“We Owe Parents a Duty to Watch Over their Children” …Chair, FSP
The Management of Covenant University has commended the performance of the Faculty Support Programme (FSP) for the measures they have put in place to make learning and living on campus conducive for the students.
This much was made known by the Chairman of FSP, Dr. Zacchaeus Omogbadegun when he reflected on the performance of the team in the current academic year. According to him, “I was surprised when Management said they were satisfied with the achievement of the FSP with regard to improving the living conditions of students on campus.”
The FSP Chairman said the success story is rooted in their ability to uphold and operate under the gamut of the very essence and objectives of the Faculty Support Programme, which is to connect both students and faculty, such that the in-loco parentis role of the University can be seen as being in place.
Dr. Omogbadegun said the FSP is eager to see to it that students feel at home in a way that would make them concentrate on and give their very best to their academic pursuits. He stated that the FSP is now operating in a way that would make it the very first point of call for any student who needs attention, be that academic, emotional, material or advisory whenever there is any challenge whatsoever.
The current FSP arrangement, he said, has taken keen interest in areas in which students’ needs require more attention in school, especially in the areas of catering, refreshments, academics as well as advice on the challenges of university life for young adults. This has been key in getting them to see the FSP as a vital link to their academic stability and wellbeing on campus.
“More often than not, we have told them (the students) to see us first as their parents. When you are challenged come to us first before contacting home, see us as your parents on the ground here. We owe their parents that duty to ensure that their total well-being is taken care of and as such we don’t count it as an inconvenience whenever they come to us for parental or academic-related advice,” he added.
The Chairman of FSP noted that the level of interaction they desire between the FSP and the students’ populace has not been attained yet. However, with the kind of intervention the FSP has made on behalf of students with regard to issues of welfare, academics, discipline and with a listening Management team in place who have constantly lent an ear to the recommendations of the FSP on the needs and expectation of students, gradually the students are beginning to see the FSP as the place where their human needs can be duly recognized, respected and met.
Dr. Omogbadegun reiterated that the openness and promptness of the Management in dealing with pressing matters has been a huge pillar of support for the FSP. According to him, the speed with which thing are done now has made more students to be endeared to the FSP as they no longer see bottlenecks in accessing the University authorities on pressing needs.
“We interact more with our students thereby building bridges between them and the Management. Every opportunity we have, we relate with them on issues bothering on Cafeteria operation and cost, lecture halls and common room challenges. All these are in the pursuance of the overall success of our students,” he enthused.
The FSP has consistently acted as intermediary between students and the various units of the University community. On a number of occasions, the FSP feels the pulse of the students and meet with the head of the Strategic Business Unit of the University, keeping him abreast of what the students are complaining about and counseled them as appropriate.
“The Strategic Business Unit (SBU) sees us a partner in progress and they admire it. Let me put it on record, SBU takes action anytime FSP draws its attention to students’ welfare. They promptly go into action to rectify such,” he averred.
On students’ discipline, the FSP Chairman said that when students go out of line, many people think that the University would take ‘police action,’ which is punitive. First, we take the corrective measure by bringing such students close in order to understand the motive behind such actions.
“When we discover a student has become a recurring offender, we resort to punitive action at that point in time. What we desire most is to build them and not destroy them, but whoever we consider unrepentant; we do not hesitate to invoke appropriate sanctions as contained in the student Handbook.
“At the initial phase of any form of dereliction, the FSP always plays a counseling and advisory role in order to make students desist from the wrong route of living, but whenever what has the tendency to become cancerous to the system is spotted, the FSP will resort to the Student Affairs Unit for prompt action,” he explained.
Currently, the FSP is working on a plan to help students develop a progressive study pattern of learning, by assisting them develop individual reading time to improve their academic performance. In addition, plans are in advance stages to create more relaxation centres for students where they can read and interact in a good and sociable ambience.