Oau’ll exit na­tional grid by de­cem­ber 31 — VC

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he man­age­ment of Obafemi Awolowo Univer­sity, Ile Ife, Osun State, has at­trib­uted the de­lay in the exit of the in­sti­tu­tion from the na­tional grid to the re­or­gan­i­sa­tion that oc­curred in the Min­istry of Power.

The Vice Chan­cel­lor, Prof Ey­i­tope Ogun­bod­ede, had on Mon­day, July 15, while declar­ing open the African In­sti­tute for Sci­ence Pol­icy and In­no­va­tion In­ter­na­tional Bi­en­nial Con­fer­ence, held at the cam­pus said the in­sti­tu­tion planned to exit the na­tional grid by Oc­to­ber and gen­er­ate its own en­ergy.

How­ever, Ogun­bod­ede, while ad­dress­ing a pre con­vo­ca­tion press brief­ing on Fri­day, ex­plained that the in­de­pen­dent power project of the univer­sity was still on course.

He ex­plained that the new com­ple­tion date for the power project, through which the univer­sity would gen­er­ate 8.08 megawatts of elec­tric­ity, had been shifted to the end of year 2019.

He said, “There was re­or­gan­i­sa­tion in the Fed­eral Min­istry of Power and change of lead­er­ship oc­curred. The com­ple­tion time was ini­tially De­cem­ber 2019, but the fast pace of work on the project made us to tar­get Oc­to­ber for the com­ple­tion.

“Re­or­gan­i­sa­tion in the Fed­eral Min­istry of Power is the rea­son we could not meet that tar­get. But this De­cem­ber, we plan to exit the na­tional grid. The project is on course.”

Giv­ing the break­down of the grad­uands, Ogun­bod­ede said 7,208 stu­dents would earn de­grees of diplo­mas in var­i­ous un­der­grad­u­ate and post­grad­u­ate pro­grammes.

He said, “Of this num­ber, 4, 756 are clas­si­fied bach­e­lor de­grees, while the rest 536 are un­clas­si­fied. Fur­ther­more, 124 of these grad­uands have First Class Hon­ours; 1,795 have Sec­ond Class Hon­ours (Up­per Divi­sion), 2, 256, have Sec­ond Class Hon­ours (Lower Divi­sion), while 542 and 39 are grad­u­at­ing with Third Class Hon­ours and Pass re­spec­tively.

“Sim­i­larly, of the 1, 917, post­grad­u­ate de­grees; 59 are post­grad­u­ate diploma, 923 are Pro­fes­sional Masters, and 675, 52, and 208 are Masters with Re­search The­sis, Mas­ter of Phi­los­o­phy and Doc­tor of Phi­los­o­phy re­spec­tively.”

Ac­cord­ing to him, dur­ing the con­vo­ca­tion, three em­i­nent Nige­ri­ans will re­ceive hon­orary doc­tor­ate de­grees of the univer­sity. They are a mar­ket­ing com­mu­ni­ca­tions prac­ti­tioner, Mr Bio­dun Shobanjo, Pres­i­dent of African Ex­port- Im­port Bank, Dr Bene­dict Oramah and chair­man, First Bank of Nige­ria, Plc, Mrs Ibukunoluw­a Awosika.

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