Founder of Chams Plc, Sir Ademola Aladekomo, emphasised this on Monday, November 28, 2016, when he led a team from the company to pay a courtesy visit on the Vice-Chancellor of Covenant University, Professor AAA. Atayero.
Software development, he said, is an area of big interest to Chams in its relationship with Covenant University, which according to him, has the resources needed to develop software. “We can take the software to the market while you can do the research and development work. We can really take the two organisations to greater heights working together.
Sir Aladekomo, who seized the opportunity to formally congratulate Professor Atayero on his appointment as Vice-Chancellor, described Covenant University as “probably the best in Nigeria today, because I’ve had to work with lots of your products; we see the devotion of the school, the students and the lecturers”.
He added that Chams would also like to work with the University to make the Smart City initiative a reality, as Covenant University is at the hub of the project.
Earlier, the Group Managing Director, Chams Plc, Mr. Femi Williams, had expressed his company’s excitement at partnering with Covenant University to explore collaborative opportunities to breed local talents of world-class quality in software development, while also creating value for all key stakeholders.
Briefing the audience about the state of collaborative activities with the University, Mr. Williams said that the ‘Confirm Me’ identity, credit and credential verification platform had undergone tremendous modification to address previous challenges. On the partnership on software, he said that, “We want to partner with you to initiate a special software skills development programme for selected students. This unique programme lays emphasis on acquisition of world-class skills”.
On the benefits of the partnership, he said that students would be able to gain industrial experience, they would be exposed to world-class training, and products of the programme positioned for great opportunities.
Speaking at the occasion, the Director, Academic Planning Unit, Dr. Olawande Daramola, who expressed his excitement to see that Chams was trying to follow up on earlier discussions, said that his impression on what the partnership offered was very good. The partnership, he added, was exciting, particularly involving the Computer Science and allied departments.
In his remarks, the Vice-Chancellor, Covenant University, Professor AAA. Atayero, said that industry partnership was very vital to the realisation of the institution’s Vision of being one of the top 10 universities in the world by the year 2022. He expressed delight at Chams Plc’s decision to choose Covenant University as the center of its Smart City hub and suggested that both organisations should form a team to move the partnership from the verbal realm to documentation phase.
“Commercialisation is the way to go for our innovative products. It’s not about the idea, but bringing it to the market; we have to generate revenue,” said the Vice-Chancellor.
Also at the meeting were the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Shalom Chinedu; Registrar, Pastor Olamide Olusegun; Director, Financial Services, Pastor Bayo Oladehinbo; Director, Vice-Chancellor’s Office, Dr. David Omole; and representative of the Director, Centre for Systems and Information Service.