The Federal Ministry of Science and Technology is to assist the Nigerian Army to upgrade its Institute of Technology and Environmental Science, Biu to a full-fledged University.
The Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu stated this when the Committee set up to Upgrade the Institute to a University paid him a courtesy visit in his office in Abuja on Thursday, 15th March 2018 in Abuja.
The Ministry, according to Dr. Onu will assist in the area of technical know-how, technology and institutional capacity to enable the proposed University stand on a firm footing.
He further stated that the present administration is giving currency to knowledge-based economy, adding that the proposed University was a welcome development at this stage of the nation’s development.
According to Dr. Onu, the Federal government will continue to support any initiative that will enable Nigeria utilize science and technology to solve her problem.
He commended the military institution for keying into the on-going technological revolution and thinking ahead of its time. With this kind of orientation of the military, Dr. Onu said Nigeria will in no time be self-sufficient and become an industrial hub in the foreseeable future.
Earlier, the Chairman of the Committee, Major-Gen Mathias Efeobokhi stated that the University will serve as a solution center for technological and other operational problems of the Nigerian Army, the Military and the nation.
He said that the institution is to create the critical mass required for research, innovation testing and development of military equipment in a 21st century setting.
According to him, “the University will facilitate the creation of the enabling environment that will enhance the acceleration, development and eventual production of modern military hardware in Nigeria”.