Monday, 18 July 2016
Poverty among black men, a product of unused brain - Bishop David Oyedepo
Founder and chancellor, Landmark University, Omu Aran, Kwara state, Bishop David Oyedepo, has said that poverty among black men was a product of unused brain and capacity to think solution.
The clergy man noted that what African nations needed for sustainable growth and development is a generation of indigenous solutions, particularly in field of agriculture. Bishop Oyedepo spoke at the third convocation ceremony of the agric-oriented university in Omuaran at the weekend.
A total number of 51 graduates bagged First Class grade, 233 had second class upper grade, 229 secured second class lower grade, while 19 were in Third Class division out of a grand total of 532 graduating students in the third convocation ceremony.
The clergy man noted that Africans should not allow western education to destroy native intelligence that they were divinely endowed with,stressing that our forefathers in Africa started farming, identification of edible plants and crops before the coming of colonialists, Bishop Oyedepo , who also said that there’s no united nations anywhere but committee of nations, added that every nation bore its cross, as many countries currently faced their challenges.
He said knowledge is the new currency of the world, adding that application of knowledge would bring about desired changes in the society. “Human beings are created with equal capacity. They are created with equal brain cells and body system for men and women, equal destiny nd equal opportunities”, he said.
He also said that there are unlimited opportunities yet untapped in the society, charging young generation to arm themselves with required skills to effect meaningful changes in the society. The chancellor charged graduates to be creative, identify opportunities begging for utilisation, advising that they should think possibilities, think spirituality, think positivity, think solution to problems, and think others, saying only those that think others become leaders. He also said that they should think impact, think footprints, think future and to think culture.
In his keynote address at the ceremony, the pioneer vice chancellor, Michael Okpara (Federal) University of Agriculture, Umudike, Professor Placid Njoku, said that the federal government, through ministry of Education, should direct the National Universities Commission NUC, the National Board for Technical Education NBTE, and the National Commission for Colleges of Education NCCE, to “totally revise their curriculum for the Agriculture discipline to formally integrate entrepreneurship, approve Agripreneurship as a full degree/Diploma/NCE programme in all faculties, colleges and universities of Agriculture, and approve a mandatory agripreneurship immersion period for all students of Agriculture”