CU, Poised To Set Up Ultra Fitness Centre
Covenant University is at the verge of establishing a world class fitness centre to complement the Total Man Concept of the University. The first consultation towards the project occurred on Thursday, September 3, 2015, with a fitness company, Ultra Fitness Nigeria Limited. The company is managed by a final year student of Business Administration of the University.
While making his presentation, the Chief Executive Officer of Ultra Fitness Nigeria Limited, Mr. Kolade Alabi, stated that a fitness centre in CU is needed to combat health-related issues associated with stress, monotonous lifestyle, lack of physical activity and health oriented knowledge, especially among students.
Mr. Alabi also added that, a fitness centre would provide preventative measures to avoid chronic diseases associated with obesity. According to him, it would also increase brain alertness, reduce alcohol consumption and drug abuse. The fitness centre would be a way to increase life expectancy in Africa, and delay body atrophy amongst the aged.
He explained that the Fitness Centre would include a spa, an aerobic programme, a body building section, a sports shop for the sale of sportswear and accessories, and a nutrition and fitness counselling section. “Every registered member would be given a fit swipe card for access to the facility,” he stated.
The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Charles Ayo, while reviewing all the comments and suggestions, commended the programme. He stated that the University may have to go down the route of outright construction and ownership; owing to the fact that the fitness centre could not be situated in an externally owned structure in Covenant University, as this is against CU culture and practice. The Vice-Chancellor further stated that the members of Management of the University would meet again later, to look into the issue in-depth, and to find options that would work for the University. The meeting would also determine the terms and conditions of partnership.
Earlier, in his welcome remarks, the Registrar, Pastor Olamide Olusegun commented, “For bodily exercise profits a little but godliness is profitable for all things. Since Covenant University is interested in all round profit, those ‘little’ need to be maximised.” He further stated the essentiality of having a world class fitness centre to raise the profile of the University and further drive the institution’s vision to be 1 of ten-in-ten. “This,” he said, “will also ensure that the vision drivers are kept fit.”
In her remarks, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Taiwo Abioye, said that the development was a very welcomed one. She noted, “The students really need to be educated about fitness. I have observed that many of them have bad eating habits. A fitness centre would also provide a healthy distraction for them, from activities that may lead to being rusticated from school.”
Also present at the meeting were the Director, Financial Services, Pastor Oladehinbo Adebayo; the Covenant University Coach, Mr. John Obogo and a member of the Directorate of Media & Corporate Affairs.