By Mashe Umaru Gwamna
The Minister of State I for Power, Works and Housing, Hon. Mustapha Baba Shehuri has commended the Nigerian Army for the gallant and professional manner the Institution has tackled the issues of insurgency perpetuated by the Boko Haram sect in the North East.
He made the commendation when members of the Committee on the Establishment of the Nigerian Army University, Biu led by its Chairman, Major General Matthias Efevbokhan (rtd) who paid him a courtesy call in his office, in Abuja.
Shehuri stated that the intention to establish a research and innovative based Army Institution in Biu, Borno State is not only timely but also apt, adding that any effort to fast track development in the area will be highly welcomed and appreciated.
A statement signed by the Deputy Director (Information) ,M.A. Ahmed said the minister further declared himself as an ad hoc member of the Committee, while pledging his overwhelming support for any initiative that will bring positive change to the North East, in particular and Nigeria, in general. In his words “before you came, I‘ve already declared myself a member of this Committee’’
He applauded the inculcation of tree planting in the features of the proposed Nigerian Army University, Biu stressing that such a taught-out idea will ultimately address the issue of desertification in the Northern parts of the country in accordance with the Great Green Wall initiative of the Federal Government.
Earlier in his address, the Chairman of the Committee, Major General Efevbokhan (rtd) stated that the proposed University is conceived as a research-intensive and innovative citadel of learning for the transformation of the Nigerian Defence System to a 21st Century technology-driven Armed Force.
As a solution centre, the new University, according to the Chairman, will promote excellence and creativity amongst Nigerians and the world at large. The admission policy for the proposed Nigerian Army University, Biu is based on 75% civilian and 25% military and Para military. Major General Mathias Efevbokhan, disclosed that members of his committee paid the courtesy call on the Minister of State I for Power, Works and Housing to solicit for his support and that of the ministry, being critical stakeholders in the proposed project.