A bill for the establishment of the Nigerian Army University in Biu, Borno State, has passed first reading on the floor of the Senate.
The bill was sponsored by the Chairman, Senate Committee on Army, Senator Ali Ndume, who represents Borno South.
The school to be supervised by the Ministry of Education through the National Universities Commission will focus on technology, military policy, logistics and strategy.
The bill is against the catchment area syndrome being adopted by conventional universities for the proposed institution
The legislation read in part, “No person shall be required to satisfy requirements as to race, including ethnic grouping, sex, place of birth, family origin, religious or political persuasion, as a condition for becoming or continuing to be a student in the university.
“No person shall be subjected to any disadvantage or accorded any advantage in relation to the university.”
The bill also states the university will encourage and promote scholarship and conduct research on restricted fields including entrepreneurship skills.
It will also secure the diffusion of knowledge throughout Nigeria in general and the Nigerian Army in particular.
The bill further states the university may from time to time deem necessary or desirable subject to the approval of the NUC, among others.
It is also aimed at promoting research and other means of advancement of knowledge and its practical application to military hardware and software, social, cultural, economic, scientific and technological situations.