The University of Lagos (UNILAG) has said that plans are in the offing to build conventional and standard refinery by the institution.
The vice-chancellor of the institution, Professor Oluwatoyin Ogundipe revealed this at the first Annual General Meeting, AGM, and second Alumni Lecture of the UNILAG Faculty of Engineering Alumni Association.
According to Ogundipe, the students of the school needed to be exposed to refining process as an institution that produces graduates in Chemical Engineering.
He said, “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 sitting 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 of 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.
“Most of our students can develop application while some are with different skills. As a Vice Chancellor, faculty by faculty I am going to interact with students to encourage them, to develop their skills and we have already gotten the commitment of Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, and Bank of Industry, BOI for funds.
“Committee has been set up to under-study the process from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.”