President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the establishment of an African University of Aerospace and Aviation to be built in the FCT.
The president’s approval was disclosed by Senator Hadi Sirika, the Minister of Aviation, as he led the management team of the Aviation Ministry on a working visit to the Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission in Abuja.
Sirika said the government has budgeted one billion naira for the takeoff of the aviation university.
According to him, the institution will be for research and development in civil aviation and aerospace technology.
Nigeria will be the first country in Africa to establish such institution, the minister said.
He added that this motivated the name ‘’African University of Aerospace and Aviation’’.
He also noted that Aerospace and Civil aviation has been expanded with new frontiers that need the attention of experts thereby positioning Nigeria to play a role and participate effectively.
“An example is the development of drones or unmanned vehicles that are now taking over the space delivering cargo, delivering mails, delivering things and very soon delivering human beings.
“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 also production of high level manpower.”
Sirika said those who graduate from the aviation university will venture into all aspect of Civil aviation and aerospace.
He further noted that the University will be a centre mainly for aerospace and civil aviation research and matters.