Covenant University Commissions Information Dissemination Project
The communication policy employed by the Management of Covenant University has gotten a boost by the commissioning of the University’s Information Dissemination Project Office (IDPO)
The event, which took place on Wednesday, April 10, 2013, will position the Information Dissemination Project Office as the hub for the operations of the first phase of the new communication policy for Faculty, Staff and Students ofthe University.
Speaking at the commissioning the Vice-Chancellor of Covenant University, Professor Charles Korede Ayo recalled the severe attack the University came under, from the general public and students alike vis-à-vis her policy on the use of mobile phones on campus. He said the Pager communication system will ensure timeliness, completeness and a secure mode of communication within the University campus and environs.
The Vice Chancellor stated that through the project office, Faculty and Staff would be able to reach out to students smartly and timely to get issues resolved. Apart from this, parents and guardians can now have direct access to their wards, know their performance in school and monitor their progress directly from the project office without contravening University rules.
For security reasons, however, only approved contact numbers of parents are inputted to the IDPO server that will filter all messages received. Any other messages from unapproved numbers will be automatically rejected by the system.
The Project Consultant, Mr. Richard Oluwasanmi, highlighted the importance of the project, taking into cognizance the University’s policy on the use of mobile phones by students on campus. The Pager communication system, he said, is just a phase of the IDPO assignment. According to him, the Centre will also engage in research with the aim of manufacturing of several communication gadgets.
Displaying some of the equipment at the Centre, the Project Consultant affirmed the capability of the Project Office to further develop the existing intercom communication in the University, by routing intercom calls to the Pagers of officials through the University’s Private Automatic Branch Exchange (PABX).
The acceptability of the Pager Communication model has been amazing as the first week has seen over three thousand four hundred (3,400) students registering and collecting their pagers.
Another innovative dimension of the pager communication device to the students was access to examination results directly on the pagers, thus saving them the time of queuing up at notice boards or accessing the University’s Portal to check their scores. A copy of the same result will be sent instantaneously to the mobile phones of the parents and guardians of students, as part of the second phase of the project.
The Vice-Chancellor, commended the proactive measures taken by the Centre for Systems and Information Services and the Information Dissemination Project Office towards ensuring that not only the University, but also parents have first hand information about students.
Also, at the commissioning were the Registrar, Dr. Ubong Ntia, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Administration), Dr. Taiwo Abioye, Director of the Centre for Systems and Information Services, Engineer Bayo Ajala, Deputy-Director of the Centre for Systems and Information Services, Pastor Abolade Afolabi, and other Management Staff of the University.