Covenant University Celebrates Chancellor’s Birthday with the Less Privileged in Ota
The Management, Faculty, Staff, Students and Alumni base of Covenant University took time out to display one of the University’s Core Values of Sacrifice to humanity, on the occasion of the birthday anniversary of the Chancellor and Chairman, Board of Regents, Dr. David Oyedepo.
The University, through her Community Development Impact Initiative Committee, rendered free medical services to three communities, where primary healthcare facility is nonexistent, on Friday, September 27, 2013 in commemoration of the David Oyedepo Day of Service (DODOS) 2013, with the theme, ‘Upholding the Legacy of Contribution.’
Indigenes of the communities comprising of Aiyedigun Egan, Igando and Alagbo all in Atan area of Ado-Odo Ota Local Government Area of Ogun State, gathered en mass to benefit from the humanitarian largesse extended to them by the Covenant University Team.
Some of the free medical services rendered on the occasion include vaccination/immunization, blood pressure checks, blood sugar level screening, body mass index, de-worming, dietary counseling, dental consultation, eye checks amongst others.
Speaking in his native Yoruba language, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Charles Korede Ayo, said, the University was simply aligning with the practice and way of living of the Chancellor, Dr. David Oyedepo.
According to him, “We have learnt a lot from the Chancellor and one of the important things learnt is that whatever an individual amass in life is not meant for him alone, but for as many as possible that one can extend helping hands to. The legacy that we leave behind at the end of our sojourn in life is what will determine what people will remember us for,” he added.
Professor Ayo reminded the gathering that wealth that is not unto humanitarian cause would amount to nothing, as there would be no sense of impact, without a legacy to bequeath to the next generation. He told the communities that the exercise was simply geared towards reminding everyone that God has endowed our community, nation and world with a leader that truly understand what it means to sacrifice and give to the less privileged, adding that the people of Igando, Alagbo and Aiyedigun happen to be the beneficiaries of one of the goodwill of the University on the occasion.
The Baale of Igando, Chief Julius Dopemu, commended the initiative of Dr. Oyedepo and the Management of Covenant University for the enlightenment brought to them on the occasion. According to him, most people who live in remote areas rarely have access to information of the nature brought to them that could engender wellness.
He lamented government neglect of the community, especially in the area of healthcare facility. Chief Dopemu stated that the nearest healthcare centre to the three communities is two kilometers away and on bad roads, making it difficult for their women when it is time for delivery.
Similarly, Chief Biliaminu Salami, the Baale of Aiyedigun, lauded the David Oyedepo Day of Service programme as a life saving one. According to him, “We have heard the exploits of Bishop Oyedepo towards helping people in spiritual matters. Now we are experiencing another perspective of the man in bringing health to the Aiyedigun community.”
Chief Salami said health is wealth and he is appealing to the Local Government, which ought to be nearer to the people, to emulate what the Covenant University Community has brought to their doorstep. In the same vein, the Baale of Alagbo, Chief Michael Olaniyan appreciated the Chancellor of Covenant University for the display of “milk of human kindness” towards his people. Chief Olaniyan said it is only one who has a heart for God and humanity that could carry out an exercise such as that.
According to him, “People that God has blessed should learn lessons here. Your wealth and the blessings of God on your life should be directed towards servicing the needs of the less privileged, and not engaging in activities that would not be beneficial to those that God has placed around you.”
The free medical exercise started with a health talk to enlightened people on the need for proper sanitation, cleanliness, maximizing their dietary needs, regular exercise, drug abuse and the need to seek medical help.
Present at the event were the two Deputy Vice-Chancellors of Covenant University: Dr. Taiwo Abioye (Administration) and Professor AAA. Atayero (Academic), as well as the Chairman, Community Development Impact Initiative Committee, Dr. Abiodun Adebayo.
Others present at the occasion were Chairman, Covenant University Public Health and Wellbeing Research Group, Dr. Chinedu Shalom, Chief Medical Director, Covenant University Health Center, Dr. Tunde Toogun, staff of Covenant University Health Center, members of the Community Development Impact Initiative Committee and representatives of the Corporate and Public Affairs Unit of the University.
Miss Amaka Nwobu, the Executive Secretary of the Covenant University Alumni Association, conveners of the David Oyedepo Day of Service was also present to represent the Alumni base.