The Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Yusuf Buratai, on Thursday visited the Executive Secretary of National Universities Commission, NUC, Abubakar Adamu Rasheed, as part of the ongoing effort to establish Nigerian Army University.
The move to establish the university was Nigerian Army’s effort of enhancing the capacity of its personnel.
According to a statement by the army’s spokesperson, Sani Usman Kukasheka, Mr Buratai’s visit was a follow up to the recommendations of the committee for the establishment of the Nigerian Army University.
Mr Buratai, a Lieutenant General, thanked the NUC executive secretary for his “determined efforts to assist for the approval and smooth take off of the proposed Nigerian Army University, said Mr Sheka, a Brigadier General.
The duo then paid a courtesy call on the education minister, 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 is realised.
Mr Buratai told the minister “that the proposed university is an upgrade of the Nigerian Army Institute of Technology and Environmental Studies, NAITES, Biu, in Borno State.
“He said the Borno State Government had donated the land for the purpose of the institution, adding that the school has about Seventy-Five percent civilian students and Twenty-Five percent military personnel who are currently running various programmes at in the institute.
Earlier in his welcome address, NUC executive secretary, Abubakar Adamu Rashid, eulogised 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.”
Mr Rashid, a Professor, commended Mr Buratai for treating the proposed Nigerian Army University as a public institution, saying that the university would address some issues on Engineering and other fields such as Science and Technology.