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TETFund: UNIMAID VC congratulates Bogoro on re-instatement

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TETFund: UNIMAID VC congratulates Bogoro on re-instatement
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By Okeoghene Akubuike
Abuja, Feb. 17, 2019 (NNN) The Vice Chancellor, University of Maiduguri, Prof. Ibrahim Njodi has congratulated Prof. Suleiman Bogoro, on his re-instatement as Executive Secretary of Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund).
Dr Jacob Alade, Director, Public Affairs, TETFund, in a statement issued in Abuja on Sunday, said Njodi congratulated Bogoro during a courtesy visit to TETFund).
Njodi said UNIMAID recognised Bogoro’s leadership qualities noting that his unprecedented recall to serve at the Fund by President Muhammadu Buhari, was a confirmation of the confidence Nigerians had in his administrative and managerial acumen.
The Vice Chancellor said the university was proud of Bogoro’s re-instatement, being an alumnus of the university and pledged its continued support.
Bogoro in his response thanked the Vice Chancellor for the visit, noting that the large delegation to TETFund not only made him emotional, but also evoked a feeling of nostalgia remembering his days as a student at the University.
He noted that his return to TETFund was with a renewed vigour to serve the Fund and the country at large.
He assured the Vice Chancellor of his continued support to the University within the ambit of the law, and urged the institution to maintain its excellent performance in the utilisation of intervention funds.
Bogoro commended the Vice Chancellor of the University and his management team for their promptness in accessing their yearly allocations, a feat which he noted many beneficiary institutions were struggling to achieve.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NNN) reports that Bogoro was re-instated as the Executive Secretary of TETFund on Jan. 21, by President Muhammadu Buhari.
NNN also reports that Bogoro took over from Dr Abdullahi Baffa. (NNN)
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COVID-19: Buhari approves medical research, facilities’ funding by TETFund

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President Muhammadu Buhari, has approved funding of six Medical Simulation, Research and Training Facilities in Colleges of Medicine, through the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund).

In a statement on Sunday, in Abuja, TETFund’s Director of Public Affairs, Mrs Ngoba Briggs, said the facilities would aid the setting up of Molecular Science Laboratories with capacity for testing and diagnosing COVID-19, Lassa Fever, and other related viral diseases.

Briggs said the Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, had directed the Executive Secretary of the fund, Prof. Suleiman Bogoro, to select a university in each of the six geo-political zones, where the projects would be executed.

She said that TETFund had been mandated to establish 12 Medical Centers of Excellence to be hosted by first, second and third generation universities.

She added that Adamu had emphasised that, besides ongoing research work in response to COVID-19 and similar diseases through the TETFund National Research Fund (NRF), the Research Community of the ministry should undertake any other sundry contributions.

This was to support of the commendable efforts of the Presidential Task Force (PTF), in responding to the threat of COVID-19 in Nigeria, she added.

Briggs said the centers of excellence, according to the directive, should be distributed in such a way that two must be sited in each geo-political zone.

In a similar statement, Mr Buhari Mikailu, Director, Physical Infrastructure Development, Tetfund, said additional centers of excellence would be sited in state universities, polytechnics, and colleges of education in `subsequent years’.

Mikailu said areas of focus of the centers of excellence, in line with contemporary practice and technologies, were mainly in science-based disciplines.

He said the approval was initiated through the recommendation of the fund’s Board of Trustees (BoT), and endorsement of Adamu.

He said the purpose was to signify a major paradigm shift in research and excellence in the universities.

Edited By: Nyisom Fiyigon Dore (NAN)

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Akande lauds Buhari’s appointment of Ibrahim-Imam as TETFUND chairman

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Chief Bisi Akande, former Interim National Chairman, All Progressives Congress (APC), has lauded President Muhammadu Buhari’s appointment of Kashim Ibrahim-Imam as Chairman, Board of Trustees, Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND).

Akande, a former Governor of Osun, made this known in a statement issued in Lagos on Saturday.

He described Ibrahim-Imam, who was a former Presidential Liaison Officer, as the party’s cornerstone hitherto overlooked in appointments.

He said Ibrahim-Imam played a crucial role in the merger of legacy parties, culminating in the birth of APC.

“When Buhari’s government, perhaps inadvertently, gave Ibrahim-Imam no position, Tinubu requested me to talk to Buhari on Ibrahim-Imam’s behalf.

“I refused because I presumed that there must have been a dangerous disconnect between the APC and its government.

“Now that the president has approved a position for Ibrahim-Imam in government, I congratulate President Buhari and I also congratulate Ibrahim-Imam.

