July 17, 2015 – David Oyedepo’s Landmark University Begins Diesel Production From Jatropha Biofuel Seeds Planted On 534 Hectares Farmland
Landmark University To Graduate 59 First Class Students & 514 Others Today
The Chancellor, Landmark University, Bishop David Oyedepo, Omu-Aran on Thursday said the Agricultural and Chemical Engineering departments of the institution has commenced the processing of diesel from Jatropha seeds obtained from the varsity’s plantation.
He added that the first phase of the plantation is about 534 hectares.
He stated that in the quest towards wealth creation and generation of gainful employment in Nigeria, Landmark established the Jatropha
Plantation at its Eleyin Farm Plantation in April 2014.
He stated that the biofuel plant, which according to him is of great economic importance, was being developed by the School of Engineering of the institution.
He said the institution had started test-running processed diesel from Jatropha seed with the institution’s generators.
Oyedepo spoke during the institution’s second convocation media conference at Omu-Aran, in Irepodun Local Government of Kwara State.
“The project which commenced in April 2014 has started yielding encouraging results as some harvested Jatropha seeds have been processed into diesel by the Agricultural and Chemical Engineering Departments of Landmark University,” he said.
The chancellor said Landmark University will on Friday (today) graduate 573 students.
According to him, 59 of the students earned First Class honour degrees, 226 got Second Class Upper degrees; 276 Second Class Lower degrees while 12 earned Third Class.
The chancellor said the National University Commission had accredited 23 programmes of the institution. He added that members of the university’s academic staff had attained global prominence through their quality research contributions in journals both locally and internationally.
Oyedepo also said Landmark had established collaborations with the University of BORAS, Sweden; Nigerian Institute of Medical Research; National Centre for Agricultural Mechanisation; the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria and the Federal Institute of Industrial Research, Oshodi, Lagos.