The National Universities Commission, NUC, has assured the federal government that its plan to establish an Aviation and Aerospace University in the country has been concluded assuring that the institution is ready to take off by the end of the month. The commission gave the assurance while on Friday through the Ministry of Aviation.
Executive Secretary of the NUC, Professor Abubakar Adamu Rasheed, who made the announcement after receiving the note from the Minister on Friday, assured that the new institution may kick off as early the end of July, adding that the commission will engage some professors to perfect the concept for an 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,
This aviation under your guidance, will be the first to show the way that we can support the establishment of a specialized university that won’t only serve us but serve the African region and the International community,” he stated.
The university, according to the minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, will be named African Aviation and Aerospace University, Abuja, and dedicated to research and development of knowledge in Aviation and Aerospace. The minister added that the decision to establish the specialised university was borne out of the need to fill some identified vacuums 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.
We have been working three to four years now on 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 have come up with concept note of what will be the focus of this University.
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,” the minister pointed out.
Recently, the aviation sector scored another first when it announced the conclusion of arrangements to install an aircraft maintenance facility in the country. The project, which will put a stop to the current export of aircrafts abroad for hangar services, will save the country a whooping $1billion annually and also handle aircraft maintenance issues for the West African sub-region.