CU Vice-Chancellor Bags Excellence Award
The Vice-Chancellor of Covenant University, Professor Charles Ayo was honoured by the National Association of Nigerian Students’ (NANS) today, August 27, 2015, with an Excellence Leadership Award.
While stating the purpose of their visit, Mr. Oludaisi Afolabi, NANS’ Director of Action & Mobilisation who doubled as the team leader, said that the award was to recognise and appreciate the great job the Vice-Chancellor and his team have been doing and to encourage and challenge them to do more. He described the Vice-Chancellor as a father, an icon as well as a very caring and supportive leader amongst leaders.
Mr. Afolabi went on to explain the objectives of the National Association of Nigerian Students were to promote peace and unity amongst Nigerian students and to promote students’ rights.
In elucidating how the association select award recipients the team leader stated, “We do not sell our awards, we give them based on merit.”
He further made a request on behalf of the Association for the provision of leadership training and capacity building by the Covenant University Management for his leadership team.
In his remarks, the Vice-Chancellor expressed his delight in receiving the award, which he said came as a huge surprise to him. He stated, “I don’t see you as ordinary students, but as future leaders. I am very impressed that you did not hesitate to let me know your expectations. I appreciate the challenge you threw at me and my team to aspire to do better.”
The Vice-Chancellor, further stated that the focus of Covenant University this year is innovation, product development and nation building. He stressed that the responsibility of moving Nigeria forward does not rest on CU alone. “Nigeria is looking up to us to proffer solutions to the myriads of challenges facing the nation,” he opined.
He advised the student leaders to make sure they were united in their goals and visions in order to ensure focus in the pursuit of them. “Working together,” he said, “we should be able to re-write, not only the educational sector, but the history of Nigeria.”
The Vice-Chancellor also assured them that Covenant University would provide leadership training and capacity building for the association, as requested. He asked them, however, to make a formal request which would be duly processed.
Also present at the event were the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Taiwo Abioye; the Registrar, Pastor Olamide Olusegun; Director, Financial Services, Pastor Oladehinbo Adebayo; Dean, Student Affairs, Dr. Zacheus Omogbadegun; the Deputy Director, Media & Corporate Affairs, Mr. Emmanuel Igban and other members of the Directorate of Media & Corporate Affairs.