Vice-Chancellor Meets Young Professionals, Expresses Confidence in Nigerian Youths
The Vice-Chancellor, Covenant University, Professor Charles Ayo, has expressed confidence in Nigerian youths to take over the mantle of leadership in the nearest future and rescue the nation from its present economic and political doldrums.
Professor Ayo made this known while addressing the leadership of the Nigerian Young Professionals Forum (NYPF), led by its Chairman and Founder, Mr. Moses Siasia, who paid him a courtesy call in his office on Tuesday, April 5, 2016.
The Vice-Chancellor had initially showed concern for Nigerian youths as a result of lack of access to tertiary education, unemployment, insecurity and other social vices affecting the political and economic state of the country but noted that groups like NYPF has erased the bleak future of Nigerian youths from his mind.
“If they have not been here,” he said, “I wouldn’t have known that we have these crème of young talented individuals that are working silently to transform this nation. With their presence here today, I am seeing a brighter future and a great Nigeria.”
The highly elated Vice-Chancellor also stated that the University was ready to partner with the NYPF to train and produce young entrepreneurs and leaders who would transform the nation. “Until what we teach in the classroom is able to transform the abundant natural and human resources that we have in the country, with little or no importation from anywhere, we are yet to start.
“Let us therefore continue from this moment to think, talk and work together to birth the required change, not only for Nigeria but the entire continent of Africa,” he requested.
The Chairman and Founder of NYPF, Mr. Moses Siasia, had earlier briefed the Vice-Chancellor and other members of the University’s management team about the objectives of the Forum, noting that the country had not been able to tap up to 5% of the youthful resource in the nation.
“The Nigerian Young Professionals Forum is made up of young and dynamic entrepreneurs from their various sphere of profession, coming together to form a common frontier for the collective growth of our country. We set out to reshape young people and build their integrity in order to breed the next generation of leaders both politically and economically.
“Our country has not been able to tap up to 5% of our youthful resource and that’s why we have the issues we are having in our country today. But the NYPF is the platform to give young people the opportunity to achieve their various aspirations in life,” he stated.
Mr. Siasia, who said they were on campus on the invitation of the immediate past Registrar of the University, Dr. Olumuyiwa Oludayo, who is currently the Director, African Leadership Development Centre (ALDC) of the University, also noted that the group would not have gained its present status without the contributions of Covenant University Alumni members.
“The NYPF Vision would not have gone this far without the proper support of the breed of Alumni from this University, because their input towards our objectives and aspirations has enabled us to receive these levels of achievement. We are very thankful to this University for setting this standard for production of real leaders that we need in our society.
He therefore requested for partnership with the University to jointly raise new generation of leaders for the country.
Also at the meeting were the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Taiwo Abioye; Registrar, Pastor Olamide Olusegun; Director, Financial Services, Pastor Bayo Oladehinbo; Director, African Leadership Development Centre, Dr. Olumuyiwa Oludayo; Director, Centre for Entrepreneurial Development Studies, Dr. Omotayo Adegbuyi and Assistant Director in the Vice-Chancellor’s Office, Dr. Steven Oluwatobi.