Tertiary Institutions Urged To Find Alternative Income Sources And Research Grants
The President, Muhammadu Buhari has directed the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) to make more funds available to tertiary institutions in the country. According to him, this will enable the government realise its purposes of creating a knowledge-based economy.
This statement was made known by the Director of Corporate Affairs, TETFund, Mr Benn Ebikwo, in a statement in Abuja on Wednesday.
According to Ebikwo, President Buhari commended TETFund activities, describing its interventions as the catalyst for achieving the desired knowledge-based economy for Nigeria by the present administration and, therefore, urged the fund to continue in its meaningful and purposeful interventions to all public owned tertiary institutions in the country.
He said, “I am also happy with the special role of the TETFund in the physical and academic development of this young university. It is clear that since the establishment of the Federal University, Dutsin-Ma,
“The TETFund has remained the single, largest development agent in the institution. I urge the TETFund to continue to offer meaningful and purposeful interventions in Nigeria’s higher education institutions to realize our government’s desire to create a knowledge-based economy in Nigeria.”
Buhari, who was represented by the Executive Secretary of National Universities Commission (NUC), Prof. Abubakar Rasheed, National Universities Commission (NUC), expressed delight at the completion and inauguration of the multi-billion Naira physical infrastructure projects sponsored by TETFund at the University.
He reiterated that the inaugurated projects were a clear indication of the resolve of his administration to tackle the problem of access to tertiary education in the country.
President Buhari thereafter promised to continue to fight the challenges of graduate unemployment, through the creation of thriving and dynamic labour market. “This would enable young people achieve their full potential as self-employed entrepreneurs and employers of labour rather than merely job seekers.”
“I want to challenge all Nigerian universities to come out of their shell to build constructive linkages and collaborations with the industrial sector of the society. This remains the vibrant way we can enhance the socio-economic and technological transformation of our society.”
The president also promised that the government would continue to give its support to university education despite the little resources at its capacity.
He, however, advised that tertiary institutions in the country should seriously consider more efficient ways of mobilizing resources as well as attracting research funds from across the world.
In the same vein too, the Chancellor of the University, King Dandeson Douglas Jaja, and the Acting Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Armaya’u Hamisu Bichi, thanked TETFund for the facilities at the university and also called for more intervention to help the institution move to its permanent site as soon as possible.
The Executive Secretary of TETFund, Dr Abdullahi Baffa, also commended the University management for ensuring quality work delivery with TETFund interventions. He, therefore, promised that the management would continue to strive in pursuing interventions that would meet the Federal Government’s desires.
He explained that the provision of infrastructure for teaching and learning activities were aimed at ensuring that the dream of increased access to quality higher education for all Nigerians became a reality.
“Aside the normal annual interventions from TETFund, the university had benefited to the tune of about N5billion as special intervention for take-off grant, proto-type hostels, academic buildings among others,” Baffa said.
The projects commissioned during the event include the senate building, faculties of Agriculture and Science buildings, Information and Communication Technology Complex, and Library building. Others are the Faculty of Agriculture, Laboratories, Students’ Hall of Residence for Males and Females. A total of 837 students graduated during the convocation with 42 obtaining first class degrees