Sweet Reunion as Eagles Return on Campus for Inaugural Alumni Meeting
It was a sweet reunion, full of pleasant memories and testimonies as the Released Eagles (graduates of Covenant University), currently on National Service on the platform of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), flew back to campus this weekend from their different stations across the country and beyond for the inaugural meeting of the Alumni Association.
The three-day event, which started on Friday, April 06, 2007 with the arrival, registration and welcome session for the delegates by the principal officers of the University led by Vice Chancellor, Prof Aize Obayan and Registrar, Yemi Nathaniel and the Alumni Administrator, Dr Daniel Rotimi, was aimed at renewing and reinforcing the unique virtues impacted on the graduates as they forge a common front on how to take the Alumni Association to the next levels after its formal inauguration.
While welcoming the Eagles back on campus, the Chancellor, Dr. David Oyedepo, who painted graphic analogy of an eagle whom he said shed and grew wings once in a year, said the summit would, among other things, renew and make the delegates to soar higher than they ever imagined.
The Chancellor said the Alumni Association, like every positive association, would increase and advance those who associate with it, adding that like a battery it would also charge and keep them moving in the positive directions.
He advised the delegates to gun for change and transformation anywhere they found themselves, adding that the world was yearning for true leadership, which could only be attained by one’s sustainable impact.
The Chancellor also advised them to quickly locate their placement in destiny so as to make their journey in life sweeter. He urged them to rely strongly on the direction of the Holy Spirit in all they do in order not to take opportunity as a substitute for destiny.
While stressing the need for righteousness in all they do, he advised them to be bold enough to face the realities of their destinies and not to play down on the importance of good character or sell their birth right for a morsel of meat.
Dr. Oyedepo also counseled them on the need to make right choices in marriage. He advised them to ensure that their spouses are spiritually committed, saying that spirituality was the key to one’s destiny.
The Vice Chancellor who also welcomed the delegates back to campus, said their homecoming was very symbolic as it represented the roosting of the eagle for renewal.
She told them that the University was doing everything possible beyond the NUC benchmarks to ensure that it attains the world-class status in the nearest future.
The Vice Chancellor, while commending them for the quality suggestions they made in the cause of their deliberations, assured them that the University management would welcome and accept whatever input they may wish to make.
The Registrar advised the Eagles to invest their time wisely and to carry the good news of the event and the banner of Covenant University wherever they go.
Some of the delegates gave heartwarming testimonies of God’s favour in their lives since their graduation.
The event also featured a service at Faith Tabernacle on Sunday, April 08, 2001 and a Cultural Night/Dinner hosted by the Chancellor at the University Cafeteria 2 the same day.
At the end of the inaugural meeting, the Alumni Association elected a seven-man executive to pilot its affairs. The officers are Olumuyiwa A. Fadugba, President; Morenike O. Oso, Vice President; Adebayo C. Akomolafe, Executive Secretary; Sonia A. Obanua, Deputy Executive Secretary; Ayobola I. Adebisi, Financial Secretary; Reginald E. Bassey, Publicity Secretary and Stanley U. Okafor, University Relations Secretary.