The Chancellor of Covenant University, David Oyedepo, has admonished the graduates of the university to take responsibility for their lives so as not to become a liability in the future.
Oyedepo, who is also the Founder of Living Faith Church Worldwide gave this charge while addressing the graduands at the 18th convocation ceremony tagged, ‘Release of Eagles 2023′.
He encouraged the new graduates to take responsibility for what life throws at them rather than complaining or blaming others for their failures.
The chancellor also reiterated the institution’s commitment to its unique mode of training.
He said, “As commonly said here, those who will not take responsibility today, will end up as liability tomorrow. Destiny is a non-transferable responsibility. One either faces it or is phased out. Someone has said you are not a failure until you look for whom to blame for it. l believe sound education is the sure foundation for every great nation.
“As a University, we have remained committed to our unique mode of training and the pursuit of our departure philosophy which we refer to as our founding philosophy. May I admonish all our graduates today, to continue to embrace the training gleaned from Covenant University so as to enhance their capacity for exploits in life.
“In conclusion, let me congratulate all parents and guardians of the graduates, because you gave your sons, daughters, or wards access to the best form of education available in the world today.”
In his admonition, the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman Board of Regent of the institution, David Abioye, enjoined the graduates to not despise an humble beginning.
He also encouraged them not to be deterred when starting small.
He noted, “At this moment, may I say that today you are wearing gown but in the next few hours, it will be absolutely irrelevant as you proceed to town. The only way to gain access to town is by starting small. Town has no regard for your gown but for your impact.
“While your brain is allowed to think great and your mouth to talk great, starting small is non-negotiable, non-optional and mandatory. It is important to note that starting small does not connote being in doubt of one’s greatness, neither does it disprove your vision for greatness; nor does it make one look slow or indolent.
“In the integral process of life, you don’t jump up, rather, you grow up to stay up by starting smal. “Small’ is a relative term which is all about starting from where you are. For instance, as in getting an employment or utilizing what you have as capital in doing business, e.t.c.
“It is as you continue adding to the small that you gradually assume greatness just as Jesus succinctly illustrated in the parable of talents in Matthew 25:14-18. One started with five, another with two but the third buried his, despisefully thinking it was insignificant. Remember the admonition in Zechariah 4:10 that we should not despise the days of small beginning.”
Also speaking at the ceremony, the Vice-Chancellor of the university, Abiodun Adebayo, disclosed that 238 students graduated with First Class among the 1,379 graduates in various degrees.
In his words, I am pleased to inform this distinguished audience that today, we are celebrating the products of our life-applicable learning factory with the conferment of 1,175 Bachelor’s and 204 higher degrees in various disciplines, having found the graduands worthy in character and in learning. In the Bachelor’s degree category, 283 (24.09%) of the graduands made First Class, while 656 (55.83%) are in the Second Class (Upper Division). Also, 214 (18.21%) of the graduands are in the Second Class (Lower Division), and 22 (1.87%) of the graduands are in the Third Class category.
“In the higher degree category, there are 57 persons who are being awarded the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree. In the Master’s degree category, there are one hundred and seven (107) persons graduating with a Master of Science (M.Sc.) degree, twenty-seven (27) obtaining a Master of Engineering (M.Eng.) degree, while two (2) persons are being conferred with Master of Arts (M.A.) degree. Also, in the professional graduate programme category, eleven (11) of the graduands are being conferred with a Master in Business Administration (MBA) degree.”
Adebayo, while congratulating the graduates, urged them to embrace the virtue of an eagle which endures storm to earn its honour.
“I want to congratulate the class of 2023 as you are released as Eagles today. It is evident that you have been equipped to soar higher and conquer unimaginable feats in the name of Jesus Christ. Please don’t despair even when the journey gets tough and stormy but remember that an eagle earns its honour from the storms it endures,” he concluded.
Kwara Govt seeks public memoranda on proposed State University of Education
Kwara State Government has called on stakeholders in the education sector to submit memoranda for the establishment of Kwara State University of Education.
Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq had on the 17th of November, 2023 inaugurated Prof. Shuaibu Oba Abdulraheem-led committee to midwife the processes leading to the establishment of the institution.
“As part of the process, the government invites the general public, stakeholders, educational institutions, and interested groups to contribute their insights and recommendations through the submission of memoranda,” the committee said in a statement issued in Ilorin.
“This visionary initiative aims to enhance the quality of education and contribute to the development of human resources in the state.”
It stated that the memoranda should address relevant issues related to the establishment of the University of Education, including but not limited to:
• Preferred strategic location within the State that will ensure inclusivity
• Proposed academic programmes and faculties.
• Infrastructure and facilities requirements
• Collaboration opportunities with existing institutions.
• Strategies for community engagement and development.
