Nigerian Army Will Now Have A University
There is joy in the barracks and at some other locations where officials of the Nigerian Army are and this is because the Federal Executive Council on Wednesday approved the establishment of the Nigerian Army University.
The institution will be established in Biu, a community in one of the most troubled states in the northeast - Borno State.
It was announced but he Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, when he addressed reporters after the weekly council’s meeting which was presided over by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo.
“The Federal Executive Council has approved Ministry of Education’s memo for the establishment of a Nigerian Army University in Biu, Borno.
“It is our hope that it will be the hub for developing a Nigerian Industrial Military Complex. It will be a very great university".
The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.- Gen. Tukur Buratai, had in June 2017, said the army had already reached out to the National Universities Commission to secure approval for the university.
Buratai had then explained that the university was being designed as a unique and specialised institution that would serve as solutions centre, especially to specific challenges facing the military and North East region.
Also addressing the correspondents on the outcome of the meeting, the Minister of Interior, retired Gen. Abdulrahama Dambazau, disclosed that the council approved 234 million Naira for the completion of two faculty buildings, Cadets’ Mess and a Cafeteria at the Police Academy, Wudil in Kano state.
He explained that the approval would go a long way in facilitating the accreditation of academic programmes at the Academy.
“In May 2010 a memo was submitted to the Council for approval of a draft bill when it was upgraded to a degree awarding institution and as a result of that there are requirements which the academy must meet in order to have its programmes accredited.
“So, this is why these projects that were started would need to be completed so that we can have full accreditation of the ongoing degree programmes," he emphasised.