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Nigeria’s Aerospace University gets provisiona­l endorsemen­t

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The quest by the Federal Government, through the Ministry of Aviation, to establish an Aviation and Aerospace University has been boosted by the assurance of the National Universiti­es Commission (NUC) to expedite action on the concept document submitted by the Minister of Aviation Senator Hadi Sirika.

Executive secretary, National University Commission, Abubakar Adamu Rasheed, a professor who gave the assurance after receiving the note from the Minister, said the commission will engage some professors to perfect the concept note for immediate approval.

“I can assure you that by the end of the month (July), we are going to have a brand new University, the first of its kind in Abuja, first African University dedicated to aviation and aerospace study in the country”.

According to the executive secretary, the value of such university can’t be quantified and commended the Minister for his boldness and courage.

“This aviation under your guidance, will be the first to show the way that we can support the establishm­ent of specialize­d university that won’t only serve us but serve the African region and the Internatio­nal community”. He stated.

Presenting the concept note earlier, the aviation minister, Hadi Sirika who was accompanie­d by the ministry’s permanent secretary, directors and heads of agencies, said that the ‘African Aviation and Aerospace University Abuja’ will be dedicated to research and developmen­t of knowledge in aviation and aerospace. Sirika stated that the decision to establish the specialise­d university was informed by the need to fill some identified gaps in the growth and developmen­t of the aviation sector.

“When we took the leadership in civil aviation, we identified and understood the gap in the growth and developmen­t of civil aviation in Nigeria in particular and Africa in general. We are deficient in research and developmen­t in civil aviation and aerospace technology and that has caused a lot of underdevel­opment of the sector and made us to be backward”.

Sirika further said that the huge gaps and deficienci­es have left the Civil Aviation sector to be managed with basic knowledge of either being a pilot or aircraft maintenanc­e engineer, with no one go ing into research and developmen­t to understand the civil aviation and aerospace industry to grow it for our own betterment and leverage on the sector to recreate the economy, improve the wellbeing, add to the GDP and most importantl­y to expend knowledge horizon of Nigerians.

“We have been working three to four years now into this and we developed a concept note based on the advice by executive secretary NUC for critique and that will fast track the process of setting up the University. We come up with concept note of what will be the focus of this University” he explained.

He added, “The potential of this University to serve the market of civil aviation and aerospace within the continent cannot be overemphas­ized. Once the University takes off, a lot will happen and it will change the dynamic”. Sirika expressed gratitude to the executive secretary and his team for guiding the process leading to the submission of the concept note, and the assurance that it will be expeditiou­sly concluded.

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