Excitement as new students arrive campus, commence registration
Monday, September 03, 2007, was a day of joy and fulfillment of dreams for newly admitted students and their parents as the freshmen commenced formal registration and other academic activities in Covenant University aka Hebron- the birthplace of kings and queens.
The students, numbering about 1,600 were accorded a warm reception by the University officials arrayed in cream coloured T-shirts with bold inscription: ‘I am available to guide you’.
Some of the students who could not hide their feeling said they were excited and looked forward to having glorious studies at Covenant University.
" I am in love with the school, everything about it is good all round. I hope to enjoy my academic pursuit in the University and looking at what is on ground I see no reason why all the students shouldn’t have first class degrees. I just love the school," enthused Emmanuel Marchie, who gained admission to study Civil Engineering.
The day also featured an interactive parents’ forum organized by the University management to acquaint parents with the unique vision, mission and training paradigm of Covenant University.
The Vice Chancellor, Professor Aize Obayan, while welcoming the parents on behalf of the Chancellor, Dr David Oyedepo, congratulated them for making the right decision by bringing their children to study at Covenant University, adding that it was a decision they would not regret. She assured them they would be celebrated in the near future for partnering with God in raising great leaders for our nation and world in line with the University’s compelling vision of raising a new generation of leaders.
The Vice Chancellor also told them the University was not only under oath to deliver quality education to their children but it is also under oath to make the University a home away from home as the new students have become Covenant children via its in loco parentis role.
The Registrar, Yemi Nathaniel told them that God saw them before establishing Covenant University, adding that they were in a place of destiny where God will raise their Children as new generation of leaders for the African continent. He said the University’s unique vision is being validated through its two sets of graduates who have been making outstanding impact in the workplace.
Other Principal officers of the University also spoke on wide range issues bothering on their respective colleges and departments, especially issues that affect the students. Some of the speakers included the Dean, College of Business & Social Sciences, Professor Mathew Ajayi; Dean, College of Human Development, Professor Charles Ogbulogo; Dean, College of Science & Technology, Professor James Katende; and Dean of Postgraduate School, Professor Olusola Ojo. Others are Director of Financial Services, Mr. N. Taiwo; Dean of Student Affairs, Dr Daniel Rotimi, Acting Director, Centre for Learning Resources, Mr. Chris Nkiko; and the University Chaplain, Pastor Seyi Macaulay.
Some parents expressed their impression of the University and their views are presented below:
"The mission/vision of the University is just what we need for this generation. My daughter choose to come to Covenant University because of the academic atmosphere, which is very attractive and captivating.
"She is going to make it no doubt with the kind of training she is about to receive here and we also do believe that by the time she is through here she will become a blessing to her generation."Not being sentimental, Covenant University is the ideal place for any child. Here there’s orderliness, which is next to Godliness, and what we see with our eyes instills confidence in the students. Thank God for the Chancellor, Vice Chancellor, Registrar and everybody in the CU community".-
Professor Olufunmilayo A.T. Sotonade
Dept of Counselling/Psychology
Olabisi Onabanjo University.
"I am a strictly religious person and this is just what I want for our daughter, to be spiritually brought up in this kind of God-given dream and vision embedded with good values and discipline.
"In the next 5 years we will see CU surpassing Harvard and the like. The academic environment at CU is unbelievable in the country like ours, a well-planned environment, beautiful architectural designs and not just anything. We are highly impressed with what we have seen and even the sky cannot be a limit for CU.
"I was highly elated when I first came here. The serenity, conduciveness of the atmosphere for learning and academic exploits of the University were too good to be true and we kept on praying that God should please allow our child to be admitted into CU and today we are the happiest of all the parents here because we can already determine the tomorrow of our child.
"I urged the Management of the University to please keep up the great work and very soon Nigeria will be grateful because of the products of this great school will be releasing into the world."
-Mr. Adekunle Abayomi Odukoya
CEO, Tabak Nig. Ltd.
"This is not just a school or college, but a place where destinies of children are moulded. You can go to bed when your kids are here without fear of any kind. "We expect that our daughter would come out from here a model, leader and an eagle that will turn around her generation. When one looks at what is on ground on this campus, it is just awesome and fearful of what God can do. CU is today one of the best University in the country. "One of our church members who finished from here has been doing tremendously well in all areas of endeavour and I think every parent should strive to bring their children here at CU. My word for the University management is to keep up the good work."
-Pastor Mrs Omolara Akinbo
Fountain of Faith Chapel
Abeokuta Ogun State
"I was an Executive Director in one of the banks in Nigeria. I had the privilege of sitting in a Board saddled with responsibility of hunting for best academics both locally and internationally. I can tell you that students from Covenant University are given triple A rating in the banks. It may interest you to know that Zenith Bank and Guarantee Trust Bank are looking for students from this school more than students from outside the country. It is indeed a very welcome development and that is why I want my child here."
-Mr. Chigozi Nnorom