Covenant pledges support for WACREN on Women Empowerment
The Vice-Chancellor, Covenant, Professor AAA. Atayero, has assured organisers of the recently held Women in West and Central Research and Education Network (WACREN) workshop of the University’s support in fostering a robust and rewarding relationship.
Professor Atayero, who gave the commitment when organisers of the workshop - Eko-Konnect, WACREN and NREN – paid him a courtesy call in his office, appreciated the organisers for making Covenant the preferred destination for hosting the event.
In his speech at the occasion, the General Manager of Eko-Konnect, a cluster of the Nigerian Research and Education Network (NREN), Mr. Owens Iyoha, canvassed for research collaboration between Covenant University and other research institutions around the globe, at an institutional level.
Mr. Iyoha noted that the Women in WACREN workshop, being the West African body for NREN, with Eko-Konnect as one of the leading initiators of the Women in WACREN initiative, was tasked with the goal of encouraging women from different strata of the society to embrace technology in a way that they could impact their immediate environment and beyond.
“The purpose of this programme is not only to encourage but include women in taking practical steps to access the skills that can proffer real life solutions. The workshop will among other things task participating women to build a sub-weather station that can be used to capture and forecast weather, and move available data into a cloud-base system for further analysis,” he stated.
Mr. Iyoha said that some of the sub-weather stations that would be built in the course of the weeklong event would be deployed in Covenant University, thus making the University to have access to first-hand data about local weather forecast.
On the quest to make the female gender own upcoming technological revolution, the Eko-Konnect GM posited that it was an earnest expectation that the workshop would enable participating women to take full control of activities such as this to also build a strong community, through networking and direct involvement among professionals from different disciplines cutting across faculty and students.
A faculty from the Department of Electrical and Information Engineering,Dr. Joke Badejo, said that Women in WACREN initiative was all about promoting the STEM project among women researchers and academic, through partnerships with NREN, WACREN and Eko-Konnect. She added that the workshop was designed for the evolvement of viable projects.
According to Dr. Badejo, the WACREN workshop would go a long way in advancing research in smart and connected communities, as some researchers were interested in that line of research. “We are looking forward to having some researchers in the University come together at the end of the workshop to continue working on something towards advancing that area of knowledge,” she said.
Also present during the courtesy call to the Vice-Chancellor were the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Akan Williams, Registrar, Dr. Oluwasegun Omidiora, Director, Centre for Systems and Information Services, Engr. Bayo Ajala, Director, International Office and Linkages, Dr. Ada Peters, Engr. Faith Sweet-Williams, and Engr. Bola Akanle, both postgraduate students of the University.
The weeklong workshop had in attendance 30 participants, drawn from a pool that undertook an online course, with a successful completion score. The programme ended with a demo presentation of the best projects and presentation of certificate to participants. Thereafter, an open session was held for the Community Day, with the founder of Women and Career, Mrs Jane Ederton-Idehen, and Dr. Joke Badejo of Covenant University making presentations.