– Bishop Oyedepo has said that a doctorate degree
is only but paper, except the knowledge acquired
is used to impact lives
– The founder of Winners chapel made the
disclosure to some PhD graduates of Covenant
University in Ota, Ogun state
– Oyedepo lamented over the numerous situations
in which those certified with PhDs, have little or
nothing to offer
– The bishop promised to fund projects carried out
by few PhD graduates of Covenant University (CU)
David Oyedepo, the presiding Bishop and founder
of Living Faith Church worldwide, has said that an
inability to identify problems and solve them,
renders every PhD degree useless.
While addressing few PhD graduates of the
Covenant University (CU) in Ota, Ogun state,
Oyedepo urged people to come up with
innovations that can solve problems plaguing the
The Chancellor, told them their inability to do so
would mean their research programme was
Bishop Oyedepo promised to make funds available
to them to identify problems and find solutions.
Spoke at a meeting with the young scholars,
Oyedepo said Nigeria has been unable to address
its challenges because of a lack of capacity to get
the job done.
He decried situation in which PhD holders
seemingly lacked the thinking capacity.
He said: “I have come to provoke your potential.
There is more inside you than the earned certificate.
If you cannot think out solutions to problems, your
PhD is a complete waste.
“When we say Doctor of Philosophy, we are saying
master of thinkers; someone committed to finding
solution to life’s problems. And until our learning
translates to thinking, our PhD is zero.
“All that we have done going through the rigour of
PhD is to ignite our thinking capacity. It’s so
important that we have what it takes to recreate
our country and the world.
” Hinting that Nigeria has more PhDs than four
European countries, Oyedepo wondered why
Nigeria was not getting similar result as the
“The gas turbine (at CU) was not working because
Shell was on strike. So why can’t students of
Chemical Engineering build reserves? Why do we
look at problems as if we are not concerned?”
Oyedepo said the scholars must learn to
management themselves, time and task, to be able
to provide solutions to problems.
He noted that the scholars must learn to manage
themselves, for qualitative production.
Meanwhile, Oyedepo has challenged the present
administration of President Muhammadu Buhari to
proffer solutions to the socio-economic challenges
facing Nigeria rather than blaming any political
party or individual for the current travails facing the
He also urged President Muhammadu Buhari to be
more sensitive to issues that affect ordinary