CU Bags IPACE Power Innovation Challenge Award
Covenant University has been adjudged one of the best in the just concluded competition for the innovation of ‘cheap smart metering solution for preventing energy theft.’
The competition is one of the initiatives of the International Power and Automation Conference and Exhibitions (IPACE) to encourage Nigerian youths to join the innovation train. The organisers of the conference put up a challenge, tagged, ‘Innovative Solutions for Improving Power Generation and Cutting Losses due to Transmission and Energy Stealing.’ This was geared towards rescuing the nation from the doldrums of power challenges hindering its development.
Entries for the challenge were accepted solely from undergraduates in Nigerian universities, polytechnics and technical schools. The various categories under which entries were submitted include transmission losses, electricity stealing, pipeline vandalisation, and innovation power generation.
While making the presentation to the Management of the University, the Director, Centre for Research, Innovation and Discovery, who is also the team leader of the ‘Energy and Renewable Energy Technologies sub-cluster, Professor Samuel Wara, appreciated the Management for the privilege to make the presentation. He stated, “This competition was one of the highlights of the conference in which our students participated – presenting a smart tech transmission device for which they came third place.”
In his remarks, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Charles Ayo, congratulated the students for their efforts and stated that the essence of any competition is to know what others are doing, and to improve on it. “It is good to see products from other universities in order to know the areas to improve on for future challenges and competitions. Participation also tests the strengths of our students,” he emphasised.
The Vice-Chancellor also appreciated the leadership of the Electrical & Information Engineering (EIE) Department for their dedication to the vision of the University. He advised them to keep up their good work and not to rest on their oars. He pledged to invite more visiting professors to help add to what the department is currently doing.
Others at the occasion were the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Taiwo Abioye; the Registrar, Pastor Olamide Olusegun; Dean, College of Business and Social Sciences, Professor Frances Iyoha; Dean, College of Science and Technology, Professor Nicholas Omoregbe; Dean, College of Engineering, Professor John Ndueso; Dean, Student Affairs, Dr. Zacchaeus Omogbadegun; Director, Physical Planning and Development, Pastor (Arc.) Azubuike Nwoke, and members of the Directorate of Media and Corporate Affairs.