Federal Civil Service Understudies CU, Plans Collaboration
The Office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation has visited Covenant University, based on her leadership antecedents among universities in the country, to understudy her management system and seamless succession policy.
A three-man fact-finding team, headed by the Deputy Director, Leadership and Management Succession Planning Department of the Office, Mr. Danjuma Elabi, was received by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Charles Korede Ayo and the Management team in his conference-room on Wednesday, January 15, 2014.
Mr. Elabi stated that the Office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation (OHCSF) was recently restructured to make it compact for effective service delivery. This, according to him, led to the establishment of his department which was to ensure leadership succession planning.
He said that the mission of his team was information sourcing and data gathering. “Being a new department, we are going round to gather information and learn from experience. Your university was picked by the Head of Civil Service himself to represent all the private universities because of your antecedents and the fact that you have cut a niche for yourself”, he explained.
He requested for information on the university’s leadership and management style, adding that they would want to learn how succession is done in an academic environment.
The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Ayo, in his response, explained that Covenant University considered herself a leadership varsity founded to revolutionize the higher education context in the continent with the vision to raise a new generation of leaders.
He noted that in order to actualize the vision, the university pioneered some unique programmes from inception which include Entrepreneurial Development Studies, a programme designed to address unemployment and youths’ restiveness.
Others are “Total Man Concept” (TMC), which addresses the development of the three components that make up a man, vis-a-vis, spirit, soul and body and “Towards a Total Graduate” (TTG), which prepares the students for life after school.
The Vice-Chancellor stated that leadership was the challenge of the nation and Africa in general. He added that no nation can develop in an environment devoid of transparency, integrity and responsibility; these values are embedded in the University’s Core Values.
The University, according to the Vice-Chancellor, strongly upholds her Core Values and frowns on any form of disregard of these Core Values, a development which has helped to entrench leadership traits in her products. This has also distinguished her graduates and endeared them to the hearts of employers.
Professor Ayo informed the team that the leadership qualities in the university’s Alumni have made some of them occupy Management positions including that of Registrar, Dean and Directors in the university within the eleven years of her existence.
The Vice-Chancellor promised that the university would continue to contribute her part in training leaders for the continent through her African Leadership Development Centre which is due for take-off in February this year.
He enjoined them to collaborate with the Centre to have their senior officers trained in the art of leadership.
Professor Ayo later presented documents to them to enhance their knowledge about the university.
Present at the meeting were the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Administration), Professor Taiwo Abioye; Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Professor A. A. A. Atayero; Registrar, Mr. Olumuyiwa Oludayo; Director, Financial Services, Pastor Deji Okubanjo; Director Physical Planning and Development, Arc Gbenga Alalade; Director, Centre for Systems and Information Services, Pastor Abolade Afolabi and Dean, Students’ Affairs, Mr. Azubuike Ezenwoke.