Encomiums Galore as CU Sends Forth Fulbright Scholar, Akpan-Obong
The Management and Faculty of Covenant University were lavish in their approbation as the institution, on Thursday July 28, 2016 held a send forth ceremony in honour of visiting Fulbright Scholar, Professor Patience Akpan-Obong.
A professor of Science, Technology and Society at the Arizona State University, USA, Akpan-Obong has since August 2015 been using her Fulbright to teach, conduct research and organise an international conference on e-government in Nigeria under the auspices of Covenant University.
Her research dwells on the integration of information and communication technologies in the administrative practices of Federal Government ministries and departments, state governments and federal universities in a process called e-government or e-governance.
Virtually all members of management and faculty present at the send forth ceremony chaired by the CU Vice-Chancellor, Professor AAA Atayero, were unequivocal about the great impact Professor Akpan-Obong has made during her sojourn in the university.
They acknowledged her prowess as a go-getter and one who personifies the CU core value of possibility mentality.
The Vice-Chancellor, who on behalf of the management, faculty, staff and students expressed appreciation to the Fulbright Scholar, said it’s been wonderful having her at Covenant University.
“We appreciate you for the exposure on industry context, and we want to say a big thank you for all you have done,” said Professor Atayero.
The immediate past Vice-Chancellor, Professor Charles Ayo, during whose stewardship the Fulbright Scholar arrived Covenant University, appreciated her “immeasurable contribution to the university”.
He said: “she demonstrated things, which simply show no assignment is exclusive preserve of any gender; a protagonist of the Covenant University-Conference on E-Governance in Nigeria (CUCEN). Looking at what she has brought, she is an invaluable asset nobody would want to lose.”
Akpan-Obong, according to the immediate past Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Taiwo Abioye, is a committed academician and a believer feminist. “She has a sense of commitment that is commendable. I saw we have areas of commonality, which we plan to explore.”
The Registrar, Pastor Olamide Olusegun, who described Akpan-Obong as very amiable, said she has been a blessing and possesses qualities one would want to imbibe, just as the Director, Academic Planning Unit, Dr. Olawande Daramola, described her as an amazon whose efforts are highly appreciated.
And while the Head, Department of Computer and Information Sciences, Dr. Ayodele Adebiyi, hailed Professor Akpan-Obong for her positive attitude and devotion to the success of CUCEN, the Director, Centre for Learning Resources, Dr. Christopher Nkiko, described her as a nationalist who is always right about things to impart on Nigeria.
The Fulbright Scholar, in her response, thanked the CU management and the university at large for giving her opportunity to do what she wanted to do.
According to Akpan-Obong, who attributed her 1994 trip to Canada in search of Golden Fleece to the vision of the CU Chancellor, Dr. David Oyedepo, one of the lessons she has learnt in the last one year is understanding how a university works in Nigeria and the other is how a Christian university works.
“Also, I’ve learnt a lot in project management and I’m going to put that in my CV,” she said. “I wanted the university to recognize that I was here. You have done that and even more elaborate than envisaged. I really want to come back if God wills it.”
She, however, assured that she would always be at CU for the CUCEN event as she is still part of the system.
The Deputy Vice Chancellor, Professor Shalom Chinedu, on behalf of Covenant University, later presented the Fulbright Scholar with gifts as a sign of appreciation of her contribution.
Also present at the occasion was the Dean, College of Science and Technology, Professor Nicholas Omoregbe and the Director, Financial Services, Pastor Bayo Oladehinbo.