The Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Baba Abubakar has charged the students of the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) Kaduna to take advantage of the uniqueness of the Institute as 2062 students comprising of 1887 university and 175 polytechnic students swore to oaths of allegiance.

He enjoined them to take advantage of the unique academic curricula of AFIT as the premier Polytechnic University to build on their academic performances. This call was made on 6 November 2020 during the matriculation ceremony of the 2019/2020 AFIT academic session.

Speaking during the ceremony, the Chief of the Air Staff who was represented by the Chief of Policy and Plans, Headquarters Nigerian Air Force, Air Vice Marshal Muhammed Adamu Idris laid emphasis on the impressive increase of number of students matriculating today as compared to the first set of degree students which was 520 that matriculated last year. He further charged the matriculating students to be diligent and proactive in their academic pursuit.

In his words, “AFIT students are expected to be better exposed academically than students from other contemporary universities who do not have the blend of theoretical and practical training offered in AFIT”.

He further stated that the oath of allegiance is a solemn ceremony and urged them to look carefully at the contents of the oath in their spare time as the words are binding. They must therefore be careful not to breach any part of the oath which may lead to either suspension or expulsion.

He then commended the Commandant of the Institute for the appreciable strides recorded within AFIT under his charge as the Institute wears a new look and the serenity of the environment is quite commendable. He also assured the Commandant of the Chief of Air Staff’s support. The CAS also assured the Governing Council’s continued support to the ideals and aspirations of the Institute.

While making his opening remarks, The Commandant AFIT, Air Vice Marshal Abdulganiyu Adeyinka Olabisi congratulated the matriculated students. He welcomed them to the Institute after the oath taking which qualified them as bona-fide students of AFIT. He also enjoined the students to bear in mind that the distance between today’s matriculation and the convocation ceremony in a few years is quite far and it is important that the journey ends successfully. For this to happen, they need to attend lectures regularly, carry out all their assignments diligently, and shun deviant behaviours and vices that can expose them and others to danger. He reiterated that AFIT has zero tolerance for cultism, any form of hooliganism and examination malpractices.

He emphasized that the academic calendar is not disrupted by strikes or industrial actions, therefore, as long as they meet all academic requirements, they will graduate as at when due. He urged the students to be guided by the mandate of the Institute which will culminate in grooming scholars capable of competing globally while also capable of generating solutions for the various needs of the Nigerian Air Force in particular and the country in general.


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