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Impersonation: TETFund raises alarm over activities of fraudsters

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By Sodiq Adelakun

Tertiary Education Trust Fund has raised the alarm over recent surge in the activities of fraudsters attempting to defraud unsuspecting stakeholders of their hard-earned funds.

Acting Director, Public Affairs, Mr Abdulmumin Oniyangi, in a statement on Monday in Abuja, also stated that the Fund was witnessing myriads of fraudulent attempts and malicious allegations over non-compromising stand against it by some unscrupulous individuals and groups.

He said, “The Tertiary Education Trust Fund, TETFund, has in recent times witnessed a surge in the activities of fraudulent individuals and groups who devise all sorts of means to defraud stakeholders and unsuspecting members of the public in the name of the Fund.

“Also prevalent is the attempt by certain individuals and groups to malign the leadership of the Fund and disrupt its activities over Management’s determination not to succumb to frivolous requests which are grossly in violation of the Agency’s mandate.

“Some of the antics employed by these individuals and groups include: Allegations of Contract Fraud & Procurement Racketeering. What could be considered as the first attempt or springboard aimed at maligning the current leadership of the Fund came to light via a publication by Sahara Reporters dated 20th July 2022 titled “Disquiet in Nigeria Education Agency, TETFund over Contracts Fraud, Procurement Racketeering, Others under New Head, Sonny Echono,” it said.

Oniyangi said, “These spurious and unfounded allegations which came up barely four months after the assumption of office of the Executive Secretary were addressed by the Fund in a Press Release titled ‘Corruption Fights Back as Echono Implements Sweeping Reforms’ issued on 22nd July, 2022.”

Part of the statement read, “Suffice to say that the allegations were not only proved to be lacking in merit but discovered to have been sponsored by self-seeking individuals/groups who felt aggri eved at the sweeping reforms introduced to eliminate corruption and promote accountability at the Fund.

“Despite addressing Sahara Reporters’ unfounded publication, certain individuals/groups who have sought all forms of unholy sponsorship, support and patronage from the Fund, but denied, have continued to come up under different guises, alleging corruption at the Fund, ‘copying and pasting’ same spurious information contained in Sahara Reporters’ publication.

“Forgery of Special Intervention Approval Letters: TETFund has received reports of fake Special Intervention Approval Letters which are presented to Heads of Beneficiary Institutions by fraudulent individuals who claim to represent the interest of the Fund. Heads of institutions have been cautioned to beware of this practice and verify all transactions directly from TETFund. Security agencies have also been informed and some arrests were made including an ongoing prosecution.

“Social Media Scam: The Fund has also received various reports about the activities of some nefarious individuals/groups who attempt to commit fraud using the name and profile of the Executive Secretary in operating fake social media accounts such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter amongst others with claims of providing opportunities of TETFund procurement jobs to unsuspecting members of the public.

“We have repeatedly and consistently warned members of the public that the Executive Secretary is not on any of these social media platforms and does not transact any kind of business on them.

“Scholarship/Grant Scam: There have also been reports of fraudulent claims of payment of grants and award of scholarships to Nigerian Students. This is usually circulated on social media platforms with a link that directs victims to fraudulent websites. It is also intended to create disaffection among students towards the Fund.

“Employment Scam: Reports of fake employment opportunities advertised online have also become rampant and the Fund has been active in dispelling such.

“It is important to state that TETFund has been established as an international brand with two countries currently understudying its system and processes. Ghana has since adopted the same model with the establishment of Ghana Education Trust Fund (GETFund). The Fund has entered into 11 international partnership agreements and appointed into global knowledge-based institutions spanning Research, Innovation and funding models.

“Considering the giant strides and positive contributions of the Fund towards national development, therefore, it is a great disservice to the country for faceless, self-serving and malevolent interlopers to attempt to discredit the Agency through false, baseless and unfounded allegations.

“While calling on security agencies to intensify their efforts in curbing this ugly trend by tracking down these criminal elements and bringing them to justice, TETFund shall remain open and transparent in all its operations and will be willing at all times to provide information requested by genuine stakeholders through appropriate channels.

“Once again, we use this medium to assure our esteemed stakeholders and the general public that we shall remain focused; more so that we are encouraged by the positive feedbacks from our stakeholders. There will be no let-off in our efforts to constantly improve efficiency and sustain the Fund’s reputation as a role model intervention agency.”

 

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TETFund commits to enhancing NOUN study centres with high-speed fibre optics — NOUN VC

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The Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) will upgrade all the study centres of the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) with fibre optics to transmit information and data with the speed of light.

The Vice Chancellor of NOUN, Prof. Olufemi Peters, said this during a pre-convocation news conference on Monday, ahead of its 13th convocation slated for April 13, in Abuja.

