Junior Chamber International (JCI) Eko will be celebrating her 19th Anniversary on March 3rd, 2019 at Etal Hotels & Halls, 30 Kudirat Abiola Way, Oregun, Ikeja together with hundreds of Alumni, partners and community leaders.
The 19th President of JCI Eko, Gafar Olorunleke Odubote will be the chief host for the anniversary and he shared with Newsmen in Lagos on the importance of the event “The anniversary is to celebrate the impacts made over the years by the organization and also an opportunity to unite with young people from our local community in charting a course for a better society together,” says Gafar in his New Year message.
In 2010, a team of young people led by Otunba Tunji Adekoya set out to form a vibrant Local Organization known as JCI Eko (formerly Eko Jaycees). JCI Eko is a well-known organization in Lagos State and her projects and programs has overtime helped in building a better society. This year, with a membership that has grown from 10 in 2010 to over 271 members in 2019 including Alumni, the organization is one of the foremost brand in Lagos state.
“Over the past 19 years, JCIEKO has advanced the vision and mission of Junior Chamber International towards creating sustainable impacts in her communities. JCIEKO remain resolute at sustaining the top position of the JCI EKO brand in the committee of Non-Governmental Organizations in Nigeria, and also committed to position the organisation – JCI as a leading youth organisation in Lagos.”
During the anniversary celebration; JCI Eko will also engage community leaders in a panelist discussion as a build up to The International Women’s Day, under the campaign theme of #BalanceforBetter to chart a course in driving gender balance in our society. JCI Eko believes that it is the right time in history to do everything possible to help forge a more gender-balanced world.
JCI Eko as an affiliate of JCI Nigeria in Lagos State is posed at finding targeted solutions to local issues benefitting our communities and our future. The organization offer free empowerment trainings for young people and also execute projects such as, Peace Initiatives; Brand Master Class (BMC); Defensive Driving Seminar (DDS); Jaycees Against Youth Smoking and Drug Abuse (JAYSDA); Wastes Cleanup Campaign; and Health Awareness Initiatives; amongst others.
According to the President, the Organization plans to plant 19 trees on March 2nd, 2019 in Maryland as part of her activities in celebrating their 19th anniversary.
“We are using our anniversary to also remember our environment by taking action in fighting climate change through tree planting which will contribute to a safe and clean environment. With the efforts of our past presidents, we intend to plant 19 trees to celebrate our 19 years of existence. JCI Eko is a strong advocate of the Sustainable development goals (SDGs) and we are using every opportunity we have to promoting it in our society.”