- The federal government stated that it is committed towards improving the civil aviation and aerospace technology in Nigeria
- The minister of aviation, Hadi Sirika, has disclosed the amount the federal government has set aside for a specialised university in Abuja
- The Nigerian aviation sector is just recovering from the economic setback caused by the COVID-19 pandemic
President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the establishment of a new federal university be located in Abuja.
The minister of aviation, Hadi Sirika, disclosed that the new institution is an African University of Aerospace and Aviation.
According to Daily Nigerian, the minister made the disclosure on Friday, July 2, when he visited the executive secretary of the National Universities Commission, Prof Rasheed Abubakar.
Sirika explained that the university would be dedicated to research and development in civil aviation and aerospace technology.
He stated that the sum of N1billion had been budgeted for the take-off of the specialised institution.
The minister explained that the University is unique as Nigeria was the first country in the African continent to establish such an institution, noting that such feat motivated the name African University of Aerospace and Aviation, Vanguard reported.
The minister also disclosed that aerospace and civil aviation have been expanded with new frontiers that need the attention of experts.
He said Nigeria will begin to play a role and participate effectively in the sector.
Ibom Air, a wholly-owned airline by the state government, now has seven aircraft in its fleet with its latest additions.
Sources in the aviation sector say the new aircraft are less than two years old. The two aircraft have already touched down at the Victor Attah International Airport, Uyo.
In another news, Dr Olumuyiwa Igbalajobi, a Nigerian man who left the shores of the country with just N16,000, said he studied for free on two continents.
He left his master's degree programme in Nigeria and started afresh abroad after winning a scholarship from the Korean government.
Dr Igbalajobi, who currently works with the University of British Columbia, Canada, has been assisting prospective graduate students with scholarship information.