Tertiary Education Trust Fund, TETfund, has sponsored over a thousand academic and non-academic staff of various tertiary institutions in its drive for a qualified workforce in higher institutions.
Former Chairman, TETfund, Board of Trustees, Dr Musa Babayo, at a long service award organised for its staff in Abuja, said TETFund expended N19 billion to facilitate programmes for selected lecturers.
He said the programme for academic staff was the single largest capacity building programme ever funded by the public sector.
Executive Secretary of the intervention agency, Professor Suleiman Elias Bogoro, also assured that 2015 will witness further consolidation on the modest achievements recorded, as well as strive to hit the 10,000 mark for the training of academic staff locally and internationally.
Nigerian Pilot recently visited some public institutions in Edo, Delta and Bayelsa States to find out the veracity of the agency’s claim. The responses were as stunning as they were thought-provoking.
At the Federal Polytechnic, Auchi, the Rector, Dr. Phillipa Omame Idogo, said the sustenance of the over 50-year old polytechnic is dependent on TETfund.
“I do not know what would have been the situation here if there was nothing like TETfund intervention. Apart from the structures you see around the school, over 40 academic and non–academic staff have been sponsored for Masters and doctorate programmes including conferences and workshops for the non-teaching staff.’’
A beneficiary of the programme and Head of Department, Linguistics, Mrs. Angela Egele, said the programme she attended reflects in the way she teaches her students.
Another startling testimony came from the Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, also in Edo State, where the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Administration, Professor Vincent Aghayere, who represented the Vice Chancellor, Professor Cordelia Agbebaka, said without TETfund, the university would have been a shadow of its self.
Aghayere extolled the good deeds that the school has enjoyed through its intervention, adding that TETfund has saved Nigeria’s tertiary institutions.

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