Alumni Appreciate Covenant Management, Unfold Plans for Students
It was a homecoming for the current executives of the Covenant University Alumni Association, (CUALA), when they paid a courtesy call on the Management of Covenant University, last Thursday, February 4, 2021, with a view to work at improving upon the existing relationship.
The President of the association, Mrs Kemi Onabanjo-Joseph, said the visit was necessary because there would be no alumni-base without Covenant. This, she said, informed the need to appreciate all that the University represents in the life of members and current students of the University.
Mrs Onabanjo-Joseph said the association was ready to partner with the University to help the current students get prepared for the world of work, and inculcate in them the essence of working hard and becoming a member of the alumni association.
She commended the existing cordial relationship with the University, which had seen the seamless academic transcript processing for numerous students. According to her, CUALA was able to initiate a 'Tuition Support' initiative last session that saw 12 students benefiting from the scheme, with seven more beneficiaries recorded in the current session thus far.
The CUALA President, who was at the meeting along with the Vice-President, University Relations, Dr Mayowa Agboola, and the Executive Secretary, Omashola Adenubi, said the Alumni Association was fully committed and ready to work with the University Management towards the fulfilment of the University's short and long-term visions.
Looking ahead, Mrs Onabanjo-Joseph said CUALA was ready to do more this current session, for both the University community and the alumni of the institution, through a robust and well-rounded student engagement. She said the plan is aimed at getting the students to have a more enriching experience, via 'Town and Gown' engagement and tapping into the repository of the Covenant alumni's industry-experiences, both within and outside the shores of Nigeria.
She said plans were at an advanced stage of evolving students mentoring programme that would reinforce the quality academic resources that Covenant had deposited in them, thereby placing them in a vantage position in readiness for the world of work. She disclosed that part of the new academic session plans for students and alumni of the University included financial literacy programme via the EDS and TMC platforms, seamless transcript processing to meet lifelines, career counselling sessions, and investiture ceremonies.
The Director, Financial Services, Pastor Babatunde Onatola, commended the Alumni-base leadership for initiating the 'Tuition Support Scheme'. He, however, solicited for more in the area of mentorship, financial literacy training amongst others.
In his remarks, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Abiodun H. Adebayo, said the University would always be interested in engaging with the Alumni-base. Quoting Narayana Murthy, he said, nobody is bothered about an institution than its alumni. The alumni, he said, is expected to translate the founder’s vision into reality. He added that relevant forces, like the alumni associations, played a vital role in making such dream come to fruition. Professor Adebayo called on CUALA to be at the forefront of defending the Covenant brand with available facts, noting that they had become vital parts of the young University's history.
The Vice-Chancellor assured the leadership of CUALA the support of Covenant Management for all their programmes that were value-adding to the students. He urged the alumni to continue to engage with the undergraduates while their studentship subsists in Covenant, instead of waiting for them to become graduates before engaging with them.
While commending the Tuition Support scheme, Professor Adebayo noted that the initiative's beneficiaries would remain grateful and remember the gesture down the road. He added that the beneficiaries would be eager to reciprocate the gesture in years to come if the scheme was sustained.
Also present at the meeting was the Director, Vice-Chancellor's Office, Dr Omotayo Osibanjo. The CUALA Vice-President, Corporate Communication, Sanmi Gbadegesin; Vice President, Careers, Ajoke Emekene-Ralu; Vice-President, Welfare, Sarah Achonwa; and Vice-President, Finance, Tolu Alade, joined the meeting virtually.