By Joshua Hassan, past regional Rotary Foundation coordinator, Zone 20A English
In early February, RRFC Joshua Hassan worked with fellow Rotarians and community connections to obtain an Arch C. Klumph Society gift from former Nigerian Vice President Alhaji Atiku Abubakar. Mr. Abubaker is an honorary member of the Rotary club of Yola in District 9125 and has been involved with Rotary for the past 20 years.
Joshua reports that Mr. Abubaker is a very busy man and was difficult to reach. He is a keen player in oil and gas, and the maritime industry and he owns a TV and radio facility. An avid supporter of higher education, he has devoted a lot of time and resources to founding the American University of Nigeria (AUN), now in its fifth year. Additionally, he is very passionate about the fight against polio, recently speaking about next steps at the District 9125 conference. A devout Muslim Mr. Abubakar is always preaching peace and peaceful co-existence between the diverse citizens across Nigeria and the world. He is the first in Africa to have an endowed gift for Peace and Conflict resolution.
Joshua and District Governor Obadan greatly admire Mr. Abubaker’s work and were determined to get him to be an AKS member. Over the course of two months, they worked closely with Prof Maggie Ensign, President of AUN-Yola, a close friend of Mr. Abubaker. Together they kept her abreast of Rotary Foundation materials, phone calls, and answered many of her queries. This attention to detail and focus on personal connections eventually secured an endowed gift of US$250,000 for peace and conflict resolution and an additional US$250,000 gift for polio eradication.
The members of the Arch C. Klumph Society are among the Rotary Foundation’s top leaders and innovators. Donors whose cumulative gifts total US$250,000 qualify for the Arch C. Klumph Society. Learn more about the Arch C. Klumph Society and individual giving opportunities through the Rotary Foundation on the Rotary website.