Sunday, 19 November 2017

Ogunbodede Seeks Aeronautical Engineering Programme For OAU

A high powered delegation from the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has paid avisit to the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Eyitope Ogunbodede to fine-tune and deepen 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.

In his welcome remarks, Professor Ogunbodede, while receiving the team led by Air Vice Marshal Kingsley Lar,Chief of Standard and Evaluation, NAF, Headquarters, expressed delight at the confidence reposed in the University by the NAF, and commended the Forcefor coming up with the innovative idea.

The VC while pledging his administration’s commitment to the full implementation to the (MoU) between the University and the NAF, conceded that OAU has done little to fulfil its own part of the MoU, and therefore promised a renewed focus on the agreement.
“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 said.

He also used the medium to solicit for support from the NAF to start Aeronautical engineering programme in the University, even as he called for collaborations in other areas in the University.
“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.”, he asserted further.
Earlier, the Leader of the delegation, Air Vice Marshal Kingsley Lar, in his remarks said 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. NAF desires to see things we can get from the academics; to leverage on the pool of capabilities and facilities available in your institution.”
He therefore called on the University to take the lead among other institutions, in full implementation of the MoUstating that the NAF is committed to research and development through its recent achievements in science and technology.


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