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Nigeria’s Aerospace University gets provisional approval

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FEDERAL Government’s quest for an Aviation and Aerospace University gained a boost as the National Universities Commission (NUC) promised to expedite action on a concept document submitted by Senator Hadi Sirika, Minister of Aviation.

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

“I can assure you that within the month (July), we are going to have a brand new university, the first of its kind in Abuja, the first university in Nigeria devoted to studying aviation and aerospace.”

The Executive Secretary stated that the value of such an institution could not be quantified and commended the Minister for his courage and boldness.

“The aviation under your guidance will be the first step towards creating specialized universities not only for our region but for the rest of Africa and beyond.” He said.

In presenting the Concept Note earlier, Aviation Minister Senator Hadi Sirika, accompanied by the Permanent Secretary, Directors, and Heads of Agencies of the Ministry, said the African Aviation and Aerospace University Abuja will be dedicated to research and development of knowledge in Aviation and Aerospace.

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According to the Minister, the decision to establish the specialized university was based on the need to fill some identified gaps in the growth and development of the aviation industry.

“When we took over leadership in civil aviation, we identified and understood the gap in the growth and development of civil aviation in Nigeria and Africa in general. The lack of research and development in the civil aviation and aerospace sector has resulted in a lot of underdevelopment in the sector and has put us behind.”

Sirika further said that the huge gaps and deficiencies had left the Civil Aviation sector to be managed with basic knowledge of either being a pilot or aircraft maintenance engineer, with no one going 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 well being, add to the GDP and most importantly to expand knowledge horizon of Nigerians.

We have been working on this for the last three to four years and have developed a concept note based on the advice of the NUC Executive Secretary, which will speed up the process of setting up the university. We create a concept note that shows what the University will focus on”, he explained.

According to him, this university has enormous potential to serve the emerging aerospace market in Africa. Once the University takes off, a lot will happen, and the dynamic will change.

Sirika thanked the Executive Secretary and his team for guiding the process that led to submitting the concept note and the assurance that it will be expeditiously completed.

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