The authorities of Obafemi Awolowo University have expressed readiness to partner with the Society of Petroleum Engineers Nigeria Council on petroleum related courses. This was made known by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Eyitope Ogunbodede while declaring open the 17th edition of the Society of Petroleum Engineers Nigeria Council’s Students Technical Symposium and Exhibition 2019 themed: Big Data & Digitalization Technologies, Strategic Agents of the Future Energy Industry.
The Vice-Chancellor appreciated the society for choosing Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife, as venue for this year conference, saying that Nigeria is an oil and gas producing and exporting country and as a leading university in Nigeria, Obafemi Awolowo University want to move forward and lead in the petroleum industry. This desire has therefore made it imperative for the institution to partner the Society of Petroleum Engineers Nigeria Council.
Earlier, while receiving the officials of the association who paid him courtesy call, the Vice-Chancellor informed the guests that it has become a policy of the university to deemphasise the idea of theoretical teaching in the University, saying focus is now on practicals by bringing in people who are on the field to come and impart practical experiences on the students. He continued that the university is also encouraging students in entrepreneurship so that they can be self employed. “We want to expose them to practicals of what they have been learning in the university. OAU was the first institution to have Department of Chemical Engineering in the country but does not have Petroleum Engineering. We are now ready to have something related to it so that Obafemi Awolowo University can contribute her own quota to the development of the petroleum industry. I have instructed the Head, Department of Chemical Engineering to do something about it; either to change the nomenclature of the department or change the curricular”, the Vice-Chancellor said.
The National Chairman, Society of Petroleum Engineers Council, Engineer Debowale Fagbemi, reiterated that the programme is an annual event taken round Nigerian Universities, noting that they were at OAU based on the superlative performance of the students. The chairman expressed the appreciation of the society to the university authorities for accepting the request to hold the annual Students’ Technical Symposium and Exhibition in the OAU. He also commended them for the warm reception given them and the enabling environment provided for the event.