doubles it for the projects. She said: “Recently in Ota, we were given about $44,000 which is about N16 million to equip the Osi Health Center in Ota, the money came from the foundation.
Most of the projects we do is from our contributions, we have to contribute whenever we have projects, though some Nigerians also support us but we do not rely on them, because if we do, we would not be able to do anything.
Funds also generated through my installation to execute some of my projects earmarked for this Rotary Year.
Polio has been eradicated from Nigeria through the efforts of Rotary, we spent millions of naira to immunise the children.
She disclosed that there are many advantages of being a Rotarian such as personal growth, Public speaking,
relationship, networking, leadership skills, assistance in travelling out of the country for Rotary Conventions, but it also demands the sacrifice of time, talent, knowledge and treasure.
Salau said she joined the club because she likes to assist the less privileged and that when she was in higher institution, she was a member of the Rotaracts and when she graduated and relocated to Ota, decided to join the club. She was introduced to the club by the Olota of Ota Oba Abdulkabir Obalanlege Adeyemi who is also a Rotarian.
TPL SALAU FUNKE DORIS as served Rotary Club of Ota in various capacities, and she has also served beyond her club, and received several awards both from her club and from District 9110 Nigeria, all her family are Paul Harris Fellow of Rotary International and She is a major donor to Rotary Foundation of Rotary International.