Covenant University hosts MIGDEVRI Workshop, Pledges Collaboration
Covenant University has expressed its willingness to collaborate with researchers across Africa on migration and mobility issues affecting the continent.
The Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University, Professor Taiwo Abioye, made this known on Monday, November 23, 2015 at a 4-day workshop on “Migration, Mobility and Development in Africa” hosted by the University.
Professor Abioye, who represented the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Charles Ayo at the programme, stated that Africa is faced with so many mobility and developmental issues resulting from natural disaster and security challenges among others.
“This workshop is very apt at this time when Africa is faced with so many mobility challenges. As a university established to restore the dignity of the black man, it will be our pleasure to collaborate further with the organisers of MIGDEVRI (Migration, Development and Regional Integration) on these issues,” she stated.
She also expressed hope that more fruitful ideas would be generated from the workshop as she welcomed the participants to the peaceful ambience of the University.
The West African Coordinator of the programme, Dr. Elieth Eyebiyi, in his remarks noted that the programme aimed to set up scientific and professional discussions among West African French-speaking and English-speaking countries on the links between migration, mobility and development; placing emphasis on original empirical research.
“The MIGDEVR Workshops aim to establish meaningful exchanges between research, practitioners and public officials around migration and sub-regional mobility within the ECOWAS community. It focuses on South-South mobility that is largely neglected by scientific research to date,” he explained.
In her welcome remarks, the National Coordinator of the programme who is also a senior faculty at Covenant University, Dr. Oluyemi Fayomi noted that Covenant University was the first institution to host the workshop among the English-speaking countries.
She informed the participants that the University, which has a vision to raise a new generation of leaders, was poised to be one of the leading world-class universities by the year 2022, tagged ‘Vision 10:2022, 1 of 10 in 10’.
The Workshop is open to Ph.D students, Master’s students and young researchers or lecturers who obtained their Ph.D not earlier than six years.