In a bid to expose its chemical engineering students to refining process and also boost the nation’s refinery capacity, the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Lagos has announced that the institution is working on having its own refinery.
The Vice-Chancellor of the institution, Prof Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, made the announcement at the 1st Annual General Meeting, AGM, and 2nd Alumni Lecture of the UNILAG Faculty of Engineering Alumni Association.
As an institution that produced graduates in Chemical Engineering, the VC said that Chemical Engineering students in UNILAG needed to be exposed to the refining process.
If you go to some of the universities in Texas when their students graduate, because they have refineries in their universities they do not need to do certain courses when it comes to professional courses. Engineering has left that level of just setting down and starts computing.
“It is now about turning ideas to realities. It is about producing entrepreneurial skills and developing the skills in the life our students.
“We need to develop our students, all of them have skills that are unique to them, and the skills can help them set up their own businesses in future”.
Who will fund the project?
Talking about the sponsor of the project, Ogundipe said, the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, and Bank of Industry will fund the project.
Recall that in January 2018, UNILAG became the first university in Nigeria to establish a television station following President Muhammadu Buhari’s approval of the institution’s TV station.