13th Matriculation: “Covenant University Committed to Raising Reformers” -Chancellor

13th Matriculation: “Covenant University Committed to Raising Reformers” -Chancellor

 
13th Matriculation: “Covenant University Committed to Raising Reformers” -Chancellor

Representative of the Chancellor, Bishop Thomas Aremu, with Members of Covenant University Management and Senate in a group photograph after the University’s 13th Matriculation Ceremony

The Chancellor, Covenant University, Dr. David Oyedepo has once again reiterated the commitment of the University to raising a new generation of leaders who would restore the dignity of the nation and the black race. He restated the commitment at the 13th Matriculation Ceremony of the University, on Friday, October 31, 2014.

The Chancellor, Covenant University, Dr. David Oyedepo has once again reiterated the commitment of the University to raising a new generation of leaders who would restore the dignity of the nation and the black race. He restated the commitment at the 13th Matriculation Ceremony of the University, on Friday, October 31, 2014.

The Chancellor, represented by the Vice President, Mission, of the Living Faith Church Worldwide, LFCWW (the Proprietor base of the University), Bishop Thomas Aremu, stated that, “We are committed to raising an army of reformers and we vow to maintain discipline as our watchword.

“We want to assure all our newly matriculated students, indeed all students of Covenant University and our beloved parents that we are in a covenant with you regarding the actualization of this end.”

Dr. Oyedepo who is also the Chairman, Board of Regents of the University, decried the dearth of leadership, which has brought the continent to its awful situation.

“We believe there is dearth of leadership in our nation today. We have an army of able men but mostly godless individuals. They have every kind of academic degree but lack of integrity has become the norm rather than the exception among the vast majority of them.

“Covetousness has also become the cancer of the leadership structure across the length and breadth of our great continent. Our vast natural resources, as a people, have mostly become the private estate of our self-centered leaders. This is our awful situation today. Africa is at the precipice of total collapse except new generations of leaders take the stage.”

Covenant University, according to him, is raising men with the right kind of education who would develop their world.

“Our mission at Covenant University is to develop the man who will in turn develop his world. However, we see character as the anchor of leadership. Ability makes a manager but integrity makes a leader.

“Ours is indeed a rescue mission in education, driven on the platform of Christian ethos and life transforming values. Covenant University is a place where you can expect to maximize your full leadership potentials by being raised worthy in character and in learning.

“We do not, therefore, need just education; we desperately need the right kind of education, raising the right kind of leaders, promoting the right kind of values and graduating the right kind of persons to bring about the right kind of changes that this part of the world desperately requires today”, he explained.

The Chancellor also assured everyone of the commitment of the University to shielding the students from the social and environmental pollution that have corrupted the society. He added that they would receive all that is required to guarantee their enthronement and ensure that the sacrifices and painful investments of parents never end up as a waste.

He then made an appeal to everyone to arise as one man to salvage the image of the nation and the continent.

“I like to appeal to every one here, especially our students, that we must arise as one man to salvage the image of our great nation and indeed our beloved continent. It is clear that you are the one that the world is waiting for. You cannot afford to disappoint destiny and the great future that awaits you.

“By your admission to this University, you have become a part of the divine team to make this world a better place; the team to place Africa on the global map for good and to raise the dignity of the Blackman.”

Earlier in his address, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Charles Ayo, shared with the students that strict adherence to the Core Values of the University was the guarantee for a successful academic career in the University and a secure future thereafter.

“These values may be traditional and old but they are cherished, they are true and they work. Character is more important than the vigor of body and intellect. In Covenant University, we train people to be faithful to their work, respect mutual obligations, be kind to another, and place the welfare of others above personal gains. Above all, we teach people to do things with the fear of God”, he explained.

Professor Ayo also noted that Covenant University, with her numerous awards and achievements, was gradually becoming the pride of the continent, even as she pursued the Vision 10: 2022.

“Think of a Nigeria University System without CU? It is like loosing one’s best team in the field of sports. This is the position CU occupies among the league of universities in Nigeria, gradually in Africa and very soon in the world as we pursue our Vision 10:2022”, he said.

A total of 2,228 undergraduate and postgraduate students signed the Matriculation Covenant in a ceremony attended by parents, guardians, stakeholders and well-wishers.

A breakdown of the number of the matriculated students shows that 1,868 were undergraduates, 45 were for Postgraduate Diploma, 194 were in the Masters level, 47 were for M. Phil/Ph.D, 58 were for Ph.D, while 16 students matriculated for the MBA programme.