P&G, UI collaborate on technology transfer
Leading consumer goods manufacturing company, Procter & Gamble Nigeria and Nigeria’s premier university, the University of Ibadan have entered into a strategic partnership that will enhance the technological skills of students of the institution. Prof Emmanuel Atoo Ajav, the Dean, Faculty of Technology of the university who announced the partnership on Monday, September 29, 2014 during the formal handover of baby care production equipment and spare parts to the institution by P&G said that the partnership would see some students of the faculty undergoing hands-on practical training with the global conglomerate on a continuous basis.
Prof Ajav expressed elation at this development, saying that the partnership would go a long way in helping the premier institution build the next generation of engineers who are well-equipped with quality academic training as well as hands-on industrial experience which are requisites for professional excellence in the engineering field.
The Manufacturing Director, P&G Nigeria, Tomasz Szpyt, who performed the formal handover of the manufacturing equipment to the school, said that the equipment, which would be used to endow the technology laboratories, would provide hands-on training for students of the institution, especially those from the Faculty of Engineering.
According to him, the donation is part of efforts to promote academic excellence in Nigeria through the provision of an enabling environment for learning in tertiary institutions.
In a related development, the company also donated similar equipment and accessories to the College of Engineering and Environmental Studies of Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ibogun Campus, Ifo, Ogun State.
Szpyt explained that the total worth of the equipment and spare parts that would be donated to seven tertiary institutions in Nigeria was worth hundreds of millions and in fulfillment of the company’s global social responsibility of ‘Doing the right thing.
He said that the donation to UI and OOU was the first in the series of donations that P&G Nigeria would make to selected tertiary institutions in the south-west region of the country. Other tertiary institutions that will benefit from this project are Obafemi Awolowo University, the Federal Polytechnic, Ede, Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, Abeokuta, The Polytechnic, Ibadan and Federal Polytechnic, Ilaro.