Vice-Chancellor Charges African Youths to Unite against Leadership vices
The Vice-Chancellor, Covenant University, Professor Charles Korede Ayo has called on African youths to pray and work together in order to deliver the Continent from its current state and leadership challenges.
Professor Ayo made the call on Saturday, December 29, 2012 at the opening ceremony of the recently concluded third edition ofPAMOJA Africa Conference at the University campus.
The Vice-Chancellor also noted that the Vision of both the University and the group are the same which is 'to raise a new generation of leaders' and therefore enjoined them to,“Work, walk, praise and pray with the University in order to deliver Africa to Christ.”
He x-rayed the continent and lamented the lack of peace in almost all the nations as a result of bad leadership which is characterised by hunger, war and other vices.
He however expressed his hope that through the prayers and unity of purpose of the conference participants, as stated in the scriptures in Genesis chapter 11 and verse 6, they would achieve the theme of the conference, “Give me Africa!” for Christ.
Speaking earlier in a welcome address, the West Africa Area Team Leader, Austin Okomohwo stated that they were privileged to meet on the groundsof Canaan Land where Covenant University is situated.
He added that they were surrounded by living examples of what God desires to do and can do in and through them for Africa, if they dared to believe and commit themselves to Him.
Also welcoming the participants, the National Team Leader, Great Commission Movement of Nigeria, Pastor Ademola Adebiyi prayed that the Lord’s gracious hands would touch each participant during the conference such that when they depart, they would become firebrands, igniting revival of true religion and societal transformations in their various countries.
PAMOJA is a Swahili word,
which means “Togetherness”. The Vision is “to help raise a new generation of transformational leaders for a new Africa and beyond”. The Vision was conceived at the West Africa Students Conference tagged “Harvest 2003” in Accra Ghana where it was declared that the following editions would focus on the whole continent.
The first PAMOJA Africa Conference was held in 2006 in Kabarak University, Nakuru, Kenya while the second edition was held in 2009 at National Polytechnic Institute Felix HouphouetBoigny in Yamoussoukro, Cote d’Ivoire.
Also present at the ceremony were the Continent and Conference Director, Mr. Emmanuel Richard, Francophone Area Team Leader, Reverend Mpunga Mukegeshay, Southern and Eastern Africa Area Team Leader, Dr. FaraiKatsande, a Patron and Director, Engineer Femi Adedugba and other team leaders and speakers.
About 1,700 participants from 34 nations within and outside Africa participated at the seven-day event, which lasted between December 28, 2012 and January 3, 2013. The next edition holds in 2015 in Ghana.