The Igbinedion University, Okada in Edo State, Nigeria, has commenced the process of manufacturing light weight electric minibus, the first by any university in the country.
The Vice-Chancellor, Lawrence Ezemonye, said this last week Friday at the 21st convocation of the country’s first private university. Ezemonye, a professor, said that the design and fabrication that would lead to the production of the vehicles were ongoing.
Research, development and innovation are critical to scholarship and knowledge production.
The university’s efforts in this regard received a boost with the ongoing design and fabrication of light weight electric minibus, which will ultimately lead to the manufacture of light weight vehicles.
“There will be periodic public lectures at various phases of the project, while the engineering students are expected to come up with research topics at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels relevant to the project,” Ezemonye said.
Out of the 842 students that graduated for the 2022/2023 session, 36 of them made first class honours, while 299 graduated with second class honours, upper division.
The vice-chancellor reeled out the achievements of the university in the last one year to include the establishment of a centre for distance learning, campus-wide digitalisation and innovation and scholarships.
The university chancellor, Gabriel Igbinedion, charged the graduates to be good ambassadors of their alma-mater and impact the world by being the best.
Igbinedion, represented by his deputy and son, Lucky Igbinedion, charged them to build and create powerful networks that would open doors of opportunities for them in different spheres of life.
In a convocation lecture, a maritime expert, Felicia Mogo, called on the graduates to think outside the box by making themselves competitive in the larger society.
Mogo, founder, African Marine Environment Sustainability Initiative, encouraged them to be steadfast in the pursuit of knowledge, exchange of diverse thoughts and experiences.
She said that this would enable them to capture the world and leverage innovation to attain greatness in life.
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