By Sunday Isuwa, Abuja
The Vice Chancellor, University of Maiduguri, Prof. Ibrahim Abubakar Njodi yesterday said without the Nigerian Air Force in the North-east, his school would have been closed down.
Prof Abubakar stated this at the National Headquarters of the Nigerian Air Force in Abuja while signing a Memorandum of Understanding in research and development with the service.
According to the professor, the Nigerian Airforce has been doing a lot in the North-east and deserved special commendation.
“If not for the Nigeria Airforce, we would have closed down the University of Maiduguri by now. When a commandant from another service advised that we should close down the school, I look at the efforts the Nigerian Air Force has been making in dismantling the terrorists, I said to myself if we closed down the university, it would be like bringing down the morale of the Nigerian Air Force,” Abubakar said.
Abubakar who disclosed that the signing of the MoU with the Nigerian Air Force was not just enough because of what the service has been doing for the university. “We wish we can do better than this because the Nigerian Air Force has done a lot for the University of Maiduguri,” the VC added.
He said with the support of the Nigerian Air Force, people are yet to see the best of the University of Maiduguri adding that the school will establish aeronautical department that will help the aviation industry in the country.
“With this MoU that we signed today (yesterday) with the Nigerian Airforce, other countries of the world might come seeking for the intellectual properties of our university,” the VC added.
Speaking, the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadiq Baba Abubakar while commending University of Maiduguri, said there are highly talented Nigerians in the university system who can add value to what the military is doing not only in the North-east but the entire country.
Abubakar said the Nigerian Airforce in its bid to encourage intellectual properties have signed16 MoU with the Nigerian universities including the University of Maiduguri. He said other MoUs have also been signed with some polytechnics in Nigeria.
“The story of the madness in the North East will not be complete without dedicating a page to the University of Maiduguri.
“I am happy that our collaborations with many universities and polytechnics in the country are yielding positive results.
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