Quality of Education Determines the Development of Any Nation – Dr. Oyedepo
The Chancellor of Covenant University, Dr. David O. Oyedepo, has stated that the quality of education determines the level of development of any nation.
He made this assertion on Monday, July 24, 2017, when he received delegates to the 3rd African Engineering Deans Council Summit (AEDC) hosted by Covenant University.
Explaining the inter-connectivity between education and development, the Chancellor posited that wherever education goes, there goes civilization, while he professed his love for Africa and expressed his desire to be alive to see a brand new Africa emerge.
Dr. Oyedepo, who noted that home-grown solutions are the most enduring ones, stated that every bit of construction in Covenant University and the Living Faith Church grounds were done via in-house construction, including the Faith Tabernacle and the roads.
“There is nothing wrong with learning from everywhere, but that should not keep us from developing our indigenous ideas. Here in Covenant University, we take time to teach our students how to make the most out of life; learning to live and to lead,” he asserted.
In his opening remarks, the Vice-Chancellor, Covenant University, Professor AAA. Atayero, said it was a general understanding that the engineering profession is a very important profession without which there can be no development, which was why Covenant University had decided to play host to the conference.
According to the Vice-Chancellor, “The reason for this conference is very simple; it is to see that the engineering profession brings to bear indigenous ideas for sustainable development. One of the issues to address in this conference also, is to find how to bridge the gap between the academia and the industry”.
The Secretary General of the Committee of Vice-Chancellors, Professor Michael Faborode, in his comments, appreciated Covenant University’s initiative to host the summit, which he hoped would mark a turnaround in the fortunes of engineering in Africa. The essence, according to the former Vice-Chancellor of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, was how to bridge the gap between universities and the industry, and foster solidarity of purpose in order to help humanity to advance.
In his comments, the President, Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN), Engr. Kashim Ali, who revealed it was his first time in Covenant University, thanked the Chancellor for his input in education. “You may not really appreciate the impact of this University; but for us in COREN, it has encouraged us to go out to the world and tell them that we have universities in Nigeria. In a few years time, a lot of things would have happened in Nigeria and it would, because of the courage of people like you who have set the pace,” said the COREN president.
Also speaking at the event, the President, African Engineering Deans Council (AEDC), Engr. (Professor) Moses Obiazi, stated that his contact with the Chancellor of Covenant University has left indelible marks on his life and his faith. He explained that every declaration and prayer made by the Chancellor over him and his team of engineers had miraculously come to pass in a short time.
In his remarks, the Chairman, Global Engineering Deans Council, Professor Peter Kilpatrick, described Covenant University as a unique and outstanding university whose values are not common amongst world universities. He added that the world needs every value listed as part of the Covenant University’s core values to move any society forward.
Professor Kilpatrick explained that solving world issues is not only about engineering, but also about moral challenges which these values address. He pointed out that the development the world needs must also be addressed morally. Covenant University, he noted, has a great spirit of collaboration and unity of purpose.
Stating that it was his first time in Nigeria, a Cabinet Minister in Guinea, Mr Alpha Momodou Bomo Barry, representing the President of Guinea and Chairman of the African Union (AU), Professor Alpha Conde, expressed his wish to go back to his country not only to recount all he learnt in Nigeria, but also as a social anthropologist amongst all participants.
Mr. Barry stated that the question of national development is a very pertinent question and the President of Guinea, Professor Alpha Conde, was interested in seeing African development.
The 3rd African Engineering Deans Council (AEDC) Summit with the theme, ‘Engineering for Socio-Economic Development of Africa’, attracted stakeholders in engineering from within and outside Africa. It was hosted by Covenant University from July 24 – 26, 2017.