Plans are underway to access the allocation of N2billion take off fund from the Tertiary Education Trust Fund as approved by the Executive Council for the Nigerian Army University in Biu, Borno State.
The Chief of Army Staff General Tukur Buratai who stated this in Abuja when he paid a courtesy visit to the Executive Secretary of TETFund, Dr Abdullahi Bichi Baffa said the fund is expected as soon as all facilities, staff and other processes needed to kick off the varsity are concluded.
He said the university will serve as a unique solution centre in science, technology and military capabilities in terms of military equipment and innovation.
“There is an important innovation which we intend to bring about in the Nigeria army in particular. These days, you cannot fight just within the conventional sense. Warfare has transformed greatly and it requires more scientific and intellectual approach than it used to be in those days,” he said.
He explained that the Nigeria Army has seen the need for such university that would tailor their specific innovation needs as well as solution centres in military science and technology, saying, “this will go a long way in developing our country, technological and scientific base by which we will develop and progress on the right direction.”
“We have great hope that the army will do Nigeria proud and make it better through this particular university just the way we have been dealing with all the security challenges in our country,” he stated.
The University, according to him, will further enhance their ability to deal with all security challenges scientifically and more professionally.
Judicious use of the fund
While commending TETfund for it support and its vision, he said the fund has transformed the landscape of Nigeria tertiary institutions, saying “we used to have depilated infrastructure or laboratory left unattended to, but a lot of change is taking place and Nigeria is moving to greater height in education attainment.”
In his response Baffa said having gotten the approval for the take-off grant, the fund will issue the allocation letter to the army immediately they release the approval for 2018 intervention budget.
He called for the judicious use of the fund for the purposes intended when released.
Baffa congratulated the army for getting the approval to establish the university which he said is long overdue.