Covenant University Senate Marks Centenary Sitting
The Covenant University Senate on Thursday, March 27, 2014 held its One Hundredth sitting with appreciation to God for all the accomplishments of the University from inception.
The Special Guest at the Centenary sitting and Chancellor of the University, Dr. David Oyedepo noted that the University was able to accomplish great feats because God is at the centre of it all.
“We are just what we are today by the grace of God and if we stop recognising this as the grace of God, it may be reverted to disgrace”, he warned.
Dr. Oyedepo who is also the Chairman of the Board of Regents of the University stated that the vision to become one of the ten leading universities in the world by the year 2022 would be a cheap possibility with faith in God.
“There is nothing impossible with God. Our problem is lack of faith in Him. One of ten in ten is a cheap possibility particularly when we do not trust in our own ability.
“One of ten in ten is not an ambition but God’s divine mandate. You only need to plug in with your faith for cheap accomplishment. There is no divine agenda that can be accomplished in the energy of the flesh. Therefore, let’s believe and we shall get there”, he advised.
The Chancellor explained that the great feats accomplished by the Living Faith Church Worldwide (the proprietor base of the University) till date was possible with faith in God and hard work.
“It is work that enhances one’s worth. There are more potentials inside each of us that are not yet given expression. All we need is to create more time to reel them off”, he charged.
He hinted that the Church is starting the construction of two additional universities in April this year with all the resources for the work available.
Dr. Oyedepo therefore charged the Senate leadership to take quality decisions in order to accomplish the desired future. “Decision is a foremost task of leadership. Decision is a fundamental requirement for every desired change; we need drastic decision to have the future we desire. The quality of decision determines the quality of leadership.”
He appreciated all the past and present leaders and members of the Senate for quality decisions that have brought the University to her present level.
Earlier in his welcome address, the Vice-Chancellor and the Chairman of the Senate, Professor Charles Ayo enumerated the achievements of the Senate from inception which include unbroken academic calendar, non-existence of student/ labour unrest, capacity building for both faculty and non-teaching staff and numerous awards, among others.
“The Senate has not failed in its responsibilities to the Board and the University in the areas of teaching, research and community service”, he noted.
While appreciating the Chancellor and the members of the Board of Regents for providing conducive environment and funds to operate, Professor Ayo assured them of the commitment of the Senate to the fulfilment of the vision “one of ten in ten”.
“We have put our hands on the plough and there is no looking back. Let me assure the Board that the vision “one of ten in ten” is being pursued with all fervency and will be accomplished even before the set time.”
Professor Ayo acknowledged the great contributions of the past leadership of the Senate from the pioneer Vice-Chancellor, Professor Bola Ayeni (2002-2004); Dr. Jonathan Aremu (Acting capacity 2004-2005) and the immediate past VC, Professor Aize Obayan (2005-2012).
He also congratulated the members of the Senate for the outstanding contributions and total commitment that have made the University the best Private University in the country.
There was also praise, prayer and testimony sessions to return all the glory to God for His faithfulness since inception.
The roll-call of Covenant University Senate from 2002 till date is 174 members and the present attendance stood at 67 members.