Child Discipline, Foundation to National Development
The Chancellor and Chairman, Board of Regents, Covenant, Dr. David O. Oyedepo, has tasked parents on child discipline and role modeling, which serve as foundation to national development.
The Chancellor made this call on Friday, October 19, 2018, during the 17th Matriculation Ceremony of the University for the 2018/2019 Academic Session. A total of 1,694 students, comprised of 1,525 undergraduates and 169 postgraduate students were matriculated.
In his remarks at the event, the Chancellor noted that most of the challenges facing the country could be traced to indiscipline, which emanated from careless and irresponsible parenting. He encouraged parents not to allow their children and wards to have their ways in a bid to fulfil their personal ambitions.
Quoting from the scripture, “Train up a child in the way he or she should go so that when the child grows up, he would not depart from it,” the Chancellor stated that proper child training would uncover treasures built into them from birth, while improper training would turn them to nuisances and liabilities in the future.
“Many great men that we are seeing today are as a result of appropriate training that their parents had inculcated in them,” he said.
The Chancellor, who is also the presiding Bishop of the Living Faith Church Worldwide, however, advised parents not to watch their wards go into the ditch because “most children of today are indisposed to instructions”. He urged parents to invest more in the education of their children, adding that quality training was the key to a desirable future.
He charged both the parents and the children to allow the institution’s core values sink into their lives in order to bring the best out of them and help them achieve their set goals.
Speaking during the event, the Vice-Chancellor of Covenant, Professor AAA. Atayero, said the University’s graduates were the most employable graduates in the country because of the entrepreneurial skills they acquired while in school.
He recalled that the University was recently ranked No. 1 university in Nigeria and No. 1 in West Africa by the Times Higher Education (THE), World University Rankings. It is also noteworthy, he said, that while the graduates of Covenant are highly employed, the University also equips her students with entrepreneurial skills that ensure self-employment and this is validated by the Excellence in Quality Entrepreneurship Education Award she received recently.
Professor Atayero also stated that Covenant is one of the four institutions in Nigeria selected to host the African Development Bank’s Centres of Excellence Coding for Employment Program.
“The programme is aimed at equipping youths across Africa with skills needed to secure ICT related employment and businesses and it is expected to create over 9 million jobs and train 234,000youths,” he stated.
One of the highlights of the event was the administering of Matriculation Covenant on the matriculating students by the Ag. Registrar, Dr. Lanre Amodu. This was followed by the Chancellor, Dr. David O. Oyedepo, rising up to affirm the admission of the matriculating students, an act that sparked a thunderous ovation from the students as well as their parents and guardians.