By Muhammad Bin Ibrahim
Up until his reappointment as TETFUND’s Executive Secretary in the month of January to date, Nigerians have expressed viewpoints and lots of commentaries commending Professor Suleiman Elias Bogoro. Here are sampled few:
On January 23, 2019, Leadership newspapers, published an article by Ray Murphy, excerpts: “Many Nigerians have expressed concern over alleged corruption in the management of the Fund. It is our hope that the reinstatement of Professor Suleiman Elias Bogoro as the Executive Secretary of TETFUND would go a long way in addressing these and other challenges.
“Professor Bogoro is not new to the job. He was the Executive Secretary of the Fund from April 2014-February 2016. Under his leadership TETFUND trained over 10,000 academic staff for Masters and PhD in diverse fields. Under Bogoro, the Fund equipped laboratories in state and federal polytechnics nationwide. He also ensured the building of capacity across all the 71 federal and state public universities, the 51 federal and state public polytechnics, and the 61 federal and state colleges of education. It is expected that he would bring his wealth of experience to bear once again at TETFUND.”
On May 2, 2019, Daily Trust published an article by Ayuba Ahmad, excerpts: “His surprised reinstatement by President Muhammadu Buhari elicited different reactions in divergent quarters. While there were those who felt aggrieved for the implied loss of a cash cow which, the Tertiary Education Trust Fund, TETFUND, meant for them, a broad spectrum of key players and the general public were however, excited that Professor Suleiman Elias Bogoro had been vindicated and a sort of atonement done. There was a wild jubilation by all cadre of staff over his return to the office.”
On January 27, 2019, Tribune published a news, excerpt: “President Muhammadu Buhari has been commended for reinstating Professor Suleiman Elias Bogoro as the Executive Secretary of the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (Tetfund) describing the reappointment as an exoneration from the allegations that led to his sack in 2016.
“The commendation was made by the National Union of Bauchi State Students (NUBASS) while speaking with newsmen over the weekend during a rally held in Bauchi in solidarity with the TETFUND Boss who hails from the state. The NUBASS National President, Comrade Ibrahim Hashim Abdullahi opined that with Suleiman Bogoro at the helm of affairs in TETFUND, more intervention programs will be implemented to upgrade Nigerian tertiary institutions. We are optimistic that his coming back to TETFUND as Executive Secretary is a blessing not only to the Education Sector but the country in general.”
On January 31st, 2019, The Guardian published a news, excerpt: “…The pleasant reactions at TETFund that greeted the second coming of Bogoro might have suggested that he is the man for the job and was unjustly removed at the time. Bogoro was a former lecturer with the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University (ATBU). Following his removal as TETFUND boss in 2016, Bogoro went back to ATBU and continued with his teaching job until his reinstatement. He hails from Bogoro local government area.
“Although some people may give the appointment a political undertone because it is the political season, to me his appointment has to do with his track records during his first tenure as TETFUND chief. He is my colleague at ATBU and I know the kind of person he is,” said Simon Yalams, an associate of Bogoro.”
An adage in Hausa says: “Jumu’ar da za ta yi kyau, tun daga Laraba ake gane ta, which loosely means, “The brightness of our day is determined by the sunrise of days gone by.” Undoubtedly, Bogoro’s reputation of today was earned by his toil of the days before, he is such a personality that truly means what he says and says what he means. The professor blends idealism with a relish for pragmatic realism.
This trait was discovered right from his early years, where local folks (the good people of Bauchi) recalled and regaled this writer with encomiums of the Professor: “He is so focused and very meticulous in whatever task he undertakes,” claimed a respondent.
During his sojourn at University of Ibadan he was reported to have been “amongst senior and accomplished leaders providing oversight as member of the Council for the National Think Tank for Translating Research to Innovations, Strategies and Evidence for Policies in Nigeria.”
Professor Bogoro will definitely make a positive change, not only at TETFUND, as attested by many; but is fittingly deserving of other leadership roles, because he possesses the prerequisite quality –knowledge and sincerity, and the mien to shoulder responsibilities in a meticulous manner.
Ibrahim writes from No 6 Gwamna Road, Kaduna