Vice-Chancellor, Enactus Team Visits Isalu Community, Promises Development
The Vice-Chancellor, Covenant University, Professor Charles Ayo and the Enactus Team have visited Isalu community in Ado area of the host community in the Ado-Odo/Ota Local Government Area of Ogun State. The visit, according to the Vice-Chancellor, was to identify possible areas where the University through Enactus Team can establish short and long-term developmental projects.
The Enactus is a community of students, academics and business leaders committed to using the power of entrepreneurial action to transform lives and shape a better, more sustainable world. The Team had identified the Village which lack social amenities like electricity supply, water, good road network, hospitals and schools among others.
While interacting with the Baale (Head) of the Community, Chief Bolaji Akapo and other community leaders after inspection on Thursday, May 5, 2016, Professor Ayo promised that relevant departments in the University would work with them to develop equipment for processing palm kernel for oil, cassava for ‘gari’, functional borehole for water, solar panel for electricity and reconstruct the collapsed bridge which connects the Village with other communities.
Speaking in Yoruba Language, the Vice-Chancellor said, “Our students in the Enactus Team informed me that they identified a community that would need the help of the University. Since Universities are established for Teaching, Research and Community Development, I have come to see things for myself and through our Community Development Impact Initiative Committee and Enactus Team; we will contribute our own quota to the development of this community.
“Having gone round today, I will direct our Engineers in the Departments of Mechanical and Civil Engineering, Physics as well as Physical Planning and Development to work with you to develop machines for processing ‘gari’, palm kernel, construct borehole, develop solar panel and reconstruct the collapsed bridge,” the Vice-Chancellor promised.
A student, Miss Naomi Ekpoki, whose foundation, Senema Love Foundation, provides education assistance to indigent students, also promised to provide books and other writing materials for the students in the community.
In his remarks, the Baale, Chief Bolaji Akapo, expressed joy for the visit and noted that it was an answer to long-time prayers. He lamented the poor state and lack of socio-infrastructures in the community even before he was born. He also took a swipe at the politicians who had promised and disappointed them in the past, hoping that the University would bring quick development to the area.
“When there are no social amenities, particularly schools, the future of a community is bleak. The only primary school in this community has just two classrooms managed by pupils in primary one to six. Those in secondary schools walked about five kilometers to Ado to attend school. Most of our pregnant women delivered on the way before arriving at the nearest hospital. These are some of the challenges in this community even before some of us were born,” he lamented.
He also extended his appreciation to the Chancellor, Dr. David Oyedepo and Pastor (Mrs.) Faith Oyedepo, for their recent medical outreach to the community and prayed for good health and long life for them. “Please come and help us develop our community,” he pleaded.