Covenant Berths in CODET National Finals as Don Seeks Solution-Focused Projects in Engineering Programmes
Covenant University has qualified to represent the South-West Zone 2 at the National Finals of the 5th Committee of Deans of Engineering and Technology of Nigerian Universities (CODET) Competition. Covenant sealed her qualification ticket as she emerged the winner of the group project at the zonal final hosted by the University.
'Energy Recovery from Cassava Peel for Replacement of Firewood in Local Communities (Biogas production from cassava peels)', an entry submitted by students of the Department of Civil Engineering, Covenant University, scored 70.6% to come tops at the zonal competition.
The entry 'Quadcopter for Counting People in High-Density Crowd', submitted by a student of the University of Ibadan, Adekunle Ademobola, also emerged tops in the individual project category with a score of 62.5%.
Earlier in his opening remarks, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Abiodun H. Adebayo, said the field of engineering and engineers was critical to sustainable developmental efforts. He said the task of controlling the adverse ecological and social features of engineered products, services, and infrastructure and considerably improving their compliance with the sustainable environmental requirement was vital and urgent. According to him, innovation, creativity, and other traditional engineering skills were required to achieve this task.
He noted the importance of the involvement of young people in the ongoing efforts to resolve the sustainable development challenges as crucial to achieving the desired success. "Young people constitute the future, and their unique demography, positions them to carry the banner of sustainable development to future generations," he added.
As centres of knowledge, Professor Adebayo posited that ivory towers were expected to equip graduates with requisite problem-solving skills as part of their mandate. He said the CODET Students' Project Competition was a strategic tool for empowering young people to shape the desired future actively.
The Dean, College of Engineering, Covenant University, Professor David Omole, while welcoming the participants and judges to the competition, said the mix of academia and industry in the constituent of the panel of judges was a testament to the importance of the competition in driving the desired national development.
The Chair, Local Organising Committee of the zonal competition, Professor James Omoleye, said the essence of the annual competition was to encourage practical engineering relevant to the nation's developmental needs. According to him, the Deans of engineering across the country desired to see that projects from universities in the country were solution-focused, thereby encouraging policymakers, industrialists and investors to look inwards in addressing the nation's challenges.
"When we identify good projects, the next step will be to liaise with captains of industries to come, see and know that they can invest on these things, instead of overly dependent on the importation," he stated. Professor Omoleye said one must commend the quality of the engineering curriculum, taking into account the commendable projects on display at the competition.
He believed that researchers and engineers should work towards helping young engineers broaden their creativity to capture the overall expectation of industries. He added that their innovations must undergo refining and factor in economic consideration if they must become acceptable to the general populace.
The 5th Committee of Deans of Engineering and Technology (CODET) competition attracted participants from the University of Ibadan, First Technical University, Ibadan, Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye, Bells University of Technology, Ota, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, University of Lagos, Akoka, Lagos State University, Ojo, Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomosho, and the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN), Ogun State Chapter.
Dean, College of Engineering, Covenant University, Professor David Omole (middle) with senior faculty of the college and the University's representatives at the 5th CODET Competition.