As part of efforts targeted at improving content development of higher institution in the country, The Tertiary education trust fund TETfund says the fund is to begin funding and get sponsorship of “TETfund Centres of Excellence” from 2020.
The executive secretary of tertiary education trust fund, Prof. Suleiman Bagoro stated this during an interface with journalists in Abuja.
Bogoro said having provided more infrastructural development in the institution, it was agreed that the fund should sink more resources on the content component of the institutions which include research, library development, journal publication, PHD thesis and others.
He said National Research Fund of TETfund that has a grant of N50 million is the largest research granting platform in Nigeria, saying this and more are one of the feats of the fund that among other things has made TETfund a model in Africa.
While noting that six African countries have come to Nigeria to copy what TETfund is doing.
He said if ” we had failed, no other person will want to establish another fund in the country. ”
The ES also said the students population of public institutions is 94 per cent while private is less than six per cent.
” that shows that there is less justification in our law that we are not funding private institutions, we are funding public because that is where the majority of Nigerians students are, especially children of the less privileged “.
He further reacted to a report in an online newspaper which accused the fund of lacking effective operational guidelines and resulted in the engagement of unqualified contractors for interventions projects in Abubakar Tafawa Balewa university (ATBU) Bauchi.
The TETfund boss who said the report was done in bad faith said TETfund act stipulates that contractors are engaged via due process mechanism of beneficiary institutions and wondered why anyone will try to twist the facts.
” We have gross challenges in some institutions, we have some that are small level and we may just send them reminders to behave well and some get outright query from monitoring and evaluation to audit “.
“We have undertaken a forensic audit since I returned and i sought the board of trustees approval for independent monitoring of TETfund projects which has never happened before. ” he said.