Government Parastatal Seeks Covenant’s Support for Sports Fiesta
The Nigerian Building and Road Research Institute (NBRRI) has approached Covenant for the use of the University’s sports facilities towards the successful hosting of the 2019 Research Institutes Games Association of Nigeria RIGAN.
The Acting Director General/Chief Executive Officer of NBRRI, Professor Samson Duna, formally made the request on Tuesday, September 3, 2019, when he led officials of his Institute and members of the 16th RIGAN Local Organising Committee to pay a courtesy visit to the Covenant Management.
While speaking at the meeting, Professor Duna expressed delight that NBRRI members were finally able to meet with the Covenant Management especially at a time the University was ranked as the best in West Africa.
He described the REGAN Games as a sporting event where thousands of athletes from over 35 Federal research institutes from different Ministries came together to compete for honours among themselves. He stated that NIBRRI had already gone very far in its plans ahead of the sports fiesta, billed to hold from December 13-14, 2019. “We are here to request that you grant us permission to use your facilities for the event,” Professor Duna added.
While making a welcome remark at the event, the Registrar, Dr. Segun Omidiora, expressed his pleasure at the prospect of improving the level of interaction between organisations via sports activities. He stated that Covenant University welcomes any activity that would add value to the University.
The Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Akan Williams, in his comments, commended the efforts of the Institute at improving the quality and degree of sports activities in the country. He encouraged NBRRI to continue to put in more efforts in that area as it was part of the developmental paths to health and national progress.
The Vice Chancellor, Professor AAA. Ateyero, while giving his remarks, welcomed the NBRRI team and pointed out that the University was very open to sporting events as sport had a lot to add to the overall benefits of an academic environment.
He stated that the facilities the Institute were requesting for were there and, therefore, would be made available to them as long as the school calendar allowed. He added that the University was also open to liaising and working with NBRRI in the area of research and indigenous technology.
Others at the event included the Covenant University Sports Coach, Mr. John Obogo and members of the Media and Corporate Affairs Unit.