The Faculty of Technology at Ife was the first Faculty of Engineering to be christened as a Faculty of Technology in Nigeria. The foundation Departments were: Agricultural Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Computer Science, Electronic and Electrical Engineering, and Food Science and Technology
Of the five Faculties that were established in July 1962 by the then University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University), only two were science-based. They were the Faculty of Science and the Faculty of Agriculture. It is pertinent to note that eight Faculties were approved by the Provisional Council in July 1961. Faculties of Engineering and Medicine were two of the three that were left to be established. EDM was the third. The Faculty of Science started in Ibadan by offering degrees in five basic sciences: Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Botany and Zoology before it finally moved to Ile-Ife in 1970. Before then, significant developments took place in the Faculty leading to the establishment of the Faculty of Technology. For instance, Electronics courses were incorporated into the Physics programme which ocassioned changes in the name of the Department, first to Physics and Applied Physics and later to Physics and Electronics. A similar development took place in Chemistry with the incorporation of Chemical Technology courses into the Department which then became the Department of Chemistry and Applied Chemistry. Also, Statistics which was developed in the Department of Mathematics led to the setting-up of a Computer Centre from where the Computer Science programme eventually evolved. Similarly developments in the Faculty of Agriculture saw the emergence of technology-based programmes with Agricultural Engineering and Food Science/Technology courses in the Departments of Plant Science and Animal Science., the Departments started from the Departments of Plant Science and Animal Science, respectively. Thus, when the Faculty of Technology was established on 1st October, 1970 it was with Departments which evolved from programmes already established in the Faculties of Science and Agriculture.
The Faculty of Technology at Ife was the first Faculty of Engineering to be christened as a Faculty of Technology in Nigeria. The foundation Departments were: Agricultural Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Computer Science, Electronic and Electrical Engineering, and Food Science and Technology. The programmes of the Faculty were designed to cover the areas of engineering/technology neglected by other Nigerian Universities then offering courses in the field of engineering or technology. Some of the "new" engineering courses were Agricultural Engineering, Chemical Engineering, and Food Science and Technology.
The creation of the Faculty was in fulfillment of part of the original vision of the founders of the University of Ife in assisting to provide training facilities for the professional manpower urgently needed by the country for the development of its agricultural, industrial and mineral resources. This position was clearly stated by the then Vice-Chancellor, Professor H. A. Oluwasanmi, in his Convocation address in July, 1971 thus:
We have not created a Faculty of Technology merely because it will be a fashionable addition to the list of disciplines encompassed in an institution such as ours. In establishing this new Faculty, we have taken into account our society’s need for rapid promotion of technology. Located as we are in a rural environment, we believe that the technologies which we develop in the university should be closely linked to the solution of the problem of rural communities.
This 'mission statement' informed significant steps taken to develop the Faculty. The first of these was in 1974 when the Technology Planning and Development Unit (TPDU) was established to conduct policy research on harnessing science and technology for economic development. The Unit was established basically for postgraduate teaching and research2. It has been in the forefront in popularizing Technology Management as a discipline that integrates technology and management practices and generating ideas that led to the concept of University Technology Park in Ife.
The founding fathers of the Faculty also realized that a fully-developed Technology programme required other competencies than those established in 1970. For instance, the Agricultural Engineering programme would require the competences of Civil and Mechanical Engineering in the installation of teaching, research and professional practice equipment, and that postgraduate work in Agricultural Engineering required well-developed Civil and Mechanical Engineering Departments. By taking the facilities and staff on ground in the existing Departments into consideration, the university decided in 1977 to nurture Civil Engineering in the Department of Agricultural Engineering and Mechanical Engineering in the Department of Chemical Engineering. The following year (1978), to cater for the rapid growth of the metallurgical and allied industries, a degree programme in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering commenced as an option in the Department of Chemical Engineering. The Departments of Civil, Mechanical Engineering and Metallurgical and Materials Engineering became full-fledged Departments during the 1980/81 session.
Central Technological and Laboratory Workshops (CTLW)
As early as 1975, the idea of a Technological Laboratory and Workshop was conceived. It was to be jointly sponsored by the UNDP, the Federal Government and the University. It was eventually established in 1988 as a Central Technological and Laboratory Workshops (CTLW) to provide basic but essential services (such as infrastructural support for research in the University and local small-medium-scale industries/enterprises, SMEs) and serve as a central facility for imparting engineering production and technical skills to students of the Faculty.
