Covenant University, Cledop Agree on Action Plan for Collaboration
Covenant University and an oil servicing company, Cledop West Africa Limited, have agreed on a Four-Point Action Plan in their collaboration towards building the capacity of staff and students of the University with the objective of meeting specific needs of the nation’s industries.
This much was revealed on Tuesday, July 11, 2017, at a meeting between the Management of Covenant University and the visiting management team of Cledop.
Speaking at the meeting, the Dean, College of Engineering, Covenant University, Professor Christian Bolu, who serves as coordinator of the collaboration, said that following a tour of the University’s facilities by the Cledop team, both organisations came up with concrete decisions on an action plan in four distinct areas.
The four areas, he stated, include Product Development; Product Testing; Training of Undergraduates, Postgraduates and Internally Generated Revenue staff; and Equipment Manufacturing.
Responding, the Managing Director, Cledop, Pastor Clement Udoh, said that the most important message his team would be taking back to Cledop was seeing that Covenant University has the capacity to provide solutions to challenges in the oil and gas industry, for instance, in terms of reducing capital flight as the solutions the industry currently seek abroad could be found locally.
“We take what we see here and put into the oil and gas industry immediately. We want a go ahead from Covenant University to market the University to the industry,” said Pastor Udoh.
The Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Covenant University, Professor Shalom Chinedu, representing the Vice-Chancellor, Professor AAA. Atayero, in his remarks, expressed delight at receiving the report of technical deliberations between representatives of the University and their Cledop counterparts. He said that the four cardinal points identified are areas the University would be glad to go into partnership with Cledop.
While thanking the Cledop team for the enthusiasm demonstrated, the Vice-Chancellor’s representative affirmed that the partnership will go a long way in advancing the nation’s cause.
Also on the Cledop entourage were the General Manager, Mr. Chris Okafor and District Engineer, Mr. Itohowo Emiem, while other Covenant University representatives were the Dean, College of Business and Social Sciences, who is also the Chairman, Board of Directors, Cledop, Professor Francis Iyoha; Head, Department of Chemical Engineering, Dr. Vincent Efeovbokhan; Head, Department of Chemistry, Dr. Akan Williams; Head, Department of Petroleum Engineering, Dr. Paul Anawe; former Head, Department of Petroleum Engineering, Dr. Preye Orodu; and member, Board of Directors, Cledop, Professor James Omoleye.