Dr. Oyedepo Optimistic about African Development
The Chancellor, Covenant University, Dr. David Oyedepo has expressed the belief that giants would emerge in all spheres of life in Africa. He made this known on Sunday, May 10, 2015, in his office when he received the Keynote Speaker and other guests for the University’s 2nd International Conference on African Development Issues (CU-ICADI).
The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Charles Ayo and other members of the University Management had led the Conference Keynote Speaker and 2012 Nobel Prize Winner in Economic Sciences, Professor Alvin Elliot Roth and other special guests on a courtesy call on the Chancellor.
Dr. Oyedepo noted that the development and application of indigenous knowledge would culminate in the rise of giants in the Continent. Covenant University, according to him, is an indigenous university where the system works. “Every structure you see on this ground was built by indigenous engineers and we are excited about it,” he said.
He explained further that the University’s leadership organised the Conference for the development of Africa. “There is no apartheid in knowledge. Wherever it can be found, we go for it. That is why we have decided to wake up and take responsibility to develop our Continent.”
Earlier, the Vice-Chancellor and other members of the University Management hosted the guests to a dinner at the University Guests House. Professor Ayo told the guests that the University has the vision to be one of the top ten universities in the world in a few years and the way to achieve this, according to him, is to ride on the shoulder of giants.
Professor Ayo said the presence of the Guests, particularly the Nobel Prize Winner at the University, would contribute to the success of the Conference and foster collaborations between Covenant University and their institutions.
The 2nd Covenant University International Conference on African Development Issues kicked off on Monday, May 11, 2015 at the University’s African Leadership Development Centre. The 3-day event focused on Biotechnology, ICT, Materials and Renewable Energy: Potential Catalyst for African Development. Internationally acclaimed experts from various sectors of the economy presented papers at the programme.