Representative of President Muhammadu Buhari, the chairman Senate committee on Defense, Senator Aliyu Wamako commissioning one of the projects in Kaduna. Photo: Teddy Daniel
The Tertiary Education Trust Fund (Tetfund) has inaugurated projects worth over N2 Billion across four learning Institutions in Kaduna State.
The Executive Secretary of Tetfund, Sony Echono disclosed this during the official commissioning of projects in Kaduna.
Mr Echono, who was represented by the Director, Monitoring and Evaluation, Architect Babatunde Olajide said an estimated 162 projects in 54 beneficiary Institutions across 28 states of the federation are expected to be commissioned.
“Let me remark that the projects to be commissioned in the various Institutions have painstakingly been screened through an assessment criteria and are suitable for commissioning,” he said.
He said the financing of the projects by the Federal Government was an indication of it’s commitment to the provision of infrastructure in the Nation’s Public Tertiary Institutions.
Mr Echono stressed that the Tetfund mandate insists that value is obtained for funds allocated to the benefiting institutions to aid teaching, learning and research for global competitiveness.
The Tetfund boss commended managements of the Four Institutions in which the projects were carried out for completing them within a reasonable time frame and in the best standard required.
“The projects commissioned at the Nigeria Defence Academy, for instance, come under the Annual and Zonal Intervention which commenced between 2019 and 2021 and completed fully in 2022.
“As a Fund, we enjoin you to maintain proper maintenance of the structures to avoid early dilapidation in view of limited resources to construct new ones,” he added.
The Commander of the Nigeria Defence Academy, Major-General Ibrahim Manu Yusuf said Tetfund had spent over N8 Billion on the institution from 2016 till date.
“Since the beginning of the present government, the Academy has enjoyed the full support of the Tertiary Education Trust Fund to the tune of over N8.2 billion from 2016 till date, where about N6 billion is for Infrastructural Development; and N2.2 billion went to human capital, research, publication, library and ICT development among others,” he said.
He acknowledged the contribution of the Federal Government in the manpower Development of the Academy and the Armed Forces in general.
Major Gen Manu Yusuf appreciates President Muhammadu Buhari and the Tetfund for their immense support over the years .
Also speaking, the Commander, Airforce Institute of Technology, Kaduna, Air Vice Marshall PO Jemitola appreciated Tetfund for the projects executed in the Institute but appealed for more funding for more improvement of facilities.
In their separate remarks, Rector, Kaduna Polytechnic, Dr Suleman Umar, and Vice-Chancellor, Kaduna State University, Professor Abdullahi Musa assured Tetfund of effective utilization of funding and continued synergy for the betterment of education in the country.
Commissioning the projects in the four Institutions on behalf of President Muhammadu Buhari, the chairman, Senate committee on Defense, Senator Aliyu Wamako charged beneficiary Institutions to start focusing more on research, and assured them of governments continued support to enable them meet up with best practices.
Reporting by Teddy Daniel; Editing by Abdullahi Lamino and Tony Okerafor