CU Hosts Two Fulbright Scholars
The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Aize Obayan and members of the University Management formally welcomed Professor Olusegun Felix Ayadi and his wife Dr. (Mrs.) Mary Femi Ayadi to the University.
The couple who are both Fulbright Scholars from the United States were received in the Vice-Chancellor’s conference room on Wednesday, January 11, 2012.
Professor Felix Ayadi is an Associate Dean and J.P. Morgan Chase Professor of Finance, Jesse H. Jones School of Business at Texas Southern University while Dr (Mrs.) Ayadi is a University of Houston-Clear Lake professor of Healthcare Administration.
While welcoming the Fulbright Scholars, the Registrar, Mr. J N Taiwo said the entire University community was glad to have them stressing that the University would welcome their contributions to teaching and research. He also assured them of a pleasant stay all through their period of the programme.
Professor Ayadi in his response said that he and his wife had heard a lot about Covenant University since 2008 through his mentor, Professor Joshua Adewale Ojo, a Covenant University Distinguished Professor and HOD Banking and Finance.
He stated further that he and his wife had looked for where to be of service and believed that “Covenant University would benefit from our existence here”. Dr. (Mrs.) Ayadi corroborated her husband’s position and said she was excited to be at the University with her husband. She added that the officials at the US Embassy in Nigeria referred to them as a Fulbright couple. She promised that they would deliver their best.
The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Aize Obayan said that the University was glad to have the first Fulbright couple particularly at the season the University was spiritually positioned for “Waves of Glory”.
Professor Obayan also said that they came in the year when the University would turn 10 adding that their being here was part of “Expanding our Frontiers and Securing the Future”
She also told them that the Vision of the University was a global one and that our thrust was to raise new generation of leaders, adding that “the Human Development Ethos is what drives everything we do outside spirituality.” The Vice-Chancellor prayed that their Fulbright experience would be a great one.
Two other erudite Scholars were also officially welcome from the Diaspora to Covenant University Faculty. They are Professor Andrew Moemeka, an internationally acclaimed professor of Mass Communication from the USA and Professor Amos Alao, a respected Senior Professor in counseling from Botswana.
Professor Moemeka said he had realized that he did not make any mistake choosing to come to Covenant University. He said, “I’m comfortable.”
On his part, Professor Alao said coming to Covenant University was no regret. He said he was very much thrilled about the spirituality Core Value which has increased his level of spirituality since arrival. He promised to do his best in the pursuit of raising new generation of leaders.
The Vice-Chancellor in her remarks enjoined them to provide leadership for their various Departments counting on their wealth of experience. She also admonished them to be part of creating a standard for the University by providing the enabling environment for questions to be raised and answers provided.
All the new Faculty were decorated with the University’s ties / Scarf and lapel pins as a mark of welcome and integration into the Covenant University context.
Also present at the meeting where the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Charles Ogbulogo, Dean, College of Development Studies, Professor Kayode Soremekun, Dean, School of Postgraduate Studies, Professor Chris Awonuga, Deputy Dean, School of Human Resource, Dr Patrick Edewor, Director School of Business, Professor Kenneth Adeyemi, Head of Department Mass Communication, Dr Stanley Ngoa and Head of Department, Psychology, Dr Abiodun Gesinde.
Covenant University is the only Private University approved by the United States Government out of 22 Universities in Nigeria to serve as Host University for the Fulbright programme.