NOTAP Commends Covenant’s Research Centre on IPPTO
The National Office for Technical Promotion and Acquisition (NOTAP) has commended the leadership of Covenant University Centre for Research, Innovation and Discovery (CUCRID) for the high level of organization, supervision and coordination of the University’s Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer Office (IPPTO).
This commendation was given during the recent visit of NOTAP’s team of evaluators to Covenant University as part of their oversight functions on the status and performance of the Covenant’s IPPTO.
The Team Leader, Professor Steve Adegbite of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, Osun State, said the national office was out to appraise the performance of IPPTO offices nationwide, with consideration to the number of patents acquired over the years, issues of trademark and copyrights.
“We have had a robust discourse with the CUCRID team and I can say that the metrics and standards for measuring excellence are quite commendable, and hopefully will help the University’s IPPTO become very virile and more innovative,” Professor Adegbite stated.
He thanked the Covenant University Management for its contribution in shaping Obafemi Awolowo University’s Entrepreneurial Development Studies (EDS) programme, during the early days of the programme in the University. He noted that when OAU wanted to incubate the EDS programme, the National Universities Commission asked the institution to visit Covenant University. “You are synonymous with excellence, so I’m not surprised at the work being done by the CUCRID team,” he said.
The Director, CUCRID, Professor Emeka Iweala, told the gathering that the interaction with the visiting team had been very hearty, adding that the exercise would avail Covenant’s IPPTO Unit the opportunity to improve on its operational structures.
Professor Iweala was of the view that with the depth of engagement with the national office representatives, the goal of CUCRID would hence forth be geared at ensuring that research products were moved from the shelves to becoming tangible products and services.
In his remarks, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor AAA. Atayero, said evaluation was a necessary tool for improving on existing structures and as such, Covenant would be ready to subject its processes to genuine peer review with the goal of benchmarking and adhering to best practices.
Professor Atayero noted that with the plethora of opportunities available to mankind at this point in history, there was urgent need to tap into the power of ideas to alleviate poverty. “An Idea will remain useless when it is not implemented. It is when ideas are concretized and commercialized that they will eventually change lives and yield profits,” he enthused.
He noted that patents in Covenant University were no longer something to be celebrated and move on with, but they must start paying for themselves through the process of commercialization. The Vice-Chancellor canvassed for the adoption of new ideas and approach in doing things, which would help leapfrog obstacles and produce positive disruptions in the body polity.
He called for a radical change in the nation’s thinking process, with a view to making the world a better place and meeting the 2030 lifeline for delivering on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). According to him, government, policy makers and regulators should take away impediments from the path of those that are ready to provoke change and embrace a departure philosophy that could advance development for the nation.
Present at the meeting were the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Akan Williams; Director, Financial Services, Mr. Paul Uwajeh; Director, Vice-Chancellor’s Office, Dr. Gershon Obindah; Deputy Director Research and ODL, CUCRID, Dr. Mayowa Agboola, Deputy Director, Commercialization, CUCRID, Dr. Stephen Oluwatobi; Principal Information Officer, CUCRID, Mr. Emmanuel Igban; Operations Manager, CUCRID, Mr. Vincent Olumuyiwa and representatives of the Legal Unit.