[Borno]–The Nigerian Army Institute of Technology and Environmental Studies in Biu has been upgraded to the Nigerian Army University of Technology and Environmental Studies.
The announcement for the upgrade was made yesterday by the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai at the opening ceremony of the Chief of Army Staff First Quarter Conference 2017 held at the newly inaugurated Multipurpose Hall of the Command Guest House Maiduguri.
“The university was conceived as a unique university that would be different from conventional universities in Nigeria.” The Chief declared.
“The concept is to make a solution provider and a centre of excellence for variety of technologically related ventures such as generation and armament production.
“In pursuant of this laudable initiative, the Borno State government has allocated 5000 hectares of land located in Biu for this purpose.”
In the same vein, the Army Chief announced the establishment of an army call centre to enable the public reach the army in case of security challenges.
“I have directed the establishment of Nigerian Army Information Call Centre to enable the Nigerian public to reach the Nigerian Army through dedicated telephone lines issues of security and other emergencies.
“I therefore, enjoin all commanders to educate troops under their commands and to work towards the realisation of professional and responsive army.” He added.
While declaring the conference opened, the Borno State Governor, Alhaji Kashim Shettima commended the army for establishing Army University of Technology and Environmental Studies in Biu, Command Girls Secondary School in Miringa and Command Boys Secondary School in Auno, all in the state.
While appreciating the role of army in restoring peace in the state, Shettima who was represented by his deputy, Alhaji Usman Durkwa, said the state government would continue to support and partner the military in their efforts to bring total peace in Borno.
Also present at the occasion is the UNICEF Country Representative, Muhammad Malik Fal.Please Follow Us @ThePageNg