The vice chancellor of the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Prof. Eyitope Ogunbodede has unfolded plans to build an airport within the campus of the institution.
The vice chancellor who disclosed this at the 2019 Faculty of Technology International Conference held in the university recently said the airport would serve as training facility of the proposed aeronautic studies.
He said the university has enough land for the project adding that OUA will be the hub of aeronautic studies in the country, since, according to him, no federal institution offers the course at the moment.
“We believe that the future of travel globally is in the air. It is in view of this that we are starting an aeronautic programme. As part of this, we will be having our own airport.
“We have over 11,000 hectares of land, with which we hope to achieve our objective and we have developed a proposal for the airport. We will be taking it up with the authorities to ensure that we do not only have the aeronautic programme here, but also build an airport that will serve that purpose.
“We want to make OAU the hub of aeronautic studies in Nigeria. Currently, no federal university in the country offers a programme in aeronautic studies. We believe that with OAU taking up this challenge, we can go places with it.
“This idea was contemplated some years ago. Now we are very serious with it. We have the drawings in place and the land has been earmarked. Everything that we need for the airport and to start the programme is ready,” he said.