While Nigerians celebrated the 60th anniversary of the country’s independence, on Thursday, October 1, 2020, members of the Inner Wheel Club District 910, Garki Abuja, combined the national event with the installation of a new President, Mrs. Esther Omowunmi Oguntala at a colourful event which took place at the Hotel De Horizon, Wuse 2, Abuja. Esther was installed as the 28th President of the Club.
Speaking after her investiture, the new President thanked members of the Club for expressing confidence in her by electing her to as President for the 2020/2021 Inner Wheel Club year.
IWM Esther, commended her predecessor, IWM Bose Ojougboh for leaving a legacy of excellence and great achievements, adding that she would work hard to ensure that the club achieves more lofty heights within the service year.
Esther who said being the Club’s president would enable her do more for the needy in the society said giving is a natural passion for her.
She listed some of the projects her team would accomplish with their term to include, empowerment of 12 women by providing them with machines for hairdressing, sawing and porpcorn making; sinking of boreholes for two communities and two schools, cancer awareness for young women, provision of hygiene/sanitary materials for women, training and empowerment for young boys, enlightenment on the dangers of drug abuse for young men and collaboration with relevant agencies for the fight against rape, among others.
She then solicited the contribution of well-meaning Nigerians to partner with Inner Wheel Club by donating to them in order to reach out to more people in need.
Earlier, while welcoming guests to the occasion, Chairman of the installation committee, Dr. Mrs. Bola Onigbogi said the theme of the 2020/221 Inner Wheel Year was ‘Lead the Change’ and expressed confidence that the new President was energetic as well as passionate about giving to the under privileged, adding therefore that the club would be strengthened in the next one year that Mrs. Esther will pilot its affairs.
IWM Onigbogi said it was because of COVID-19 pandemic that the club decided to conduct a virtual installation to allow some members to participate and urged guests and members of the public to support the club touch more lives.
The chairman of the occasion, Alhaji Mumeen Abiodun Oluwagbebe Yusuf commended the Club for trusting IWM Esther for the position of President, noting that the President was an epitome of compassion.
The District Chairman of the Club, IWM Funke Ibrahim while congratulating the new President said there was no doubt that with the support of her executive members Esther would surpass the expectation of members due to her contributions to the club’s growth.
The club’s outgoing president, Bose Ojougboh thanked members especially her team members for the support that made her tenure a success and expressed confidence that the new president will achieve greater things for the less privileged. She took time to reel out her various achievements within 2019/2020 Inner Wheel year that she presided over the club which include but not limited to- Save my Eye Project; donation of 500 school bags, 2,000 exercise books and other writing materials to indigent pupils in two schools in Abuja; payment of WAEC/NECO fees for 20 indigent students; empowerment programme in the sum of N50,000 to 20 women; donation of 15 wheel chairs to some challenged persons, among many others.
Mrs. Ada Uche who represented the Director General of the Citizenship and Leadership Training Centre, Mr. Jonah Bawa described the new club’s president as hardworking and reliable, adding that the Centre was ready to partner with Inner Wheel any time the need arises.
Those that gave goodwill messages the occasion include a representative of Dr. Chief Mrs. Gloria Laraba Shoda, President of the National Council for Women Societies, Alhaji and others who received awards at the event, including, Mrs. Kawan Tina Aondofa-Anjira, Otunba Ayodele Evans Adeluka, Mr. Sola Phillips Samuel Oluremi, Mrs. Idowu Bolanle Babalola, Comrade Amaechi Lawrence Uchechukwu, Mrs. Eze-Primacy Vivian Obasi, Kate Chinwenwa Nwachukwu and Amina Ogunde.
About the New President
Highlight of the event include inauguration of the new Directors, induction of new members as well as presentation of machines for hairdressing, sawing and porpcorn to 12 indigent women by the new President.
The new President of Inner Wheel Club of District 910, Gari, Abuja, Esther Omowunmi Oguntala was born into the family of Evangelist Samson Olaseni Ojoye (late) and Mrs. Deaconess Dorcas Adetutu Ojoye (JP) and hails from Sagamu in Ogun State.
IWM Esther was educated in Ogun, Lagos and Bauchi states; and holds Ordinary and Higher National Diploma both in Accountancy as well as Post Graduate Diploma (PGD) in the same course but with focus on Auditing (From Tafawa Balewa University Bauchi.). She started her working career with a private firm-F&P Groups as a cashier/administrative officer in 2001 and joined the Citizenship and Leadership Training Centre (CLTC) in 2002 as Assistant Executive Officer (Accounts) and has risen to her current position as Chief Accountant.
In the course of her career, IWM Esther has attended many professional trainings and is currently a member of the Association of National Accountants of Nigeria (ANAN). She is the Founder of Esteeloo Charity Foundation that takes care of less privileged members of the society and happily married to Oguntala Keinde Oluwafisayo.