The Humble Beginning
The teaching of Engineering in the University of Nigeria, was started in October 1961 by a team of workers from the Netherlands University Foundation for International Cooperation. The bod was entrusted with the major responsibility of developing the Engineering Programme. The first teaching staff in Electrical Engineering was recruited in the 1962/63 academic year and comprised three Lecturers namely, Dr. C. Onianwu recruited from Japan, Dr. M. A. Nwachukwu and Mr. Vander Knaap (a Dutch). The foundation lecturers were highly motivated and committed. They fashioned and developed for the first intake of Electrical Engineering Students at the University of Nigeria an innovative curriculum designed for the needs of a new nation
From the inception, the department of Electrical Engineering was situated at Civil Engineering building but construction of a new departmental building was started in 1965 and completed by 1967, with Dr. M.A.Nwachukwu as the Head of Department and Prof. Veltrop as the Dean of Faculty. As Head, Department of Electrical Engineering, Dr. M.A. Nwachukwu was instrumental in the recruitment of a number of academic personnel namely Prof. M.O. Chijioke, Prof. L.A. Agu and Dr. T.C. Nwodo. Prof. Chijioke was the head of department shortly before the Nigerian-Biafran civil broke out.
In line with the effort to provide rounded engineering education with adequate practical knowledge, in the early 60s, before the civil war broke out, experienced technical staff were employed to handle various laboratory work. Notable among them was Mr. K.C. Onyema who headed the technical section of the department assisted by Mr. Itimi and Mr. P.U. Okafor. A senior technician, Mr. Nkole was also later for the Power and Machines Laboratory.