By Maryam Garba Hassan
The Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) has established nine publishing centres across the country, in its efforts to discourage book importation meant for tertiary institutions in the country.
Chairperson, TETFund Book Development Committee (BDC), Prof. Patricia Donli disclosed this yesterday in Abuja, while fielding questions from the press at the end of a general meeting of the Technical Advisory Group (TAG) of the committee.
Donli said the establishment of the centres was for publishing TETFund’s books and to address the degeneration of tertiary institution in the nation as a result of lack of good text books in various libraries.
She said another reason for the establishment of the centres was to discourage the importation of books in the country which Nigeria’s higher institutions depend on.
She said so far, 50 professional journals have been published by the TETFund while publication of another 50 journals is in progress.
The Professor expressed worry over the inability of University of Ibadan to publish the 20 books sponsored by the TETFund even as it received the sum of N7million for the publication a long time ago.
Earlier, Chairman of the Technical Advisory Group (TAG), Prof. Abubakar Rasheed, who was represented by the Chairman sub-committee on Book Development, Prof. Charles Aworth disclosed that the TETFund Book Development Fund (BDF) intervention was initiated to address problems affecting tertiary institutions regarding text books.
He said from inception to date, the committee had reviewed over 200 thesis and selected 50 that are worthy for conversion into books after scrutiny by academicians, adding that in the end only 11 theses were found worthy for conversion into books.
According to him, “So far, eight thesis and 12 professionals have been converted into books and would be printed by University of Ibadan, by July 15.