Covenant Faculty Receive International Certification for RCE Ogun
The United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS) has acknowledged the application by a group of faculty of Covenant University to drive the United Nations Regional Centre of Expertise (RCE) for Ogun State.
A letter signed by UNU-IAS’ Project Director, Mr. Hiroaki Takiguchi, stated that the Ubuntu Committee of Peers for the RCEs had reviewed the revised applications submitted by RCE Ogun in addition to the application submitted for the 12th meeting of the Committee in 2017. Therefore, the United Nations University issued a Certificate of Acknowledgement to RCE Ogun based on the Committee’s recommendations.
“I look forward to working with you closely, through the United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability, for further development of RCE Ogun and the promotion of education for sustainable development,” Mr. Takiguchi assured Covenant faculty.
While explaining the genesis of the certification, a leading proponent of the RCE Ogun, Dr. Stephen Oluwatobi, said that he and his colleagues had applied to the UNU-IAS in April 2016 for the faculty to drive the UN Regional Centre of Expertise (RCE) for Ogun State. The aim was to drive Education for Sustainable Development in the state through research and development activities and efforts. One of the requirements, he noted, was to have the necessary collaborations that would help in providing supports such as facilitation, funding, and government backing, among others.
Dr. Oluwatobi, who was the Director, Centre for Entrepreneurial Development Studies, Covenant University, said, “RCE Ogun aspires to create self-reliant, resilient, inclusive and environmentally friendly communities through formal and informal trainings, enlightenment programmes and exemplar projects for the sustainable existence of the region”.
According to him, six (6) out of the 20 Local Government Areas in Ogun State were selected as the study locations. He explained that the 6 selected LGAs (Abeokuta North, Abeokuta South, Ado-Odo Ota, Ewekoro, Ifo, and Obafemi Owode), represented over 48 percent of the population of the entire state, which was a good representation.
He stated that the objectives of RCE Ogun were to increase enrolment in Science Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education; improve the quality of STEM education; provide appropriate training for STEM instructors; carry out enlightenment programmes on environmental stewardship; and provide relevant trainings for people in the informal sector particularly farmers and tie and dye manufacturers.
Other Covenant faculty members of the RCE Ogun team are Professor Evans Osabuohien, Dr. Omotayo Adegbuyi, Dr. Patience Tunji-Olayeni, Mr. Gideon Adewale, Dr. Mayowa Agboola, Dr. Ngozi Adeleye, Dr. Bolanle Motilewa, and Mr. Afokoghene Okoro.