TETFUND expends N7bn on projects at UDUS -Executive Secretary

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By Ado Hassan, Sokoto
Not less than N7 billion had been spent by the Tertiary Education Trust Fund( TETFUND) in the execution of projects and trainings at the Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto, from 2011 to date according to the fund Executive Secretary, Dr Abdullahi Baffa.

Baffa made the disclosure weekend in Sokoto while commissioning a N 300 million Centre For Advanced Medical Research and Training( CAMRET) at the Usmanu Danfodiyo University Teaching Hospital.
The Executive Secretary said the projects were executed at the two campuses of the university, as well as the teaching hospital.

Some of the projects he said include the centres of Urology and Nephrology, centre for research in physical sciences, video conferencing centres, as well as extension of fibre optic cables for internet, among others.

Baffa in the same vein,  stated that several staffers were sponsored to attend various conferences, within and outside Nigeria.

Accordingly, he explained that several other staffers of the institution had been sponsored for their post graduate studies within and outside Nigeria, pointing out that the fund also places high  premium on research and development and will not relent in this direction.

”The federal government is very much converned about improving access to quality education, as well as medical education in particular.

”’ The fund will continue to do everything humanly possible to make Nigerian public tertiary educational institutions meet global competitvenss.

” This is in the area of shoring up quality teaching, research and  community service, under the most peaceful atomosphere.

” This will also be done irrespective of race, gender,.nationality or religion.”

He further stated that the fund was currently providing interventions in 202 public instituions, in thirteen intervention lines.

In his remarks, the  Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of the Council of the university, retired Justice Pearl Enejere, commended the fund for contributing to the development and growth of tertiary education institutions in Nigeria.

According to him” the centre is a great example of how the fund is fcililitating effective teaching and learning in the country.

”With this pionerring centre in Nigeria, the students of the University will be able to compete globally with their contemporaries.”

Also, Vice Chancellor of the institution, Prof. Abdullahi Zuru, lauded the fund for its sustained efforts to assist the institutions to be more efficient and diligent.

” Without TETFUND, we might have probly since parked our loads and seek for other  jobs, elsewhere.

” The public tertiary education institutions in Nigeria owe a lot to TETFUND and we are appreciative of this,” added the Vice chancellor.

While commending the federal government for funding the activities of its universities, especially under  President Muhammadu Buhari, Zuru ‎said” we are also commending his anti corruption fight which has brought sanity in the utilization of funds and praying for his quick recovery and return to Nigeria”,  the Vice Chancellor added.

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