FEC approves upgrade of Police Academy in Kano
The Federal Executive Council on Wednesday approved the establishment of the Nigerian Army University in Biu, Borno State.
The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, disclosed this when he addressed State House correspondents after the council’s meeting, which was presided over by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo.
Adamu said: “The Federal Executive Council has approved Ministry of Education’s memo for the establishment of a Nigerian Army University in Biu, Borno.
“It is our hope that it will be the hub for developing a Nigerian Industrial Military Complex.
“It will be a very great university.”
It would be recalled that the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, had in June 2017 said the army had already reached out to the National Universities Commission to secure approval for the university.
Buratai had then explained that the university was being designed as a unique and specialised institution that would serve as solutions centre, especially to specific challenges facing the military and North East region.
Also addressing the correspondents on the outcome of the meeting, the Minister of Interior, retired General Abdulrahama Dambazau, disclosed that the council approved N234 million for the completion of two faculty buildings, Cadets’ Mess and a Cafeteria, at the Police Academy, Wudil in Kano State.
Dambazau explained that the approval would go a long way in facilitating the accreditation of academic programmes at the Academy.
He said: “The Ministry of Interior submitted a memo for approval for contract for the completion of two faculty buildings, Cadets’ Mess and Cafeteria at the Police Academy, Wudil, Kano State.
“The reason is that there is a minimum requirement to be met for the accreditation of academic programmes at the academy.
“You would recall that in May 2010, a memo was submitted to the Council for approval of a draft bill when it was upgraded to a degree awarding institution and as a result of that there are requirements which the academy must meet in order to have its programmes accredited.
“So, this is why these projects that were started would need to be completed so that we can have full accreditation of the ongoing degree programmes.
“So, the total amount of the contract is about N234 million for the completion of the two faculty buildings and of course the Cadet Mess and the Cafeteria.”
Malam Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, who also briefed on the outcome of the meeting, said the Minister of Women Affairs, Hajiya Aisha Alhassan, updated the council on activities of the ministry since November 2015.
Shehu said the minister briefed council on women empowerment programme undertaken, capacity development for women, promotion of human rights, fighting violence against women and rehabilitation of victims of gender violence.
According to him, the minister also briefed on the efforts of the ministry towards promoting the health of women and children “and of course the efforts on the rescue of Chibok and Dapchi girls”.
He said the Council commended the ministry for a job well done.
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