Fibre optics, or optical fibre, refers to the technology that transmits information as light pulses along a glass or plastic fibre.

Mr Peters said the rate of technology advancement at NOUN attracted the offer from TETFund.

“Right now, our academics all over the faculties and departments have video components to assist our students and we deploy this with ease.

“And because of the manner we deploy technology, TETFund has offered to assist us with fibre optics in all our study centres across the country.

“It is a testimony to where we are in terms of technology,” Mr Peters said.

He said that a lot of Nigerians were yet to understand how the university operates in spite of its years of existence in the country.

Mr Peters noted that the institution had brought development to many towns and villages where the university had its study centres.

“The forthcoming convocation would be an opportunity to showcase what the institution can do with technology,” he said.

Mr Peters said that 22,175 students in various disciplines across the country would be graduating on April 13.

He said the graduating students would join the convocation via technology from its 120 study centres across the country.

“Of this number, 15,768 are undergraduate degrees, while 6,407 are for postgraduate degrees, with the Faculty of Social Sciences producing the highest number of graduates.

“Twenty-two of these students are first class, 2,362 are PGD graduates, while 41 are Masters and six are leaving the institution as PHD holders.

“This is an indication that the school is gradually moving towards establishing a more robust postgraduate school,” he said.

Mr Peters said the interesting part of the convocation would be the conferment of an investiture on the University’s new Chancellor, His Royal Majesty, Oba of Benin, Ewuare II, with a Doctorate Degree, and his installation as the Chancellor.

He said that the convocation lecture would be delivered by the Vice Chancellor of the Open University of Tanzania, Prof. Elifas Bisanda, with the topic: “Is Western education still relevant for Africa.”

The NOUN VC said the lecture would direct Nigeria and Africa in general to areas which would be useful to citizens.

He added that the lecture would be followed by the conferment of honorary Doctorate Degrees on Dr Innocent Chukwuma, the chief executive officer of Innoson Motors, and Hafsatu Abdulwaheed, the first female novelist in northern Nigeria and an eminent activist.

“Dr Chukwuma is a well-known Nigerian entrepreneur and founder of Innoson Motors, and his creativity and commitment to local content, is one of the reasons the university considered it fit to honour him.

“The second person, Hajia Hafsatu, has dedicated her works to promoting education, particularly for girls, and she believes in the transformative power of literacy to uplift communities and break the circle of poverty.

“These two awardees reflect the core values of NOUN which is entrepreneur ingenuity and knowledge-based content creativity,” Mr Peters said.

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NUC grants UNILAG distance learning approval for four new programmes

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By Sodiq Adelakun

The National Universities Commission (NUC) has given its approval for the University of Lagos Distance Learning Institute (DLI) to introduce four new programmes in the upcoming academic session.

The approved programmes set to commence in the next academic session include the Postgraduate Diploma in Education, Bachelor of Science in Finance, Bachelor of Education in Guidance and Counselling, and Bachelor of Educational Administration.

The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Lagos, Folasade Ogunsola revealed this information in her address at the blended matriculation ceremony for newly admitted students of the DLI.

Ogunsola expressed the University’s commitment to providing quality education through its Distance Learning Institute and welcomed the new students to the institute’s academic community during the matriculation ceremony for the 2023/2024 academic session.

The Vice-Chancellor commended the freshers for choosing the open distance learning form of education, describing it as the way of the future and charged them to be of good character in deed and in truth.

The Distance Learning Institute serves as the operational and coordinating arm of the university’s open and distance learning programmes, enjoying an elevated status akin to that of a faculty within the institution.

With its own management and academic boards, the institute holds the authority to devise policies, hire staff, oversee academic programs and examinations, manage daily operations, and generate funds independently for its activities.

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JAMB enables printing of 2024 UTME exam slips, vital details now accessible

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By Sodiq Adelakun

The Joint Admissions Matriculation Board (JAMB) has announced that candidates for the 2024 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) can now access and print their exam slips.

These slips, released on April 10th, 2024, hold crucial information such as the exam date, time, and venue.

Candidates have two options for printing their exam slips. They can either utilize the JAMB Exam Slip Printing Portal or access the slip through the JAMB eFacility portal.

Both methods require candidates to provide their JAMB Registration Number, email address, or phone number used during registration.

Once the details are entered correctly, candidates can proceed to print or save the exam slip as a PDF for future reference.

It’s imperative for candidates to note that there is no limit to the number of times they can reprint their exam slips, and both methods provided by JAMB are valid for accessing and printing the slips.

With the exam slip containing essential information for the UTME 2024, candidates are advised not to delay in accessing and printing their slips to ensure they are adequately prepared for their exam day.

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