“I also sincerely congratulate the APC. I hope that from now on, the party and the government can learn to work in sync.

“Ibrahim-Imam’s appointment shows that the rejected stone has been reserved for the corner of the house,” he said.

Akande said Ibrahim-Imam is the son of Alhaji Ibrahim-Imam, who used to be the Leader of Opposition of the Action Group (AG) in the old Northern House of Assembly.

The former interim chairman said Ibrahim-Imam was in the Social Democratic Party (SDP) during the Babangida era, and later became a Special Adviser to President Obasanjo on Senate Matters.

Edited By: Folorunso Poroye/Wale Ojetimi (NAN)

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Tinubu hails Ibrahim-Imam’s appointment as TETFUND Chairman

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APC National Leader, Sen. Bola Tinubu, has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for appointing Alhaji Kashim Ibrahim-Imam as Chairman, Board of Trustees of the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND).

Tinubu, in a statement signed by his Media Adviser, Tunde Rahman, on Wednesday in Lagos said Buhari was prudent in making an excellent choice.

According to the APC leader, Alhaji Kashim Ibrahim-Imam is bringing on board the TETFUND Board his high cognitive abilities, deep knowledge and immense skills.

“He horned his administrative and managerial skills over years of constant learning and engagement in the corporate sector.

“From my years of close relationship with him, I know that with his tenacity, innovative ideas and commitment to the development of tertiary education in Nigeria, he has the right qualities to make a huge difference at this important organisation.

“I commend President Muhammadu Buhari and the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, for their wisdom and prudence in finding an excellent man for the job,” he said.

Tinubu, thereafter, congratulated Ibrahim-Imam for his appointment.

He prayed to God to guide and direct him to make right decisions that would positively impact tertiary institutions in the country.

Edited By: Moses Solanke/Wale Ojetimi (NAN)

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Unilorin takes delivery of TETfund engineering equipment

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The management of University of Ilorin says it has taken delivery of multi-million naira Science, Engineering and Technology equipment from the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND).

The university made this known in its bulletin issued on Monday, saying that this would further boost the institution’s quest for consistent high quality service delivery in the realm of teaching, learning and research.

It stated that the institution Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Sulyman Abdulkareem, expressed the management appreciation to all concerned stakeholders for considering the university to be beneficiary of the intervention.

The publication said that the equipment, which were part of a TETFUND Intervention Project in Special Science, Engineering and Technology (SET), were supplied in two installments.

It said that the intervention was expected to boost teaching and learning in the Faculties of Engineering and the Sciences in the institution.

“The installation of the equipment, numbering about 55, would be undertaken by Skill-G Nigeria Ltd. very soon to ensure that the facilities are put to use without further delay,” it said.

According to the bulletin, the facilities will be useful in the fields of Autotronics, Electrical Electronic Communications, Mechatronics as well as Refrigeration and Air-conditioning.

It also quoted Dr Jacob Aweda of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, as saying that several Departments such as Physics, Telecommunication Science and Computer Science, Agricultural Engineering and Educational Technology are bound to benefit from the equipment.

“It will expose their students to the latest information in their respective fields of study.

“The equipment will no doubt assist students in learning and retention in the course of their training as well as encourage them in the pursuit of entrepreneurship before and after their graduation,” Aweda said in the publication.

Aweda commended the National Universities Commission (NUC), the Tertiary Education Fund and the Skill-G Nigeria Ltd. for the various roles they played in ensuring that the Federal Government considered the university as beneficiary.

He assured the university management that everyone involved would not only be properly trained on how best to utilise the equipment, but empowered in such a way that the facilities would stand the test of time.

Edited By: Gregg Mmaduakolam/Olagoke Olatoye (NAN)

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COVID-19: TETfund donates food items to Delta Govt.

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The Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) on Friday donated some food items to the Delta Government to help cushion the effect of COVID-19 lockdown on the people.

The items donated were 1,664 bags of rice each weighing five kilogrammes, 483 of Semovita flour each weighing five kilogrammes and 307 cartons of spaghetti.

The Representative of TETFund, Prof. Andy Egwunyenga, said the items were the fund’s contribution toward alleviating the hardship faced by the people as a result of the lockdown.

Receiving the items on behalf of the state government, the Commissioner for Special Duties, Mr Mofe Pirah, thanked the donor and promised that the items would be given to the targeted beneficiaries.

Pirah said that COVID-19 pandemic had devastated the world, adversely affected the economy and made many people vulnerable.

