AUTHORITY of the University of Ilorin has called on the Nigerian military to collaborate with universities in the country in the area of research to solve some of the challenges confronting the forces.
The vice chancellor of the university, Professor Abdul Ganiyu Ambali stated this yesterday while welcoming the new commandant of the Nigerian Army School of Education, NASE, Sobi, Ilorin, Brig.-Gen. Ayo Fayehun, to his office.
He pledged that the University of Ilorin would welcome suggestions from the military in areas of research that would contribute to the strengthening of the military.
The VC pointed out that it was a normal global practice for the military to partner the universities to conduct research and develop different military hardware and software.
“The University of Ilorin is committed to applied research that has direct impacts on the community,” even as he assured the commandant of the university’s continued support for the Nigerian Army School of Education, saying that the university was established to make impact through its services and research.
He, however, commended the commandant, who is an alumnus of the university, for flying high the flag of the university, adding that “our degrees broaden the minds of our products for assessment, judgment and positive action. We prepare out students to be ready to function in any sphere of the society.”
On the academic stability being enjoyed by the university, the vice chancellor told the commandant that, “We have not closed our door to our students in the last 15 years. Our students are a different breed that comes up with creative ideas, which are implemented by them with minimum input from the administration.”
Telling the commandant that “we cannot divorce our stability from the work you are doing,” Prof. Ambali pledged the university’s readiness to continue to contribute to the improvement of NASE through continuous moderation of its NCE programmes.
The vice-chancellor disclosed that the recent drone project of the University of Ilorin was carried out mostly by the students of the university, calling on the Nigerian Army to tap into the drone project for military surveillance.
Earlier in his address, the NASE commandant expressed his excitement to visit his alma mater, thanking the university for the “invaluable support” it had given the army school over the years.
Brig-Gen. Fayehun thanked the management of the university for releasing their lecturers to build the capacity of army officers, calling for greater cooperation and continuous support to make NASE an excellent institution of learning.
The commandant, who afterwards visited the director of the university’s Centre for Peace and Strategic Studies, CPSS, Dr. Mahfouz A. Adedimeji, said that NASE would not be what it is today without the CPSS.
In his response, Dr. Adedimeji said that it was good to have a distinguished alumnus of the University of Ilorin as the commandant of NASE.
The CPSS director noted that the centre would continue to do its best for NASE, disclosing that discussions were at advanced stage on the possibility of allowing military personnel to obtain Masters’ degree from the university after completing their Senior Executive Management programme.

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