CU Proposes Post-Career Faculty Job for Armed Forces Personnel
The Management of Covenant University (CU), Ota, Ogun State, has offered to engage retired armed forces personnel interested in joining the academia in furtherance of the relationship between the Nigerian Armed Forces Resettlement Centre (NAFRC), Oshodi, Lagos and the university.
The Vice-Chancellor of the university, Professor AAA. Atayero, made this disclosure on Wednesday, August 24, 2016 when a delegation of NAFRC, led by the Centre’s Commandant, Air Vice-Marshal Tamunonie Gudi, paid him a courtesy call in his office.
Covenant University, through its Centre for Entrepreneurial Development Studies (CEDS), currently offers vocational training to retired military men, and it is in this light that Professor Atayero made the proposition. “Apart from your men taking this vocational training, should you have the interest to come to the academia after service, you can come and share your experience,” he told Air Vice-Marshal Gudi and his entourage.
The Vice-Chancellor, who acknowledged that the NAFRC has been doing something good for retired military men by getting them engaged in fruitful enterprise, said CU is exceptional among Nigerian universities as it raises future generation of leaders who are job creators and not job seekers. He assured that the university has all it takes to give the skills necessary and that is what NAFRC is tapping into.
“The platform is here like you noted; our vision to be one of the top 10 universities in the world in the next six years is not a tall order because we have what it takes and we have the scriptural and the spiritual backing to make it happen,” he added.
Earlier, while speaking on the purpose of the visit of his delegation, the NAFRC Commandant, who recently assumed duty at NAFRC, said he was excited to find out that his Centre has a relationship with Covenant University. According to him, he found the brief very impressive and decided to come and see first-hand. “I was told there are things that will further advance our purpose for the Centre and I say let me come and see myself,” said Air Vice-Marshal Gudi.
Tracing the genesis of the relationship between Covenant University and NAFRC, the Director, Centre for Entrepreneurial Development Studies, Dr. Stephen Oluwatobi, said the relationship actually started during the tenure of his predecessor, Dr. Omotayo Adegbuyi, and the NAFRC management loved some of the vocational trainings on offer at the CEDS. Dr. Stephen added that the NAFRC management was at Covenant University to see how both parties can further their collaboration.
Consultant to the NAFRC, Mr. Ifeanyi Mba, told the gathering that the organisation has been having a relationship with CU for five years and has been impressed with what the university has on ground. He said that the relationship has not only added value to the NAFRC philosophy but the entire Ministry of Defence.
Members of the NAFRC delegation were after the meeting taken on a guided tour of the university.
The CU Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Shalom Chinedu; Registrar, Pastor Olamide Olusegun; Director, Financial Services, Pastor Bayo Oladehinbo; Director, Vice-Chancellor’s Office, Dr. David Omole and other key officers also graced the occasion.
Other members of the NAFRC delegation included the Director of Training, Brig. Gen. MP Nnorom; Director of Coordination, Commodore LI Adetoro; Deputy Director of Logistics, Group Captain SN Ugorji; Representative of NAFRC Investment, Group Capt. SG Ariyo (rtd); Protocol Officer, Wing Commander Dike; Squadron Leader AE Obidafe; and the Acting Public Relations Officer, Capt. LO Ogiemudia.