David Malgwi, the acting vice chancellor of the Nigerian Army University in Biu, Borno, says the university is scheduled to begin academic activities in the 2018/2019 session.
Speaking on Tuesday at the foundation-laying ceremony on Tuesday, he said the university will begin operations with five faculties and 39 programmes.
According to the acting vice-chancellor, the institute was designed to operate with 14 faculties, 113 departments and 493 programmes.
Tukur Burutai, the chief of army staff, said N2 billion has been provided for the take-off of the university project.
The general said the aim of the institution was to build the capacity of the Nigerian Army to enable it to compete with other armies in the world.
“The university is designed to create the critical mass required for research, innovations, testing and development of military equipment in the 21st-century setting,” he said.
The foundation was laid by Adamu Adamu, minister of education who represented President Muhammadu Buhari.
Adamu said the establishment of the university would be of immense benefit not only to the military but also to the country.
“Since we came on board we have increased access by establishing new universities at the federal, state and private level,” he said.
“This year alone, we have established Nigerian Maritime University, Delta; Nigeria Air Force Institute, Kaduna and the Nigeria Army University, Biu.
“We have also approved the establishment of eight state and 15 private universities since we assumed office.”
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