Central Service Unit (CSU)
A Central Service Unit (CSU) was established in partnership with the Polish Government. Its main objective was for the Faculty to service and maintain all photocopiers, typewriters, duplicating machines, etc., in the university and indeed in other universities in the country. This was the model later adopted by the NUC and implemented as the Equipment Development and Maintenance Centres in Nigerian Universities.
Equipment Development and Maintenance Centre
The Equipment Development and Maintenance Centre was established in 1989 to;
1. To organise training programmes for junior technical staff on proper use and maintenance of teaching and research equipment
2. Carrying out routine inhouse and outreach repair training workshops
3. Development of simple laboratory equipment
Student Industrial Work Experience Scheme (SIWES)
Also, the Faculty was the first in the country to make Industrial Training, now called Student Industrial Work Experience Scheme (SIWES), compulsory for all engineering students. The model has been adopted by all universities in Nigeria and is now coordinated by the Industrial Training Fund (ITF), a Federal Government Agency.
• Part 2 – 8 weeks in the Faculty
• Part 3 – 3 months in the industry
• Part 4 – a semester (6 months) in the industry
As part of its growth phase, some Departments in the Faculty were re-structured, updated (curriculum-wise) and re-named. Most of these developments were engineered by the COREN Accreditation Teams. Some were as a result of the survival/modernization strategies of the concerned Departments. For instance, during the period under review, the Department of Computer Science became the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, the Department of Food Science and Technology became the Department of Food Science and Engineering, the Department of Agricultural Engineering became the Department of Agricultural and Environmental Engineering, and the Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering became the Department of Materials Science and Engineering.
These frequent upgrades and programme reviews enabled the sustainability of the Faculty and its rapid expansion both in terms of staff strength and students’ population. This is evidenced by the fact that the Faculty of Technology which graduated only 20 students in 1973 registered 517 students in 1974, 1,363 in 1985 and 3,562 in 2010. In 2012 the Faculty had an all-Nigerian staff strength of 251.
The Faculty of Technology at Ife has introduced many innovations into the teaching of engineering in Nigeria. Before the establishment of the Faculty, engineering was taught in Nigerian universities as a 3-year programme (after A-Levels). Ife pioneered the 4-year engineering programme (after A-Levels). The programme was later streamlined into a 5-year curriculum (after O-Levels). This format has since been adopted by all Nigerian universities. The Faculty was also the first Faculty of Engineering to be christened as a Faculty of Technology in Nigeria.
The foundation Dean of the Faculty was Professor Howart (1971-1975 while the first Nigerian Dean was Professor V.A. Williams (1975-1977). The full list of Deans is as shown below.
Deans of Faculty of Technology, 1971-2012
The Governing Council consists of members appointed by the Visitor. The members are erudite scholars and well seasoned in their fields of endeavour. The members of the Council are drawn from varied sections of the society and are experienced persons of untainted integrity, courage and stature. The Governing is responsible to the Visitor.
Functions of the University Council
The University Council shall have the power and overall responsibility to:
- Make statutes for the organisation, policy, structure, powers, development, financing, responsibilities and general management of the university.
- Acquire landed and other forms of property for the use of the university.
- Control and superintend the affairs of the university.
- Determine the procedure for financing the university.
- Determine the terms and conditions of appointment of the Vice Chancellor; and other staff of the university.
- Appoint, promote and discipline the staff of the university on the advice of appropriate committees.
- Consider and approve annual budgets, short-term, medium- and long-term development proposals of the university.
- Consider and approve the annual report.
- Consider and approve Auditors’ reports at the end of each academic year.
- Conduct a visitation to the university at least once in every five years when new colleges/departments/programmes will come in.
Major Committees of Council
The Council normally operates through the committee system. The following shall be the main Committees of Council:
- Finance and General Purposes Committee
- Appointments and Promotions Committee
- Tenders Board
- Academic Development Committee
Other committees may be established as the Council may deem fit.
