Africa’s Body of Engineers Lauds Covenant on Support for Education Summit
The African Engineering Deans Council (AEDC) has expressed its appreciation to Covenant University for accepting to host the Council’s 3rd Engineering Education Summit scheduled to hold in July, 2017.
Speaking during the courtesy visit of the AEDC to the Covenant University Management led by Engr. (Professor) AAA. Atayero, on Monday, January 16, 2017, the AEDC President, Engr. (Professor) Adagbonyin Obiazi, who was at the head of a team comprised of members of the Local Organising Committee (LOC), said the Council was delighted at the warm reception accorded him and members of his entourage.
He described as wonderful the core values of the University, particularly that of Possibility Mentality, which he said is the mindset of Engineers. The AEDC, he said, appreciates the vision of the Covenant University Chancellor, Dr. David O. Oyedepo, that the University will be one of the top 10 universities in the world by the year 2022. “We want to align with the vision,” he added.
“Following the successful hosting of the Engineering Education Summit in 2015 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and in 2016 in Bloemfontein, South Africa, we are glad that of all universities in Nigeria, Covenant University has taken the lead to host the third edition. We need lots of support from Covenant University and engineers in strategic positions to make the summit a very successful one,” said Engr. Obiazi.
A lot of personalities from across the world, he revealed, would be gracing the summit with the theme, ‘Engineering: A Proactive Vehicle for Transforming Africa’.
In his comments, Professor Christian Bolu, the Dean, College of Engineering, Covenant University, who is a member of the Covenant local organizing committee for the AEDC summit, stated that organisers were aiming at getting one Head of State to attend the conference. The AEDC, he added, would be opening a line of communication with the African Union to recognize what engineers can do in the development of the continent.
The Vice-Chancellor, Engr. (Professor) AAA. Atayero, in his remarks, admonished the AEDC representatives to feel at home as their visit came at a time when the University was celebrating the successful professional accreditation of two of its engineering courses.
While assuring the AEDC that Covenant University will give the body all the necessary support to make the conference a resounding success, Professor Atayero suggested the utilization of the forum to fashion certain things that will benefit Nigeria and Africa at large.
In the entourage of the AEDC President, Engr. Obiazi were Engr. (Professor) J.K Adewumi, Engr. (Professor) Elkanah Oyetunji, Engr. (Professor) B.A Alabadan, Engr. (Professor) M.J.E Evbogbai, and Engr. (Professor) Adeoye Ojo.
Also representing Covenant University at the meeting were the immediate past Registrar, Pastor Olamide Olusegun; Director, Financial Services, Pastor Bayo Oladehinbo; Director, Vice-Chancellor’s Office, Dr. David Omole; Engr. (Professor) Sanjay Misra and Engr. (Professor) Samuel John.