Covenant University Alumni Association holds 3rd Eagles Summit
“Contribution is key to fulfillment of destiny”, the Chancellor, Dr. David Oyedepo said, during the annual summit of Covenant University Alumni Association, popularly called “Eagles Summit” held on Saturday, October 1, 2011 at the African Leadership Development Centre (ALDC) in the University.
He stated further that, “The quality of commitment to contribution determines the beauty of your future. Thinking others make leaders, thinking self, makes slaves”. He also urged the Eagles to get committed to a life of contribution and to be contribution driven adding, “Our contribution is a seed into your future. Your future is both in your contribution and in your carriage”, the Chancellor added.
Apart from the commitment to contribution, the Chancellor advised the alumni members to mind their carriage and be company sensitive. He admonished them to be very sensitive to the kind of company they keep, saying, “Evil communication corrupts good manners”.
He pointed out that some people carry in them nations, while some carry strong nations. Some also carry thousands of persons in one. He urged further, that they should leave the Summit with the mentality of being many persons in one and to be addicted to contribution.
To support the new project of Alumni Association- HOPE (Helping Other People Excel), the Chancellor made a donation of N10 Million. He prayed and blessed the outreach saying it was going to yield fruits.
Also, speaking earlier at the event, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Aize Obayan welcomed the Eagles and thanked God for making them witness another Summit. She expressed satisfaction for the achievements attained so far by Alumni Association. She officially unveiled HOPE (Helping Other People Excel) initiative.
She recounted some of the feats the university attained recently, including that on Thursday, September 29, 2011, three students of Covenant University won the Unilever idea trophy along with University of Ibadan. She also announced that on July 30, 2011, Covenant University emerged as the number one University in the webometric ranking among private universities in Nigeria and 10th overall in Nigeria.
In addition, she also informed them that Covenant University was the first private university to host the AVCNU (Association of Vice Chancellor of Nigerian University) in June 2011. She added that the United Nations Habitat Global Report 2011 would be launched in Covenant University on October 18, 2011.
The Vice-Chancellor acknowledged further, the positive feedback from different parts of the world on what the Eagles are doing out there. She ended her remarks on a very positive note stating that the best is certainly yet to come even as we take part in expanding the frontiers of the University.
The highlight of this year’s Eagles summit was the launch of HOPE (Helping Other People Excel), a non-profit organization of the Covenant University Alumni Association aimed at accepting responsibility for the community development and social change in the society.
According to the President of the Covenant University Alumni Association, Mr. Muyiwa Fadugba, the core outreach groups of HOPE include: The Schools Support Group (SSG), Prison Support Group (PSG) and the support team for the young. “The objective of the programme is to serve and make an impact in the society”, he said.
The 36 State chapters of the association were launched. The basis was to drive other goals of the Association which would enable her to achieve her mission. With these State Chapters, activities would no longer be centralized, so that there can be greater effectiveness and efficiency.