Encomiums Galore as Covenant Sends Forth Professor Bolu, Professor John
Management and faculty members were hearty in their praises and lavish in their approbations as Covenant University on Tuesday, August 25, 2020, formally sent forth two distinguished senior members of her faculty, Professor Christian Bolu and Professor Samuel John.
Professor Bolu, a former Dean of the College of Engineering (CoE), retired after a 10-year exemplary service to the University. Professor Ndueso, also a former Dean of the CoE, had transferred his services to the Nigerian Defence Academy following distinguished stewardship at Covenant. Professor Bolu was physically present along with his wife, while Professor John joined virtually from Abuja.
While setting the ball rolling at the cocktail event, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Akan Williams, representing the Vice-Chancellor, Professor AAA. Atayero said that the CoE was flying high in Covenant due to the exemplary leadership and quality contributions from faculty and staff over the years.
"We have to appreciate the leadership of the College deeply. Professor Bolu is a reservoir of knowledge not just in engineering alone but cutting across so many other things. We'll like to honour you for all that you brought to Covenant. For Professor John, though physically in Abuja, your spirit is in Covenant. We want to salute all that you brought on board in the course of your journey in Covenant.
"What you two have done is that you have sowed seeds; you too shall also be celebrated. We like to commend all that the two of you have put in through this College, and we have to sincerely really appreciate you immensely," said Professor Williams.
The Registrar, Dr Oluwasegun Omidiora, in his remarks, stated that the University was celebrating two men who had made their marks in the annals of Covenant. "Covenant University is a great University; there is nothing fantastic about any house but those who live in it. They are the ones who add value to the house," said the Registrar.
He explained that Professor Bolu and Professor John had made indelible marks in the annals of the University by touching lives, and those whose lives they had touched would never forget them. Covenant, Dr Omidiora affirmed, appreciated the duo and thanked them for the leadership they had provided.
Professor David Omole, the Dean, CoE, who was a Sub-Dean to Professor John, described him as an inspiring and lively person. "I appreciate Professor Bolu. I learnt so much from him; he held me by the hand, even on my current assignment. I appreciate these College of Engineering leaders. On behalf of every member of CoE, I say thank you," said Professor Omole.
The immediate past Director, Academic Planning Unit, Covenant, Professor Francis Idachaba, and the Head, Civil Engineering Department, Professor David Olukanni, in their goodwill messages, appreciated the two former Deans for their tenacity, excellent attention to details, and the zest brought into the CoE. They prayed that God would make their paths to be shining forth and forth.
In his response, Professor John, who said he was happy to have associated himself with faculty members of Covenant, expressed his appreciation of their support. Professor Bolu, on his part, thanked God for using the Chancellor, Dr David O. Oyedepo, to establish Covenant University. He expressed gratitude to the Almighty for all He had done for him during his stewardship at Covenant. While saluting all the people he had worked with at Covenant, Professor Bolu promised always to be part of the University's vision to become one of the top 10 Universities in the world in a few years.
There was also a presentation of gifts to Professor Bolu and Professor John in appreciation of their contributions to Covenant.
Front row: Dean, College of Engineering, Professor David Omole (3rd left), Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Akan Williams (4th left), Professor Christian Bolu and wife (middle), and Registrar, Dr Oluwasegun Omidiora (3rd right), with Heads of Departments, Professors and faculty members of the College of Engineering after the send forth event.