Professor Atayero Raises Concern over Impact of Human Activities on the Environment
The Vice-Chancellor, Covenant University, Professor AAA. Atayero, has voiced his concern over the impact of human activities on the environment, which he said had become critical in spite of numerous international conventions and advocacies.
Professor Atayero, who expressed his anxiety at the recently held 2nd International Conference of Engineering for Sustainable World (ITCSW), in Covenant, said, “The way we produce and use energy, materials and other resources continues to threaten the sustainability of our world and indeed the sustenance of life on this beautiful planet.”
In an opening remark made on his behalf by the immediate past Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Shalom Chinedu, the Vice-Chancellor said Engineering was about solving problems in the real world, through innovative applications of specific knowledge and mathematic principles. The United Nations, he said, adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) few years back as a set of goals aimed at ending poverty, protecting the environment, and ensuring prosperity for all in the next 15 years. According to him, not much had been achieved concerning the lofty goals.
“It is for this reason that I consider this conference very apt and timely. I am, therefore, glad to have this team of intellectuals, very distinguished professionals and scholars converge on this campus to discuss and chart a course towards technological interventions critical to the sustenance of our world. I am specifically delighted at the prospect of the outcome of this conference, trusting that it will come up with creative and innovative ideas that will help transform and guarantee the sustainability of our world,” he stated.
While speaking on the topic, ‘Functionally Graded Materials: Advances, Trends and its Sustainability’, the Keynote Speaker at the event, Professor Esther Akinlabi of the University of Johannesburg, described functionally graded materials as the creation of manufactured products, which use processes that minimise negative environmental impacts, conserve energy and natural resources, and are safe for employees.
She said the common practice and process in manufacturing, was to extract, process, manufacture, use, and discard; however, the sustainable and recommended practice should be extraction and replenishment, which invariably would be to reduce, reuse and recycle.
Earlier, in his welcome remarks, Professor David Orodu of the
Department of Petroleum Engineering, representing the former Dean, College of Engineering, Covenant University, Professor Christian Bolu, appreciated all the participants and members of the College. He declared that the conference had come to stay and Covenant was proud of the eminent scholars from within and outside Nigeria, who had made the event a reality.
“Engineering had and has been the propelling force in the first, second and third industrial revolution and, likewise, has a deep-seated place and role in the 4th Industrial revolution called the Internet of Things (IoT). ICT and telecommunications are not only relevant towards achieving this, but, the automation of all activities, miniaturising processes and chips, and the linking of AI, Big Data and Data Analytics shall forever change industrial process and further drive it home. It shall significantly affect even the way we conduct research, search for data, and analyse data among others,” said Professor Bolu.
The immediate past Head, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Professor Oluseyi Ajayi, while giving his remarks, encouraged all participants not to lose focus of the need to come up with practical ideas that would transform Africa and set the pace for new levels of creativity and development in Nigeria.
Also at the event were the Registrar, Covenant University, Dr. Olumuyiwa Oludayo, eminent Professors and other members of the College of Engineering.