Red Cross Inaugurates Covenant University Detachment
Red Cross Society, the largest humanitarian network in the world,on Saturday, March 16, 2013, inaugurated the Covenant University Detachment and inductedsome volunteer Staff and Students of the University
The event which was graced by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Charles K. Ayo, featured oath taking, presentation of certificates and special parade.
TheOgun State Representative, Red Cross Society, Prince Joseph Obalanlegedescribed the society asa humanitarian groupcommitted to alleviating human suffering, protecting life,health and upholding human dignity especially during armed conflicts or other emergencies.
He reiterated the need to be among the millions of volunteers of the society,so as to be of assistance to orphans, accident victims, and so many others.He imploredthe University Management to provide adequate equipment and materials neededfor the effective and efficient running of the detachment.
The high point of the event was the induction of the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Charles Korede Ayo and the Registrar, Dr.UbongNtia as the Patrons of the society.
While expressing his delight at his induction, the Registrar, Dr.Ubong Ntia disclosed that his induction as a patron was a dream come true. “When I was much younger, I wanted to join the military, particularly the Navy because I loved their white uniform; the dream came alive today when I wore this white”, he explained.
In his remark, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Charles K. Ayo said that the group is the best to be associated with and added that the evil befalling the world today would have been minimal if parents had engaged their children in this useful association.He assured the society that the equipment and materials needed for the smooth running of the society’s activities on campus would be made available.
He enjoined Faculty,Staff and Students who had receivedparamedical and paramilitary training to uphold the Seven Principles of the Red Cross Societywhich include Neutrality, Humanity, Impartiality, Independence, VoluntaryService, Unity and Universality.
Some newly inducted members explained what propelled them to joining the association. MissOdikayor Chukwemeli, a 200 Level English student said what attracted her to the group was her interest in helping and caring for people especially the needy, while Miss Etomori Valentina,a 200 Level Sociology student said she joined the society so as to serve humanity,“I can’t stand seeing people suffer,while I have plenty”, she said.
Other Schools and Institutions represented at the event were Covenant University Secondary School,Faith Academy and The Bells University.