The Council shall therefore carry out its functions through the following major committees:
1. Purposes Committee
The functions of the Finance and General Purposes Committee shall be the scrutiny of the university’s budget and other financial transactions before they are presented to the Governing Council. The Chairman of Council shall also be the Chairman of the Finance and General Purposes Committee while the other members will be the Vice-Chancellor and five representatives of the Council.
2. The Tenders Committee
The main function of the Tenders Committee shall be the consideration of tenders submitted by contractors wishing to execute all major projects of the University. The Chairman of Council shall also be Chairman of the Tenders Committee. Other members will include the Vice-Chancellor, four other Council members, four representatives of Senate, one representative of the Committee of Provosts, Directors and Deans and the Registrar.
3. Appointments and Promotions Committee
The Appointments and Promotions Committee shall deal with the issues of the interview and appointment of staff of the University and present these to the Governing Council for its consideration. The Appointments and Promotions Committee will also consider staff of the University for confirmation of appointment and promotion. The Vice-Chancellor shall be the Chairman of the Appointments and Promotions Committee. Other members of the Committee will include the Deputy Vice-Chancellors, Registrar, Bursar, Librarian, Provosts of Colleges/Deans of Faculties, two representatives of Senate, Head of the Department concerned, if not already a member, and five other Council members.
4. The Fundraising Committee
The main function of the Fundraising Committee shall be to undertake fund-raising activities for the University. Although the Chairman of the Fund-Raising Committee shall be the Vice-Chancellor, the Chairman of Council shall render support as may be required from time to time. Other members of the Committee are three representatives of Council, three representatives of Senate, three representatives of Alumni Associations, the Deputy Vice-Chancellors, Registrar, Bursar and Librarian.
5. Disciplinary Committee
The terms of reference of the Disciplinary Committee shall be:
- To investigate, consider and determine all disciplinary cases involving senior members of staff of the University except the Vice-Chancellor, the Deputy Vice-Chancellors or any other member of staff as the Council may direct, provided always that any member of staff aggrieved by a decision of the Committee may appeal to Council for reconsideration within twenty-one days of the decision of the Committee.
- To make recommendations to Council on any other matter that will be in the interest of proper discipline of members of staff of the University; and
- To report to Council from time to time.
6. Academic Development Committee
The Academic Development Committee will receive and consider submissions from the Senate on all issues relating to academic development in the University including establishment of new academic programmes and units. The Committee will also advise Council on matters connected to academic development of the University in addition to reporting to Council from time to time.
Deans of Faculty of Technology, 1971-2012
|4||Prof. S. A. Sanni||August 1979-July 1983||Chemical Eng|
|5||Prof. S. B. Jaiyesinmi||August 1983-July 1985||Computer Sci & Eng|
|6||Prof. A. A. Afonja||August 1985-July 1989||Met & Mat Eng|
|7||Prof. M. O. Ogedengbe||August 1989-July 1991||Civil Eng|
|8||Prof. G. O. Ajayi||August-December 1991||Elect & Elect Eng|
|9||Prof. M. T. Ige||January 1992-August 1995||Agric Eng|
|10||Prof. O. O. Ajibola||August 1995-July 1998||Agric Eng|
|11||Prof. L. O. Kehinde||August 1998-July 2000||Elect & Elect Eng|
|12||Prof. G. A. Adegboyega||August 2000-July 2002||Elect & Elect Eng|
|13||Prof. M. O. Faborode||August 2002-July 2006||Agric Eng|
|14||Prof. O. Taiwo||August 2006-July 2008||Chemical Eng|
|15||Prof. T. A. Kuku||August 2008-July 2012||Elect & Elect Eng|
|16||Prof. F.A. Akeredolu||August 2012-July 2014||Chemical Eng|
|1||Prof. G. R. Howart||1971-July 1975||Food Sci & Tech|
|2||Prof. V. A. Williams||August 1975-July 1977||Elect & Elect Eng|
|3||Prof. G. A. Makanjuola||August 1977-July 1979||Agric Eng|
Achievements by Staff /Students/Alumni
Vice-Chancellors of universities in Nigeria:
- Professor Fola Lasisi (Federal University of Uyo, Uyo and Crescent University, Abeokuta),
- Professor M. O. Faborode (Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife) and
- Professor M.T. Ige (Crawford University, Igbesa).
