Air Vice-Marshal (AVM) Muhammad Yakubu has on Monday, January 10, 2022, taken over leadership of the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) in Kaduna State.
Voice of Nigeria correspondent reports that Yakubu who is the 11th Commandant of the Institute took over from AVM Musbau Olatunji who is due for retirement.
Addressing the management staff of the Institute, Yakubu said he would work towards making AFIT the best university in Nigeria and among the top-rated universities in the world
The AVM urged the staff to be dedicated and ensure total commitment in discharging their duties promptly and diligently.
He stressed the need for his leadership to focus much on innovation and research, noting that Nigeria being in crisis needs innovation in many areas.
“In this regard, I will not want to restrict innovation on only one area, I want us to think open and out of the box on innovative ideas for us to see its viability”.
“As a military institution, we are however focused on innovations that will help us defend our nation, like weapon and aviation technology then we can look elsewhere because there is no innovation that is useless,“ he stressed.
Yakubu said he will also encourage the institute space on focusing on doable innovations that would reduce the country’s dependency as a nation.
He appealed for an extension of the support given to him by his predecessor for positive results towards uplifting the institution to greater heights.
In his farewell address, the outgone Commandant, AVM Musba’u Olatunji, urged AFIT staff to continue giving in their best and be more committed in their duties towards ensuring sustenance and continuity of achievements recorded.
“The University is still very young, there is a lot of work to do, the staff must continue to sacrifice a lot of their time and resources to ensure that things are put in place.
“Those sacrifices are part of the efforts which are needed to continue to ensure the university grows to what is expected by everyone,“ he emphasized.
Kaduna: Air Force Institute of Technology gets new Commandant