Nigerian Founderies Limited Visits CU
The Deputy Managing Director, Nigerian Foundries Limited, a steel and iron casting manufacturing company, Engr. Nicholas Barberopoulos, paid a courtesy visit to Covenant University Management on Thursday, November 19, 2015. The visit was to discuss possible collaboration with the University in the field of Engineering, covering hands-on training, mentorship and product development.
While making his introductory remarks, Engr. Barberopoulos said that the goal of Nigerian Foundries Limited was to provide the students of the Mechanical Engineering Department of the University with practical knowledge and to ensure that the theories they are being taught would benefit them professionally and financially in the labour market.
In his remarks, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Charles Ayo, welcomed Engr. Barberopoulos to the University and commended the efforts of the Director of Vision 1020:22 for taking the right steps and bringing in contact with the University the required sectors of the economy, particularly, as it concerns the expectations from the Mechanical Engineering Department.
He also remarked on the laudable achievements and accomplishments of Nigerian Foundries Limited in helping to create local content. The Vice-Chancellor mentioned that on occasions he had opportunity to comment on the higher educational setting in Nigeria, he had always been of the thought that rather than looking at parity, why could not the Polytechnics education instituted to cater for the middle level technical manpower, set the pace for the technological development of the nation. “Now, we are talking about foundries. If Nigeria must develop local content, we must borrow a leaf from countries like India who started small, but are now exporting cars,” he said.
He mentioned an example of a trip he made to Cape Peninsula University of Technology, South Africa, which he said held ‘Industry Luncheon’ every month, and developed prototypes, which they liaised with the related industry to mass produce; but first they would have contacted the various sectors of the economy that would be in dire need of the products.
“As far as I’m concerned,” he said, “the most important collaboration you can mention now that can move Covenant University forward is this. There is need for us to work closely with Nigerian Founderies Limited, because, if we are talking about made in Nigeria products, the way to start is this, look at the facilities you have in your department, conceive any idea, come up with any prototype and then we would get the input of Nigerian Foundries Limited, before we move forward from there. We desire for our Mechanical Engineering graduates to be true entrepreneurs; that is, Mechanical Engineers that would see entrepreneurship in Mechanical Engineering. They should be able to conceive some creative ideas or products, either new or through Reverse Engineering and then begin to hit the nook and cranny of Nigeria with innovative products.”
He stated that this would be a means of solving a lot of problems in Nigeria and with that development, most of the folks combing the streets would be gainfully engaged, while we move the nation forward. “We are trusting God, that this is just the beginning of great things to happen to the University and the nation at large.”
The Registrar, Pastor Olamide Olusegun, stated earlier in his welcome remarks that Covenant University was the best private university in Nigeria and the birth-place of Kings and Queens. He expressed the hope that the expected partnership outcome from the meeting would help propel the University to its next level of becoming one of the top ten universities in the world by 2022.
Present at the occasion were the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Taiwo Abioye; the Director, Financial Services, Pastor Bayo Oladehinbo; Dean, College of Engineering, Professor Samuel John; the Director, Vision 10:2022, Professor Christian Bolu; HOD, Mechanical Engineering, Dr. Ajayi Oluseyi; Professor Samuel Dumade, Professor Anthony Inegbenebor, Professor Oyewale, Mr. Ajayi Christopher, and Engineer Maku, all of the Department of Mechanical Engineering; Mr. Vincent Olumuyiwa of the Industry Partnership Directorate and members of the Directorate of Media & Corporate Affairs.