Speaker Dogara Charges Students on Talent Discovery as Covenant University Matriculates 1,702
The Speaker of Nigeria’s House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara, has urged the freshmen of Covenant University to discover their God-given talent in order for them to find fulfillment.
Rt. Hon. Dogara, who was the Guest Lecturer at the 16th Matriculation Ceremony of the University, held on Friday, October 20, 2017, said that education is not necessarily the key to success, arguing that if education were the key to success, all professors and other educated people would be successful and prosperous.
“You can be intelligent, smart and skillful, yet an employer will be the one to pay your wages; but if you discover your gift, the world will pay your bills. For Africa to make progress, we must discard a system whereby products of universities will always depend on others to give them employment rather than giving being self-employed,” he said.
The Speaker, while delivering his speech titled, ‘Leadership by Products: Role of Universities’, commended the Chancellor and Chairman, Board of Regents, Covenant University, Dr. David O. Oyedepo, for his visionary leadership and the incomparable investment made in Covenant University, adding that it is unusual to find a 15-year-old University recording remarkable feats that many older universities find difficult to attain.
Positing that universities are revered grounds as centres of excellence, Rt. Hon. Dogara said that the mandate of Covenant University revolves around raising new generation of leaders for Nigeria and the African continent. He commended the matriculating students for choosing to study at Covenant University because, according to him, only a few universities are close to the University in stature. “This is where greatness begins,” he emphasized.
Hon. Dogara frowned at a situation whereby some informed people in the society criticize the cost of studying at institutions like Covenant University. He said: “Good things do not come cheap. If you want qualitative education, you must pay for it. Training at Ivy League universities is very expensive. Those who think education is expensive should think about the cost of ignorance. Education in Nigeria must get to a point where admission must be based on applicants having very sound Intelligence Quotient. When we do that, there will be progress in Africa.”
The guest lecturer saluted Covenant University’s vision of becoming one of the top 10 universities in the world in the next few years, asserting that the quality of research and products of the University continues to attract new students to the institution. He urged the new students of the University to lead in innovation in order to compete favourably with their contemporaries anywhere in the world, while also promising that the National Assembly would be ready to consider a request for new laws to stimulate quality research that will spur development, which is the role of universities worldwide.
“It is gratifying to note that Covenant University is ahead in delivering innovative tools, some of which have been accepted by the National Universities Commission. Covenant University, as the best private university in Nigeria and tops in Webometric Ranking, has demonstrated leadership in being a pioneer in the promotion of entrepreneurship in Africa,” said Dogara.
While congratulating the matriculating students, the Speaker charged them to dream big, believe in their dream and they will find success, reiterating that only those who discover and develop their dream find fulfillment in the world. Covenant University, he said, is the very best place not just in Africa, but the world where the students can seal their destinies.
In his remarks, the Chancellor, Covenant University, Dr. David Oyedepo, said that Rt. Hon. Dogara, had opened a new vista for the University by delivering the most insightful lecture on the role of universities, stressing that the Speaker has helped to set pace for the future Covenant University looks out for.
Positing that there must be new ways of thinking, the Chancellor said that until job creators take over the scene, the struggle for employment will continue, as referenced in the lecture of Rt. Hon. Dogara. He added that the matriculation ceremony, where new students were being admitted, made them part of the esteemed heritage of Covenant University worldwide.
Dr. Oyedepo said that the mandate of Covenant University is to raise a new generation of leaders in all fields of human endeavour. “To create knowledge and restore the dignity of the black man via a Human Development and Total Man Concept driven curriculum employing innovative, leading edge, teaching and learning methods, research and professional services that promote integrated, life-applicable, life-transforming education, relevant to the context of Science, Technology and Human Capacity Building,” he explained.
He said that the mandate informed the formulation of the University’s core values, which are principles that constitute the creed that defines the citadel of learning as a University. The University’s target, he surmised, is to improve on the life of everyone that passes through her crucible of learning.
The Chancellor impressed it on the matriculating students that there are bundles of opportunity to reaffirm their commitment to the ideals that Covenant University stands for. “You are part of the divine team to make Africa a better place. You are guaranteed a life of all-round success, if you imbibe the virtues of this University,” he said.
Dr. Oyedepo congratulated all the parents and guardians of matriculating students for their worthy investments, assuring them that their labour shall not be in vain.
The Vice-Chancellor, Covenant University, Professor AAA. Atayero, while echoing the guest lecturer’s charge that the matriculating students should dream big, said that it was not a coincidence that the University was marking her 15th Founder’s Day at the same period. He affirmed that God has been true to His word under the divine guidance of the Chancellor, Dr. David Oyedepo.
He appreciated Rt. Hon. Dogara for honouring the University’s invitation and delivering a stimulating lecture, and expressed joy that the University’s vision of becoming one of the top 10 universities in the world has crystalized into a profile of research competencies, with the University winning many accolades in academic excellence and research. “All the milestones and awards were made possible by the evident Hand of God under the Chancellor’s leadership,” he said.
Professor Atayero said that the University’s pursuit of excellence will not cease and called on all stakeholders to help in making this a reality, just as he welcomed the matriculating students to Hebron, “the birthplace of Kings and Queens”.
The highlight of the event, featured the formal admission of 1,702 new students into 38 programmes in 4 Colleges, including the Postgraduate students. The Registrar, Dr. Olumuyiwa Oludayo, supervised signing of the Matriculation Oath, after which the students were admitted by the Chancellor, Dr. David Oyedepo.
Also present at the occasion were the Vice-President, Education, Living Faith Church Worldwide, Pastor (Mrs.) Faith Oyedepo; the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Shalom Chinedu; Deans of Colleges; Principal Officers; members of the University Senate; faculty and staff; distinguished guests, parents and guardians of matriculating students.
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