CU Signs MoU with Tecnik Specialist Services
The leading private University in Nigeria, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), with Tecnik Specialist Services and Consultancy Limited on Friday, November 13, 2015. The agreement was for collaboration on home grown trainings targeted at filling the skill gaps in the upstream and downstream sector of Nigeria’s oil and gas industry. The trainings would be standardised industry based trainings covering diverse areas of specialisations in the oil and gas industry to include Chemical Engineering, Petroleum Engineering and Human Resource Development.
Making his remarks at the occasion, the Managing Director of Tecnik Specialist Services, Engr. Rasheed Babalola, stated that the journey towards the collaboration started 5 months back. He described Tecnik as a company that provides training for oil and gas workers. He expressed joy at the ability to work with a great institution like Covenant University. He noted that Tecnik appreciates the vision of the University and wishes to be part of its achievement.
While making his remark, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Charles Ayo, expressed excitement at the prospects of the Memorandum of Understanding and what it portends for the overall vision of the University. He stated that the oil sector has suffered a lot of setbacks over the years with diverse misappropriation of funds and mismanagement of resources. He also mentioned gas flaring as one of the longstanding issues facing the oil sector; marvelling at some reports that the amount of money lost to gas flaring runs into 2 billion dollars annually.
“Providing training in this area,” he said, “would go a long way to create problem solving skills that are needed to combat the challenges in that sector. The provision of proper training is needed, not only for students, but for the general public. Also, we would have contributed our quota to the development of the nation.”
Earlier in his remarks, the Registrar, Pastor Olamide Olusegun, expounded the vision of the University to become listed among the top ten universities in the world by the year 2022. He explained that Covenant University was a unique institution prophetically called Hebron - the birth place of Kings and queens. He expressed expectations that the collaboration will help to boost the vision of the University towards fulfilment.
Also present at the occasion were the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Taiwo Abioye; the Registrar, Pastor Olamide Olusegun; the Director, Centre for Research, Innovation and Discovery, Prof. S. T. Wara; the Director, Industry Partnership, Professor Olawale Obembe; the Director, Vice-Chancellor’s Office, Dr. Akan Williams; HOD, Chemical Engineering, Dr. Efeovbokhan Vincent; HOD, Department of Petroleum Engineering, Dr. Anaye Paul; Professor James Omoloye of the Chemical Engineering Department; HOD, Legal Department, Barr. Oni-Ojo, and members of the Directorate of Media & Corporate Affairs.