Covenant University, Songhai Centre Sign Pact
Covenant University (CU), on February 27, 2015, signed a partnership agreement with the Songhai Centre (SC) in Porto-Novo, Benin Republic. The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was to create a platform for collaboration between CU and SC, with a view to further the entrepreneurship interests of both parties.
Some specific areas of collaboration include establishment of a functional incubation, training and development unit for the Centre for Entrepreneurship and Development Studies, as well as exploration of new areas of research and development for the Covenant University Centre for Research, Innovation and Discovery.
Other areas of collaboration include waste management and recycling of used plastic materials and manufacturing of industrial machines; establishment of agricultural entrepreneurship projects and a functional irrigation system for the University Farm; establishment of a Bio-Gas facility in Covenant University; development and building of Science and Technology Park in Covenant University and the establishment of a more profitable production facility for the Strategic Business Unit of the University.
In her remarks at the meeting, the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Professor Taiwo Abioye, representing the Vice Chancellor, Professor Charles Ayo, expressed her excitement at the prospect of working with Songhai Centre to create dynamic research portfolios. To enable and facilitate more Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) projects and supplementary agricultural products as well as increasing productivity on existing ones. She also presented the decision of the CU Management to send some students to SC by Summer on SIWES Programme in other to develop new perspectives and learn new methods.
While responding to the Deputy Vice Chancellor, the Founder of the Songhai Centre, Rev. Father Godfrey Nzemujo, stated, “We are channeling ourselves to what we call authentic technology. We are developing technologies to help us treat the core of problems. All that you mentioned are linked together. We are developing systemic solutions for systemic problems. In this MoU we are creating a space that is enabling to the young people, to the University and to Songhai as well, so it’s all music to my ears. We are gearing up for a platform that would launch a new cream of youths who can solve problems with broad based knowledge which includes, head, hand (skill) and heart.
“We are breeding a new cream of young people and we are working with the French Government to develop what we call, Songhai Leadership Academy (SLA), which will focus on incubating a broad based knowledge system in the youths,” he explained.
Also present at the meeting were, the Director, Covenant University Centre for Research, Innovation and Discovery, Professor Louise Egwari; the Director, Centre for Entrepreneurial Development Studies, Dr. Chinonye Moses; the Director, Strategic Business Unit, Dr. Abiola Babajide; Dr. Victor Mathews; Dr. Tuesday Owoye; Barr. Oni-Ojo and Ms. Chichi Ononiwu from the Directorate of Media & Corporate Affairs.