CU Holds Specialised Conference on Leadership and Innovation
Covenant University’s African Leadership Development Centre (ALDC) in collaboration with the university’s Centre for Learning Resources (CLR) hosted a 3 day conference on the theme, ‘Leadership And Innovation: Cutting Edge Practices for the 21st Century Librarian.’
The conference, which started on Tuesday, July 08, 2014, pooled participants from all works of life; across Nigeria and Africa.
In his remarks at the opening ceremony, the Chancellor of Covenant University, Dr. David Oyedepo, stated that there are two legs on which leadership stands; character and capacity building. The Chancellor posited that knowledge is the new currency of the world, and therefore, the quality of information available to a people determines the level of their growth and development. He further said that we need knowledge to be relevant and the library is the fountain of information.
In his welcome address, the Vice-Chancellor of Covenant University, Professor Charles Korede Ayo appreciated the efforts of the African Leadership Development Centre and the Centre for Learning Resources towards the organization of the conference. He stated that Libraries and Librarians have a major role to play in revamping the economy of any nation.
In his keynote address, the President, West African Library Associations (WALA), Dr. O. Daniel, stated that good leaders are trailblazers, making a path for others to follow, while great leaders inspire others to dream.
Dr. Daniel, who is also a former Librarian of the National Mathematical Centre, Abuja, further said, “Smart leaders know the areas that they lack knowledge; as leadership and learning are indispensable to each other, and learning is an important part of leadership.” The scholar also encouraged leaders to listen to their people as they are a leader’s greatest asset.
While making her opening remarks, the Director of the African Leadership Development Centre, Professor Aize Obayan, explained that the Conference has been carefully designed and planned to capture and address critical aspects of the place of information management and scholarship in the context of Libraries today.
Professor Obayan said, “The conference sets out to further situate the vital role libraries and librarians play in the educational and human resource development base of nations, particularly in Nigeria and the Nation States of Africa.”
Among the activities that made up the events of the first day of the conference, was the launch of a book titled, ‘Rich Country, Poor People,’ written by one of the special guests of honour, Professor Oyelaran-Oyeyinka, Senior Director, United Nations, HABITAT headquarters, Nairobi, Kenya.
The conference attracted quality paper presentations delivered by experts such as Mrs. Gloria Ita Ekpeme, CEO, Tomrald Consulting Ltd, Lagos, who spoke on ‘Leadership and Vision Building.’ Dr. James O. Daniel, President, West African Library Associations (WALA), who spoke on ‘Building and Sustaining High Performance Teams in Libraries,’ and Biodun Fijabi, International Faculty, Haggai Institute, who spoke on ‘Leadership, Innovation and Change Management.’
Other lead presenters at the conference include Dr. Rilwan Abdulsalam, President, Nigeria Library Association, who led the discussion on ‘Leadership Imperatives and the Challenge of the Digital Divide,’ also, Dr. Chris Nkiko, Director, Centre for Learning Resource who led the discussion on ‘Managing ICT Driven Libraries: Critical Leadership Issues,’ and Dr. Nicholas Omoregbe, HOD, Computer & Information Science & ICT Chair, Covenant University, who led the discussion on ‘Digital Imperatives in Creating and Sustaining Digital Institutional Repositories.’
The last day of the conference witnessed a number of presentations which included a presentation by Google, as well as a communique presented by a representative of the participants. Certificates of participation were also presented to each participant by the Directors of ALDC and CLR.