Covenant in Timeline

Covenant University is a product of the Liberation Commission that God gave to Bishop Oyedepo in a May 1981 vision encounter. The drive to establish CU emerged in October of 1999, one month after the dedication of Faith Tabernacle, the largest church auditorium in the world constructed in one year with local resources.

Bishop Oyedepo immediately kindled the fire to accomplish the new tasks as with all segments of the central vision. By November 27, 1999, an in-house consortium on the university's take-off was inaugurated. By December 1999, the application form for a private university operating license was issued by the National Universities Commission (NUC).

As the consortium wrapped up its activities early in 2001, an advisory council materialized on February 17, 2001, to develop the appropriate structures for the take-off of the University. By July 15, 2001, the verification team of the NUC came for the final inspection of facilities and programmes. The outcome of that visit was the Federal Government's approval of CU on January 16, 2002. The NUC sealed the approval with the presentation of the operating license on February 12, 2002, by which CU, Ota, Ogun State, was authorised to operate as a private university in Nigeria.

The approval was the fastest among the 16 applications filed for the establishment of private universities with the NUC at the time, while Covenant University's assessment score was also the highest.

The foundation stone of the permanent site was laid on Sunday, January 27, 2002, and construction began diligently in March of the same year. Thus, the first phase of development was completed eight months later. The first batch of about 1500 students was ushered into an ultra-modern university campus after an early morning inauguration in October 2002.
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COVENANT UNIVERSITY- A name with a meaning

All over Africa, particularly in Nigeria, a great significance is attached to names. Names carry meanings and meaningful messages. They reflect circumstances of birth or events that occur in the environment of that birth.

The word "Covenant" was chosen to express the University's total commitment and vow to perform its best in the process of making the Total Man of all her students. Furthermore, it reflects the intention of the proprietors of the University to uphold her agreement with students to facilitate the fulfillment of their desires for excellence and career exploits by offering them the best in educational development. In the process, parents and guardians get the best value for their investment.

The ratification of a covenant is usually by blood. Therefore, as a church mission-sponsored university, we consider the blood of Jesus Christ, which is the blood of the everlasting covenant, as our stronghold to fulfill this outstanding obligation.

Covenant University vows to transform its graduates into expert thinkers, unusual managers, and hyper-resourceful technocrats in all fields. Furthermore, the University is bound by an oath to achieve the highest standards of educational service in the world.

The commitment to creating the Total Man is a direct result of this vow and agreement between students and the proprietors of Covenant University


-Excerpt from a speech by Dr David Oyedepo, Chancellor, Covenant University at the inauguration of the Advisory Council on February 17, 2000

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