Professor Atayero Receives Enactus Nigeria Champions, Promises Full Support Ahead of Global Competition
The victorious Covenant University Enactus Team has paid a thank you visit to the Vice-Chancellor and the University Management, for the robust support enjoyed by the team en route its championship-winning performance at the recently held 2019 National Championship of Enactus Nigeria.
While speaking on behalf of the team, its Faculty Coordinator, Mr. Michael Fagbohun, appreciated the University Management for the immeasurable support the team had continuously gotten. He assured the Management that the team was ready to make the University proud on the global stage later this year, at the Silicon Valley, California, USA.
Head, Covenant University Enactus team, David Iyiola, while speaking on the award-winning projects, noted that the Pet-City project was an initiative aimed at transforming waste plastic and nylons into sustainable building materials that were cost effective and durable to use.
“We replaced the traditional binding agent, which is cement, with molten plastic; and from various laboratory test conducted, the pet-bricks are proven to be stronger than the conventional ones in the market. We wanted this initiative to move from being just a project to being a social enterprise,” he stated.
The third-year student of Civil Engineering said his team had successfully devised the means of engaging individuals in the collection, sorting, production and laying of these interlocking bricks.
On their second winning project captioned ‘Toles’, the team leader said it was designed as a social enterprise that provided eco-friendly and durable footwear for children in impoverished communities. According to him, “We identified scrap and used vehicle tyres as suitable materials for the soles, which make the end product affordable, durable and ideal for the target audience. We leverage on the Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives of organizations that are socially and environmentally conscious to drive this scheme,” he posited.
The Country Director, Enactus Nigeria, Mr. Michael Ajayi, who was also at the event, congratulated the University. He said the leadership of Enactus Nigeria was on ground to do due diligence by auditing the innovative work of the team and, at the same time, verify the authenticity of the project and readiness of the team’s projects to compete globally for honours.
In his remark, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor AAA. Atayero, congratulated the team for making the University proud and pledged the management’s support to the team’s quest for honours at the global competition in the United States. “Having emerged second on a number of occasions, I was waiting for this day when you will emerge national champions, and you guys have made it happened. Congratulations to you all and be rest assured of management’s commitment in supporting you all the way,” he enthused.
Professor Atayero noted that it was a thing of joy that members of the team were considering issues bothering on climate action and relevant SDGs as they went about their innovative and inventive enterprise.
Covenant University Enactus Team would be representing Nigeria at the 2019 Enactus World Cup at the Silicon Valley, San Jose, California, USA, from 16 - 18 September this year, along with other national champions from around the world to compete for the coveted global prize.