Covenant University Bids Farewell to Chaplain, Deputy
The Management of Covenant University, on Wednesday, June 14, 2017, formally bade farewell to the former Chaplain of the University, Pastor Charles Ihekwaba and the former Deputy Chaplain, Pastor Samson Anuta, who were recently transferred from the University.
Welcoming the Vice-Chancellor, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Deans of Colleges and other Principal Officers to the Send Forth programme for the two clergymen, the Acting Registrar, Mrs. Mary Aboyade, said that the event was organized to honour two great men of God who served and provided spiritual cover for members of the University community.
The Registar said that both men, who have passion for children and their future, had gone the extra mile to see that everyone on campus was comfortable. She added that God, who had given them the wisdom and grace to excel at the University, will enable them to excel in other endeavours.
Pastor Chioma Okwuanyi, the Secretary to the Board of Regents, who represented the Chancellor, Covenant University, Dr. David O. Oyedepo, said that the best was yet to come for Pastor Ihekwaba and Pastor Anuta as they will break new grounds. Change, he said, is the only thing permanent in the Ministry where both men serve, and they will surely make more impacts where they are going.
In his remarks, the Vice-Chancellor, Covenant University, Professor AAA. Atayero, admitted he has been blessed knowing the two men of God, noting that one thing very obvious is that the spiritual level at the University had risen a great deal in the just ended session. “When spiritualism is high, you see testimonies. For the first time Covenant University knows where it stands as regards the Vision of 1 of 10 in 10,” he added.
While affirming that Pastor Ihekwaba and Pastor Anuta had laid very good foundation, the Vice-Chancellor thanked them and promised to make sure that the spiritual level remains very high.
For the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Shalom Chinedu, it was a great privilege to talk about the two men of God who are highly devoted to their job and imparted so much on the lives of students, faculty and staff. He wished them greater success in their future endeavours.
Other members of management also took turns to praise the efforts of the two Pastors at fostering spiritualism among members of the University community. They celebrated their honesty, forthrightness, dedication and selflessness, and also appreciated God for bringing them to the University, while wishing that they could serve for one more session.
After they were presented with parting gifts, the ex-Chaplain and his ex-deputy gave their responses, with Pastor Anuta appreciating God for finding him worthy to serve at Covenant University. He said that while performing his duty, he didn’t feel he was doing anything special as he was only helping the system, being a product of the University. He thanked members of the University management for their cooperation and espoused his belief that the Vision 10:2022 of the University is a reality.
In his response, Pastor Ihekwaba, who also appreciated God for leading him to the University, said that he has put in his little quota to the advancement of the University’s Vision, but he remains available to serve the University.
He urged the management and staff to cooperate in order to continue to move the University forward and also prayed that everything he and his deputy had achieved would be sustained, and that the Lord will bless members of Management and other stakeholders in the University project to deliver maximally.
Others present at the event were the Director, Financial Services, Pastor Bayo Oladehinbo; Acting Director, Centre for Learning Resources, Mrs. Promise Ilo; Dean School of Postgraduate Studies, Professor Samuel Wara; Dean College of Engineering, Professor Christian Bolu; Dean, College of Business and Social Sciences, Professor Francis Iyoha; Dean, College of Leadership and Development Studies, Professor Charles Ogbulogo; Dean, College of Science and Technology, Professor Nicholas Omoregbe; Dean, Student affairs, Mr. Azubuike Ezenwoke; and Director, Vice-Chancellor’s Office, Dr. David Omole.