USA Africa Seeks Collaboration with CU
A United States-based Non-Governmental Organisation, USA Africa, has intimated the Management of Covenant University about its desire to partner with the university with a view to promoting and marketing products of the institution to the rest of the world.
The four-man USA Africa team, comprised of Ambassador Clyde Rivers, President Golden Rule International; Dr. Gladys Folorunsho, President USA Africa Chamber of Commerce; Dr. Charles Kinuthia, President OSD Holdings International; and Mrs. Kehinde Fawole, Country Coordinator, USA Africa; unfolded its plan on Friday, 23rd of September, 2016, during a courtesy call on the Covenant University Vice-Chancellor, Professor AAA. Atayero.
Dr. Folorunsho, who made the introductory speech on behalf of USA Africa, said members of the organisation had over the years followed with keen interest and benefitted from the prophetic ministry of the Chancellor of Covenant University, Dr. David O. Oyedepo. Her organisation, she said, has also had first-hand experience of the awesome quality of graduates of Covenant University exemplified by USA Africa’s Country Coordinator in Nigeria, Mrs. Fawole and two others in its Chicago office, all products of the university.
The group’s main purpose of visiting CU, according to Dr. Folorunsho, is to give back to Nigeria and the continent of Africa. “Covenant University has produced wonderful ambassadors. We are proud to say that the doors of globalisation are open and all your products can go round the world. We’ve seen what they are capable of doing and we are looking forward to working more with this university,” she said.
Ambassador Clyde Rivers, who said he was honoured to be at CU, told the gathering that the whole world has to know about the great accomplishments of Dr. David Oyedepo, whom he described as his hero. Covenant University, he averred, is producing the mentality that Africa has to mine her own gold and no longer be exploited.
While describing Nigeria as a phenomenal country with great people, Ambassador Rivers professed his love for CU for raising students that are “super and natural”. We want to introduce Covenant University to historic black colleges in America so that we can collaborate, he added.
The Dean, College of Leadership Development Studies, Professor Charles Ogbulogo; and Dr. David Olukanni, who stood in for the Dean, College of Engineering, in their comments, expressed pleasure at the plaudits received by the university for the great exploits of its alumni.
Responding to the speeches of members of the USA Africa team, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor AAA. Atayero, said he was not surprised by the visit as it is one of the many divinely orchestrated efforts geared towards the realisation of the university’s vision of being one of the top 10 universities in the world in the next five years. He urged the USA Africa group to demonstrate its commitment to giving back by helping to endow chairs at the Covenant University ultra-modern Centre for Research, Innovation and Discovery (CUCRID).
On the success story of CU Graduates, Professor Atayero, who said he would have been surprised were the story to be different, attributed the success in part to the University’s “departure philosophy” as dictated by the Chancellor at inception. The Vice-Chancellor enjoined the USA Africa team to feel free to come up with initiatives as the university is open to fresh ideas.
Also on hand to join the Vice-Chancellor in receiving the guests were the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Shalom Chinedu; the Registrar, Pastor Olamide Olusegun; the Director, Financial Services, Pastor Bayo Oladehinbo; Dean, College of Science and Technology, Professor Nicholas Omoregbe; Dean College of Business and Social Sciences, Professor Francis Iyoha; Director International Office and Linkages, Dr. Omotayo Osibanjo; Director, Vice-Chancellor’s Office, Dr. David Omole; and other key officers.