Kumuyi Visits Ajasin Varsity, Preaches Transformation
Caption: The General Superintendent of the Deeper life Bible Church, Pastor William Folorunsho Kumuyi (R), receiving the AAUA NEWS (Magazine) from the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Igbekele Ajibefun, during the visit of the Cleric to the University…on Thursday last week. Photo: IPPRU. Inset: Pastor Kumuyi delivering the sermon.
The General Superintendent of the Deeper life Bible Church, Pastor William Folorunsho Kumuyi on Thursday last week, visited Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, Ondo State, Nigeria, where he preached divine transformation and renewal of the thought processes as the way out mental, physical, and socio-economic challenges.
Pastor Kumuyi, who was in the University as part of an ecclesiastical tour of the State, noted that no life can be transformed unless the person is willing and chooses not to believe the verdict of human experts and severity of the challenges buffeting his life.
He observed that many great investors and successful men had challenging-growing-up years, but that they ultimately overcame them because they decided not to believe the negativities that pervaded their early years.
The cleric enjoined the members of the University Community, as well as residents of the host communities who were at the gathering, to keep hope alive and not to resign to fate, saying God has the solution and the final say over whatever challenges may come their way.
He thereafter prayed for the congregation, the University Community, as well as the State and the Nation.
Speaking earlier, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Igbekele Ajibefun, had observed that the visit was symbolic and significant. He noted it was the first time that Pastor Kumuyi would visit Akokoland.
The VC expressed the hope that the visit would usher in peace and positive transformation in the lives of those who attended as well as positive development and growth in the University.
Prof. Ajibefun posited further that the educational system in Nigeria needed positive transformation if Nigeria would climb the ladder of development among the comity of Nations.
The VC said, ‘’We know that his visits are always accompanied by transformation and blessings. Thus, we are fortunate in this University and confident that the blessings this man of God has poured on this land would remain permanent.
“Our expectation is that the University would witness huge transformation and development as we continue to do our job the way it should be done.’’
More Colleges Affiliate with Ajasin Varsity
The rising profile of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, Ondo State, Nigeria, as a citadel of learning of choice got yet another affirmation on Thursday when the University signed Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) with two colleges of education from Kwara and Ogun states.
The newly-affiliated colleges are the Kwara State College of Education (Technical), Lafiagi, and Yewa Central College of Education, Abeokuta. The two memoranda bring to six such agreements that have been signed with different institutions from both within and outside Ondo State.
The agreements would lead to the award of Degrees in Education to students of the affiliated colleges by Adekunle Ajasin University, which is also bound to ensure strict adherence to teaching and learning standards by the affiliated institutions.
Speaking at the signing ceremony, the Vice Chancellor, Prof Igbekele Ajibefun, assured the two colleges that standards and the integrity of certificates to be issued would not be compromised in order not to jeopardise the growing influence and name of Ajasin Varsity.
He called on the managements of the colleges not to go against the terms of the agreement, even as he pledged continuous assistance to them.
Leaders of the teams from the partnering colleges, Ishiak Alhassan, Provost of College of Education (Technical), Lafiagi, Kwara State; and his counterpart from Yewa Central College of Education, Abeokuta, Ogun State, Prof. David Bamgbose, promised their allegiance to the terms of the agreements.
They both noted that the growing stature of Ajasin Varsity gave them the assurances that the agreements would be worthwhile. The duo was optimistic that their colleges would attract sufficient candidates due to the rising profile of the University.
Specifically, Prof Bamgbose said the agreement was in line with new Federal Government statutes that encourage training of teachers at degree levels. He thanked the University for granting their requests for affiliation and promised to ensure compliance with the terms of the agreement.
The Registrar of AAUA, Mr. Sunday Ayeerun, later thanked the visiting officials of the two colleges and presented gifts and souvenirs to them on behalf of the University.
AAUA Workshop: Stress Inevitable, Healthy to Human Survival – Expert
A Consultant Clinical Psychologist from Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Dr. Charles Umeh, has hinged the functionality and efficiency of humans on stress being encountered daily, saying stress ‘is healthy and enjoyable.’
The Clinical Psychologist, however, warned that stress could be damaging when not properly managed.
Dr. Umeh made the assertion at a workshop, entitled, ‘Social Skills and Stress Management: Panacea for Success in a University Environment,’ organized by the Student Affairs Division of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, Ondo State.
He said, “Stress is a necessary thing in human beings’ lives because stress adds flavor, challenges and opportunities to our world. In the right dose, stress can be healthy, or even enjoyable. However, it can be very damaging when it becomes excessive. It can harm people‘s health, happiness, work performance, relationships and personal development.
“Stress is an inevitable part of life; it can take a toll on students’ physical health, emotional wellbeing, and academic success unless they learn to manage it appropriately. The staffers are burdened by the numerous demands of their job, including their responsibilities as loco parentis. Much of the stress that we all experience is helpful and stimulating. The challenges of life tend to be stressful and an attempt to avoid stress completely would lead to a rather boring existence. The problem comes when you experience too much stress.”
The Expert, who classified stress into distress, eustress, hypo stress, and hyper stress, told the audience (staff and students) that involving in social skills, which include eye contact with others during conversation, smiling when greeting people, shaking hands when meeting someone, using the right tone and volume of voice, expressing opinions to others, and perceiving how others are feeling and showing empathy, could help to douse stress.
Dr. Umeh highlighted the symptoms of stress to include muscular tension, colds or other illnesses, high blood pressure, indigestion, ulcers, loss of sexual desire and or ability, chest pain and rapid heartbeat, difficulty sleeping, fatigue, headaches, backaches, dry mouth, clenched jaw and grinding teeth, depression, anger, fear or anxiety, feeling overwhelmed, mood swings, low self-esteem, lonely, forgetfulness, unwanted or repetitive thoughts, inability to focus, poor judgment, increased use of alcohol, drugs, or cigarettes, and being pessimistic.
He advised students to attend class regularly, keep their space and consequently their minds organized, keep up with course work, get involved in positive campus activities, maintain communication with their families, form healthy relationships, and talk to the right people about their problems.
He urged both staff and students to get involved in regular physical activity, keep a sense of humor, socialize with family and friends, set aside time for hobbies and go on vacation.
Declaring the workshop open on behalf of the Vice Chancellor, the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Administration), Prof. Olugbenga Ige, thanked the Student Affairs Division for thinking it necessary to organize the workshop, which, according to the DVC, was a right step in the right direction.
In his Welcome Address, the Dean of Student Affairs and a lecturer in the Department of Pure and Applied Psychology, Dr. Bolanle Ogungbamila, said the workshop became necessary ‘in a typical university environment dominated by a huge number of young, restless, freedom-loving, and transient student group, that is usually less concerned about the well-being and the continued existence of the human and the physical environment.
He thanked the University Management for giving necessary support to the success of the workshop. Part of the highlights of the event was the artistic performance by the Ajasin Varsity Theatre.