Keystone Bank Seeks Partnership with CU
A team from Keystone Bank Ltd paid a visit to the Management of Covenant University, Canaan Land, Ota, on Thursday, May 28, 2015.
While stating the purpose of their visit, the Business Manager (Commercial Banking), Ota Branch, Mrs. Florence Onwuemene, explained that the bank would like to be part of the effort to add value to Covenant University. Mrs. Onwuemene, who is also the leader of the team, further stated that various plans have been put in place to enable the bank to play a key role in becoming a strong partner in the great work going on in the University. She noted that the proximity of the bank to the citadel of learning is an added advantage to the partnership drive of the bank.
Mrs. Onwuemene expressed the bank’s desire to begin implementation of the strategic projects already mapped out to boost the profile of the University, thereby becoming a part of its increasing pool of partners towards the realization of its goal to become one of the best in the world.
In his remarks, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Charles Ayo appreciated the team for their bank’s interest in partnering with Covenant University. He noted that to rewrite the history of Nigeria on the higher education platform, it would take collaborations and partnerships with public institutions.
He stressed, “I believe sincerely, that collectively, we can join forces to do this. In the latest needs assessment of the Federal Government, the state of the infrastructure in Nigerian universities is rather appalling and disheartening. It is important to note that no single institution can achieve adequate provision of facilities and resources to its students independent of contributions from other sources. We try our best in Covenant University, but there is no way we can close our doors to willing partners like your bank; particularly, looking at the ventures you propose to bring on board, like the ‘Courtyard.’ More importantly, we take cognizance of the quantum leap we need to achieve our goal of becoming one of the top ten universities in the world by 2022.
“The move towards creating a world-class university would take a lot more than just the classroom. It would also require esthetics - the beautification of the environment, which requires finesse and I am sure your bank would be able to bring part of that on board,” he explained.
Earlier in his welcome remarks, the Director, Financial Services, Pastor Deji Okunbanjo, while speaking on behalf of the Registrar, Dr. Olumuyiwa Oludayo, welcomed the visitors and commended their efforts to reach out to partner with the university. He stated, “Covenant University is the best university in Nigeria, West Africa, and is among the first 5% in the World.”
Also present at the meeting were the Director, Physical Planning and Development, Arc. Gbenga Alalade; Dr. Ekease and a member of the Directorate of Media & Corporate Affairs.