Chairman, Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) Board of Trustees, Musa Babayo has described 2014 as a fulfilling one, with the agency’s level of interventions in the education sector.
Babayo said beyond the massive intervention by the agency in terms of infrastructural development, especially in Universities, Polytechnics and Colleges of Education, a total sum of N19billion was spent to facilitate academic staff programmes for selected lecturers drawn from all the tertiary institutions across the country.
He agency’s Chairman Board of Trustees, made disclosed this in Abuja at its 3rd Long Service Award ceremony organised for staff of the agency who had spent ten years and above in the service.
He said the decision to organize the capacity building programmes for the lecturers was informed by the need to shore up intellectual capacities of some of the academicians adding that sooner than later Nigerians would begin to feel their impact within the academic system.
Babayo said academic staff training and development program represents the single largest capacity building program ever funded by a public sector such as TETFund.
“We have to date invested from January to get along over N19billion on capacity building across all the 71 federal and state public Universities , 51 federal and state public Polytechnics, 61 federal and state Colleges of Education” he stated.
To revamp technical education at the tertiary level, the Board chairman said N15.4billion went into the construction and equipping of laboratories in state and federal polytechnics nationwide, within the year under review.
He said staff expected to man the new facilities had also been trained so as not to jeopardize the objective of the project.
Meanwhile, the Executive Secretary of the agency, Suleiman Bogoro said the year 2015 will witness further consolidation on the modest achievements so far recorded and strive to hit over ten thousand mark of academic staff training both locally and internationally, for masters and PhD in diverse fields.
“When we hit the over ten thousand mark of academic staff training both locally and internationally, for masters and PhD in diverse fields, I can tell you that is an area we are very happy about that we are turning over, a number of academics, lecturers specifically in public tertiary institutions that are acquiring higher qualifications at a faster rate.
“Certainly, with the benefit of reflection, one would see that, if you knew the public tertiary institutions 5 to 10 years ago, you will see what they are today, it is a story of manifest transformation coinciding with the Present administration idea of doing things the way it ought to be, doing those things that will raise the competitive status of our public tertiary institutions, the Universities, Polytechnics and Colleges of Education”.