“Be Committed to Personal Development”-Expert Charges Sociology Students
Students of the Department of Sociology at Covenant University have been advised to commit themselves to personal development and not to limit themselves only to their scope of study but rather use it as a stepping stone to meet the requirements of the 21st Century.
The advise was given by the Guest Speaker, Pastor Ugom Onwochei in his presentation titled, “Sociological Training and the Ministry: A Personal Experience”, at the Department of Sociology’s Town and Gown seminar held recently. Pastor Onwochei, an experienced sociologist used his personal experience as a Nigeria Prison Officer and also as a pastor to enlighten the students on the need to use their discipline to help develop themselves.
Pastor Onwochei, also advised the students to submit their individual skills to God, noting that an educated man without God is a “time bomb”. He also enjoined them not to give up in their quest for relevance in this modern era and be good listeners to be able to understand human dynamics.
According to him, “Your personal development is of great value. What you make of yourself with your background in Sociology will give you an edge to have better foundation and interaction with the global world. Make use of your sociology background to have an edge in this 21st Century, because it helps to sharpen social life and social change.
“Whatever degree you come out with, hand it over to God because He utilises more than what you can bargain for. Do not give up on anything you are doing because, if you don’t give up, God will show up. Imbibe the skill of a good listener because interaction with individuals is very essential to innovation, creativity, excellent communication and expression that shape our daily activities”, he said.
The Head, Department of Sociology, Dr. Tayo George, in her remarks also charge the students to think outside the box and make something good for themselves. Quoting the Chancellor of the University, Dr. David Oyedepo, she said, “No one is responsible for the outcome of your destiny except yourself”.
Faculty, Staff and Students of the Department were also present at the seminar.