Professor Abubakar Rasheed, the Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC), has stated that the proposed Nigerian Army University will be a centre for engineering, science and technology studies when it becomes operational.
The NUC Executive Secretary stated this in his office, Abuja during a follow up visit to the recommendation of a committee for the establishment of the institution by the army top brass.
Receiving Lieutenant General Tukur Yusuf Buratai, the Chief of Army Staff, Professor Rasheed, in his office, the Executive Secretary showered encomiums on the Chief of Army Staff for his selflessness and sacrifices in the interest of the nation and interest in education as indicated in the effort of establishment of a University for the Nigerian Army.
He expressed gratitude to the Chief of Army Staff for treating the proposed Nigerian Army University as a public institution and assured that the NUC would do the best they can to make sure the University is approved.
He further thanked him for his commitment and determination of improving the capacity of the Nigerian Army by establishing a university.
Responding, the Chief of Army Staff expressed gratitude to the Executive Secretary for receiving him and his resolve to assist in the approval and smooth take off of the proposed University.
Thereafter, both the Chief of Army Staff and the Executive Secretary also paid a courtesy call on the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, who lauded the Nigerian Army for the giant step, stressing that his Ministry would not hesitate in ensuring that the dream of having a Nigerian Army University come to fruition.
Earlier in his remarks, Lieutenant General Buratai expressed appreciation to the Minister for granting him and his team audience, despite the short notice.
Clarifying that the proposed university would be an upgrade of the Nigerian Army Institute of Technology and Environmental Studies (NAITES), Biu in Borno State, the Chief of Army Staff said the Borno State Government had donated the land for the purpose of the institution.
Presently, he said that the school has about 75 percent civilian students and 25 per cent military personnel who are currently running various programmes at the institute.
Source : Independent
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