OAU pushes ahead with airstrip project
OAU pushes ahead with airstrip project. The management of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, Osun State, on Tuesday said it planned to construct an airstrip for the training of aeronautic engineers.
The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Eyitope Ogunbodede, while addressing newsmen on the university campus as part of events for the celebrations of the 60th anniversary of its establishment, also identified funding as a major constraint facing the institution.
Ogunbodede, who reeled out several accomplishments of the institution since its establishment in 1961, explained that the airstrip project would be done in conjunction with relevant government agencies and corporate organizations.
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He said, “The university is collaborating with relevant government agencies and corporate organizations to construct an airstrip located on the university land along the Ibadan-Ilesha Expressway, capable of serving as a training ground for the newly-established Aeronautic Engineering program and also supporting national, regional movement of goods and services.
“Aeronautic Engineering program is based in a new department with a building that is near completion.”
Speaking on other physical development that the university has recorded, Ogunbodede said 8.03 Megawatts power project for the supply of electricity to the university was almost completed.
According to the Vice-Chancellor, when completed, the university would generate its own electricity, adding that Transmission Corporation of Nigeria had issued a marketing license as an electricity distributor to the institution.
He added that the OAU was among the few universities with 100 percent accreditation of their programs in the country.