Covenant University Re-affirms Commitment to Raise World Changers
The Chancellor, Covenant University Dr. David Oyedepo has once again reiterated the commitment of the University to raising a new generation of leaders who would restore the dignity of the nation and the black race
He made the commitment at the 11th Matriculation Ceremony of the University, which took place on Friday, November 30, 2012 at its campus.
In his address titled, “Discipline: The Price for Greatness”, the Chancellor stated that, “We are committed to raising an army of reformers and we vow to maintain discipline as our watchword.
“We want to assure all our newly matriculated students and indeed all students of Covenant University and our beloved parents that we are in a covenant with you regarding the actualization of this end.”
He defined discipline as, “The art of submitting to the demands of your set goals – living as demanded not as convenient.” According to him, “It is proved that self-discipline is a fundamental price paid for all personal achievements and has no substitute in the quest for a successful career.”
Dr. Oyedepo who is also the Chairman, Board of Regents of the University, lamented the dearth of leadership, which has brought the continent to its awful situation.
“We believe there is a dearth of leadership in our nation today. We have quite an army of able men but mostly godless individuals. They have every kind of academic degrees but lack of integrity has become the norm rather than the exception among the vast majority of them.
“Covetousness has also become the cancer of our leadership structure across the length and breadth of our great continent. Our vast natural resources as a people have become the private estate of our self-centered leaders in most cases. This is our awful situation today. Africa is at the precipice of total collapse except a new generation of leaders takes the stage.”
Covenant University, according to him, is developing men with the right kind of education who would in turn develop their world.
“Our mission at Covenant University is to develop the man who will in turn develop his world. However, we see character as the anchor of leadership. Ability makes a manager but integrity makes a leader.
“Ours is indeed a rescue mission in education, driven on the platform of Christian ethos and life transforming values. Covenant University is a place where you can expect to maximize your full leadership potentials by being raised worthy in character and in learning.
“We do not therefore need just education, we desperately need the right kind of education, raising the right kind of leaders, promoting the right kind of values and graduating the right kind of persons to bring about the right kind of changes that this part of the world desperately require today”, he explained.
The Chancellor also assured everyone of the commitment of the University to shielding the students from the social and environmental pollution that has corrupted the society. He added that they would receive all that is required to guarantee their enthronement and see that the sacrifice and painful investment of parents will never end up as a waste.
He then made an appeal to everyone to arise as one man to salvage the image of the nation and the continent.
“I like to appeal to every one of us here and especially our students that we must arise as one man to salvage the image of our great nation and indeed our beloved continent. It is clear that you are the one that the world is waiting for; you cannot afford to disappoint destiny and the great future that awaits you.
“By your admission to this University you have become a part of the divine team to make this world a better place; the team to place Africa on the global map for good and to raise the dignity of the Blackman.”
Earlier in his address, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Charles Korede Ayo decried the underdevelopment of the African nations despite many decades of independence from Colonial masters.
He also condemned the over reliance of Africa on foreign solutions to her local problems in the areas of health, food scarcity, environment, energy, ICT among others. He said that, “All these are largely pointers to the fact that there are gaps between higher education and societal development, which the 21st Century Higher Education must address as a matter of necessity”, he explained.
According to him, that is why Covenant University was birthed to spearhead a revolution in Higher Education, not only in Nigeria but also in Africa as a whole.
The Vice-Chancellor also assured the students of the University’s commitment to quality education and spiritual development that would see them through their endeavors in life.
“To our dear Matriculating students, I wish to assure you that in Covenant University, we shall give you the best education that is second to none. We will prepare you with skills that will place you on the same pedestal with your foreign counterparts, and above all, we will equip you with Spirituality Core Value that will see you through your endeavors in life”, he promised.
A total of 1,768 undergraduate and postgraduate students signed the matriculation oath in a ceremony attended by parents, guardian, stakeholders and well-wishers.
A breakdown in the number of the matriculated students shows that 1,613 were undergraduates, 117 were in the Masters level, 10 M. Phil/Ph.D while 23 were for Ph.D. Only five students matriculated for MBA programme.
The event was also attended by the Vice-President, (Education) of the Living Faith Church Worldwide (LFCWW), Pastor (Mrs.) Faith Oyedepo, the Executive Secretary (LFCWW), Pastor Yemi Nathaniel, the Education Secretary (LFCWW), Professor Aize Obayan, members of the University Management, Senate members, Faculty and Staff as well as numerous Parents/Guardians and wellwishers.