IPACE Officials Pay a Courtesy Visit to CU Management
International Power and Automation Conference & Exhibitions (IPACE) paid a courtesy visit to the management of Covenant University (CU), on Wednesday, September, 2, 2015. CU is currently hosting IPACE’s conference at the African Leadership Development Centre of the University in support of the event organisers and their vision.
In his statement of purpose, the Chairman of the Conference Organising Committee, Mr. Owen Arasomwan, said that the event was put together by a consortium of organisations led by Tricon Energy Limited and BVS Professional Services, with the theme, ‘Sustaining the Power Sector Reform Through Technology, Innovation and Global Best Practices.’He stated that the event was packaged to address challenges within the power sector which include electricity theft, funding, generation and transmission issues, pricing disputes etc.
“The deregulation of the power sector by the immediate past administration has been applauded by many western countries as a bold step in the right direction. The outstanding performance of the sector in the past two months suggests that the strategic decisions to unbundle the Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) and continued investment have been beneficial. We seem to have crossed the Red Sea, but the Promised Land is still far off. This conference will also involve deliberations on how our higher educational institutions can partner with Government in providing the manpower needed for the industry,” Mr Arasomwan said.
Mr. Arasomwan, who is also a Covenant University Postgraduate Alumni, explained that they chose CU as a venue because of its beautiful and modern facilities that reflect a state of excellence which Nigeria needs to aspire to at this time. He went on to thank the management of the University for hosting the conference and expressed his hope for greater collaboration opportunities in the future.
While making his remarks, the Vice-Chancellor appreciated the efforts of the event organisers and explained that with over 80 generating power plants both on-grid and off-grid spread across the nation and additional embedded power plants being built every day, the focus on technical education will soon become critical to the success of the drive towards energy security. “This is to ensure that our graduates can man, operate and maintain these systems,” he stated.
The Vice-Chancellor also said, “Electricity is the livewire of any economy. We would love to partner with you, because this is one idea that would help to right some wrongs and get us out of the woods in the power sector.” He further added that people do not have to wait to hold important positions before they can join in making a change, rather, every hand should be on deck to create the change we all seek.
Earlier in his remarks, the Registrar, Pastor Olamide Olusegun welcomed the guests and stated that Covenant University being the preferred University in Nigeria, loves to be part of any positive transformation. He noted that the IPACE conference was in line with what Covenant University stands for. He stated that the event could be the panacea to the varied challenges facing the power sector.
Also present at the meeting were the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Taiwo Abioye; Dean, College of Business and Social Sciences (CDSS), Professor Frances Iyoha; Director, Centre for Entrepreneurial Development Studies (CEDS), Dr. Omotayo Adegbuyi and a member of the Directorate of Media and Corporate Affairs.