Make Covenant Home of the Free, Land of the Brave –Chancellor
Henceforth, Covenant University must be called “Home of the Free, Land of the Brave”, the Chancellor and Chairman, Board of Regent of the University, Dr. David O. Oyedepo, has declared.
He made the pronouncement on Monday, March 13, 2017, at a meeting with members of the University Management, Deans of Colleges, the Director, Covenant University Centre for Research, Innovation and Discovery (CUCRID) and Heads of Research Clusters.
Speaking on the Vision of the University to become one of the top 10 universities in the world by the year 2022, the Chancellor urged stakeholders in the project to believe that there are no impossibilities and be intellectual property conscious with the ability to think through solutions.
He said that, “Covenant University, by the grace of God, is the Home of the Free, Land of the Brave. That’s what Covenant must be called; where you can get solution to any problem. Very shortly, people will be coming here from all over the world to find how you are doing it”.
In his words of exhortation, Dr. Oyedepo but noted that without having a systematic approach in place, fulfilling Vision 10:2022 may not be feasible. All stakeholders, he said, have to start by believing in it and put in place a systematic approach to accomplishing the task.
“We have here the Solomon system of accomplishment. There must be a purpose; it is purpose that makes living empowering and profitable. Second is determination, which is a decision that is translated into action. Then you have to perfect it. Believe in the Vision, be determined to be a major player, believe in the system and stay put until it is accomplished,” he explained.
No vision, the Chancellor added, would fail with that system in place as no motivational platform will ever compete with self-motivation.
He said that his prayer for the research clusters was for them to deliver their purposes in good time, because if they did not time their pursuits, they will be on one spot, hence they must set targets.
Also Dr. Oyedepo prayed that Covenant University will not remain a consumer of knowledge but a creator of knowledge, stressing that Canaan Land, on which the University is built, is a land of possibilities because of the presence of God on the ground. He implored researchers to take advantage of God’s presence, just as he suggested that research clusters should be made liberal by bringing on board fresh insights.
The Chancellor emphasized that the only way to fulfill the Vision 1 of 10 in 10 is to seek the Hand of God for divine speed. “Always involve Jesus in your undertakings and He will give you divine speed. This charge will help us chart a passionate pursuit of our goals,” he said.
Earlier in his welcome remarks, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor AAA. Atayero, had highlighted the steps taken so far towards the fulfillment of Vision 10:2022 as mandated by the Board of Regents. He said that the current administration of the University had on its inauguration introduced the Research, Citation, Innovation and Teaching (ReCITe) Agenda. The research clusters, he stated, are being used to take it to a fulfilling end.
While thanking the Chancellor for the words of exhortation, he said that all present at the meeting were leaving the arena with renewed spirit.