VC Pledges Support for Hult Prize Finalists
The Vice-Chancellor, Covenant University, Professor AAA. Atayero, has assured the University’s representatives at the Regional Finals of the 8th Annual Hult Prize event of the full support of the Chancellor and Chairman, Board of Regents, Dr. David O. Oyedepo and the Management of the institution.
Three of the four Hult Prize Teams representing Covenant University at the 8th edition of the game-changing initiative had qualified for the Regional Finals.
The Vice-Chancellor gave the assurance on Friday, January 20, 2017 when the Hult Prize Teams, comprised of nine students of the University, paid him a courtesy visit. The teams were led by their mentors – the Director, Centre for Entrepreneurial Development Studies, Dr. Stephen Oluwatobi; and Director, African Centre for Leadership Development, Dr. Olumuyiwa Oludayo.
Speaking at the occasion, Dr. Oluwatobi, who briefed the management about the preparation activities of the teams, said that the management would have to support the teams in terms of logistics and other areas of need.
Professor Atayero expressed appreciation to God for the beautiful thing the Hult Prize finalists are doing for Covenant University. The meeting, he said, was necessary to know their level of preparedness and how the management can help to facilitate it.
The Vice-Chancellor and other members of management at the meeting, which included the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Shalom Chinedu; Registrar, Mrs. Mary Aboyade; and Director, Financial Services, Pastor Bayo Oladehinbo, took turns to pray for the success of the students.
One of the three Covenant University teams that qualified for the regional finals include the Olalekan Olowo-led Project Team RMS (Refugee Management Systems), which is an online management system for proper identification, registration, management and classification of refugees. The essence is to gather data of refugees with respect to their skills and capacities in order to create employment opportunities for them. The team will be competing with others in London, UK, centre of the regional finals.
The second team led by Deborah Elabor is Project Team Feed-Well, which focuses on eliminating malnutrition from among the children of refugees by producing affordable cereal from wheat. It will be competing with other teams at the Shanghai, China centre.
Timothy Mutfwang leads the third team, Project Beauty Cycle, which aims at empowering refugee women in the area of fashion and lifestyle and creating market opportunities for them. The team will head to Dubai, UAE, where it will compete with other regional finalists.