Covenant University and Danvic Petroleum International, an indigenous oil and gas service company with specialty in training young professionals in the areas of geology and geophysics, are working on the feasibility of signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on a mutually beneficial relationship that ultimately will improve the employability of CU graduates.
This much was revealed on Thursday, 15th of September, 2016, when the Managing Director of Danvic Petroleum, Dr. Mayowa Afe, paid a courtesy call on the Vice-Chancellor of Covenant University, Professor AAA. Atayero in his office at the university’s campus in Ota, Ogun State.
Danvic Petroleum, according to Dr. Afe, sets out to bridge the gap between institutions and the industry by entering into collaborations with universities with a view to seeing improvement in the quality of graduates. Danvic Training, he said, boasts of highly seasoned faculty members who have earned their spurs both from the academia and the industry.
Dr. Afe, disclosed that his company already has a working relationship with CU having previously organised a training programme for students, and currently accepts students from the university for industrial training, adding that Danvic wants to take advantage of Covenant University, being a pacesetter, to strike a collaboration in the area of Geosciences.
Reeling out what his organization intends to do for CU, he said Danvic is willing to assist CU PhDs to get data from government; to donate several academic licences, upgrade and maintain them free of charge every year; donation of specimen of workstations; and recommendation of CU students for overseas training.
He, however, expects CU to reciprocate his company’s gestures by getting envisaged collaboration incorporated into the university’s curriculum; a dedicated facility for students for oil and gas related training; inclusion of Lifelong Learning in the programme; and a win-win relationship.
The Vice-Chancellor, Covenant University, Professor AAA. Atayero, in his response, said he was unsurprised by the things Danvic Petroleum has on offer, adding that they are things the university should embrace and the time to do it is now. “Some things are very important and we see how we can work with that doing the MOU,” he said.
Professor Atayero impressed it on the Danvic Managing Director that Covenant University would like to leverage on the issue of the company coming to the aide of PhD students by getting Danvic’s faculty staff to come into CU as adjunct lecturers. The university, he said, wants a clause inserted to the proposed MOU that when Danvic has trainings, CU should be the venue, as the university flaunts state-of-the-art facilities to host such trainings.
Also, the Vice-Chancellor welcomed the idea of Danvic helping to institute a branch of the Nigerian Association of Petroleum Explorationists (NAPE) on the CU campus. He expressed appreciation to Danvic for promising to donate software to the university, while stating that both organisations have to firm up the details to make up a dynamic MOU.
Earlier, the Dean, College of Science and Technology, Professor Nicholas Omoregbe, had in his comments described the contents of Danvic Petroleum’s package as comprehensive and suggested that it could be extended beyond Geosciences to other departments. “Covenant University should explore the partnership with Danvic to improve the employability of our products,” he said.
The Danvic MD, Dr. Mayowa Afe, attended the meeting in company of his firm’s Base Manager, Mr. Dayo Ayinde, while other CU representatives present were the Registrar, Pastor Olamide Olusegun; Director, Financial Services, Pastor Bayo Oladehinbo; immediate past Head, Department of Physics, Dr. Victor Omotosho; and Deputy Director, Media and Corporate Affairs, Mr. Emmanuel Igban.