CU, Bells Vice-Chancellors Strike Accord on Collaboration
The Management of Covenant University, Nigeria’s best private university, and the Bells University of Technology, both based in Ota, Ogun State, have agreed to collaborate on different fronts for the mutual benefits of the two institutions and help to turn around the fortunes of Nigeria for the better.
The agreement on collaboration was reached in principle on Thursday, October 20, 2016, when the Vice-Chancellor of the Bells University, Professor Jeremiah Oludele Ojediran, paid a courtesy call on his Covenant University counterpart, Professor AAA. Atayero in his office at the CU campus.
Professor Ojediran, who was accompanied on the visit by the Bells University Registrar, Mrs. Oluwayemisi Gbadebo and some senior aides, said his mission at CU was to interact with the Vice-Chancellor and Principal Officers of the institution.
Likening his visit to that of home coming, the Bells University VC, who has had a stint with CU’s sister university, Landmark University, as a faculty, said, “Since we are partners and have common fronts in the area of Engineering and Management Sciences; we are involved in research, which is a core area of universities worldwide, in this era of multidiscipline research we should collaborate”.
The advent of private universities, he asserted, has changed the terrain in the Nigerian university establishment as private universities are giving the government-owned institutions a good run for their money. “We are blazing the trail and others must follow. I pray for Covenant University to soar to greater heights,” said the professor of Agricultural Engineering.
Principal Officers of Covenant University at the meeting, which included the Dean, College of Leadership Development Studies, Professor Charles Ogbulogo; Dean, College of Engineering, Professor Christian Bolu; Dean College of Science and Technology, Professor Nicholas Omoregbe; and Dean, College of Business and Social Sciences, Professor Francis Iyoha, all, in their comments, supported the call for collaboration between CU and Bells University.
Professor Iyoha, who described as a new dawn the appointment of Professor Ojediran as Bells University Vice-Chancellor, lauded the university for churning out good products; while Professor Omoregbe, who also gave thumbs up for Bells’ products, some of who come to Covenant University for postgraduate studies, said CU would be ready to collaborate with Bells.
The Covenant University Vice-Chancellor, Professor AAA. Atayero, who was visibly delighted at receiving his guest, said it was an indication that something new was happening as it was not by happenstance that the Bells University VC came visiting.
Indicating that he would be lending his support to collaboration between the two universities, Professor Atayero said, “We must collaborate because that’s the future. More so, the future of Nigeria lies with the private universities and we must see this as a challenge”.
The foundation for partnership, he averred, had earlier been laid when former President Olusegun Obasanjo, the proprietor of Bells University, was Special Guest of Honour at the 2016 Covenant University-International Conference on African Development Issues (CU-ICADI). He said the Federal Government would lose a lot if Nigeria failed to sit Chief Obasanjo down and debrief him, with a view to tapping from his rich wealth of experience.
Pastor Olamide Olusegun and Pastor Bayo Oladehinbo, Registrar and Director Financial Services of Covenant University, respectively, were also at the meeting.