“My vision for the Engineering School is one that is not purely academic but with practical skills”.
These were the words of the Vice Chancellor Federal University Otuoke, Prof. Mobolaji Aluko while receiving the Chairman and Executive members of the Nigerian Society of Engineers, Yenagoa Branch who paid him a technical visit in his office.
Prof. Aluko said the Faculty of Engineering and Technology is one of the new faculties added to 2 already existing faculties of the University.
Although academic activities have not commenced, administrative procedures are being streamlined for the full take-off of the faculty.
"The faculty is starting out with 3 departments: Department of Chemical, Petroleum and Gas – CPG; the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering -CENV; and the Department of Mechatronics, Industrial and Marine Engineering - MIME" the VC announced.
He added that Mechatronics and Industrial Marine Studies will follow thereafter as the University is not hoping to stretch its facilities.
“We try not to do too many departments”. He said.
He further said that after conducting a gap analysis on Engineering programmes offered in Universities around the region, the department’s programmes will be uniquely designed.
Prof. Aluko welcomed inputs from the Nigerian Society of Engineers to the new Faculty of Engineering.
Earlier, the Chairman, Nigerian Society of Engineers, Yenagoa Branch, Engr. R.P Awana explained that the technical visit was to keep them abreast of developments and plans for the Engineering school in FUO, expressing positive hope that professionalism will be adhered to.
“It is good that FUO is starting a new Engineering Faculty.” Engr. Awana added. He raised salient points concerning the Faculty in areas of Lecturing, Laboratory Workers, Staff Strength facilities e.t.c.
He urged the VC to ensure members of the society working in the University as Engineers, are sent on Seminars, Courses and other Professional Trainings, and promised support from the Society to the University.
The Nigerian Society of Engineers consists of Chemical Engineers, Civil Engineers, Electronics Engineers, Electrical Engineers, among others.
The Head of the Works Unit, Federal University Otuoke, Engineer Bonny Freddie is one of many members of the society.