CU Students’ Independence Parley Communiqué
The Federal Government of Nigeria has been advised to incorporate entrepreneurship into the values of each Nigerian in order to increase employment possibilities with individual citizens accepting responsibilities for nurturing this.
This was contained in a six-point communiqué released at the weekend of the 1st of October 2011 event by the Covenant University Students’ Council after a parley organised to mark the 51st Independence Anniversary of Nigeria.
The students’ body also recommended that the immediate environment should be impacted with the knowledge and creative initiatives, with a key message to Nigerians to, “Transform your gifts, talents and strength to core competencies”.
“Let us harness the potential of students by creating a platform where they can share these ideas in order to make technological statements. We can further utilize the i-Fund system (a scheme operated by the David Oyedepo Foundation that critically engages educational contexts by inspiring, stimulating and rewarding creativity, innovation, alternative paradigms of learning and social responsibility) in Covenant University so that students can maximize their potentials”, the students stated in the communiqué.
The 12 panelists, drawn two each from the six Schools of the University, also advised that a strong database should be established in order to be able to have better monitoring and job provision for graduates and the labour force of the country.
On the issue of security and the Boko Haram saga, the Students’ Council opined that policies and strategies should be put in place to ensure that the press projects positive sides of the country rather than socio-vices.
“Let us enact policies and strategies to ensure that the press would focus more on the good in the country rather than Boko Haram activities and other vices”, they advised.
The Parley, which was chaired by the Chairman of the CU Students’ Council, Mr Emmanuel Oruobe, also believed that a peaceful dialogue with the northern leaders in order to gain the right influence on the Boko Haram sect should be engaged.
Speaking at the parley, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Aize Obayan commended the students for a well organized parley with creative panelists that churned out ideas germane to national development.
Commenting on the theme of the parley, “In Pursuit of Peace and Prosperity”, she observed that, “Peace is what we need and we cannot stop praying for our dear country, as the Bible enjoins us to pray for the peace of Jerusalem, peace indeed is what we need to help our country come out of the woods as no policy or strategy can work in an atmosphere of war or insurrection”. She sees the agenda being set by the students as blueprint for the next 49 years when the Country celebrates its centenary for the country.
She challenged the students on the need to awaken the ‘arise-and-build’ spirit in them, citing the Bible (Nehemiah Chapter 2, ve rse 18 - ……..) as example; we should always be solution-providers and not just talking about it but actually doing it as well. “So let’s rise up to build”, she charged.
The panelists were Aiwanose Odafen and Uzoaku Nweokocha, both at the 300 level of the Banking and Finance Programme. They spoke on “Employability and Unemployment as Problems in Nigeria”, while Ajoke Emeneke, a winning team member of the first Unilever Idea Trophy Challenge and 400 level Industrial Relations student spoke on “The Role of Human Development in the Pursuit of Prosperity in Nigeria”.
Omeneke Jeremiah examined “Unemployment and Employment with Regard to Entrepreneurship in Nigeria”; Adeyemi Kenneth Bamidele, “Technology and Community
Development: a key to Peace and Prosperity in Nigeria”; and Nwobia Esther (400 level Political Science), “National Insecurity as it Relates to the Nigerian Economy”.
Others were Jide – Ojo Opeyemi (300 level Sociology), “In Pursuit of Peace and Prosperity (Research and Information as Tools in Fostering Peace and Prosperity in Nigeria)”; Agunze Emmanuel (300 level Architecture), “Entrepreneurship and Human Development”; Taiwo Ajayi, “Peace: the Social Requirement for National Prosperity”; Dada Tanko (400 level Economics), “Economic Growth in Nigeria, the Journey So Far”; and John Okoro (500level Chemical Engineering), “In pursuit of Peace and Progress in Nigeria”.
Other University Management members present at the parley were the Registrar, Mr. Joseph Taiwo, and the Dean, Students Affairs, Pastor Akan Bassey Williams