In furtherance of its bid to continuously inject skills set into its curricula of studies in tandem with industry-academia linkages to empower the students with employable skills, a team from Igbinedion University, Okada (IUO) led by Professor Deborah Odejimi, Deputy Vice Chancellor recently visited Momas Electricity Meters Manufacturing Company Limited (MEMMCOL) located along Kilometer 40 Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, to explore possible areas of collaboration between the two parties. Other members of the team included Friday B. Bakare, Esq. Registrar and Dr. Roland Azike, Dean College of Engineering.
On hand to receive the IUO delegation were the Chief of Staff to the Chairman of the Company who is also the Chief Operating Officer, and his management team. While expressing gratitude for the visit, the MEMMCOL team lead asserted that the company is the first to drive the pre-paid meter technology in Nigeria, spanning over a period of 25 years. Amongst others, the Company is into research and development partnership with the Industrial Training Fund for the production of mobile phones, Ladoke Akintola University, Defence Industries Corporation of Nigeria (DICON), etc.
In her opening remarks, the Deputy Vice Chancellor described IUO as the leading premier private university in Nigeria established in 1999, whose graduates were excelling in their various fields of endeavor across the globe. Furthermore, the Deputy Vice Chancellor stated that the University currently has 49 undergraduate programmes in 29 departments, several postgraduate programmes which cuts across the 7 Colleges including the nascent IUO-Rosula Executive Business School dedicated for Executive MBA and PhD programmes to which the Company was invited to subscribe.
In specific terms, the IUO team had expressed desire to partner with MEMMCOL through its College of Engineering in such areas as Master Class involving undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in Electrical/Electronic Engineering, Computer Engineering and Computer Science with certification; Skill set training involving undergraduate programmes and certification; Students Industrial Work Experience Scheme training, Research, Development and Deployment; knowledge exchange and curriculum development. The Company welcomed the gesture and expressed willingness to partner with the university on mutually beneficial terms.
Highpoint of the visit was the guided tour of the Company’s expansive facilities which included the factory, R& D section, Design unit, Metering School, etc. The visit was concluded with a debriefing session during which the IUO team conveyed the appreciation of the Vice Chancellor for the warm reception accorded it and the successful outcome of the visit. Arrangements were ongoing to concretize the outcome of the visit with an MoU to herald the commencement of the collaboration.