The Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering was carved out of the then Department of Physics and Applied Physics. (The Applied Physics Section has now been replaced by Engineering Physics). The founding head of the Department was the late Professor Victor A. Williams.
Undergraduate and postgraduate programmes are run in the four areas of
specialization, awarding B.Sc., PGD, MTech, M.Sc., and Ph.D. degrees in all them. Incidentally, quite a number of the current teaching staff received their postgraduate degrees from the Department, indicating a high retention ratio.
The first set of graduates, (in June, 1971) of a 4-year engineering course from the
Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, University of Ife, (now Obafemi Awolowo University) was 26 in number. The set recorded four (4) First Class graduates, ten (10) Second Class Upper, seven (7) Second Class Lower, three (3) Third Class and two (2) in Pass division. Notable among this set are Professor L. O. Kehinde, a one-time Dean of the Faculty of Technology and former Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Administration) (who remains the longest-serving alumnus in the Department, having been employed as a Graduate Assistant in October 1, 1971), Associate Professor A.B. Borishade (a former Federal Minister of Education) and the Rt. Revd. Prof. A.D. Akinde, the Lord Bishop of the Cathedral of Saint Jude, Ebute-Metta and one of the founding fathers of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, OAU, Ile-Ife.
All these programmes have proved to be very successful in the training of middle and senior manpower for the Ministry of Defence in particular, and for the Federal Republic of Nigeria in general. Also, they have been more cost-effective, when compared to similar overseas training courses. Our graduates have included Chief of Defence Staff, Chief of Army Staff, Flag Officer Commanding, Major Generals, Air Vice Marshalls and Rear Admirals, to mention a few.