Why the Nigerian army university in Biu-Emmanuel Ojeifo

Today the Nigerian Army posted a message on its official Twitter
handle notifying the public about the postponement of the “Ground
Breaking Ceremony of the Nigerian Army University Biu earlier
scheduled for Tuesday 30 October 2018.” It was my first time to
learn that the army even had a plan of establishing a university.

When I tried to Google it up, I read from the webpage of NAN that
the army secured approval for the establishment of its own
university in March this year. The approval was given at a meeting
of the Federal Executive Council chaired by Vice President Yemi
Osinbajo following the recommendation of the Ministry of
Education. In a briefing after the approval, Mallam Adamu Adamu
the education minister stated that the newly approved university
“will be the hub for developing a Nigerian Military Industrial
Complex.”

In the NAN report, it was also stated that the Chief of Army Staff Lt
Gen Tukur Buratai had approached NUC in June 2017 to apply for
the university’s approval. “Buratai…explained that the university
was being designed as a unique and specialized institution that
would serve as solutions centre, especially to specific challenges
facing the military and North East region.” Recall that the Nigerian
Navy only recently established its own university – Admiralty
University of Nigeria (ADUN), which is set to welcome its first
intakes this year.

Also, the Air Force got approval for its own university, Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) last year and is already running courses. Good idea but it seems like a competition amongst the armed forces. At the launch of ADUN earlier this year, the navy chief said that the university was “conceived to…meet the training needs of the
Nigerian Navy along with those of their sister services with
reduced travel abroad for training”, On its webpage, AFIT states
that, “it is a tertiary institution with a blend of military and civilian staff and students

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2 Comments

  1. Okay

  2. Thanks for the update

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