Dr. Oyedepo Tasks Graduating Students to Imbibe the Love of God
The Chancellor and Chairman, Board of Regents, Covenant University, Dr. David Oyedepo has charged the 12th graduating set of the University to imbibe the love of God if they desire to remain relevant and scale unimaginable heights in life.
Dr. Oyedepo gave the charge on Wednesday, July 19, 2017, at a Special Convocation Assembly held at the University Chapel to flag off activities of the 12th Convocation Ceremony of the University. The Chancellor, exhorting the audience at the packed chapel on the subject, “Platform for the Rise of Pathfinders, Pacesetters and Trailblazers”, advised the students to possess a heart for God and stay in love with Him, for their uniqueness in life to be established.
He told the graduating students to hold firm to their spiritual root and see it as a thing of value, because that is the threshold of their rising in life. According to him, “loving God is the fulfilment of all of God’s law, which in turn qualifies you for stardom. When you walk in the perfect love of God, you are on the launching pad to space; operating in the world of unlimited possibilities.”
Dr. Oyedepo told the audience that the proof of the love of God in their heart is validated by loving God’s words, His house, praying to see souls saved and promoting the advancement of His kingdom here on earth. “Every true lover is a natural giver including ministering to the poor and less privilege,” he added.
He advised the graduating students to eschew pride and arrogance and avoid discarding the Core Values of the University that they have been exposed to for the past four to five years. Also, he advised them against taking advantage of negative liberty as they go into the world of work and professionalism.
In his address, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor AAA. Atayero, appreciating God, noted that the occasion was a period of taking stock of what has taken place in the past four to five years in the lives of the students and the University as a whole.
Professor Atayero noted that the University, having come a long way towards engaging in competitive and robust research activities among the very best in the world as noted by the recent feats accomplished in certain research fields, was entering a new phase of identifying new fields of research interest and making notable marks there.
The outgoing Chairman, Covenant University Students’ Council, Mr. Toro-Obong Udoh, appreciated God for the grace upon the students’ body, and thanked the University Management, faculty and staff for their investment in the graduating students and for the opportunity to draw from the wealth of experience Covenant University has to offer the young ones.
He challenged his colleagues to reflect on the past years and use them as foundation stones to build great pillars that would strengthen their resolve to help build a better and greater nation that would become the envy of the world.
The event afforded the Vice-Chancellor the opportunity to unveil four new substantive Principal Officers that would be serving in different capacities in the next academic session. Dr. Olumuyiwa Oludayo will be serving as the Registrar; Pastor Promise Omidiora as the University Chaplain; Dr. Gbenga Alalade as Director, Physical Planning and Development; while Dr. Jerome Idiegbeyan-Ose will be serving as the Director, Centre for Learning Resources.