By Ayo Ajayi
The Chancellor, Covenant University, Dr David Oyedepo has charged the newly admitted students of the institution to embrace self-discipline in order to be successful in any endeavour in life.
Oyedepo gave the charge yesterday while addressing the students and guests at the University’s 21st Matriculation, held at the institution’s campus in Ota.
He noted that no one will ever be any more accomplished in his pursuit than he is self-disciplined, adding that, “Everyone is absolutely responsible for the outcome of his or her life.
“No one will ever be any more accomplished in his pursuit than he is self-disciplined. As I have often said, there’s nothing extraordinary on its own; it is man’s extraordinary input that makes it so. Access to the top is always at a cost of high-level discipline among others.
“Therefore, self-discipline is what empowers the star in us to shine. No one can be a teenager twice, it is only once! Neither can anyone be a young adult twice. What we find in our tomorrow are simply the fruit of the seed of hard work, discipline and sacrifice sown today,” he said.
The Chancellor also enjoined the students to invest their time, noting that the worth of a man’s time is what defines the worth of his life.
“What one makes of his time today, will determine the outcome that awaits him tomorrow. Endeavour to invest your time in your study, it will surely show tomorrow.
“In addition, invest your time in reading up materials that will help create the future you desire.
“If you don’t have time for good works, you will surely have time for evil works, because nature abhors a vacuum.
“Remember that the days of your youth are the days of your strength, the most fertile season of your life. Endeavour to make the most of it,” he advised.
Also speaking at the event, the Pro-Chancellor, of the University, Bishop David Abioye encouraged the students to stretch towards outstanding performance under the tutelage of the faculty, who he said are very vast and most current in their fields of endeavours.
He added that, at Covenant University, there are no limits to thinking possibilities, no boundaries to making discoveries, no ceil to attaining new heights and no end to creating new records.
He, therefore, assured them that with their utmost commitment, they would never have a reason to look back with regret on their choice to study at the institution.
In his remarks, the Vice-Chancellor of the University, Professor Abiodun H. Adebayo express delight in the many achievements of the institution in just two decades of its existence.
He admonished the matriculating students to take full advantage of Covenant’s unique learning context that was second to none.
“I wish to congratulate all the matriculating students for being found worthy of enlistment into this royal academy,” he said.
The University admitted 2, 100 undergraduates and 116 postgraduate students into various programmes.