CU Continues to Set the Pace in Research and Product Development
Covenant University officially received a patent licence of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, via one of the University’s research clusters, conferring the right or title to exclude others from making, using, or selling her invention, ‘Zeolite Y’, under the Patent and Designs Act.
While presenting the patent license to the University management on Thursday, December 3, 2015, the leader of the research cluster, Professor James Omoleye, of the Chemical Engineering Department, described ‘Zeolite Y,’ as a catalyst for the manufacture of products like gasoline. “It breaks down the crude oil to give us the light fuel we use as fuel. It is also used for the manufacture of other products,” he said.
In his response, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Charles Ayo, expressed his excitement at the success of the research endeavour and the subsequent progress in the area of product development. He stated that the new development further validates the University’s goal for 2015, which includes: research, product development and nation building.
According to the Vice-Chancellor, “This could not have come at a better time than now, when the University is at the peak of its drive towards becoming one of the top ten universities in the world.” He said that approval has been given by the University management for one of the basic pieces of equipment needed to commence production of the patented product. He stated that this has been a very productive semester for the University, calling for a drive towards more attainments.
Professor Ayo, gave all the glory to God for the patent milestone, quoting from the scripture in 1 Corinthians 2:9, “But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.”
Present at the occasion were the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Taiwo Abioye; the Registrar, Pastor Olamide Olusegun; the Director, Financial Services, Pastor Bayo Oladehinbo; the Director, Vision 10:2022, Professor Christian Bolu; the Director, Industry Partnership, Professor Olawole Obembe; the Director, Centre for Research, Innovation and Discovery, Professor Samuel Wara; the HOD, Chemical Engineering, Dr. Vincent Efeovbokhan; Dr. Raphael Mordi of Chemistry Department; Mr. Stephen Oluwatobi of the Vice-Chancellor’s Office.