Chris Steven, Abuja

FOURTEEN new public tertiary institutions in Nigeria have been enlisted as beneficiaries of the interventions of the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund).

This brings the total of public tertiary institutions enlisted under the Fund to 2016, Director, Public Affairs at TETFund, Benn Ebikwo said in a statement.

He said the enlistment which was announced during a brief ceremony by the Executive Secretary of TETFund, Abdullahi Bichi Baffa followed the approval granted to the 14 qualified institutions out of the numerous requests received by the TETFund Board of Trustees.

Among the institutions are First Technical University, Ibadan; College of Education, Lanlate; Oke-Ogun Polytechnic, Saki, Oyo State; University of Medical Sciences, Ondo; Gombe State College of Education, Billiri; Ibarapa Polytechnic, Eruwa, Oyo State and Ogun State Institute of Technology, Igbesa.

Others are Gateway Polytechnic, Saapade; Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT), Kaduna State; College of Education, Kangere; Bilyamunu Usman Polytechnic, Hadejia; Federal Polytechnic, Ukana; Federal Polytechnic, Ile Oluji and Enugu State Polytechnic, Iwollo.

Advising the newly enlisted institutions on the need to adhere to the operational guidelines of the TETFund as well as ensure transparency in their implementations of the various intervention lines, Baffa said the brief ceremony was held in order for the management of the Fund to meet directly with the heads of the institutions and acquaint them with the operations of the Fund and modalities for accessing its various interventions.

While congratulating the management of the newly enlisted institutions on behalf of the Board of Trustees and management of the Fund, Baffa described the event as historic considering the fact that the fund was admitting into its fold, 14 new tertiary institutions at once.

The Executive Secretary took the heads of the institutions through the workings of the Fund and its various intervention lines, urged the management of the institutions to familiarize themselves with the TETFund Establishment Act and the various guidelines set out for all the intervention lines.

Baffa presented letters of enlistment to the heads of the 14 new institutions and stated that they will begin to benefit from the Fund’s interventions with effect from 2019.

Expressing appreciation on behalf of the newly enlisted institutions, Vice-Chancellor, First Technical University, Ibadan, Ayobami Salami thanked the Board of Trustees and management of TETFund for finding them worthy of enlistment and promised to be worthy partners in their relationships with the Fund.

Enlistment as a beneficiary of TETFund is the approval given for any public tertiary university, polytechnic and college of education to receive annual funding from TETFund for the development of critical infrastructure for teaching and learning, provision of instructional materials, training of academic staff among other interventions of the Fund.

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