The Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) has conferred the title of a professor on Abubakar-Surajo Imam, a lieutenant-colonel and Head of the Department of Mechatronics Engineering at the institution.
Imam is now a professor of Mechatronics Engineering.
Mechatronics is a multidisciplinary field that combines mechanical engineering, electronics, computer science and control engineering.
He is said to be the first professor among serving personnel in the history of the Nigerian Army.
The registrar of the academy, Brigadier-General A.M Tukur, announced the promotion in a statement in Kaduna.
He stated that the promotion was ratified during the NDA Council meeting in September and took effect from October 1, 2022.
The registrar said the council’s decision was a reflection of the confidence and recognition of the contributions of the Imam to the Department of Mechatronics Engineering of the academy.
He said the new professor had 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.
“On behalf of the commandant and staff of the academy, I sincerely congratulate you on your well deserved promotion. It is expected that you would continue to work hard to justify the confidence,” he said.
Imam, who hails from Kankia in Katsina State, has a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Bayero University, Kano, Kano State.
He 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. (NAN)