Chancellor Stresses Importance of Knowledge as Curtains Draw on 2018/2019 Academic Session
Kings and Queens in Hebron, the undergraduates of Covenant University, have embarked on their end-of-session break following the conclusion of the Omega Semester examinations for the 2018/2019 academic session.
However, the students did not leave the campus without coming together on Wednesday, May 22, 2019, for the traditional Departure Assembly, where the Chancellor and Chairman, Board of Regents, Dr. David O. Oyedepo, gave a word of exhortation, urging them to always seek knowledge, with knowledge being the key to their future.
“From scriptures, we understand knowledge is key to anywhere you are going (Luke 11:52); knowledge is key to your future; knowledge is key to your world of exploits. You have what it takes in you, but you don’t have knowledge to manifest it and, particularly, the knowledge of the truth is key to your future, it’s key to unlocking your destiny, key to your fulfilment in life. Knowledge is power, there is no apartheid in knowledge. If you don’t know anything about life, you’ll be a blatant failure in life,” the Chancellor admonished.
While speaking on the imperative of seeking knowledge and its efficacy, Dr. Oyedepo narrated to the audience, which also included members of Management, faculty and staff, how he had to study nine (9) selected world-class universities in preparation for the birth of Covenant University. He said that at the end of his study, he came out with a verdict, which was: “Covenant University is coming to be the new generation Harvard”. He added that the study he made helped him to acquire a working knowledge on how to create an institution that works.
Dr. Oyedepo advised the students that entering the University should be a time of laying a foundation for their future, because no support from anywhere, including their parents, could create a sustainable future for them.
Quoting from his book titled, ‘Ruling Your World’, the Chancellor gave the audience some points to ponder. These included: Until something changes within you, nothing changes around you; you can’t have change by wishing, you have a change by paying the price for change; you are either running with a vision, going on a mission or burning with a passion; you don’t need a century to effect a change, you only need effective preparation to provoke unusual transformation; and knowledge is not marketable, it is skill that you market amongst others.
Dr. Oyedepo returned the glory to God for a most successful, most impactful and most exciting session, and set a seal of protection over the students by the word of the Lord. He also declared that the movement of faculty, staff and students over the summer break was covered by the blood of Jesus. “God will turn challenges to testimony; everybody shall return a testimonial; you are returning with joy and gladness and the name of the Lord shall be glorified,” he prayed.
The Vice-Chancellor, Professor AAA. Atayero, in his remarks, gave glory to God for all the wonderful achievements recorded by Covenant in the 2018/2019 Academic Session, adding that by His grace the University ranked among the very best in the list of the 171 Universities in the country. He also appreciated the Board of Regents for churning out the policies that guided Covenant.
While reeling out the milestones recorded by Covenant in the just ended session, Professor Atayero said that the University entered into the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, and by entering that ranking Covenant entered into 13 different categories of rankings, which included World University Rankings, Emerging Economies Rankings, Subject Rankings in Science, Technology, Engineering, Business and Social Sciences. Also, there was the Impact Ranking, which he described as very significant, in that it measured the impact of the University on the society using the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Covenant features in 8 different sub-categories of the Impact Ranking.
“I’ll like to say a very big thank you to my co-labourers in the vineyard of God; I’m talking about the Management, faculty and staff of Covenant University for the wonderful work you do,” said the Vice-Chancellor.
Earlier during the event, the Chaplain, Pastor Kayode Martins, in his prayers, appreciated God for His help from the beginning of the session and to the end of it. According to him, “He is worthy to be praised. We thank you for supernatural health, strength, protection and advancement we have seen all through this academic session; to You be all the Glory”.