Christmas came early for the officers and men of the Nigerian Police Force, Onipanu Division, in Ado-Odo/Ota Local Government Council, when the Management of Covenant University, through her Community Development Impact Initiative Committee (CDIIC), donated a 30KVA power generating set to assist the Division in her quest to serve and protect lives of members of the community.
Speaking at the commissioning of the power generating set, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Abiodun H. Adebayo, said the gift was a way of reinforcing the University’s commitment to impacting the host community, as no organisation can exist in isolation.
Professor Adebayo, who led a delegation of the University Management to the commissioning, said that Covenant has chosen to remain intentional in her approach to community development initiatives from inception, which has been the reason that the University has staged numerous social, economic and health interventions in various areas of the community.
“Going into our 20th year, we are still conscious of our role in the development effort of our host community; thus, we are rededicating our effort in this regard,” he added. Professor Adebayo said the University had championed community development in areas such as rural electrification, provision of potable water systems, healthcare-related outreaches, and much more.
“The University recognises how essential electricity and security are in social and community development, thus the need to provide this token to the Division, and as a University, we will not relent in doing more towards making our local community a peaceable place to live and do business in,” the Vice-Chancellor added.
In his remark, the Area Commander, Assistant Commissioner of Police, ACP Muyideen Obe, appreciated the Chancellor of Covenant University, Dr David Oyedepo, for the ‘wonderful Christmas gift’ coming at a very auspicious time, while assuring the gathering that the Command and Division will see this as a morale booster to improve on the service being rendered to the community.
ACP Obe said the multifaceted benefit that Covenant University has conveyed upon Ado-Odo/Ota community is one that cannot be underestimated, and as a result of their partnership in good governance, the Command would also improve her performance to deliver on expectations. “This will propel us to do more, and we cannot afford to let you and the entire community down,” he posited.
While thanking the State Commissioner of Police, CP Sikiru Bankole, for supporting the Command in crime-fighting, ACP Obe said the investment of Covenant University in the operations of the Police in Ota had spurred the Command to become a willing partner in advancing the course of crime-fighting and community policing.
The Chairman, Ado-Odo/Ota Local Government Council, Honourable Sherriff Adewale Musa, commended the Management of Covenant University for abiding by the biblical doctrine of bringing light to a dark world. According to him, it is the collaboration between the government and those in the private sector that makes governance work.
Honourable Musa appreciated the University’s involvement in filling the void identified in the community. “Giving is part of life, and Covenant has consistently taught her products to abide by that tenet, as exemplified by the 2021 graduating class donation of sanitation baskets to remove plastics wastes in the community,” he stated.
The Local Council Chairperson said some institutions had existed centuries and decades before Covenant, yet they could not boast of the kind of impact Covenant has brought to bear in the last 20 years in Ado-Odo/Ota community.
Present at the commissioning of the power generating set were the Registrar, Covenant University, Dr Oluwasegun Omidiora; Director, Financial Services, Pastor Gbenga Kiki; Chair, Community Development Impact Initiative Committee, Dr Tayo George; Divisional Police Officer of the Station, Chief Superintendent of Police, CSP Bamidele Job; Station Officer, Assistant Superintendent of Police Adeleke Tajudeen; Head, Local Government Administration of Ado-Odo/Ota Local Government Council, Dr Bamgboshe