SON Lauds Covenant University on Speed Limiter Innovation
The Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON), the body with the responsibility for producing technical standards for products and services in the country, has commended Covenant University for the development of vehicle speed limiting devices by two members of the institution’s faculty.
A two-man team representing the SON had on Friday, December 2, 2016, visited the University to inspect the speed limiters developed by a professor of Chemical Engineering, Professor James Omoleye; and Head, Department of Electrical and Information Engineering, Dr. Victor Matthews.
Speaking during a meeting with the Management of Covenant University, Leader of the SON team, Engr. Alewu Choung Achoma, who brought good tidings from the organisation’s Director-General, Mr. Osita Aboloma, said that after being informed about the development of the speed limiters, his team was at Covenant University to inspect them and give recommendation.
SON, said Engr. Achoma, had checked all speed limiters imported into Nigeria and the organisation was proud that Nigerians had come up with such innovations. “The world is a global village and whatever we come up with in Nigeria will meet the standard anywhere in the world because our (SON) standards are international,” he added.
Engr. Achoma, who was accompanied on the visit by Engr. John Bature Francis, said that after witnessing the demonstration of the two speed limiting devices, the SON would verify whether they met established requirements and advice or make recommendation where necessary.
Speaking earlier during his presentation, Professor Omoleye narrated how a mandate given by the Association of Vice-Chancellors of Nigerian Universities (AVCNU) inspired him to develop a speed limiter. “I felt I should come up with a novel development, which would not be replicating what others had done, because we cannot patent that,” he said.
Professor Omoleye revealed that his speed limiter was produced one hundred percent from local materials; it’s fully electronic, programmed to operate for a desired speed limit and inculcates in motorists a safe driving habit. His speed limiter, he said, would be a Nigerian contribution to international road safety.
Also in his presentation, Dr. Matthews, who described his speed limiter as ‘Wazobia Overspeed Reporter and Limiter’, said that when installed, “it is given a speed limit which is variable wirelessly”. The device, he stressed, communicates in three major Nigerian languages when a motorist is approaching his or her speed limit and could be used to generate revenue in terms of imposition of a fine.
In his remarks, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Shalom Chinedu, who stood in for the Vice-Chancellor, Professor AAA. Atayero, said that one of the things that had limited Nigerian researchers was their inability to translate their products to benefit the society. Covenant University, he noted, was determined to break such a jinx to see that research findings translate to something tangible. “That’s why, today, we have the Centre for Research, Innovation and Discovery,” he said.
According to the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, “The indigenous speed limiter posed a challenge and I’m glad that our researchers responded well”. He assured that Covenant University was poised to work with the SON to change the story of Nigeria.
Also at the meeting were the Director, Covenant University Centre for Research, Innovation and Discovery (CUCRID), Professor Olawole Obembe; Director, Vice-Chancellor’s Office, Dr. David Omole; Deputy Director (Research), CUCRID, Dr. Obinna Nwinyi; Chairman, Covenant University Road Safety Committee, Professor Daniel Gberevbie, and some members of the committee; and Deputy Director, Media and Corporate Affairs, Mr. Emmanuel Igban.