CU Launches Certificate in Leadership Development Programme for PG Students
In further demonstration of his passion for Nigeria, and indeed Africa, to look inwards for solutions to its leadership development challenges, the Chancellor of Covenant University, Dr. David Oyedepo, has initiated a Certificate in Leadership Development Programme for the university’s Postgraduate students.
The initiative came barely a week following the successful hosting of the 2016 edition of the Covenant University International Conference on African Development Issues (CU-ICADI), which had as its theme, ‘Driving Inclusive and Sustainable Development in Africa: Models, Methods and Policies’.
Speaking at the opening ceremony of the certificate in leadership development programme, Dr. Oyedepo charged participants to show commitment in their attitude as “We live to learn and there’s nothing a man cannot learn except the interest is not there”.
While acknowledging that Nigeria and Africa as a continent is bedeviled by leadership problem, the Chancellor emphasized that there must be a solution, which means there must be a commitment to the art of leadership.
He said: “There is a seemingly inexhaustible vacancy in leadership, which we must dissect and analyse. Every man has the potential to be a leader; this involves self-training, commitment to tireless planning and taking responsibility.
“A living thing must contribute. A plant makes contribution by giving out oxygen and the animal in turn exhales carbon dioxide. When you are not making contribution, it means you merely exist.”
Corruption, said Dr. Oyedepo, is a fundamental problem plaguing Nigeria, while noting that in spite of the current government’s fight against corruption, people still use money to find their way into government.
“The problem of Africa is leadership, but who is addressing it?” he asked. “We sit down at different forums and blame everything on leadership; however nothing is being done about it.
“Our solution is in Nigeria, there’s no way anybody can come from anywhere to give us a solution. That’s why I have come to wake up the leadership potential in us at this time. We can do it. It doesn’t have to be white to be right. With contributions here and there we can solve our problems.”
The Vice-Chancellor, Covenant University, Professor Charles Ayo, had earlier in his speech described the gathering as symbolic to the institution, which he reckoned, was achieving another milestone in its efforts at building human capacity.
He applauded the Chancellor for his trail blazing initiatives. “Through the visionary leadership of our dear Chancellor, the university pioneered the introduction of entrepreneurial education and the incorporation of Diploma certificate in leadership development studies, among several others. These constitute a unique selling point of Covenant University. Should a student finish from CU and still combs the streets looking for job, he should have himself to blame,” said Professor Ayo.
“Looking at the bane of development in Africa, I’ve realized the major problem is that of leadership. This is just the first step in training,” he added, while urging participants to strive to acquire the knowledge and use their leadership qualities to improve not only Nigeria but Africa in general.
Giving an exposition on what leadership entails, the Director, African Leadership Development Centre, Dr. Muyiwa Oludayo, who set the tone for the opening session, quoted Dr. Oyedepo, describing leadership “as a product of efficient management of self, task and resources”.
He highlighted the attributes of leadership as: “Taking the lead in your field and not talking the lead; not by propounding principles but setting examples; blazing the trail, not coming behind; commands followership based on outstanding performances; not an endowment but an accomplishment; and not transferable but a point to be attained.”
The Chancellor, Dr. David Oyedepo, leads the team of facilitators for the two-week certificate in leadership programme.
Some of the topics of the lectures to be delivered are: ‘Understanding Leadership and Organisational Drive in exploring the Mission and Vision of Organisations’; ‘Influencing Behaviour of Organisations’, ‘Looking at Attitude and How to Manage Change and Resistance to Change in Organisations’; ‘Career Oriented Leadership’; ‘Entrepreneurial Leadership’; ‘Understanding Self’; ‘Task and Resource Management’; ‘Special Skills for Leadership Effectiveness’; ‘Biblical Order of Leadership’; and ‘Practical Session on Team Building’.
Also present at the occasion were the Education Secretary, Living Faith Church Worldwide, Professor Bridget Sokan, the Registrar, Pastor Olamide Olusegun, the Director, Financial Services, Pastor Bayo Oladehinbo and the Dean, School of Postgraduate Studies, Professor Shalom Chinedu, among others.