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OAU VC clarifies proposed plans to create an airport in the university

The Vice-Chancellor of the Obafemi Awolowo University in Ile-Ife has cleared the air on the university’s alleged plans to own an airport. 

The Vice-Chancellor explained this during an entrepreneurship event organised by First Bank Nigeria in the school last week.

Some time ago, reports stating that Vice-Chancellor alluded to the university owning its own airport soon made the rounds. This received many reactions from students and citizens at large.

During the event, however, the Vice-Chancellor addressed the reports and attempted to clarify particular points that appeared to be a bone of contention for the students. 

“Very recently we said that the university was going to have [its] own airlift and then I (discovered) that some students were going around the halls of residence saying that it is the money for their welfare that is going to be used to build airport in the university,” he said.

“It was very amusing that we still have some of our students thinking like that. If you have a question on anything, you ask. You don’t go around saying things that are not possible,” he continued.

He further explained that the university had a 30-year-old agreement with a few countries in West Africa and this agreement is what will enable the university to bring a proposed aerial strip into fruition.

“Over 30 years ago, this university established a regional centre for aerial training…Part Of that program was to have an aerial strip for the training and 9 governments from West Africa signed an agreement to say that they are supporting that aerial strip in Obafemi Awolowo University,” he disclosed.

“So, what we were doing is to renew that (agreement) and we have spoken with them and they have agreed. We also have the land to be able to do that, so we are not doing anything that is not possible,” he clarified.

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