- Professor Isaac Adeyemi (Bells University, Ota)
- Professor Rahamon Bello (University of Lagos)
- Prof. Bolaji Aluko (current Vice-Chancellor of Federal University, Otuoke),
National Merit Award
- Professor G.A. Makanjuola won the National Merit Award (NNOM) in 1992.
Prominent Alumni include
- Ms. Funke Opeke (CEO, MainOne Cable Company),
- Engr. Emman Ekuwem (Teledom International),
- Engr. Ernest Ndukwe (former Executive Director, NCC),
- Dr. Lola Borishade (former Minister of Aviation),
- Prof. Rahamon Bello (Immediate Past Vice-Chancellor of UNILAG),
- Prof. Bolaji Aluko (current Vice-Chancellor of Federal University, Otuoke),
- Dr. Olusegun Oni (former Executive Governor of Ondo State) and
- Mrs. Florence Seriki (Late) (CEO, OMATEK Computers).
- Mr Bunmi Oni – Former MD Cadbury Nigeria PLc
Departments & Units
The Faculty is in the forefront with respect to the provision of qualitative engineering education and production of high caliber graduates. Furthermore, the Faculty is a pillar of engineering and technology resource and competence within Nigeria and all over the world. The staff and students in the eight academic Departments and one research unit are well mixed and poised for greater feats than hitherto achieved.
The faculty consisted of the following Departments and Unit:
- Department of Agricultural and Environmental Engineering,
- Department of Chemical Engineering,
- Department of Civil Engineering,
- Department of Computer Science and Engineering,
- Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering,
- Department of Food Science and Technology,
- Department of Mechanical Engineering,
- Department of Materials Science and Engineering,
- African Institute for Science Policy and Innovation, AISPI (Technology Planning and Development Unit; TPDU).
Prof B. I. IMASOGIE
Dean, Faculty of Technology
Prof. Imasogie was born on the 17th August, 1960 in Benin City, Edo State, Nigeria. He attended Immaculate Conception College (ICC), Benin City (1972-78) for his secondary school education, graduating with Division One. He attended the then University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University), Ile-Ife, from (1978-82), (1986-86) and (1988-94) where he obtained the B.Sc. (Hons.) in Engineering Physics (Materials Science Option), 1982; M.Sc. (with Distinction) in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, 1988 and Ph.D in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, 1994. He also attended the Institut für Werkstofftechnik und Werkstoffprüfung, Fakultät Maschinenbau, Universität Magdeburg, Germany (1992-93), for his Experimental/bench work towards his Ph.D in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering.
He is the First indigenous scholar to graduate with PhD under the supervision of Prof. A. A. Afonja (first indigenous resident Professor of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering in the West African sub-region and founding father of the Metallurgical and Materials Engineering discipline in Nigeria) and become a Professor of Materials Science and Engineering in a Nigerian University (Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife). Former Head, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife (2000-2004). Former Visiting Fellow Institut für Werkstofftechnik und Werkstoffprüfung, Fakultät Maschinenbau, Universität Magdeburg, Germany (1991-93); US-Africa Materials Institute, Princeton Institute for the Science and Technology of Materials (USAMI-PRISM), Princeton University, Princeton, USA (2004, 2007) and the Thin Film Centre, University of the West Scotland (formerly Paisley University), Paisley, Scotland (2006). Former Director, Central Technological Laboratory and Workshops (CTLW), OAU, Ile-Ife (2007-2013). Former Coordinator; Postgraduate NanoScience and NanoTechnology Programme, OAU, Ile-Ife (2013-2016), Fellow; Materials Society of Nigeria (MSN); (2009), Fellow; Nigerian Metallurgical Society (NMS); (2015).
He was a Consultant to ETF-NASENI Intervention Programmes in Nigerian Polytechnics (2006-2010). He has successfully supervised seven (7) Ph.D and twelve (12) M.Sc. graduates. He has been External Examiner to several national and international Universities and research institutes. A prolific researcher; he has published over sixty (60) technical research articles in the ten top-most/high impact-factor international materials journals (Acta materialia, METTRANS, MSE A, MST, SJM, JMEP, JME, MP, ACMM, JMMCE, etc).
