By Gbenga Gbelee
Members of the public have been charged to see service to humanity through volunteerism as a moral obligation to the human race and not as an act which should be hinged on financial gratification.
This formed the core of remarks by the Wife of the Lagos State Governor, Mrs. Omobolanle Ambode and the former Deputy Speaker of the Lagos State parliament; Honourable (Mrs) Adetoun Adediran who both topped the list of crème-de- la-creme who graced at the Enrolment and Inauguration Ceremony of the Nigerian Red Cross Society, University of Lagos detachment.
The ceremony which held at the Afe Babalola hall of the University in Akoka saw the wife of the
Lagos StateGgovernor who was represented by Mrs. Junaid Mosunmola and Hon. Adediran
showering encomiums on the Red Cross Society for its monumental strides globally being the largest voluntary organisation in the world over the decades.
While underscoring the imperativeness of humanitarian services in any society, the duo of Mrs.
Ambode and Hon. Adediran buttressed the need for every resident of the Nigerian nation to key into the global humanitarian mission of the Nigerian Red Cross Society as a way to better the fortunes of the less privileged and improve the lots of humanity at large.
In a lecture on the theme of the event “VOLUNTEERISM, A MUST FOR ALL”, the lead speaker,
Dr. (Mrs.) Adewunmi from the Department of Human Kinetics and Health Education of the
University of Lagos spoke exhaustively on the importance of volunteerism both from the theological and non-theological perspectives describing the concept as a moral duty which should be discharged devoid of greed or monetary inducement.
Dr. Akinwunmi buttressed the role of volunteerism in curbing corruption and several other atrocities, she placed on record, the sterling achievements of several volunteer agencies in the United Kingdom especially in providing and promoting Community Health services in disaster prone and war ravaged areas particularly in Africa and other third world countries.
The resource person who spoke on the purpose and benefits of volunteerism therefore advocated more research which would be targeted at reviewing and re-evaluating the impact of voluntary related programmes for the purpose of enhancing National development.
She also called for sponsorship of seminars, workshops and other capacity building programmes
which would add value to the continually rising global profile of the Red Cross Society and other
voluntary organisation locally, nationally and internationally.
Also in a goodwill remark, Professor Joy Okpuzor recommended that Volunteerism be made part of
curriculum at various levels of academics so as to ensure early and sustained involvement of youths in humanitarian efforts.
Highpoint of the event was the administering of oath of allegiance on the Director, Medical Centre of the University of Lagos, Dr. Mrs. Adebola Apanpa and the deputy director of the centre, Dr David
Ekwoaba alongside Dr. Olumuyiwa Agunsoye and Mrs. Oluwatoyin Aregbesola all as new patrons of the Nigerian Red Cross Society, Mainland division of the Lagos branch, by the chairman, Mr Usman Olamidotun while new members were also inducted and given certificates as proof of membership.
The new inductees in turn entertained the entire gathering to a colourful parade while monetary
donations were made as well as assurances of continued services to humanity given by the new
patrons all in a bid to ensure that the Red Cross Society’s commitment to the course of a better
humanity is sustained on the UNILAG campus and beyond.