Covenant University Shines in Germany, Winning Multiple Awards
A team from the Nigerian Association of Inventors, led by its President, Pastor Shaka Momodu, was at Covenant University, Canaan Land, Ota, on Friday, November 6, 2015, to formally present three different awards won by two faculty members of the institution at the recently concluded 67th IENA ‘International Trade fair: Ideas, Inventions, New Products: IENA 2015,’ hosted at the Exhibition Centre Nuremberg Hall 12, Germany. The event ran from the 29th of October to the 1st of November, 2015.
Covenant University sent in two products which are Energy Retention Bags and the Solar Powered Weather Station. Both products won awards, medals and prizes for innovation, ideas, and outstanding performance.
In his remarks, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Charles Ayo expressed his delight over the awards and appreciated the President of the Nigerian Association of Inventors (NAI), Pastor Shaka Momodu and the entire body of the association for their efforts and support. He noted that the University has gone full circle in the collection of various awards within the past session and needs to move into product patent and commercialisation to maximise the benefit of the various innovations.
The Vice-Chancellor called for a review of the University’s patent policy with the concerned department in order to proceed to mass production of the award-winning products. He also noted the need for a permanent research output gallery for the display of Covenant University inventions and innovations.
In his remarks at the event, Pastor Momodu appreciated the Covenant University Management for always being ready with an invention for promotion; noting that the major role of the association is to promote Nigerian Inventions. He emphasised the need for the University to send a larger delegation to innovation exhibitions and fairs. He re-iterated the Vice-Chancellor’s call for commercialisation of innovations in order to make them available to the public.
While presenting the awards to the Management, the Director, Covenant University Centre for Innovation and Discovery, Professor Samuel Wara, appreciated the Management of the University for its’ support and encouragement towards excellence.
He explained that the Energy Retention bags won two awards, one being a silver medal for outstanding performance; an experiment with dairy seller, enhancing a local cooler performance and various developed executive pouches. The bag also won a gold medal in another category. He noted that not less than 37 organisations participated in this event including some universities. “The third silver medal,” he stated, “was won by the Solar Powered Weather Station.”
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 Dean, College of Engineering, Professor Samuel John; HOD, Department of Electrical & Information Engineering, Dr. Francis Idachaba; Dr. Hope Orovwode of EIE and members of the Directorate of Media and Corporate Affairs.