… as Sirika presents concept note to NUC
History will soon be made in Nigeria as the long awaited Aerospace University gets provisional approval in response to the yearnings of the federal Government, through the Ministry of Aviation, to establish an Aviation and Aerospace University in the Country.
The assurance came with the National Universities Commission (NUC) promising to expedite action on the Concept Document submitted by the Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika.
Executive Secretary, National University Commission, Professor Abubakar Rasheed, 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,” he assured.
According to Rasheed, the value of such University cannot be quantified as he 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 specialised university that won’t only serve us but serve the African region and the international community,” he stated.
Presenting the Concept Note earlier, 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.
The Minister 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,” he said.
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 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 wellbeing, add to the Gross Domestic Productive (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 the 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 that “the potential of this University to serve the market of civil aviation and aerospace within the continent cannot be overemphasised. Once the University takes off, a lot will happen and it will change the dynamics.”
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.