Following the retirement of the long-term incumbent Chairman Rezonke Onowaku, his long-time deputy and right hand man Freditus Dunbar will take his place at the head of the table. Onowaku, who celebrated his 75th birthday on November 21st which also coincides with him announcing his retirement, was emotional at that moment.
“It is sad, leaving the office I called home for the past 10 years, but as the saying goes, ‘All good things must come to an end.'” the elder statesman said in his farewell speech. The turnover ceremony was attended by all staff of Resafad, including representatives from satellite offices, as well as representatives from UNESCO and other agencies working with the organization.
Dunbar, Onawaku’s long-time assistant, will take over the reins. He is expected to continue the programs initiated and developed under Onawaku’s term. It is a well-known fact that both men see principles and ideologies the same way, so it would be a foregone conclusion that Dunbar will continue to develop and add on to Onowaku’s programs. Dunbar is also expected to expand the program’s reach, by setting up more satellite sites in the remote area schools of the region.
“That will be my own legacy,” says Dunbar to the press. “What Chairman Onowaku accomplished here is a tremendous feat, and I am determined to follow the same example he laid out and try to exceed his accomplishments during my own term as Resafad chief.”
Resafad is accepting donations from other charitable organizations but their major supporter is still UNESCO.
Dunbar ends his talk by saying, “UNESCO has been with us from the start of this program. We couldn’t have done it without them. Their contribution to our program is immeasurable. We thank them for their unwavering support and brotherly love.”