The committee advised that all memoranda should be submitted in writing and sent to Council Chamber, KWASU Business School along Ajasse-Ipo Road, Ilorin or Room 33, Ministry of Tertiary Education, State Secretariat, Ilorin.
“Electronic submissions can also be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org and the deadline for the submission of memoranda is 15th December 2023,” the statement noted.
The committee encouraged active participation and engagement from all stakeholders to ensure that the university is established in a manner that best serves the educational needs of the communities.
New NANS leadership charged on effective, purposeful for progress
The newly elected leadership of the National Association of Nigeria Students (NANS) led by the new President, Lucky Emonefe has been urged to be fair, just and honest in its leadership.
The new leadership was also advised to ensure that it carried all facets of membership along especially those who lost in the election in order to have one indivisible and united NANS.
The assertion is contained in a statement by a group known as NANS C5, signed by the Chairman and Secretary, Abdulrahman Bala and Prince Sani Mohammed respectively.
The group congratulated the newly elected National President of NANS, Comrade Lucky Emonefe, the Senate President, Akinteye Babatunde as well as the Vice President, of External Affairs, Comrade Mu’azu Mohammed Hina.
According to the statement, the C5 members celebrate and congratulate the President and two of their members who are among the new set of Executives, Comrade Akinteye Babatunde and Comrade Mu’azu Hina.
The C5 group stated that their services were more needed by Nigerian students at this material time, the more reason the group released them.
It added, “We also appreciate the efforts and the commitments of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Students Engagement, Comrade Asefon Dayo Sunday for ensuring a successful and free fair election.”
It added “Once again, congratulations to the C5 NANS family and the President-elect, Comrade Lucky and all other elected National Executives members. Their elections were well deserved.”
The C5 NANS Group expressed confidence in the abilities of the new EXCO members to lead NANS to higher heights in the struggle for better Nigeria students
NANS convention produces three presidents
Despite the crisis that characterised its national convention on Friday, resulting in a shooting, the national convention of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), ended in Abuja on Saturday morning with three factional presidents.
The convention which started last Monday climaxed with the election of the national executive of the association on Saturday morning.
The trio of Lucky Emonefe, a student of the College of Education, Warri, Delta State; Rioborue Deniran of the Department of Mass Communication, Delta State Polytechnic, Otefe Ogbara and Pedro Obi, a Ph.D. student of Guidance and Counseling studies at Delta State University, who contested for the position of president, said they were elected.
Both Lucky Emonefe and Rioborue Deniran, at separate media conferences in Abuja after the election, said their emergence had brought a new lease of life for NANS.
Speaking, Lucky Emonefe, warned against factionalisation of the NANS movement by aggrieved contestants, saying Nigerian students know their leaders from the Joint Campus Committee, Zonal and the National leadership because they are involved in their elections.
He appealed to President Bola Tinubu to approve a national annual bursary of N200, 000 to all Nigerian students irrespective of their creed or tribe.
According to him, the fund will act as a palliative to cushion the effects of the hard economic situation occasioned by the highly overdue economic reforms of the Tinubu administration.
On his part, Comrade Rioborue Jude Deniran, said: “I appreciate the last administration, the Executive, and the Senate arm for their services and sacrifices to the Nigerian students.
“All committees are also appreciated, including the convention chairman. Most appreciation goes to the distinguished senators of NANS (which are the SUG presidents) and our respected stakeholders as well for their contributions and support to the success of the 2023 National Convention. The senators (delegates) have indeed spoken well by electing one of them as NANS President.
“During the convention, a lot happened that we heard and witnessed, good, bad, and ugly. To the glory of God, we have started addressing the bad and ugly situations that require urgent attention. I am calling on the Department of State Security to give a report of the 2023 elective convention as the world is eager to know.
“It’s indeed an enormous privilege and honor to be trusted with the leadership of Nigerian students. I am deeply conscious of that privilege and honor at this time.
“It is indeed a remarkable and historic victory for Nigerian students, and I have no doubt about what this means to the students’ community.
“The mandate you have freely given to us is a mandate for reform and investment in the future of NANS, and it is also very clearly an instruction for good governance. I assure you of good leadership delivery, and you can rest assured that I would keep to my promises,” he said.
The new NANS Senate President, Comrade Akinteye Babatunde Afeez. said the election was free and fair even though some forces had wanted to circumvent the process before the intervention of the police and other security agencies.
He said the shootings reported at the convention were carried out by security agents to scare people who had wanted to cause chaos and disrupt the event, denying that some persons were hurt.
“The shooting was carried out by the DSS, it was not targeted at anybody. Rather, it was meant to scare troublemakers who had wanted to disrupt our event. And contrary to some reports, no one was hurt, he said.
Speaking with InsightMedia, a member of the outgoing executive said only Emonefe was declared winner at the convention ground.
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