Buhari approves establishment of African University of Aerospace and Aviation

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Buhari approves establishment of African University of Aerospace and Aviation

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the establishment of an African University of Aerospace and Aviation to be sited in Abuja.

Hadi Sirika, Minister of Aviation, stated this when he led the management team of the Aviation Ministry on a working visit to the Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission, Prof Rasheed Abubakar on Friday in Abuja.

The minister announced that about N1billion had been budgeted for the take-off of the specialised university, which would be dedicated to research and development in civil aviation and aerospace technology.

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According to the aviation minister, the university is unique, stressing that Nigeria is the first country in  Africa to establish such an institution.

He explained that aerospace and civil aviation had been expanded with new frontiers that needed the attention of experts, adding that Nigeria would begin to play a role and participate effectively soon.

“An example is the development of drones or unmanned vehicles that are now taking over space, delivering cargo, delivering mail, delivering things and very soon delivering human beings.

“This is a new frontier in civil aviation that needs to be developed. We started same time with Brazil in the area of civil aviation, today Brazil is producing aircraft, and we aren’t producing a pin.

“So, I think we should be able to have this university that is dedicated to aerospace and aviation in addition to the production of high-level manpower,” he added.

Prof Abubakar, NUC Executive Secretary, in his remark upon receiving the formal letter of request, reiterated the commission’s commitment to ensure that the guidelines for establishing any higher institution in the country were adhered to before being granted approval by the commission.

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