“The state government in its determination to cushion the effect of the lockdown established four food banks across the state.

“We appeal to wealthy individuals, corporate bodies and philanthropic organisations to assist with food and other items,” he said.

Edited By: Edwin Nwachukwu/Ejike Obeta (NAN)

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Congress of Academics urge govt against stopping Tetfunds to universities

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The Congress of University Academics (CONUA) on Saturday urged the Federal Government to rescind its proposal to stop allocation of Tertiary Education Funds (Tetfunds) to Nigerian universities.

This was part of the resolutions made after the 3-day 2nd National Stakeholders’ Meeting hosted by the Kwara State University, Malete.

The National Coordinator of CONUA, Dr Niyi Sunmonu, told newsmen that the proposal to withdraw grants from universities due to alleged abuse would rather affect the nation’s education negatively.

Sunmonu said instead of the wholesome stigmatisation of all academics, the government should identify the culprits and bring them to justice.

CONUA condemns the wholesome stigmatisation of all academics on the abuse of research grants and we urge the government to make efforts at identifying the cases of abuse and those connected to it should be brought to justice, if established.

”This will serve as deterrent to others instead of the entire castigation of all well meaning and hardworking academics in the country.

”And if the stories been read in the papers are anything to go by, we condemn the proposal to stop these funds due to the allegations above.

”This is because it will make the country retrogress as no nation can survive without research and research can’t be done without grants,” Sunmonu said.

On the issue of enrolment of lecturers on IPPIS, Dr Sunmonu of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, urged the government to provide seamless opportunities for members to still enrol on the platform.

”We want the government to provide seamless opportunities for members that were not able to enroll before due to one reason or the other to do so, so as not to miss capturing.

”Although this does not mean we are happy with the delay in February salary of our members of staff even as the new month enters its seventh day today.

”We are confident that the delay was not as a result of enrollment, as our members were directed in November 2019 to enrol which they did.

”So, we welcome being captured in the new payment system, we just want to hope that the government will take care of all peculiarities earlier agreed on and take it on board in effecting the payment.

”As we await February salary, we appeal to the government to implement the minimum wage to academics without delay as done to other government workers,” he said.

The CONUA National Coordinator added that the congress was still reviewing the ongoing review of labour laws and hoped to make presentations at the National Assembly during public hearing on the proposed bills.

He however urged the government to provide an enabling environment for Nigerian Academics to achieve their potentials.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the meeting had in attendance members from eight out of nine member institutions.

NAN recalls that the 1st stakeholders meeting held at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, from Oct. 4 to Oct. 6 with five member institutions.

Edited By: Muhammad Suleiman Tola
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Bogoro debunks claims N359b missing from TETFund coffers under him

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Prof. Suleiman Bogoro, Executive Secretary, Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) has debunked allegations that N359 billion was missing from TETFund under his leadership.

Bogoro spoke on Tuesday in Abuja when the House of Representatives Committee on Tertiary Education and Services, led by Aminu Suleiman, paid an oversight visit to the agency.

Bogoro, while clearing the air on the allegation raised by the committee while making reference to the funds in their audited financial reports, said that a total of N359bn was withdrawn from the coffers of the Fund without specific reasons in 2013.

He said that the deductions made had negative impact on the intervention agency, while stressing that TETFund  had filed petitions to the Ministry of Finance to recover the money.

Bogoro, however, allayed fears of financial impropriety in the agency, saying that the Board of Trustees (BOT) of the fund usually give approval before funds were disbursed.

He regretted that various narratives had trailed the missing funds, with some persons “mischievously ascribing the funds to my tenure”, when they had no facts to back such claims.

“On that amount, I think there was about N128billion taken out in one tranche that had nothing to do with education.

“We had to write the Ministry of Finance requesting for the money; it was even ascribed to me by some mischievous persons.

“We, however, appreciate the National Assembly members for their concern and efforts to see that these monies are refunded to us by this year, because it will help our accounts to be more balanced,” he said.

He further explained that N10 billion, which was meant for high impact projects in selected tertiary institutions, had been mopped up from the system.

“We have also uncovered some benefiting tertiary institutions stockpiling the allocated funds for several years without utilising it for the purposes they were meant to be used for,” he fumed.

 

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TETFund to invest more on the content components rather than only building- Bogoro

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Prof. Suleiman Bogoro, Executive Secretary, Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund), says there will be a paradigm shift by investing more on the content components rather than only building or infrastructure of institutions.

Bogoro said this when the House Committee on Tertiary Education and Services paid an oversight visit to the fund in Abuja on Tuesday.

