Covenant University Management Visits Neighboring Varsities
In a bid to foster collaborations and advance tertiary education in the Ogun State and the Nation at large, the Management of Covenant University recently paid a visit to two neighboring private universities; The Bells University of Technology, Ota and Crawford University, Igbesa.
The Vice-Chancellor of Bells University of Technology, Professor Isaac Adebayo and senior members of the Management received the Covenant University team, led by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Charles Ayo at the Senate Chambers of the University.
Professor Adebayo in his welcome address said that the visit was an epoch-making event that would lead to mutually beneficial relationship for both Universities. According to him, the proximity of Covenant University to The Bells University of Technology should avail him the opportunity to seek collaborations that would readily be accessible than striving for collaboration with other institutions that are far away. He commended the quality of graduates from Covenant University and Bells University of Technology, saying he could vouch for and defend the products of both Institutions anywhere.
In his response, the Vice-Chancellor Covenant University, Professor Charles Korede Ayo said the visit to Bells University of Technology was symbolic because both institutions are committed to raising future leaders. Professor Ayo said that the Management team of Covenant University was looking at collaborating with universities with similar ideals and values, so that they can share in each other’s strength to accomplish more.
According to the Professor of Computer Science and MIS, since the inception of the new Management team, the University has come to terms with the need to be involved in research collaborations and linkages with other universities as an avenue for driving her Internally Generated Revenue. At Crawford University, Igbesa, Ogun State, the Vice-Chancellor of the University, Professor Samson Ayanlaja and other senior Management staff of the institution received the Covenant University team.
In his welcome address, Professor Ayanlaja said there was hope for Nigeria and black Africa due to the emergence of Covenant University and similar tertiary institutions. He stated that Covenant and Crawford Universities are partners in progress to restore hope to a nation that was beginning to lose hope. The Professor of Agriculture who specializes in Soil Science and Environmental Pollution Management, said that the visit of the Management team of Covenant University would afford his Institution the opportunity to learn some things about driving academic excellence.
Professor Ayanlaja appealed to the Management of Covenant University for guidance and direction with respect to administrative conditioning, students and staff discipline, project execution, ideas for admission policy and other possible areas of collaboration. He further appreciated the numerous instances that Covenant University had come to the rescue of his students, particularly in the area of medical attention.
Responding, Professor Charles Korede Ayo said that Crawford and Covenant Universities are partners in nation building. According to him, private individuals have no business running tertiary education, but the dependence on and failure of governments over the years, has given rise to the need for private individuals and faith-based organizations to bail out university education in Nigeria.
He stated that though the number of faith-based universities are few, there is need to remain undaunted in our quest for raising future leaders that would rise up to the occasion to re-write the history of the black man.
The Vice-Chancellor was accompanied on the visit by the Registrar, Dr. Ubong Ntia, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Administration), Dr. Taiwo Abioye, Senior Assistant Registrar in the Vice Chancellor’s Office, Mr. Kalu Okwagwu and members of the Corporate and Public Affairs Unit of the University.