By Ayo Ajayi
The Chairman, Ado-Odo/Ota Local Government Area, Ogun State, Honourable Sheriff Adewale Musa has said that it was a big advantage for the local government to host Covenant University and its proprietor base, Faith Tabernacle, Canaan Land.
Hon. Musa said this on Friday while addressing the participants at a cancer awareness programme at Ado-Odo/Ota Local Government Health Centre.
The event was organized by the University Community Development Impact Initiative Committee (CU-CDIIC) in conjunction with the local government to commemorate World Cancer Day 2022 and in honour of Pastor (Mrs.) Faith Oyedepo, a member of the Board of Regents of the University on her 64th birthday.
The theme for this year’s cancer day was, “Close the Care Gap.”
The Chairman, popularly called ‘SAM20’ eulogized the university for its various contributions toward the development of the local government and the host community.
“Covenant University has always been very supportive in all areas. One of such is this awareness programme. Last year, they gave a 6KVA generator to our Onipanu Divisional Police Station. They have also promised to renovate Iju Health Centre and supply furniture to some of our public primary schools.
“All through the COVID-19 Lockdown, they distributed food items to the locals and many other materials to our health centres. It is a big advantage to have Covenant University in Ado-Odo/Ota Local Government,” he remarked.
Hon. Musa enjoined the participants to make use of the knowledge acquired from the awareness programme as the disease does not differentiate between the rich and the poor.
In his remark, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Abiodun H. Adebayo said that cancer had become the second leading cause of death in the world and it was very important to know what to do to avoid, reduce or stop it.
The Vice-Chancellor, who was represented by a former Deputy VC of the University, Prof. Shalom Chinedu charged the participants to take advantage of the programme and many other contributions of the University to the community.
The highlight of the event was the presentation of health talk on ‘Vital Information on Cancer, Causes and Control’ by the Chief Medical Officer, CU Medical Centre, Dr. Ademola Adebanjo; and ‘Cancer Research and its Benefits’ by the Director, Covenant University Centre for Research, Innovation and Discovery, Prof. Emeka Iweala.
The University also presented some medical items including sanitizers, disinfectants, tissue papers, and soaps among others.
Other dignitaries at the event included the former Chair, of Ado-Odo/Ota LGA, Hon. Bashiru Adeniji, Chair, CU-CDIIC, Dr. Tayo George, Chief Matron, Ado-Odo/Ota Health Centre, Mrs. Rashidat Akinremi, and members of the University Community Development Impact Initiative Committee.