Nigerian Army gets first professor Lt. Col. Abubakar-Surajo Imam

Nigerian Army first professor Abubakar-Surajo Imam

Lt. Col. Abubakar-Surajo Imam has become the first professor from serving personnel in the history of the Nigerian Army.

Registrar of the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) in Kaduna Brig.-Gen. AM Tukur announced his promotion to the rank of professor of mechatronics engineering in a statement on Friday.

He said that the promotion was ratified during the NDA Council meeting in September, and took effect from October 1, 2022.

The registrar said that the council’s decision was a reflection of the confidence and recognition of the contributions of Imam to the Department of Mechatronics Engineering of the academy.

He said that the professor has provided exemplary services and upheld the standard of excellence expected in his field.

“This recognition not only honours Professor Imam but also highlights the commitment of the Nigerian Defence Academy to acknowledging and rewarding outstanding contributions within its academic community,” he added.

Tukur further said, “On behalf of the Commandant and staff of the Academy, I sincerely congratulate you on your well-deserved promotion.

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“It is expected that you will continue to work hard to justify the confidence.”

Imam, who hails from Kankia in Katsina State, has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Bayero University, Kano.

He also holds a master’s degree in mechatronics from Newcastle University, United Kingdom, and PhD in mechatronics and robotics from the same university.

Imam joined the Nigerian Army as a member of Short Service Combatant Course 32, and was assigned to the Nigerian Army Corps of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering.

He later converted to Regular Commission, and served in numerous units including 1 Base Workshop, Technical Group EME, HQ Nigerian Army Electrical and Mechanical Engineers Corps, and DICON.

The new professor doubles as head of Department of Mechatronics Engineering and director of the Centre for Innovation and Creativity at the NDA.