24th October, 2021
The Chancellor, Covenant University, Ogun State, Bishop David Oyedepo, has urged the new graduates of the institution to think about value addition, job creation and other virtues that will bring solutions to societal problems.
Oyedepo made this call on Friday at the 16th convocation of the university while delivering his speech titled, ‘Looking Ahead.’
In his speech, Oyedepo said performance in every field of human endeavour is a function of preparation, adding that no one can ever arrive at a future that he cannot see and no one arrives at a future that he is not prepared for.
He said, “stop thinking self, start thinking solution, contribution, value addition, think the well being of others, think job creation, think the coming generation, think kingdom advancement, think eternity.
According to the clergyman, “no one will be remembered for what he has” that is his cup of tea, “ you will be remembered for what you add”.
“Approach life with a contributors mentality and you will make the most of it. Commitment to a life of contribution is what makes men and women exploited.
“No one arrives at a future he cannot see. I believe purposelessness is the bane of today’s youths. They are blank to the future, aiming at nothing, going for everything that comes their way. Without a well-defined purpose, life is meaningless. Every true vision is about value addition and not just possession.
“You must endeavour to possess and sustain a contributory mentality. Approach life with a contributory mentality; it is risky to live a loose and carefree life. Your great future lies in the early discovery of your purpose.”
Earlier, the Vice-Chancellor of CU, Prof. Abiodun Adebayo, said the school produced a total of 1,400 first degree and 281 higher degree graduates.
“At the first degree, 216, which is 15.4 per cent of our graduands, made First Class, while 719, 51 per cent of our graduands, today made Upper-Class division. About 435 made Second Class lower division, which is 31.1 per cent; 30 graduates, representing 2.1 per cent made Third Class category,” he said.
Adebayo added that a female graduand of the College of Science and Technology, Department of Computer Science, Favour Asaka, was the overall best graduating student with a CGPA of 5.00.