‘I’ll Provide Needed Infrastructure In MOUAU Before I Leave Office’, VC Vows

‘I’ll Provide Needed Infrastructure In MOUAU Before I Leave Office’, VC Vows

The Vice Chancellor, Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike (MOUAU) near Umuahia, the Abia State capital, Prof. Maduebibisi Iwe, has assured that his administration will continue to place high premium on providing the needed infrastructure and equipment to the university.

Iwe, who is gradually unveiling his programmes for the 30-year-old university since his appointment as VC in February 2021, hinted that staff training and welfare as well as the provision of good learning environment for CEET are amongst them.

The VC was represented by the Deputy VC, Administration, Prof. Herbert Udoh.

He said at the opening of the Fifth CODET Engineering Students’ Projects Competition held in the institution that his zeal to put things aright in the ivory tower was predicated on his recognition and acceptance of Engineering and Technology as the instrument “driving the motto of our institution – ‘Knowledge, Food and Security’”.

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The VC lauded CODET for engaging engineering students across the nation’s universities to compete and exhibit their projects from time to time and called on the private sector to partner with the universities to commercialise research products “and fund researches that will help their businesses grow and our university thrive in research development”.

 The head of the ivory tower therefore called on the private sector to partner with universities to commercialise research products and help in funding researches that will help their businesses grow “and our university thrive in research development”.

 In his comment, a  lecturer at the Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike(MOUAU) near Umuahia, the Abia State capital, Prof Kayode Simonyan challenged researchers to embark on works capable of solving the nation’s challenges rather dwell on non profitable academic works that would be of no interest to the Nigeria.

Simonyan, who is the Dean, College of Engineering and Engineering Technology (CEET), MOUAU, stressing that for the country to move forward, its engineers must play a pivotal role in its economic development.

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CODET stands for the Committee of Deans of Engineering and Technology of Nigerian Universities.

According to him, “Nigeria needs engineers to develop its economic potentials”, adding “This calls for concentrated efforts on our part as engineers to carry out researches that directly impact our localities and the many challenges confronting us as a nation”.

The university don listed the lack of basic facilities in the workshops, laboratories, classrooms, offices and hostels as some of the challenges facing learning, teaching and research in the nation’s universities and called for tolerance and resilience on the part of his colleagues.

Simonyan declared “we should work towards creating something out of nothing. Let us therefore utilise this CODET students’ project competition and exhibition in that direction”.

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On why competition was established, the lecturer hinted that CODET instituted the competition to complement the learning and research in the universities.

According to him, the competition, among other benefits, also provides the participants the opportunity to have professional networking, develop ideas among peers and prepare students with the requisite skills to compete among equals.

In an address of welcome, the National President of CODET, Prof. James Eke, commended the participants for their determination and promised that the body would help them to excel in their careers.

Eke assured them that CODET would help to package and market their projects to government, universities and industries in order to enhance their employment opportunities after graduation.

Uche Nwosu is a two time Shell Petroleum PLC award winner in the year 2000;
He won the Shell Award on Investigative Journalism and Environmental Cleanliness.

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