Faith-based private varsities hold key to leadership growth –Amaga
March 19, 2013 by Segun Olugbile- PUNCH
Chancellor, Salem University, Lokoja, Kogi State, Archbishop Sam Amaga,
has said that the institution is more determined than ever before to
continue the production of globally competitive graduates.
He also said that faith-based private
universities held the key to the academic, intellectual and leadership
development of the country.
Amaga’s position was contained in a
statement issued by the institution after the Testimony Night organised
by the university to enable the students to assess themselves and the
impact the institution has had on them since they were admitted to SU.
The Testimony Night is an annual event
where students and top management of the institution gathered to
evaluate the impact some of the academic, leadership and skills
development programmes designed by the university have had on the
According to Amaga, the university, by
its design and programme, is keen on producing graduates with integrity,
honesty, skills and global outlook that will eventually contribute
towards efforts being made to deliver the country from inept leadership
at all levels.
"That is why we have designed the Total
Leadership Training Concept whereby our students are exposed to courses
and programmes that will impact them with a life of selflessness,
sacrifice, service to humanity, integrity, discipline and diligence, all
of which are virtues of leadership.
"We organise this Testimony Night, a
kind of a feedback from the students, to enable us know whether the TLTC
initiative has been productive or not. It will help us to gauge how
well we are achieving our goal to graduate students with godly
leadership skills,” he said.
Amaga added that the Federal Government
should encourage faith-based institutions across the country as they
have the potential to graduate students and leaders who would contribute
to the nation’s development in all ramifications.
After Amaga’s welcome remarks, some of
the students spoke about the impact the university has had on them. Most
of them described the institution as a transformational university.
They explained that it had impacted them spiritually, academically, in
integrity and selfless service to humanity and God.
One of them, Mr. Ojo Joshua, a 200 Level
student in the Department of International Relations and Diplomacy,
said, "Before I came to Salem University, I was average virtually in all
spheres of my life and endeavours. But the university, being a
transformational institution for positivity, has been able to help me to
know how to conceptualise the core values of the school and apply them
everywhere I find myself.”
Also, a 400 Level Geology student, Mr.
Ogunsola Daniel, testified that the university had cleansed him of all
negative attitudes he came in with. "During the process of TLTC, I was
empowered with the leadership quality and made to realise my purpose.
Also, a 200-Level female student in the
Department of International Relations and Diplomacy, Miss Obi Cynthia,
said that before she was admitted to SU, she was crude, unrefined both
intellectually and spiritually.
Other students who spoke at the ceremony
included Oyedepo Olugbenga, Adah Ojonugwa, Attah Triumph, Ocheni
Martins Allahyafi Rahab, Anande Teruer and Juliet Ojochide.
However, some of the students urged the university management to invest more in physical and academic facilities.