The authorities of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife have started a process that would lead to a partnership with the Nigerian Army Land Forces Simulation Centre, Abuja, on software development, with the visit of the Director General of the Centre, Major General Temidayo Olukoju, to the office of the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Eyitope Ogunbodede.
Receiving Major General Olukoju, the Vice-Chancellor opined that his visitor came to the right place at the right time because OAU possesses all it takes to develop software as the University has a Centre of Excellence in Software Engineering which has shown that the University has capability to key-in-into the Army centre’s project.
He said that the Centre of Excellence in Software Engineering has quite a number of Postgraduate students across African countries and many of the products of the Centre now design software for their countries. Ogunbodede, who continued that the University had a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Nigerian Airforce, stated that Obafemi Awolowo University is prepared to engage any institution that wants to partner OAU in as much as the partnership will be beneficial to both parties. He added that the University is looking forward to the signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) where the issue of patent, and ownership will be spelt out.
Major General Temidayo Olukoju, while responding noted that coming to OAU is a home-coming because he is an alumnus of the institution. He appreciated the university authorities for the development projects that had taken place since he left the university twenty four (24) years ago.
He said that he came to OAU to seek partnership with the institution in the areas of software development, stating that sooner than later, the Nigerian Army will be able to produce its needed software because Nigeria has human resources to do it.