CU Management Charges Students’ Council on Responsible Representation
The Management of Covenant University has had an interactive discussion with Executive members of the university’s Students’ Council towards fostering a better and conducive learning environment, and to help the students understand management expectations, taking into account the ReCITe (Research, Citation, Innovation and Teaching) goal of the management.
Speaking at the forum, the Chairman of the Students’ Council, Toro-Obong Udoh, expressed appreciation to the Management for the improved internet services, power supply, and intervention in ensuring that there was a moderation in the prices of meals at the University cafeteria.
He told the gathering that the leadership of the students’ body is working at getting every student in the University to embrace and run with the vision of being listed as one of the top10 universities in the world by the year 2022.
He highlighted some of the activities earmarked by the Council for the current academic session, which include I-Respond welfare initiatives for challenged students, and harnessing creative photography and video skills of undergraduates. This is to create improved media presence for students, improve on existing channels of communication for better enlightenment process for students and address cases of misdemeanor. He revealed that the students’ body was working at getting an App that will help serve as a channel of complaints and ensure that speedy attention is given to any issue raised.
To buffer academic performance of students that will ensure a most engaging academic session, the Council plans to take academic pursuit to the halls of residence in the form of group tutorials and discourses amongst students of related discipline.
Members of the Students’ Council told Management that a sensitisation campaign tagged, ‘We Are Covenant University’, will soon be flagged off towards effectively integrating the University values and informal rules into students’ way of life on and off campus.
The students’ body executives, however, appealed to the University’s Management to make adequate provision for appropriate engagement of students through the reopening of the work study programme, which apart from empowering students, serves as direct entrepreneurial skills acquisition avenue.
Responding, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor AAA. Atayero said the leadership of the students’ body should see itself as an interface between students and Management, while at the same time serving as advocates of students to the Management. He said it is time they help their colleagues own the Covenant University project, eradicating any demographic question of us versus them.
Professor Atayero told the Students’ Council leadership that the vision of the Chancellor and Chairman, Board of Regent, Dr. David O. Oyedepo, is that graduates of the University should grow to fulfill their potentials in managerial capacities in and outside the University. He stated that it was important that students of the University own the vision espoused by the Chancellor, buy into it and run with it thereby making the most of what the University has prepared for their training as students.
The Vice-Chancellor reminded the gathering that the University is benchmarking with the very best, and as such, Management in its quest to give the very best to the students, will expect them to be candid and forthright at all times.
He encouraged the students to embrace volunteerism as a lifestyle, because it is a platform that drives appropriate change in any environment.
The Dean, Students’ Affairs, Mr. Azubuike Ezenwoke, thanked the Vice-Chancellor and members of Management for availing the Students’ Council Executives the opportunity to know what is expected of them.
Also in attendance at the forum were the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Shalom Chinedu; Registrar, Pastor Olumide Olusegun; Director, Financial Services, Pastor Bayo Oladehinbo; Director, Vice-Chancellor’s Office, Dr. David Omole; and representatives of the Media and Corporate Affairs of the University.