By, Yusuf Abdullahi, Abuja
The Executive Secretary of Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund), Prof. Suleiman Elias Bogoro has commended the management of Umaru Musa Yar’adua University, Katsina for the delivery of quality TETFund projects in the university.
Prof. Bogoro gave the commendation when he commissioned some TETFund-sponsored projects at the university recently.
The Executive Secretary who was visibly elated while inspecting the projects urged the management of the institution to maintain the high standard the university has set for itself.
Speaking during the event, the Vice Chancellor of Umaru Musa Yar’adua University, Katsina, Prof. Idris Isa Funtua thanked TETFund for the support it has rendered the institution over the years.
He stated that with the commissioning of the new TETFund buildings, a good working environment has been provided for staff who would make use of the facilities and the onus is on them to improve on their duties of teaching, research and community service.Some of the projects commissioned during the ceremony include the Faculty of Social and Management Sciences Building; Block of 2 No. 150 Capacity Lecture Theatre and Academic Staff Offices for Faculty of Education and Block of Academic Staff Offices for Faculty of Humanities.
It would be recalled that President Muhammadu Buhari earlier this year approved N208 billion as the 2019 intervention funds for public institutions across the country.
According to Bogoro, the annual direct disbursement of N826.7 million was allocated to each university, N566.7 million was allocated to each polytechnic and N542.2 million was allocated to each College of Education in Nigeria.
Mr. Bogoro also said most of the structures in Nigerian institution are built from TETfund interventions.
“Education intervention has been consistent despite the fall in oil price. We spent nearly one hour with the board discussing this issue of increasing number of beneficiary institutions so much so that application of the funds are being whittled (down) and so the impact is reducing day by day,” he said.
Mr. Bogoro expressed concerns over the growing number of public tertiary institutions “and their effect on the application of funds provided.”
“Eighteen institutions across the six geopolitical zones are beneficiaries of the Special High Impact Intervention. Six universities, six polytechnics and six colleges of education received N1 billion each,” he said.