Covenant University Inaugurates “Onesimus Project” Committee
Following the recent signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on “Onesimus Project”, Covenant University has inaugurated a seven-man Committee to implement her obligations in the MoU
The project, which focuses on a Life Recovery Pre-Release Empowerment Programme for prison inmates with six months or less to the end of their sentence, was signed between the University and Prison Fellowship Nigeria, The Nigerian Prisons Service as well as The Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN).
While inaugurating the committee in his conference room on Friday, May 10, 2013, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Charles Korede Ayo, referred to the project as a “Rescue Mission” that is dear to the University and her proprietor base. He enjoined the committee members to see their assignment as a clarion call to service and also an avenue to reach the world and touch souls.
The Vice-Chancellor tasked the Chairman to co-opt other staff of the University particularly those of the Centre for Entrepreneurship Development Studies, where the inmates would learn various vocations.
Responding on behalf of the committee members, the Chairman and Director, Covenant University Counselling Centre, Dr. Kunle Oyeyemi, promised to uphold the image and integrity of the University through the assignment.
Dr. Oyeyemi added that the MoU among other things provided opportunities for Covenant University’s students to acquire experience and undertake projects on prison reforms.
The University’s obligations in the MoU among other things include provision of behavioural and cognitive change education for participants and graduands of the Onesimus Project, through tutorials, course work and counselling and provide psychoanalytical guidance and counselling for participants and clinical evaluation and guidance.
The committee is to draw up programmes for the implementation of the University’s responsibilities in the Onesimus Project and work out the modalities for providing behavioural and cognitive change education for participants and graduands of the project through tutorial, course work and counselling.
Members of the committee include Dr. Kunle Oyeyemi (Chairman), Dr. A. M. Gesinde, Dr. G. O. Adejumo, Dr. Jide Adekeye, Mr. Ben Agoha, Mr. David Igbokwe (Secretary) and Professor Amos Alao (Adviser).
Other members of the Management present at the inauguration include the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Administration) Dr. Taiwo Abioye and Director, Centre for Learning Resources (University Library), Dr. Chris Nkiko.