Covenant University Hosts Fulbright Alumni Association of Nigeria Conference
The choice of the theme, Multiculturalism, Citizenship and National Integration in Nigeria: Challenges and Prospects have been described as a better option particularly when the nation is faced with myriads of National challenges that have shaken the foundations of its corporate existence
This was the submission of the Vice-Chancellor, Covenant University, Professor Aize Obayan at the Opening Ceremony of the 11th Fulbright Alumni Association of Nigeria (FAAN) Conference, held at the African Leadership Development Centre (ALDC) of the University from Tuesday, September10 to Thursday 13, 2012.
Professor Obayan further stated that the conference on the Fulbright Alumni Platform would culminate in pathways and solutions for a transition from a besieged context in which Nigeria currently finds itself.
The Vice-Chancellor noted that the parley of the Conference was in line with the focus and vision of Covenant University, which is investing quality time in seeking and providing solutions to our nation and humanity at large.
The Acting Public Diplomacy Officer, Public Affairs Section of the US Embassy, Ms. Rhonda Watson who represented the United States Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Terrence McCulley stated that the Fulbright Programme supports educational exchanges that strengthens understanding and communication between the United States, Nigeria and more than 155 countries.
According to her, the Fulbright Association promotes Leadership, Development, Learning, Research and International Cooperation. “The US Mission in Nigeria continue to support active education and cultural exchange programmes that strengthens Academic and cultural ties between the 2 Nations”, she said.
Also speaking at the event, the National President, Fulbright Alumni Association of Nigeria, Dr. Raymond Bako noted that the conference provides opportunity for reflecting and reminding one another about the ideals of the Fulbright programme and how they can translate them to shape lives as individuals and to transform the country.
Dr. Bako explained that the theme for the conference was carefully chosen to reflect and encourage research into the major problems faced in Nigeria as a nation. He opined that there is the need to look forward so that “together, we can consolidate on the gains of the past”.
He stated that Fulbright Alumni Association of Nigeria shares in the vision of the Chancellor, Dr. David Oyedepo in using education anchored on spirituality to raise a new generation of leaders in Nigeria.
“As an educational philosopher, I believe that we must try to expand the boundaries of human wisdom, empathy and perception, and there is no way of doing that except through education”, he said.
The Participants also discussed the National Security in a Roundtable Session, moderated by the Dean, College of Development Studies, Professor Kayode Soremekun. Inequality, poverty, tribalism, government incompetence and corruption were some of the issues discussed and identified as the challenges affecting the National Security.
Other members of the panel of discussants at the round table session were the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Charles Ogbulogo, The Registrar, Dr. J.N Taiwo, Professor Ayodele Ogundipe of the Department of Sociology, Professor Habu Mohammed from Bayero University, Professor Sati Fawtshak from University of Jos, Professor Eucharia Nwagbara from University of Calabar, and Professor Eddie Eraghbe from University of Benin, while Ms. Rhonda Watson chaired the session.
A total of 38 Participants from 12 Universities across the nation attended the Conference.