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TETFund spends N185bn for training of 35,000 scholars

The Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) on Friday says it has spent N185 billion in training 35,000 scholars in public tertiary institutions through its Scholarship for Academic Staff programme which commenced in 2008.

Acting Director of Academic Staff Training and Development, TETFund, Alhaji Abdullahi Imam, stated this when representatives of the TETFund scholars’ Alumni Steering Committee paid a courtesy visit to the Executive Secretary of TETFund, Arc. Sonny Echono in Abuja

Alhaji Imam said the scholars were trained both at home and abroad.

Alhaji explained that the sole aim of the TETFund Scholarship was to train and up-scale the educational capacity of academic staff from beneficiary institutions, adding that the project was the second in expenditure after infrastructural projects of the Fund.

‘’The training is both locally and foreign, to enable them to conduct and access cutting edge research facilities, quality teaching and learning, and global networking.

It will interest you to know that we have so far trained about 35, 000 scholars, and a whopping sum of 185 billion naira was expended in that direction. It is a complete project of the fund, it is the second-largest expenditure of the fund after infrastructure’’. Imam stated.

Alhaji Imam sought the Executive Secretary’s approval to have a TETFund Scholars Alumni to help identify areas of specialization and pool them into a critical mass of knowledgeable workforce and change agents for the development of the nation.

Speaking on the reason for their visit, one of the scholars, Prof Kinsley Nwozor stated that they were at TETFund to expressed appreciation for standing by them throughout the period of their studies adding that even though some of them were tempted to stay back after their education, they have decided to come back to the nation to prove their mettle and showcase to the world that the dream of TETFund  was a well-thought intention.

“There is no national agency that has done what TETfund is doing in Nigeria. An investment of N185 billion is not a chicken change. It is time for us to look at innovative ways of making TETfund stand out. You have done so much with gigantic infrastructures in universities. We also believe that gigantic structures don’t make gigantic universities but gigantic minds. We are TETfund ambassadors wherever we are and with you by our side, there is nothing we cannot achieve

People have learnt skills, and gotten knowledge, this is the time to translate that knowledge to national wealth, others are waiting for us to begin to pass skills over to them and we are ever ready

Nobody is funding us, it is purely voluntary, I came all the way from Awka, and my colleagues came from different parts of the country we are not here to become parasites to TETFund, we are here to become a source of revenue to TETFund for the development of this country,” he said.

Responding, the Executive Secretary promised to support the scholars wherever they needed help adding the first point will be to develop a database that will have all the names of the beneficiaries and their areas of specialization.

“We want to count our blessings even beyond the scholars. You are only a vessel. You are a vehicle through which we achieve our primary aim of improving the quality of teaching and learning in the higher institutions and also promoting research and making the findings of those research touch the lives of our people; translating those research and innovations so that people can consume them, improve their lives and generate income from them,” he said.

Reporting by Ayo Charles, editing by Daniel Adejo