If You Must Fly, Take Heed… Dr. Oyedepo Charges CU Eagles.
The Chancellor and Chairman, Board of Regents of Covenant University, Dr. David Oyedepo has unveiled nuggets that would help the new graduates of the University in their journey to destiny. The Chancellor used the occasion of the 8th Convocation Special Assembly tagged the Release of Eagles 2013 to counsel the graduands.
Speaking on the subject ‘Lessons of Life,’ Dr. Oyedepo called the occasion a period of reflections for the graduands, especially on how the University has imparted them over the years, what their roles would be in the future and how it would apply in their journey of life.
Taking a cue from his reflections back in May 2011, when the Living Faith Church celebrated her 30th Anniversary, the Chancellor said obedience maybe costly, but the reward is priceless. According to him, unusual things always accompany men and women who stay on the path of obedience.
Furthermore, he admonished the graduands not to think that their examination in life is over, as there are many more examinations to be written in the course of their advancement in life. “Every challenge in the path of life is a test and only those who confront them well will emerge as champions,” he enthused.
He counseled the graduands on the importance of decision making in shaping their destiny. According to him, the quality and timeliness of decisions made are what make a leader and point to the direction of such individual’s destination. He noted that decision-making is a lifelong requirement for every one that wants to make the most of his or her life.
The Chancellor challenged the 2013 Eagles, also called ‘Renaissance Set,’ not to celebrate capacity, but capacity utilization. According to him, what makes a man is not the capacity, but capacity utilization. “It is not what you carry and know that makes you, but what you do with what you carry and know that adds value to one’s lifestyle,” he added.
Furthermore, Dr. Oyedepo charged the gathering not to shy away from taking responsibility. In relation to this, he averred that life is a personal adventure and no one would take another man’s test in his stead. Challenges, he noted, are to be expected in the journey of life and that each one must personally engage such challenges, to make the most of life adventure.
The Chairman Board of Regents advised the graduating students not to ever let God’s word cease ruling the affairs of their lives, as the resultant effect would be disastrous. “The day you drop God’s word from ruling over the affairs of your life, is the day you start dropping,” he stated.
Earlier in his welcome address, the Vice-Chancellor of Covenant University, Professor Charles Korede Ayo, said Covenant University has over the years, delivered on her covenant.
According to him, “Having covenanted with parents, guardians, students and most importantly to God to make and deliver products that would emerge as expert thinkers, hyper-resourceful technocrats in all fields of human endeavour. I make bold to say this is a promise well kept and we are gathered to return all the glory to God.”
Professor Ayo explained how the Renaissance set, 2013 Eagles came in as eaglets, naïve, inexperienced and unsure of what the future holds for them, but chose to sign an agreement with Covenant University on the trust that the One that knows the future will unveil His master plan for them at the University.
He seized the opportunity to appreciate all faculty and staff of the University for their tireless labour of love toward the graduands. He also appreciated the Board of Regents for their continuous financial and spiritual support to the University in helping to see the education mandate of the Commission deliver successfully through Covenant University.
At the end of the service, the audience immediately moved to the 8th Convocation Exhibition venue, where ingenious and witty inventions of the University were on display. On display were anti-burglary devices, anti-kidnap gadgets, smart attendance RFID software, power amplifiers, manual power generator, Mini-van, software to aid architectural designs, patient health management system et cetera.
The events attracted scholars from within Nigeria and the West Africa Sub region.
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