Presiding Bishop of the Living Faith Church Worldwide, David Oyedepo has declared that the greatest challenge facing the black man today is not intellectual bankruptcy but laziness and inability to task his thinking faculty towards realising assets that will benefit his immediate environment.
Oyedepo who also doubles as the Chancellor of Covenant University (CU), Ota, Ogun State, challenged academicians to ‘stop being merely bookish and start grooming thinkers’.
Delivering the keynote address at the 54th meeting of the Committee of Deans of Post Graduate Schools (CDPGS) in Nigerian Universities at CU premises, the revered cleric said his experiences with those in the academics shows that many of them are simply so proud of having become an authority in their chosen fields.
However, he noted that it’s not enough as they need to go a step further by indoctrinating in young scholars the art of thinking out ideas which would address some of the challenges plaguing the black continent.
Speaking during the four-day event which began on Monday and is set to end today, Oyedepo said global solution providers such as Albert Einstein, Isaac Newton and The Wright Brothers among others, once had a brainwave in their time which led to great revolutions in their respective fields.
He warned Nigerians that repeated complaints would not work, adding that they should battle their challenges headlong.
“Everywhere I go in Nigeria today, everybody continues to complain that things are not working; but who will start how things will work and when? That person is you and that time is now, and postgraduate education should serve as a platform for inciting our students into thinking solutions. Today, it is thinkers that rule the world and we should be development-oriented in things we do".
"To make that difference, Oyedepo challenged the deans to start thinking out of the box, saying that is what would propel them to imbibe the same culture into their students".
“Leadership is not being in the driver seat, but adding values. As a dean, you must start thinking what difference you are going to make in that position; what contributions in terms of innovations and feat. You have no business being in that position if you cannot make that difference that will be a reference point to your successors years after you have left".