The pioneer set of alumni of the Department of Chemical Engineering has assured the University authorities of their desire to partner the institution in the quest for more development.
This formed the thrust of the message delivered by Professor Rahman Bello, a one-time Vice-Chancellor of the University of Lagos, UNILAG, who led other members of the set on a courtesy visit to the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Eyitope Ogunbodede, while on a tour of the department.
Professor Rahman Bello noted with delight that it was a huge privilege for each member of the set to have graduated from the OAU, adding that their visit to the institution was borne of their love and passion for their alma mater. “We have all been beneficiaries of the department’s good deed. Many of the alumni of the department have become notable people in the world. Though the system has changed, we are looking into what we can do to assist the department to the next level so we can compete with the rest of the world. The department will soon be 50 years and we will be celebrating the golden jubilee anniversary of the department in a new form and grand style”, he said.
Responding, the Vice-Chancellor appreciated Professor Rahman Bello for his leadership style especially during his tenure as the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Lagos which cannot be over-emphasized. He thanked the pioneer set members for coming to see how their department is faring and particularly, for their donation of an electric generator to the department.
Professor Ogunbodede further commended the Departmental Head and other members of staff for the good job they have been doing. He stated that the problem of under-staffing being faced in the department is on-going. “The Faculty of Technology which the Department of Chemical Engineering belongs to is one of the faculties highlighted but certain measures will have to be put in place to fast track the process. We are awaiting the approval from Federal Character Commission”, Ogunbodede said.
The Vice-Chancellor promised the support of his administration to the department and made it known that before July 2019 when the department will be 50 years, certain measures would have been taken to make it possible to start Petrol Chemical Engineering Department in the university.