Covenant University Campus Keepers Encouraged to Pursue Higher Goals
The Management of Covenant University in collaboration with the Centre for Entrepreneurial Development Studies has commenced the training of the university’s Campus Keepers.
The training is organised under the auspices of the Women Empowerment Project, a brain-child of the University’s ‘National Wellbeing through Sustainable Development Research Sub-Cluster.’
The exercise, which is geared towards upgrading the earning capacity of the Keepers is to last for two weeks and would cover topics like, ‘Time Management,’ ‘How to Write A Business Plan,’ ‘Business Ethics,’ etc. It would also incorporate specialised hands-on trainings in areas like Fishery, Soap Making and Perfumery.
Speaking at the event, the Director, Centre for Entrepreneurial Development, Dr. Omotayo Adegbuyi stated that one of the objectives of the centre is to empower the university’s students as well as people in the immediate environment. He stressed that the aim is to make people self-reliant by teaching them how to fish as against giving the individuals fish.
According to him, “This is a rare life-changing opportunity to own your own business and be employers of labour. I encourage you not to play with it. Few Universities make direct effort to train their staff on alternate means of income. I believe at the end of this program you would all have great experiences to share.”
In his remarks, the Director Financial Services, Pastor Bayo Oladehinbo advised the campus keepers to see the training as an opportunity to improve themselves so as to be able to extend help to others as well. “When you think beyond your salary and improve yourself, you will be able to add value to others and thereby be empowered to receive more of God’s blessings,” he added.
While making his remarks, the Registrar, Pastor Olamide Olusegun, enjoined the trainees to maximise the great privilege granted them by the university management to discover the hidden abilities in them and use it for personal advancement. He encouraged them to see the training as an investment that would keep yielding for them. “Whoever teaches you how to fish, is a person that loves you,’ he stated.
While declaring the event open, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Taiwo Abioye, in her remarks appreciated the efforts of the Sustainable Development Research Cluster and the Centre for Entrepreneurial Development Studies (CEDS) for encouraging women development and empowerment.
“This is the result of diligence, commitment and dedication. A University exists to teach, conduct research and be involved in community development. Community development is what we are doing here today. We are involved in community development in order to help the country move forward,” she pointed out.
Also present at the event were the members of the Sustainable Development Research Cluster and members of the Directorate of Centre for Entrepreneurial Development.