By Rahila Abdullahi, Kaduna
AVM Muhammad Yakubu on Monday has taken over leadership of the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) in Kaduna.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) 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.
He 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 said.
He added that he would also encourage the institute space towards focusing on doable innovations that would reduce the country’s dependency as a nation.
“However not being a day journey which I may not be the one to see the end and take delivery of the accomplished innovative ideas, at least we will start something so that while we are no longer here, the leadership to come will take over the ideas to logical conclusions,” Yakubu said.
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 Musbau Olatunji, urged AFIT staff to continue giving in their best and be more committed in their duties towards ensuring sustenance and continuity of achievement recorded.
“The University is still very young, there is still 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 said.
The new Commandant, Yakubu, was born on the 3rd of March 1957 at Yana Shira Local Government Area of Bauchi state.
He attended the prestigious Air force military school, Jos, being one of the pioneer students.
He was also commissioned into the Nigerian Air Force as a Pilot Officer on 22nd, September 1990 after graduating from the Nigerian Defence Academy as a member of the 37th regular course.
Before he was appointed AFIT Commandant, he was the Air Officer Commanding Ground Training Command