Vice-Chancellor Visits Directorates, Centres/Units
The Vice-Chancellor, Covenant University, Professor Charles Ayo on Monday, January 11, 2016, commenced the annual strategic visits to Directorates, Centres and Units of the University. It would be recalled that the Vice-Chancellor had earlier visited the Colleges for the same purpose during the Alpha Semester of the current 2015/2016 Academic Session.
Professor Ayo and some members of the central management team visited the Registry, Directorate of Financial Services (DFS), Centre for Learning Resources (University Library) and School of Postgraduate Studies (SPS). They were received by the Registrar, Directors and the Dean respectively.
Each of the leaders used the occasion to present their score cards as it relates to their areas of strength, gaps, activities in line with the goal for 2015/2016 Academic Session, achievements recorded so far, challenges, strategies for internally generated revenue, and future pathways.
At the Registry, the Registrar, Pastor Olamide Olusegun, said that, as the hub of administrative operations, the Registry has been able to implement policies and provide services which enable the institution to efficiently perform the traditional responsibilities of teaching, learning, research and community development.
“The office of the Registrar has provided effective administrative oversight functions in the running of the University,” he noted. He added that “Registry has many qualified and dedicated staff who are able to work with less supervision and as a team without rancour.”
The Registrar assured the Vice-Chancellor and his team that they would not rest on their oars as he pledged the continuous unalloyed support for the management.
The Vice-Chancellor in his response noted that there is still lot more to do in order to achieve the Vision 10:2022. He also explained the reasons for some decisions taken by management on issues affecting the welfare and capacity building for staff and promised that the University would do more in this session.
At the Directorate of Financial Services, the Director, Pastor Bayo Oladehinbo told the Vice-Chancellor and his entourage that they have been able to manage the unlimited and ever increasing financial resources of the University.
Another achievement, according to him, was the efficient operation of the University’s budget for the 2015/2016 Academic Session and maintenance of accountability, accuracy and integrity in all financial dealings.
The Vice-Chancellor urged them to be pro-active in order to reposition the directorate. He also expressed the desire to see improvement at the payroll and students’ account units as he advised prompt payment of the University’s vendors to avoid public misrepresentation.
The Vice-Chancellor promised to improve on the capacity building for the staff of the Directorate and the University at large.
The Director, Centre for Learning Resources, Dr. Chris Nkiko, reported that the University Library has provided innovative, purpose-designed and attractive physical ambience and infrastructure which include single study rooms, glazed display racks for current awareness and escapist reading platform which has also increased the use of the Library.
He explained further that, “CLR has been a major driver of the digitisation effort in populating the content of the University’s Repository which continues to rank number one in Nigeria and thus creating global visibility as well as making indigenous contributions to global scholarship.”
Dr. Nkiko therefore appreciated the University’s management for support enjoyed and recognition of the place of the library in the University.
The Vice-Chancellor in his response appreciated the Director and the staff for good work. He noted that CLR has placed the University at vantage position ahead of other universities. He welcomed all the ideas introduced, noting that the management would look into them for appropriate actions.
The Dean, School of Postgraduate Studies, Professor Shalom Chinedu, enumerated the achievements of the School which include effective monitoring of PG students’ progress through online registration and payment of school fees, successful oral defense by 11 Ph.D students, completion of programme by students admitted in 2014/2015 Academic session and timely processing and payment of honoraria to examiners, assessors and supervisors among others.
He thanked the Vice-Chancellor for finding time amidst his very tight schedule to visit and interact with them. “God has begun His work of validating Vision 10:2022 as declared by the Chancellor and Visionary of Covenant University, Dr. David Oyedepo. Our prayer is that He will fulfill His good words during your tenure”, he prayed.
Staff at various Directorates and Units visited also brought on board issues affecting their welfare and capacity building. They also enumerated various challenges facing them, to which the Vice-Chancellor and other members of Management adequately responded.
On the Vice-Chancellor’s entourage were the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Taiwo Abioye; Registrar, Pastor Olamide Olusegun; Director, Financial Services, Pastor Bayo Oladehinbo, Director, Vice-Chancellor’s Office, Dr. Akan Williams, staff of the Vice-Chancellor’s and Registrar’s office as well as staff of the Media and Corporate Affairs.