VC, DG Hopeful as CU, FIIRO Sign MoU on Collaboration
The Vice-Chancellor, Covenant University, Professor AAA. Atayero and the Director-General, Federal Institute of Industrial Research, Oshodi (FIIRO), Dr. (Mrs) Gloria Elemo were full of enthusiasm and expectation as both on Friday, October 14, 2016, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on a mutually beneficial partnership.
Speaking at the MoU signing ceremony, which took place inside the Senate Chambers of Covenant University in Ota, Ogun State, the FIIRO DG said that though the synergy between the two organisations was long overdue, the collaboration with Covenant University is strategic at this point of Nigeria’s national development.
While acknowledging Covenant University’s reputation as an entrepreneurial university, Dr. Elemo revealed that FIIRO has trained over 500,000 techno-entrepreneurs, many of which have established profitable enterprises generating millions of employments through direct and multiplier effect.
“FIIRO is well positioned in terms of human and Research and Development facilities to engage on this collaboration drive,” said the DG. “We shall bring to fore in this collaboration our experience of successful collaborations with other tertiary institutions and research organisations.”
Highlighting the scope of the MoU, the Director, Covenant University Centre for Research, Innovation and Discovery (CUCRID), Professor Olawole Obembe, said the initiative involves FIIRO entering into collaboration with Covenant University: to establish, develop and operate high integrated technologies; to undertake joint research projects of mutual interest to both parties; engage in staffs and students’ capacity building and exchange; engage in staffs and students’ entrepreneurship development; and joint patenting and commercialisation of patented and non-patented breakthroughs.
The Vice-Chancellor, Covenant University, Professor AAA. Atayero and the FIIRO Director-General, Dr. Gloria Elemo, then signed the Memorandum of Understanding, which was supervised by the Legal teams of both organisations.
Professor Atayero, in his remarks, described as a great pleasure and an honour being the substantive Vice-Chancellor when the MoU was signed. Covenant University, he said, is a vision-driven university with the immediate goal of being one of the top 10 universities in the world by the year 2022.
The university, he promised, will give the MoU all the drive it needs to be successful as it has taken a proper route, making its realisation a matter of semantic. “It is another platform for driving the change that is in the air,” he added.
The FIIRO Chief Executive Officer was at the signing ceremony in company of five Divisional Directors and Deputy Directors, as well as staff of the institute’s Extension and Linkages Directorate and the Public Relations Officer, Mr. Chris Olumuyiwa.
Other representatives of Covenant University at the event were the Registrar, Pastor Olamide Olusegun; Director, Financial Services, Pastor Bayo Oladehinbo; Dean, School of Postgraduate Studies, Professor Samuel Wara; Dean College of Engineering, Professor Christian Bolu; Director, Vice-Chancellor’s Office, Dr. David Omole; and some Heads of Departments.