President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the establishment of an African University of Aerospace and Aviation.
The Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, who made this known on Friday, disclosed that the university will be located in Abuja.
Earlier, the minister led some management team of the Aviation Ministry on a working visit to the Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC), Prof Rasheed Abubakar, in Abuja on Friday.
Speaking, Sirika disclosed that N1billion had been budgeted for the take-off of the specialised university, noting that the fund would be dedicated to research and development in civil aviation and aerospace technology.
The minister added that the University of Aerospace and Aviation is unique as Nigeria is the first country in the African continent to establish such an institution.
He further noted 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.
“This is a new frontier in civil aviation that needs to be developed.
“We started 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,” the minister said.
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