CU Hosts Rotary Club
Covenant University, on February 3, 2015, hosted a team from the Rotary Club International, Ota District, Ogun State.
The Rotary team was made up of the current President of the Rotary Club of Ota, Rotarian Alaba Olalekan; two Past Assistant Governors of the Rotary Club Ota, Dr. Oluwole Kukoyi and Mr. Leke Ibrahim (A Chartered Member of the Club); the Past District Secretary, Past President and Past Rotaract Representative, Dr. Juliet Shobanjo and the Club Secretary, Rotarian Uche Okugo.
While welcoming the team, the Vice Chancellor, Professor Charles Ayo, expressed his excitement at having them in Covenant University, stating that he was a Rotaract as an undergraduate in the university.
He lauded the activities and ideals of the club, expressing confidence that the presence of the club in CU would greatly add to the already existing values of the Covenant University community.
The Vice Chancellor further said, “There is a leadership gap today all over the globe and looking at the tenets of the Rotary Club, there’s no doubt that the presence of the club will go in line with our existing vision of raising a new generation of leaders.”
The Vice Chancellor assured the team that their proposals would be duly considered and that the University was willing to work with them for the development of the Ota community and environs.
In her remarks, the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Professor Taiwo Abioye, stated, “I appreciate your taking out time to pay us a visit. I am aware that Rotary Club is a humanitarian organization. It is also about leadership and our mandate here is to raise a new generation of leaders. So, I believe our students would want to identify with the business and professional leaders you have in the Rotary Club, Ota.”
She further said, “Rotary, I understand, is also about service and this University identifies with service, particularly in our Corporate Social Responsibility roles in the community. We have a committee called Community Development Impact Initiative that the university allocates some amount of money to on a yearly basis in a bid to improve the lot of the people in Ota and environs. I’m sure Rotary is in the same business, so I believe we will find a common ground in this interaction.”
While making his remarks at the event, the Registrar, Dr. Olumuyiwa Oludayo stated, “We are delighted to welcome our guests from the Rotary Club to Covenant University, trusting God that our further relationship, from the deliberations we have had today, will lead us into achieving our goals of raising a new generation of leaders in all fields of human endeavor. We also have a vision of becoming one of the best universities in the world by the year 2022. Currently, our ranking attests to the fact that we are on the right path. Yours is a global organization and I trust that you will help us to achieve our goals.”
In his remarks at the event, the President of the Rotary Club of Ota, Rotarian Alaba Olalekan, appreciated the Management of the University for a warm welcome, and expressed his anticipation of a partnership with Covenant University to institute a branch of the Club for the benefit of both parties.
Rotarian Olalekan said, “When I came into the Covenant University environment, I discovered that things really work here. Incidentally, Rotary is about ensuring that things work in this world of ours. It is going to be something special if Rotary Club of Ota has an out-station here, which would translate into Rotary Club of Covenant University. It is not in the history of this country to have a Rotary Club named after a university. This would be a great achievement not only for the University, but for Rotary International. We shall be delighted if this meeting with you is translated into something fruitful.”
Others at the meeting were members of the Directorate of Media and Corporate Affairs.