Prof. Imasogie is the current Dean; Faculty of Technology, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria (2016-Date). He is a COREN Registered Engineer. He is married to Prof. (Mrs.) Mosunmola Imasogie, of the Faculty of Law, Bowen University, Iwo, Osun State, Nigeria and they are blessed with a grown-up son.
Vice Dean's Profile
Dr B.S. OGUNSINA
Vice Dean, Faculty of Technology
Dr Babatunde Sunday OGUNSINA began his career in Agricultural Engineering at The Polytechnic Ibadan with a Diploma in 1986. He later obtained B.Sc (Hons) of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife and M.Sc and Ph.D degrees of University Ibadan in 1991, 1996 and 2010 respectively; specializing in Farm Machinery and Crop Processing. He is a certified Agricultural Engineer by the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria, a member of the Nigerian Society of Engineers, Nigerian Institute of Agricultural Engineers and American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers.
Dr Ogunsina worked briefly with the Oyo North Agricultural Development Project as a Workshop Assistant between 1986 and ’87. After the National Youth Corps Service at the Postharvest Technology and Crop Processing Unit of Akwa Ibom Agricultural Development Project, Uyo in 1993, he worked with the Cashew Nut Processing Industries Plc., Ibadan as a Production Supervisor and later rose to become an Assistant Production Manager for seven (7) years. He also had a stint as an Agricultural Officer (Farm Mechanization) in the Local Government Service of Oyo State until 2004 when he began his teaching and research career in Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife as Lecturer II. He was promoted Lecturer 1 in 2007; Senior Lecturer, 2010 and Reader, 2013. His research interests include agricultural machine design; deformation mechanics, physicochemical properties and processing of tropical edible nuts and oil bearing seeds.
Currently, he is focusing on value addition to tropical food crops and exploitation of underutilized forest resources as materials for biofuels.
Dr Ogunsina was a MASHAV Scholar at the Agricultural Research Organization, Bet Dagan and Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Robert Smith Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Environment, Rehovot, Israel in 2006 and 2011, respectively. He was a United Nations Scholar to the National Engineering Research Centre on Information Technology in Agriculture, Beijing, China in 2007. In 2009, Dr Ogunsina was a recipient of the prestigious United Nations University Research Fellowship which he undertook at the Central Food Technological Research Institute, Mysore, India. A widely travelled academic, Dr Ogunsina has mentored a number of Postgraduate students, participated in a number of multidisciplinary research projects and has spoken at many international conferences especially in Africa, Asia and Europe with thesis and over forty five (45) published journal articles and referred conference proceedings to his credit.
He married Olufunke, a Teacher; and they are blessed with three children
Faculty Secretary's Profile
Mrs. Latifat Kiyesola Oseghare obtained her First Degree in Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife in 1992 in Mathematics Education. She started her career as a University Administrator in the year 1997. She later obtained Professional Masters in Demography and Social Statistics in the same University in 2004. She possesses certificate in Electronic Data Processing (EDP) in the year 2005. She is a registered member of Association of Nigerian Universities Professional Administrator (ANUPA), an associate member of Nigerian Institute of Management (AMNIM).
Mrs. Oseghare had her National Youth Corps Service at the Department of Computer Science, Faculty of Technology. She worked and started building her administrative experience in the Faculty of Education between 1997 and 1999. She was deployed to Junior Staff Establishment and Welfare from 1999 to June, 2000. She was later transferred to Planning, Budgeting, Monitoring/Management Information System Unit from June, 2000 – September, 2007. During that period, the unit works in conjunction with the budget section of the University Bursary. She later became University Transcript Officer between October, 2007 and May, 2009. As Senior Assistant Registrar, she was posted to the Faculty of Pharmacy as Faculty Secretary between 2009 and May, 2016. She was promoted to the rank of Principal Assistant Registrar in October, 2009 and Deputy Registrar 2013. Mrs. Oseghare had the opportunities of conference attendance both within and outside Nigeria. Specifically, she attended 2011 Jubilee Annual Conference and Exhibition of the Association of University Administrators (AUA), University of Nottingham, United Kingdom – 18-20th April, 2011 and 2012 Annual Conference and Exhibition of the Association of University Administrators (AUA), University of Manchester, United Kingdom – 2-4 April, 2012.
She married Dr. Antony Oseghare, a Philosopher and they are blessed with children.