Vision 10:2022 is Reality, Chancellor Reassures As CU Honours Ex-VC, Others
The vision of making Covenant University one of the top 10 universities in the world by the year 2022 is a mission accomplished, the Chancellor and Chairman Board of Regents of the institution, Dr. David Oyedepo, has reiterated.
He gave the assurance on Friday July 29, 2016 at a valedictory luncheon put together in honour of the immediate past Vice-Chancellor, Professor Charles Ayo, the immediate past Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Taiwo Abioye and other members of their management team.
Speaking at the luncheon, which also featured the new Vice-Chancellor, Professor AAA. Atayero, his deputy, Professor Shalom Chinedu, senior management staff, including Deans, Heads of Departments, other members of faculty and Principal Officers, the Chancellor, who expressed appreciation to Professor Ayo and his outgone team for their widely acknowledged achievements, said Vision 10:2022 is ordained by God.
“The important thing is that there is nothing impossible,” said Dr. Oyedepo. “Vision 10:2022 is a reality and with people working assiduously towards it, it is a mission accomplished.
“This is God’s university, I’ll never say it’s mine. This university will hit the mark. The closer you work with God, the brighter life becomes.”
While acknowledging the “heavy price” paid by the immediate past management team, especially towards the realization of the vision one of 10 in 10, the Chancellor prayed that every member of that team would move to the next level and continue to contribute to the success of the university.
Also, Dr. Oyedepo admonished the current management team led by Professor Atayero on the importance of hard work, stressing that contributing towards achieving success is not about money but values.
“No one can survive working with me as a lazy person. Anybody leading any of the organisations must be up and doing,” he said. “I found an heir, a very hardworking and tenacious person. I have no doubt that the current administration will succeed.”
The speed with which Covenant University will move in the new academic session, he envisioned, will be greater than the last four years, adding that the institution will surge and everyone contributing shall be part of it.
“This university will gain greater speed. Let no one spite this prophetic word, it’s always at a cost,” Dr. Oyedepo emphasized.
To further demonstrate the university’s appreciation to the leadership of the outgone management, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Atayero and selected members of faculty and principal officers sequentially took to the floor to extoll the virtues of Professor Ayo.
Professor Atayero, who described his predecessor as a man of passion, said the passion is so strong it overflows such that some people cannot contain it. “Professor Ayo is an astute manager of men and resources. I appreciate him for all he has done for Covenant University and I promise to make use of all the advices he has given me,” said the VC.
The Dean, College of Science and Technology, Professor Nicholas Omorogbe, who bagged his PhD Degree under the supervision of Professor Ayo, said he enjoyed working with the outgone VC. “He is a very good mentor to me,” said Omorogbe. “He knows how to put right people in right places; that helped him in his administration.”
The Head, Department of Electrical and Information Engineering, Dr. Francis Idachaba; Head of Department, Biological Sciences, Professor Adesola Ajayi; Dr. Angela Eni of the Biological Sciences department; and Director, Centre for Learning Resource, Dr. Chris Nkiko were unequivocal in their appreciation of Professor Ayo for being non-discriminatory, result-oriented, supportive and firm.
The outgone Vice-Chancellor, who came to the function accompanied by his amiable wife, in his remarks, attributed his appointment four years ago to God who found him worthy, and thanked the Chancellor, the Board of Regents and all members of the previous management team for the contributions brought on board.
“On behalf of my family and the people of Ede (in Osun State), I thank the Chancellor for believing in me,” said Professor Ayo. “Indeed, it was a great privilege looking at the number of awards, because of the grace upon us.”
Acknowledging the positive roles played by Professor Atayero, who was his deputy between 2012 and 2014, Professor Ayo said. “By the grace of God we have a good hand assuming leadership of Covenant University at this point”.
With six years remaining in the task of achieving Vision 10:2022, the erstwhile VC urged Professor Atayero and his team to complete the assignment in the next four years. “This is the time to start burning the candle, I pray to God to lead you and your team aright,” he said.
There were prayers for success of the university, the outgone and the new management teams, faculty, staff and students, while all in attendance at the valedictory luncheon were treated to sumptuous meals and exotic drinks.