"WE NEED AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING IN OAU"- VC DEMANDS FOR THE SUPPORT OF NAF
The Vice Chancellor of Obafemi Awolowo University, Professor Eyitope Ogunbodede, declared the need for Aeronautical Engineering as parts of the programmes being studied in the university. This ensued in a meeting with the delegates from the Nigerian Air Force (NAF).
“In OAU we need to have a programme in Aeronautical Engineering and make sure it is the best in Africa. But we will need your support for personnel and staffing. I also believe that there are other several ways that we can partner.” Ogunbodede said.
The August visit to the Vice-Chancellor, was aimed at the materialisation of the existing Memorandum of Understanding(MoU) on capacity building between the NAF and the University, as well as collaboration with the University in other mutually beneficial areas.
Air Vice Marshal Kingsley Lar, the leader of the delegates, opined that; the MoU was in line with the vision of the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadiq Abubakar to ‘transform NAF into a self-reliant and highly professional fighting force. He also highlighted the desires of NAF to harness capabilities and facilities available academically in the varsity.”
The implementation of the MoU, stating that the NAF is committed to research and development through its recent achievements in science and technology, was also pledged to be supported by the University, in the words of the VC.
“When I came on board, I learnt of the MoU. But we have not been able to do much on it. But now, I want to let you know that after this meeting, we will fulfil our part of the agreement and the project will definitely move on. Whatever capacity we need to build to take the project (MoU) forward, we will definitely build and get there,” the VC asserted further.
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