April 16, 2024

Graduate programme: Sahara Group, Covenant University collaborate on human capital transformation

Oredola Adeola

Sahara Group, one of the leading energy and infrastructure conglomerates in Africa, has announced a strategic partnership with Covenant University aimed at accessing and transforming exceptional talent from the institution to outstanding global business leaders.


The partnership is a significant step towards enhancing Sahara’s commitment to supporting young Africans to compete internationally as “innovators birthing sustainable solutions to unfolding global challenges.”


The partnership was revealed when the Sahara Group led by  Ivie Imasogie-Adigun, Group Head, Human Resources(HR) at Sahara Group met with the management team of the Covenant University in Ota, Nigeria.


Imasogie-Adigun, in his address, said that the collaboration between the energy conglomerate and Covenant University will focus on building a talent pipeline that aligns with Sahara’s business goals.


She said, “Our data over the years indicate that Covenant University is among the top 3 universities where we get the best candidates.


“Working with Covenant presents a unique opportunity to collaborate with a world-class institution to attract, retain and develop the best talent for our businesses spread across Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East,” she said.


Prof. Abiodun Adebayo, Vice Chancellor of Covenant University, stated that the partnership would open more frontiers, expand the institution’s industry relations, and create more opportunities for graduates of Covenant.


In the past years, we have produced the most employable graduates in Nigeria. We look forward to Sahara Group absorbing more Covenant graduates as it continues to record sterling achievements as a foremost energy company in Africa,” he said.


Prof. Olujide Adekeye, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, said Covenant on his part revealed that the institution is always delighted to partner with reputable organisations like the Sahara Group.


According to him, “Our graduates have been trained to be world-changers and this opportunity offered by Sahara would help them flourish and excel more.


Mrs. Regina Tobi-David, Registrar, Covenant University commended Sahara for choosing to work with Covenant, adding that the partnership was a resounding “testament to the quality of education and training that Covenant University provides to its students.”


Israel Oloyede, Head, Talent Acquisition, Sahara Group, remarked that interactions with Covenant graduates as a “recruiter’s delight”, he also noted that the initiative with the University will give Sahara access to “an incredible talent pool of graduates with diverse backgrounds, skills, and aspirations that will drive innovation and growth.”


Samuel Gwani, an alumnus of Covenant University and a Sahara Graduate Management Trainee described the project as a “game-changer for Covenant University students,” noting that “Sahara Group will give you regional and global platforms that will ensure you make a difference in all you do, in Sahara, we call that being MAD.”


Tolulope Gbenro, another Covenant alumnus and Sahara Graduate Management Trainee said, “The partnership would be a win-win situation for both brands and above all, provide a world of endless possibilities to Covenant University graduates who join the Sahara family.”