The Executive Secretary, Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund), Professor Suleiman Elias Bagoro yesterday said the Fund has expended the sum of N23.842 billion between 2011 and 2013 to all public tertiary institutions for library development.
He said the allocation has been on the rise and represents an average of 71% increment on 2013 allocation, which was made possible by the increase in education tax collection in 2013.
Bagoro mentioned this at the capacity building workshop on the acquisition and management of e-library for librarians in public tertiary institutions held at the Kaduna state university premises.
The workshop which was organised to enhance the capacity of librarians on the acquisition and management of e-library for efficient service delivery, understanding and maximise the utilisation of E-library database and other software and to improve the capacity of librarians and shorten the turn-around time in accessing TETFund library intervention funds.
Speaking further, he said “in recent years, academic research libraries have advanced to a collection of on-line resources that users can access from the campuses, offices and cyber-cafes.”
He continued, by saying that “TETFund would continue to be responsible and responsive to the needs of its beneficiaries and stakeholders in the most effective and efficient manner; and would consistently discharge its obligations in a transparent manner in total compliance with the law establishing it and other extant rules and regulations issued by the government.”
Also speaking was the chairman of the Board of Trustees of TETFund, Dr. Musa Babayo, who said it is imperative to match capacity-building programmes to funds allocated for interventions in all tertiary institutions, to ensure optimal benefit and maximum impact for the educational sector.
He added that strengthening of e-library resources would support Nigeria’s tertiary institutions to be among the highly rated institutions in the world.