The Nigerian Navy has appealed for the support of Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) in the areas of students’ scholarship, academic research , as well as physical development of infrastructure.
Such infrastructure include workshops and laboratories at Admiralty University of Nigeria (ADUN), Nigerian Naval engineering College, (NNEC), Sapele and Nigerian Navy Finance and Logistics College (NNFLC), Owerrinta, Imo State.
The Chief of Naval Staff (CNS), Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas, made the appeal when he hosted the Executive Secretary of TETFund, Prof. Suleiman Bogoro, who led other members of his organisation on a courtesy visit to the Naval Headquarters
The CNS also called for a closer collaboration with the (TETFund) in order to consolidate on the modest achievements of the Nigerian Navy (NN) in domestic ship construction programme and other innovative ventures.
Vice Admiral Ibas revealed that the NN has promoted excellence in the professional training of its personnel and welfare education support system, stressing that: “This contribution of the Service to nation-building has been invaluable which has led to the upgrade of the NN’s two professional schools; NNEC and NNFLC to Polytechnic status.”
He further noted that the highpoint of the NN tertiary education efforts culminated in the establishment of the Admiralty University of Nigeria ADUN in 2017 through collaboration with Hellenic Education Nigeria.
He asserted that in line with Nigeria’s strategic maritime interest and aspirations, the Navy professional colleges and ADUN remain poised to improve domestic knowledge, skills and aptitude for both personnel of its personnel and the general public towards maritime wealth creation, national security and development.
The Naval Chief, however, applauded the contributions of TETFund in the re-engineering of tertiary education in Nigeria especially in areas of infrastructural and human resource development.
He added that the visit presented a unique opportunity for the two institutions to deepen genial relationship in the interest of the nation.
The CNS particularly welcomed collaborations with the Fund in Research and Development as well as other ground-breaking concepts to reduce dependence on the use of exorbitant foreign platforms and equipment for the defence of the nation’s territorial integrity.