By Atevure Princess,
Former Regional Manager Economic and Customs Affairs, Nestle Central and West Africa Region, Chief Lucky Arhere over the weekend was installed as the 36th President of the Rotary Club of Agbara, District 9110, in Agbara, Ogun state.
Chief Arhere, who is currently in the hospitality, investment and chain management consultancy, attained the Presidency of the prestigious club having joined Rotary Club in 2004 and was inducted as an honorary Rotarian in 2008.
In his acceptance speech, Chief Arhere expressed his gratitude to the members, Board of Directors and the League of Past Presidents of the club for entrusting him with the presidency of the club and granting him the platform to serve humanity in the highest attainable capacity at the Club level.
“Being called upon to lead the club in the midst of eminently qualified and very experienced members can only be by divine providence hence I wholeheartedly accept to serve as the Rotary Open Opportunities President of the Rotary club of Agbara,” he said.
He added, “My profound gratitude goes to Rotarians across the world who are connected by a unique feature and devotion, that is, their passionate desire to dedicate their ‘Time, Talent, Treasure and Thinking’ towards rendering selfless and sacrificial services to mankind without counting costs or returns.
In addition, the new President outlined some projects to be executed by the club during his tenure, “in a bid to create a better community where we can not only live harmoniously as neighbours, but coexist peacefully as a global family sharing genuine love and concerns for each other regardless of our divergent backgrounds or race.”
Some of these projects include the construction of a block of three classrooms and one office at a local government primary school, Igere, Opic Estate; donation to two schools of children with special needs, kitting of 300 public school pupils (purchase of school uniform, school sandals, etc., for 200 indigent children) at Idorawo and Igere; setting up and running of two adult literacy centres in Agbara-Igere, drilling and renovation of boreholes at Agbara, IJury, Ipere, Petedo, renovation of Agbara Police station toilet, provision of beds for NYSC lodge and economic empowerment of widows – all in Agbara, Ogun state.
Earlier, in his valedictory speech, immediate past President of the Club, Pascal Orisakwe, who noted that the 2019/2020 has been a very challenging year, full of good notes and sad ones, called on members of the club to join hands with the new President and Board of Directors to “strengthen and take Rotary Club, Agbara to the next level.”
The high-profile event which had movers and shakers in the society was chaired by Chief Simeon Ohwofa and had ThisDay Columnist, Eddy Odivwri, as guest speaker.
Lucky A. Arhere is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) and the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators, London (ICSA). He is an alumnus of the Institute for Management Development (IMD), Lussaine. He holds a Higher National Diploma in Business Administration from Yaba College of Technology Yaba and a Post Graduate Diploma in Supply Chain Management. He attended many management courses and seminars in Nigeria and abroad.
He had a distinguished working career in Nestle, the world number one food company where he held several management and senior management positions and retired as Regional Manager Economic & Customs Affairs, Nestle Central and West Africa Region,
He serves on the boards of Corona Secondary School and some other companies and institutions.
He is a Catholic Knight and a member of the honoured Order of the Knights of St. Mulumba Nigeria (KSM) a Catholic charity and service organisation. He is a Patron of and benefactor to many societies and clubs. Rotarian Lucky Arhere is passionate about service to God, humanity and the community. He is a community leader, a humanitarian and a promoter of peace and justice.
He is the current Chairman of Agbara Estate Residents Association (AERA) and a member of the board of Trustees of OPIC Estate Residents Association (RAOPIC) and the Lagos Branch President of St. Enda’s College, Agbarho. Chief Lucky Arhere is a traditional Chief of Agbarho kingdom and a proud member of the prestigious Urhobo Social Club Lagos (USCL).