- The Nigerian Navy says it established the Admiralty University of Nigeria for the purpose of reducing the pressure travelling abroad imposes on foreign exchange
- It also says the university's establishment is for the purpose of expanding the frontiers of knowledge for the growth and development of humanity
- According to the navy, the university will take off in October 2018, but admission of students into the inaugural class is already ongoing
The Nigerian Navy has said that Admiralty University of Nigeria (ADUN) was established for the purpose of reducing the high rate of foreign trainings for its personnel and those of its sister services.
Vanguard reports that the navy, which stated this on Tuesday, August 14, explained that the establishment of the institution was aimed at reducing the pressure travelling abroad imposed on foreign exchange.
NAIJ.com gathers that the explanation was given by the chief of naval staff, Vice Admiral Ibok Ete-Ibas, at a briefing held at the naval headquarters in Abuja, to herald the take-off of the university.
Vice Admiral Ete-Ibas said the Nigerian Navy-owned institution “will seek to spearhead the application of knowledge to solve real challenges of our time.”
The chief of Naval staff, which was represented by Rear Admiral Henry Babalola, said the university would take off in October 2018, and would start academic activities with degree programmes in three faculties.
According to him, the university was “conceived to expand the frontiers of knowledge for the growth and development of humanity, meet the training needs of the Nigerian Navy along with those of their sister services with reduced travel abroad for training and the pressure it imposed on foreign exchange."
He said: “Admission of students into the inaugural class is already ongoing and the university opens in October 2018, with degree programmes in three faculties - Arts and Social Sciences, Management Sciences and Science, offering degree programmes in emerging fields such as Forensic Science, Cyber Security and Software Engineering.”
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that the chief of naval staff, Vice Admiral Ibok Ete-Ibas, decorated 16 newly-promoted rear admirals.
Ete-Ibas urged them to rededicate themselves to the service of the nation. Ete-Ibas, who decorated the senior officers at the naval headquarters, said there was no better time to serve the nation than now that the country was facing security challenges.
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