New VC, Atayero, Promises Wonderful Time
The new Vice-Chancellor of Covenant University, Professor Aderemi Aaron-Anthony Atayero, says members of Faculty, Staff and Students will have a wonderful time during his stewardship.
Atayero, who was appointed Vice-Chancellor on July 15, 2016 following the expiration of the tenure of his predecessor, Professor Charles Ayo, made the promise on Monday July 25, 2016 at the Opening Assembly organized by management of the university to herald the beginning of the 2016/2017 academic session.
A former Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) of the university between 2012 and 2014, Atayero told the gathering, which included the Secretary of the Board of Regents, Pastor Chioma Okwuanyi, who represented the Chancellor, Dr. David Oyedepo, members of the management team, faculty and staff, that he was privileged to be found worthy of steering the ship of the university at this crucial time.
While describing his assumption of duty as “a change of baton”, having previously worked with Professor Ayo, Professor Atayero thanked the Board of Regents for reposing confidence in his ability.
“To say I’m overwhelmed would be the understatement of the century,” said the Professor of Communication Engineering. “For the Board of the university, at this daunting time, has asked me to move the university forward.
I’m sure you will have a wonderful time. Together we will take this university to its rightful place.”
Earlier, the representative of the Chancellor, Pastor Okwuanyi, had while unveiling the new Vice-Chancellor and the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Shalom Chinedu to the faculty and staff, said the former Vice-Chancellor had performed well but if the great achievements recorded in the last four years are to be maintained, it was incumbent on the Board of Regents to find the right individual to continue with the good works.
Pastor Okwuanyi, who described Professor Atayero as “the man to take us to the Eldorado”, urged other members of management, faculty and staff to give their unflinching support to the new helmsman.
“The task before the Vice-Chancellor, faculty, staff and students is enormous, daunting and challenging. What we need to move forward is unity of purpose.
“There is an assignment for everybody; you do not come to the university by chance, it is by divine ordination. We should contribute our quota, be fair and just,” said Pastor Okwuanyi.
Speaking in the same vein, the Chaplain of the university, Pastor Charles Ihekwaba, said it was very important that all stakeholders in Covenant University are connected to the vision of the great university, which is that of being one of the top 10 universities in the world by the year 2022.
“We must have this at the back of our minds,” he said. “We must be one, no more cleavages, no more working against constituted authority. We must speak with one voice.”
The immediate past Vice-Chancellor, Professor Charles Ayo, in his remarks, thanked God for guiding him through his stewardship. Being the Vice- Chancellor of Covenant University for four years, he said, was an honour and privilege.
“Becoming Vice-Chancellor with barely two years of professorial experience is nothing but grace. On behalf of my family, I thank God, the Board of Regents, faculty, staff and students of Covenant University.
“By dint of hard work, today, we have an institution, which is of great pride in Africa. As I step aside, I leave you in good hands,” said Professor Ayo.