Covenant University Signs MoU with Ado-Odo/Ota Local Government Council
“For God’s sake, in Nigeria, if we cannot guarantee quality health services, let us diagnose correctly so that individuals can begin to seek alternative means to wellness.” - Vice-Chancellor of Covenant University
This was the clarion call of the Vice-Chancellor of Covenant University, Professor Charles Korede Ayo on the Occasion of signing a Memorandum of Understanding with the Ado-Odo/Ota Local Government Council, led by her Chairman, Comrade RotimiRahmon.
The event, which took place on Tuesday, April 9, 2013, was part of activities marking the World Health Day in the University. The signing of the MoU will see both the University and the Local Council work together to enhance health care delivery in the Local Government Area.
The climax of the event was the commissioning of the Cold Chain Facility, provided by the University within the Covenant University Health Centre for the storage of vaccines to be distributed to other communities in the Local Government.In addition to providing the Cold Chain Facility, Covenant University will also support the Local Government Area with relevant personnel for programmes organized by the Council for the control of malaria and other diseases. In addition, Covenant University Health Centre will be used for the distribution of free anti-malaria and ante-natal drugs provided by government and international agencies.
Professor Charles Korede Ayo at the signing ceremony decried the many cases of wrong diagnosis that have resulted to loss of lives. According to him, the partnership with the Local Government Council is one of the many ways through which the healthcare delivery system can be improved upon and brought closer to the people.
He pledged the continued support of the University’s Management and that of her Chancellor and Chairman Board of Regents , Dr. David Oyedepo in making life better for all in the community and Council Area in general.
In his response, the Chairman, Ado-Odo/Ota Local Government Council, Comrade Rotimi Rahmon said his visit was his first interaction with the new Management of the University and acknowledged that what Covenant University and Living Faith Church as a whole have done for the Council area cannot be quantified in monetary terms.
He appealed to the University Management to continue to do more for the Council area. In his words, “We have to give it to Covenant University for putting together this kind of initiative that they have put in place to help the community and the Local Government in general.”
Comrade Rhamon also entreated other organizations to emulate the gesture of Covenant University, as this was the easiest way to give back to the community in the true spirit of corporate social responsibility.
At the Covenant University Health Centre, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor C.K. Ayo led other members of the University Management team with the Chairman of Ado-Odo/Ota Local Council and some officials of the Council Area to commission the Cold Chain Facility. According to the Vice Chancellor, the project was the first phase of dividends accruable from the partnership.
The theme of the World Health Day as celebrated by the University is ‘High Blood Pressure.’ Some of the highlights of the Programme are free medical tests, consultations and a Public health lecture.