Covenant University Alumni sets pace through Business Networking
Covenant University alumni and friends gathered at the Victoria Crown Plaza Hotel in Victoria Island on December 5, to build a powerful and influential network of business men and women in an interactive session.
The event, tagged “Breakfast Business Roundtable” organised by the Covenant University Alumni Association, was a lively breakfast time with networking sessions, followed by presentations and discussion during the breakfast roundtable.
President, Covenant University Alumni Association, Mr. Reginald Bassey, opened the event with insightful remarks and a warm welcome, stating that the purpose of the Breakfast Business Roundtable was to empower Covenant University Alumni to the new developments of the 21st century and the world at large by creating a difference in their different endeavours.
Mr. Harold Nwariaku, Senior Manager Procurement at MTN Nigeria, kicked off the event with his presentation titled, “Business Engagement with Big Companies: Pros and Cons of the Nigeria Business Environment.” He urged participants to always create value, be more concerned solving their customers’ challenges and to never compromise standards.
According to him, “You must create value because value defines who you are. Be more concerned about solving customer challenges and find a way of reaching them,” he said.
In addition, Mr. Vincent Egbe, the General Manager, Heinz, charged Covenant University alumni to see every problem as a business opportunity and urged them to make a living by creating an impact in their different fields of endeavour.
Egbe used the Parable of the Talents in the Bible to describe a life of taking risks to become successful saying, “Wickedness is the unwillingness to invest your talent. The problem you want to solve should be the drive behind the kind of jobs you want to get.”
The crux of the event was the presentation delivered by the former Lagos State Deputy Governor, Otunba Femi Pedro, who shared from his 35 years work experience with the participants.
Addressing the Eagles at the event, Otunba Femi Pedro urged the young minds to humble themselves, and to pick a mentor to learn from and understudy.
Buttressing the points made by previous speakers, Pedro said, “Principles and values are universal and timeless; never compromise. You cannot create wealth without investment.”
The former Deputy Governor of Lagos State concluded his presentation by urging the graduates of Covenant University not to aim over their capacity but rather take time to build capacity. He also added that there is no substitute for integrity. In his words, “Integrity is integrity; you live it and act it.”