Developers Woo Covenant to Eko Atlantic City
South Energyx Nigeria Limited (SENL), the developers of Eko Atlantic City, the brand new city being built from reclaimed land adjacent to Victoria Island in Lagos, has invited Covenant University to be part of the initiative that the developers referred to as the future financial capital of Africa.
The Development Director, South Energyx, Mr. Pierre Edde, who led a business delegation of his company to Covenant University on Friday, June 23, 2017, said at a meeting with the Management of the University that through the Eko Atlantic City project, the developers are trying to create a platform for international investors.
Mr. Edde said that the Business District of Eko Atlantic City is a strategic and prestigious location for offices, with a state-of-the-art 24/7 infrastructure network, including 21st century communications, smooth transport system and uninterrupted electricity, making it a compelling place to work. His organisation, he added, wants Covenant University to have a presence in Eko Atlantic City in whatever guise the University deems fit.
Lending his voice to Mr. Edde’s proposition, the Sales and Marketing representative, South Energyx, Mr. Yuki Omenai, who said that Covenant University was the first tertiary institution in the country to be approached by his organization, expressed optimism that South Energyx and Covenant University will have a mutually beneficial relationship.
In his comments, the Director, Physical Planning and Development, Covenant University, Arc. Gbenga Alalade, appreciated the visit of the South Energyx delegation and described what is happening at Eko Atlantic City as novel in terms of job creation. On the likelihood of a partnership with the Eko Atlantic City developers, he suggested that students of Covenant University should get industry experience from what is happening there.
The Special Assistant to the Chancellor of Covenant University on Internally Generated Revenue, Mr. Leye Wuraola, said that the IGR Unit was trying to develop some products and hoped that South Energyx will be a partner as products of the IGR Unit are among the best.
The Vice-Chancellor, Covenant University, Professor AAA. Atayero, in his remarks, thanked the South Energyx representatives for a wonderful presentation on the Eko Atlantic City initiative. While saying that the most viable option for partnership would be for the University to set up a business school at Eko Atlantic City, the Vice-Chancellor said that representatives of the University would however have to pay a visit to the city to have first-hand knowledge of what obtains in the environment.
The vision of becoming one of the top 10 universities in the world in the next five years, he emphasized, is the main focus of the University at the moment but the time to get involved in such a worthy venture as the Eko Atlantic City is now. He expressed enthusiasm that South Energyx would be able to harmonise its innovative approaches with the University’s curriculum in the eventuality of a relationship being formalized.
Also at the meeting were Financial Controller, Mr. Paul Uwaje, representing the Registrar; Dean, College of Business and Social Sciences, Professor Francis Iyoha; Director, Vice-Chancellor’s Office, Dr. David Omole; President, Dream Youth International, Pastor Seyi Macaulay and other members of the DYI, which facilitated the visit of South Energyx Nigeria Limited.