The Chancellor of Covenant University, Dr David Oyedepo has challenged University Vice-Chancellors and Administrators to show leadership by driving development and innovation through education.
He made this remark in the Chancellors’ Banquet held in honour of the Vice-Chancellors of Nigerian Universities who are attending the Annual Conference of the Association of Vice-Chancellors of Nigerian Universities tagged AVCNU 2011 hosted by Covenant University.
Dr. Oyedepo further elaborated on the decadence in the educational superstructure and expressed his fears that Nigeria is unconsciously sinking into irrelevance in the higher education and human capital development as the case may be. He called for a concerted and committed efforts by stakeholders to rescue the future of this nation through value adding and qualitative education. The Chancellor also challenged the University administrators to take the bull by the horn and initiate curricula reviews and come out with solution driven programmes and courses that will particularly address Africa’s many challenges
Earlier in her welcome, the Vice-Chancellor of Covenant University, Professor Aize Obayan, welcomed the Vice-Chancellors from Nigerian Universities as well as other invited dignitaries from outside the country to the Conference. She noted that the theme of this year’s Conference “Leadership and Governance in Nigerian Universities: Global Imperatives for Driving Quality and Maximizing Performance” is apt as it addresses the core issues challenging higher education context in Africa and Nigeria in particular. The Vice-Chancellor also thanked the AVCNU Secretariat for the opportunity to host the Conference, being the first private university in Nigeria so honoured.
In a goodwill massages, Justice Karibi Whyte, former Justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria noted that what he sees in Covenant University gives the black race a hope that the higher educational context in Africa will be revamped. He stated that Covenant University is truly a revolution in the higher educational landscape of Africa and commended the Chancellor, Dr. David Oyedepo, for his exemplary leadership, vision and pioneering excellence in education in Nigeria. He challenged the participants to catch a dream from Covenant University and take home something good that will help the development of higher education in Nigeria.
In her own goodwill message, Professor Grace Alele-Williams, the first Female Vice-Chancellor of any Nigerian University pleaded with the Chancellor, Dr. David Oyedepo, to organize a workshop to “teach” Nigerian leaders moral education which she believes leadership needs now to move the nation forward. She decried the high level of corruption and leadership gap in the Nigerian polity and requested Dr. Oyedepo, who has distinguished himself in this area to intervene.
Professor Omotade Aina, Program Director, Higher Education and Libraries in Africa of the Carnegie Foundation, United States of America in his own goodwill message commended the Chancellor of Covenant University and the entire University Management for the educational revolution going on in Covenant University and for pioneering excellence in higher education in Africa. He noted that he just visited about seven Africa nations before attending this Conference and that the continuous progress being made by Covenant University has continued to amaze him.
The AVCNU Chair, Professor Ishaq Oloyede, commended Covenant University for having the courage to bid for the hosting rights and thanked the Chancellor for making himself available for the Conference. He praised the good work going on at Covenant University and noted the leadership qualities of the Chancellor and the Vice-Chancellor in the management of both human and material resources which the University has been endowed with. Professor Ishaq Oloyede noted that from what is on ground and the preparations put in place for this conference, “I have no doubt that this will be the best AVCNU Conference so far”.
The high point of the Banquet was the Chancellor’s Leadership Award given to Professor Grace Alele-Williams for her iconic leadership in the higher education context in Africa.
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Dr. Nnamdi T. Ekeanyanwu