CU Enactus Wins Laurels at National Competition
Members of the Covenant University Chapter of Enactus, an international nonprofit organisation dedicated to inspiring students to improve the world through entrepreneurial action, have distinguished themselves on their maiden outing at the Enactus National Competition where they emerged second runners-up.
After coming tops in the first round of the 2016 competition in Lagos, where they were nestled in the same pool with four other tertiary institutions, the CU Enactus representatives progressed to the second round, where they also came first before going on to finish third at the national level. And for their efforts, the CU Enactus team were rewarded with two trophies; one for reaching the semi-final and the other for coming third.
Presenting some members of the Enactus team and the laurels won to the Vice-Chancellor, Professor AAA. Atayero, on Monday, 12th of September, 2016, a Staff Adviser to the CU Enactus, Dr. Omotayo Adegbuyi, described the third place finish as a great accomplishment as the CU Enactus, which was approved by the CU Management only seven months ago, was featuring in the competition for the first time.
“In Nigeria, Enactus had been established for over 13 years. Since then, CU had never participated. But as God would have it this year, we put in our own application to participate in the competition. At the end of the day, CU Enactus became one of the best through initiating projects that affect our communities positively,” said the associate professor of Marketing.
While thanking the CU Management for the tremendous support given to the Enactus team to participate in the national competition, another Staff Adviser to the group, Mr. Michael Fagbohun, said Enactus uses economic, environmental and social factors as criteria for selection of projects. He said Enactus had designed a machine that can ease production for Isalu, an oil palm producing community near Covenant University.
Fagbohun, who acknowledged the assistance enjoyed by the Enactus team from the Registrar, Pastor Olamide Olusegun, however appealed to the Vice-Chancellor to come to the group’s aid in terms of office space for the students, communication facilities, computer systems and support for students to stay back in school for at least a month after vacation to enable them prepare.
Speaking at the event, ex-Team Leader of CU Enactus, Angel Oke Ekpagha, a 400 Level student of Accounting, appreciated the opportunity given to work in school during the break and also going for the competition. “The work we’ve been doing has been really extensive, also very engaging for every one of us. We’ve done a whole lot of things and we do hope that the school will continue to support us, so we can keep on going higher and the next international competition we’ll win,” she said.
The current Team Leader, Temisanren Gbenebichie, a 300 Level student of Chemistry, said Enactus Covenant University has a goal to impart more lives through entrepreneurial actions, and the long term goal is to impart1000 lives by 2020. “We want to be able to raise a group of students not only in CU but in Nigeria that would stand out to impart their world, solve a problem in their community and not wait for government to solve it,” she said.
The Vice-Chancellor, Professor AAA. Atayero, in his remarks, congratulated the Enactus team for making the university proud in spite of the lack of adequate time for preparation. And while promising to address all the issues raised concerning office space, communication gadgets among others, the Vice-Chancellor urged the Enactus group to be prepared to do better next time.
“We’ll have nine months of preparation this time around and we’ll make sure we give you everything you need to make it happen. We are proud of you,” he said.
Also on hand to witness the event were the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Shalom Chinedu; the Registrar, Pastor Olamide Olusegun; the Director, Financial Services, Pastor Bayo Oladehinbo; the Director, Vice-Chancellor’s Office, Dr. David Omole; including other Enactus members and mentors.