Lions Club To Conduct Eye Screening For 500 In Lagos
By Iheme Kelechi 4 months ago
In commemorate the 100th birthday celebration of Sir Akintola Williams, the doyen of accountancy profession in Nigeria, the Lions Club International says it will conduct free eye screening for no fewer than 500 Nigerians in Lagos.
Abiodun Adediji, council Chairperson in charge of Multiple District 404, Nigeria, made this known at a media briefing on Saturday in Lagos.
Adediji said Williams was born on August 9, 1919 in Lagos, while the eye screening would commence in Lagos on September 7 to celebrate the business and accounting guru.
He described Williams as “a selfless and service-oriented person” who dedicated himself to humanitarian activities and contributed to democracy and development in Africa, especially Nigeria.
“We do not want to wait until his death before we start honouring him.
“Williams pioneered Lions Club in Nigeria in 1964, and has since been a strong pillar of support to the activities of the club to serve humanityRelated: FGN To Introduce HIV Self-test Kits To Help Identify More Infections Nationwide
“Lions meet the needs of local communities and the world every day because we share a core belief – to serve community,” Adediji said.
He said that Lions were best known for fighting blindness and other health-related issues.
According to him, it has intervened in different projects including infrastructure, environment, empowerment and humanitarian activities across the country.
He said blindness and visual impairments led to other health issues and shorten life expectancy of affected people, thus the intervention of the club in restoring hope through sight.
In hid remarks, Samuel Ekpuk, the Area Leader, Global Action Team, Lions Club, said the new secretariat of Lions Club in Lagos would be named after Williams.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Lions Club International founded, in 1917, is the world’s largest humanitarian club organisation.
It has 1.35 million members in more than 45,000 clubs in 206 countries, with Nigeria accounting for about 7,500 Lions in the country.