By Ayobami Olutaiwo
The Federal University Oye-Ekiti hosted the 4th South-West regional annual competition of the Committees of Deans of Engineering and Technology (CODET) on the 4th of July, 2019 at the Faculty of Engineering, Ikole campus, Ekiti state.
The programme which was chaired by a representative from (MAN) Manufacturers Association of Nigeria was attended by three states in the south west zone namely: Osun state, Ekiti state and Ondo state.
Five schools from these states which are: Federal University Oye-ekiti, Afe Babalola University Ado-Ekiti, Elizade University, Ogun State University, Federal University of Technology Akure and Osun State university, competed at the exhibition programme.
The competition is an initiative of the faculty and college of Engineering Deans all over Nigerian Universities aimed at bringing about the creativity and innovative sense of Engineering students in a bid to identify problems and know the solution to the problem for the benefit of mankind.
CODET is a national programme that extends to all the regions in the country. Each region will therefore provide three best students and their exhibition for the finals that will later hold in Abuja, 2019.
The programme featured the exhibition of several projects presented by students from 5 out of the 8 universities in the Zone.
The projects presented were done individually and in groups.
Some projects done individually are Smart Waste Management System, Fingerprint Attendance System and RFID Scanner while Robotic Vacuum cleaner, Line following Robot and Smart Irrigation system were done in groups.
For the group stage, Federal University of Technology, Akure won with the total of 70.33%; Afe Babalola University, Ado came second with the total of 70.25% and Federal University of Technology, Akure with the total of 69% came third.
In the single category: the first position was won by Federal university Oye-Ekiti with the total of 79% with a “smart wastebin” presentation, ABUAD took the second position with 68.5% and then FUTA 66.5% making them the third.
While speaking to UCJFUOYE, the single category first prize winner, Ati Josiah Ukibeno, a 400level student of Mechatronics Enggineering from FUOYE said it was his first competition representing any institution and was shocked and at the same time elated to be announced the first prize winner of the competition, and also to be among the three students that will be representing the southwest zone1 regionals at Abuja for the finals.
“At first I honestly did not know I could win. After the presentation, I had a feeling that I would scale through, just did not expect to win the top spot”.
The Faculty of Engineering President, Osetoba Ayomide also shared his experience during the competition.
To him, it was a lovely and interesting programme that got him inspired by the ideas people could came up with during the exhibition.
“Several students from four different universities were present to exhibit their own projects, we all learnt a lot from one another. All the projects could solve some of the problems we are facing in this country”.
“We were all exposed to a lot of things budding Engineers must know and also we learnt to be creative and innovative” he added.
The final competition, where the three best students from the southwest zone will be competing with other regions will hold in Abuja on the 1st of August, 2019.