He said that over 200 institutions had so far benefitted from the 15 areas of intervention of the fund which had progressively advanced the sector.

“Occasionally, we have reasons to update and review and add the few areas of interventions that are considered very important.

“We have to invest on the human capital through academic staff training and development. We have sponsored over 26000 for PhD and master degrees almost in equal number in overseas and within the country.

“We have recently introduced post-doctoral support for those who have just finished their PhD up to a period of five years for the purposes of undertaking post-doctoral research.

“We are hoping that those aspects will contribute to improving the ranking of universities that are at the first reference in terms of the education sector for any nation,” he said.

The executive secretary said that the fund had in 2019 introduced the Research and Development Department.

He added that President Muhammadu Buhari in the same year invested and approved the research grant of five billion naira under the national research fund of TETFund.

He said that the research and development and centre of excellence department of the fund had been supervising the utilisation of the approved grant

“Recently we approved 128 research grant and we are hoping if Mr president approves a proposal made by the board of trustees for an increase in the research grant, it will have positive impact on the sector.

“We are positive that we are likely to have an increment in that amount and with this there is increase awareness in the universities system that our universities, polytechnics and colleges of education cannot continue to emphasise teaching at the expense of research.

“That is the new area where we are investing massively. For some times now TETFund has been associated with merely building and we are saying that we want a paradigm shift. This is not to say that we will stop physical infrastructure.

“We need them but even more important is the content of building the relevant areas of support of competitiveness of universities,” he said.

Bogoro, therefore, said that if the submission by the board of trustees could be approved, there would be a TETFund center of excellence.

He said this would deepen intervention in the right areas of research such as manuscript development, library support, ICT, journals and conference attendance.

Responding, Chairman, House Committee on Tertiary Education and Services, Mr Aminu Suleiman promised to ensure the protection of the fund.

He also pledged to explore areas where the fund would move from the present two per cent to an agreeable per cent.

Aminu said this would allow the fund to continue to exercise their work.

“TETFund is one organisation that we are not only passionate about but one of the best creations that Nigeria as a country and Nigerians have done is the establishment of the fund.

“The confidence and trust of the fund had made governnent to unofficially assume that capital of our institution now lies with TETFund.

“We have been doing the best we could do to. We have put machinery in place in the 8th assembly before its winding up but we could not conclude it.

“But I am sure we have the intention by the committee to reopen so we can see how the fund can be financially strengthen,” he said.

Edited By: Isaac Aregbesola

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UNIMED matriculates 557 students, lauds TETFUND intervention funds

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The University of Medical Sciences (UNIMED),Ondo, Ondo State, on Thursday matriculated no fewer than 557 students for its 2019/2020 academic session.

Prof. Friday Okonofa, the Vice-Chancellor of UNIMED, made this known in his speech at the 5th matriculation of the institution.

Okonofa, said that 139 students were admitted into the Faculty of Science, 122 students into the Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences and 120 into the Faculty of Allied Health Sciences.

According to him,  85 students were also admitted into Nursing, 70 students  into Medicine while 21 were admitted into Faculty of Dentistry.

He, however, said that some students would have been part of the ceremony but they could not because they did not pay their school fees.

” But a few are yet to pay their school fees, they have not registered  and, therefore, will not be matriculating today.

” Matriculation signals the formal admission of students into the university.

“Today, several students at various levels in the university have refused to pay their school fees. Yet they purport to be taking lectures.

“I want to remind parents that their wards will suffer irreversible consequences if they fail to pay their school fees because they will not be allowed to participate in lectures or take the required examination,” he said.

The vice chancellor, who noted “the institution runs largely on the school fees paid by students”,  added that failure to pay henceforth would not be taken lightly.

He, therefore, commended TETFUND intervention funds in the institution and as well appreciated Gov. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu for ensuring the fulfillment of the school’s mission statement.

The VC advised students to respect the rules and regulations of the university and shun all vices.

Okonofa also urged them to be respectful to their elders and all officials.

” Their books and lectures should be their major focus and pastimes, while we will provide opportunities for extra curricular engagements and experiences so as to broaden the knowledge of the students,” he promised.

He also assured parents that the school would be supportive and protective to the students at all time.

The VC described the idea of the University of Medical Sciences as one of the most innovative that had taken place in the development of tertiary education, especially in medical education in Nigeria.

One of the students, Miss Abimbola Oriola, said she was elated to be matriculated into the school to study nursing.

Oriola noted that her aim was make a good history in the medical science.

Edited By: Muftau Adediran/Felix Ajide

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