We Must Raise Our Game, VC Charges CU Faculty
The Vice-Chancellor of Covenant University, Professor AAA. Atayero continued his visit to the four Colleges of the university on Tuesday, September 27, 2016, with a visit to the College of Leadership Development Studies (CLDS), where he charged faculty members of the College and the university in general on the imperative of improving on what they do, so as to put the institution on a sound footing both academically and financially.
The visit to colleges, which started on Monday, September 26, 2016, is in furtherance of the ReCITe (Research, Citation, Innovation and Teaching) goal, as well as the need for Management to be acquainted with pertinent issues in the respective colleges and students’ academic progress.
The Vice-Chancellor, who was at the CLDS in the company of other members of management including the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Shalom Chinedu, said the management has a very strong desire to take Covenant University to where it rightly belongs, and as such, the university must strive to convince the proprietor base of its ability to stand on its own.
He expressed hope that faculty members can win grants to fund research and the university can endow its chairs. “We want to adopt world-class model, where we can endow chairs because we have people who can do that. We want to engage people with ability to attract grants because we have the ability to be world-class. We want concentration of talents both at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels,” he said.
Earlier on, while welcoming the Vice-Chancellor and his entourage, the Dean, College of Leadership Development Studies, Professor Charles Ogbulogo, said the CLDS engages processes of paradigm to bring to the fore what it can offer. He apprised the Vice-Chancellor with the state of affairs in the various Departments of the College, such as the strengths, initiatives for the implementation of the ReCITe goal; the College’s quality delivery of service; Research clusters; and projects that had attracted grants.
Professor Ogbulogo highlighted the challenges facing the College and sought the Vice-Chancellor’s assistance in addressing them. Also, faculty members seized the opportunity afforded by Professor Atayero’s visit to catalogue their needs, ranging from impending accreditation, employment of lecturers and choice of site for research publications to office space and technical matters.
Members of the Vice-Chancellor’s entourage under whose jurisdictions the issues raised fall, subsequently took turns to speak on them and assured both the Dean CLDS and faculty members that the issues would be addressed.
The Vice-Chancellor reassured faculty and staff of the CLDS that all the issues raised would be addressed in a matter of weeks, while urging them to remain productive.
Aside the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, other members of Professor Atayero’s entourage were the Registrar, Pastor Olamide Olusegun; Director, Financial Services, Pastor Bayo Oladehinbo; Director Centre for System and Information Services, Engr. Yinka Adeboye; Deputy Director, Physical Planning and Development, Arc. Olanrewaju Olaonipekun; the Dean, Students’Affairs, Mr. Azubuike Ezenwoke; and Deputy Director, Media and Corporate Affairs, Mr. Emmanuel Igban.