Covenant Graduate Bags Presidential Award for Outstanding National Service
For taking giant strides in his service to the nation and commitment to uplifting the underprivileged in the society, a 2013 graduate of Chemical Engineering from Covenant University, Ayodele Aduragbemi Toyosi, has been bestowed with the 2015/2016 President’s National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Award.
Toyosi was commended for his outstanding performance and sterling qualities as a member of the NYSC during the 2014 service year by the Vice-President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, during an award ceremony on Friday, 26 April, 2019, at the Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa in Abuja.
Imbued with passion to positively impact on society and provoke change, Toyosi, who was deployed to Benue State for the mandatory national service in 2014, executed several personal community development projects to address some critical social amenity needs of his host community.
The Ekiti State-born engineer had during his time in Benue rehabilitated a number of boreholes at the State General Hospital, Adikpo, to alleviate the water problem in the community. In a bid to alleviate poverty and empower the womenfolk in his host community, Toyosi organised and conducted skills acquisition and entrepreneurial training on baking for women within Kwande Local Government, with the aim of combating poverty in the council area.
A volunteer for the NYSC/Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Advocacy Programme during his service year, Toyosi created a platform for encouraging students to embrace the study of science by conducting extra-mural classes in Further Mathematics for students of Wanton College, Adikpo. His desire to drive the United Nations Millennium Development Goals to fruition in his immediate area of service saw him conduct MDGs sensitization in selected secondary schools in Kwande Local Government Area.
On the health front, Toyosi channeled his meagre resources at donating treated mosquito nets to residents, especially pregnant women, in Adikpo community to fight against malaria. He mobilized a team of health workers to carry out deworming exercise for primary school pupils in Adikpo and Kwande Local Government Areas with a view to improving their health status.
The altruism of Toyosi was also in display when he undertook a project geared at rehabilitating former sex workers and HIV/AIDS patients, by conducting HIV/AIDS counselling and testing at the General Hospital serving Adikpo and Kwande Local Government Areas.
Speaking on the occasion of the presidential award, Toyosi said he believed that the true essence of life is embedded in service to humanity, and that is why he is going all out to ensure that food insecurity and poverty does not become a plague in Nigeria.
Engineer Toyosi, who has described himself as social entrepreneur, successfully launched an Agri-tech startup (agrorite.com) on Wednesday, May 01, 2019, with a view to giving small scale farmers the opportunity to get access to better trading value for their produce and also promote agricultural participation through crowd funding and an opportunity to earn and learn.