Efforts are in top gear to change the status of Admiralty University, Ibusa, Delta State, owned by the Nigerian Navy, from private to public institution. Part of the efforts was made known recently as the National University Commission (NUC) received the delegation of the senior hierarchy of the Naval Command in Nigeria, which paid a courtesy visit to the commission with a view to intimating it of its willingness to change the status of the institution.
The Chief of Naval Staff (CNN) Vice Admiral Awwal, Zubair Gambo, who led the delegation to NUC said the decision was prompted by the intention to give back to the good people of Nigeria.
Gambo said the Nigerian Navy was pleased to come up with the proposal, considering the immense support the university has enjoyed from the NUC to get the university to the level of acceptance by the public .
He said the command was of the view that NUC’s advice should be sought to avoid mistake.
He informed the NUC of the President’s ascent to the request, saying its visit to the commission was in accordance with due process needed to achieve a smooth conversion of the institution to the status being sought.
Gambo requested that the NUC’s Executive Secretary, Professor Abubakar Adeyemi Rasheed should facilitate the permanent operating license to a public one.
He requested that NUC should advise the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) and other stakeholders, and Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND) on the new status, pleading that TETFUND should include the institution in its lists if beneficiaries for intervention funds.
Gambo spoke further that the institution would embark on additional academic programmes since it would open its gate to the public, adding the request for approval had earlier been submitted to the commission.
Professor Rasheed while expressing his happiness for the courtesy visit assured his visitors that NUC would ensure a smooth transition to the new status for the university.
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