CU, Nigeria Foundries to partner on Local Content Development
In a quest to realise Covenant University’s goal of innovation, product development and nation building for the session, a team of faculty from the Department of Mechanical Engineering visited Nigeria Foundries Limited, to explore the possibility of collaboration with the foremost private Foundry in Nigeria, on Wednesday, October 14, 2015.
The leader of the team and Director, Vision 10:2022, Professor Christian Bolu, made it known to the officials of Nigeria Foundries Limited that the motive behind the visit, was to build industry linkages which would narrow the gap between theory and practical experience for students.
According to Professor Bolu, who is an expert in Mechatronics Engineering, “The collaboration would help Covenant University students have practical knowledge of current practices and issues in the industry, giving them a competitive advantage in the labour market.”
He further stated that the University wants to establish a symbiotic relationship with Nigeria Foundries Limited where CU students could gain practical experience in foundry engineering. The company could also provide assistance in laboratories facilities, while CU assists the organisation in areas of research.
Applauding this initiative, the Managing Director, Nigeria Foundries Limited, Mr. Vassily Oye Barberopoulous, noted that the visit was a welcome initiative that would develop the local content of the country and lead to employability of fresh graduates. He, therefore, expressed his interest in working with the University to make the initiative a reality.
In addition, Mr. Barberopoulous stressed the need for Nigeria to promote more locally made products to develop and sustain the economy. According to him, this would be made possible by allowing students of higher institutions to gain practical industry experience.
“One of the major challenges facing Nigerian industries is the high level of dependence on foreign products which has led to unemployment. This collaboration with Covenant University will help produce employable graduates. In addition, to solve the challenge of unemployment in the country, government must promote and give priority to locally-made products over foreign products, in order to develop and sustain the economy,” he remarked.
Giving the vote of thanks, the Assistant Registrar, Directorate of Industry Partnership, Covenant University, Mr. Olumuyiwa Vincent, thanked Nigeria Foundries Limited’s team for the warm welcome and the innovation both parties are implementing to make the country better.
In attendance were the Head of Department, Mechanical Engineering, Dr. Ajayi Oluwaseyi and seven other staff members of the department.