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In 10 years TETFUND executed over 10,000 projects across 226 tertiary institutions Nation wide – Kashim Imam

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri.

The chairman Board of Trustees, of the tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) Alhaji Kashim Imam has said that since the establishment of TETFund in 2011 has impacted positively on 226 tertiary institutions across the country through the prosecution of over10 thousand Projects.

The TETFund Board Chairman, Alhaji Kashhim Imam who disclosed when he paid a courtesy Call on the Yobe state Governor, Mai Mala Buni at the Government House, Damaturu yesterday said ” I am here on a working visit to your state to Inspect completed and ongoing projects in 6 Federal and state owned tertiary institutions in yobe state. The TETfund was established by the National Assembly Act in 2011 and since it’s inception it has executed over 10 thousand projects across the country ‘.

” In Yobe state we have interventions in 6 tertiary institutions which includes Federal University Gashua, Federal Polytechnic Damaturu, Federal College of Education, Potiskum, state Polytechnic Geidam, Yobe State University, Damaturu. . Last year in Your state alone, the TETFund expended N5 billion on critical projects across the tertiary institutions and this year the TETFund is to spend N8 billion in Yobe state”.

While commending the Yobe state Governor and chairman Extra ordinary convention of the All Progressive Congress (APC) Hon. Mai Mala Buni for the revalidation and registration exercise, he donated the sum of N10 million in support of the revalidation exercise.

Responding, Governor Mai Mala Buni of Yobe state said ” due to the destructions caused by the decade long Boko Haram insurgency. I have declared a state of emergency in the education sector. Borno and Yobe are educationally backward and it was further worsen by the insurgency that is why we are massively investing in education to bridge the gap. We therefore call for more intervention from your Fund.”

At the Yobe state University, Alhaji Imam said in the 10 years of the inception of TETFund it has executed over 10, 000 projects across the 226 federal and state tertiary institutions across the country. Which consists of 108 projects in Bayero University Kano,66 projects each in LASU and University of portharcourt in the area of critical infrastructures, research, utility vehicles, training and retraining and library interventions.

He said the TETFund has expended N800 million in the Yobe state University in 2020 and has also budgeted N900 million this year to the university.

Earlier, the Vice Chancellor, Yobe State University, Professor Mala Daura said ” the University has benefited over 20 projects from 2006 to date and has spent N3.5 billion in critical infrastructures, training, scholarships, research grants, library development among others”

He said the university which was established in 2006 have witness a lot transformation but however the decade long insurgency have affected the school, Corona Viirus has also had it toll on the academic activities of the school, adding that the university need more intervention from the TETFund for the establishment for the faculty of Agriculture with 4 programme,, construction of student hostels and the Yobe State Teaching Hospital for the take off of medicine and health program.

Responding the chairman assured the university that the Board of Trustees has budgeted bN800 million for the university last and N905 million budgeted for the year 2021 . In the sum of N1 billion to rebuild the destroyed Yobe state polytechnic Geidam.

While at the Federal Polytechnic Damaturu, the Rector of the institution, Dr Usman Kallamu represented by deputy Rector Administration, Dr Mohammed Shuwama said ” the institution has benefited a lot from the TETFund interventions which includes 13 departmental complex, renovation and construction of hostels, 33 KVA line electricity extension to the polytechnic, 1 Solar borehole, general office equipment, computer and internet facilities and laboratory, workshop equipment “.

” Others includes library interventions in terns of assorted textbooks, journals, reference materials over 30,000 volume, research training of 125 both MSC and Phd levels workshop to 667 staff, and conference for both academic and non academic staff totaling 1,226. From 2011 to date over N3.9 billion has been allocated to the polytechnic and well utilized. This includes High impact intervention of N1 billion the projects when completed will accommodate school of sciences and Technology, Environmental studies and 250 capacity twin lecture theaters”, the added.

However the Dr Kallamu said the polytechnic still in need of classrooms, laboratories, workshops and laboratory equipment, female hostels and fencing, , drawing studio and equipment for Environmental studies, upgrade of library utility vehicles, as well solar lightening to classroom and laboratories.

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Yobe state Governor and Chairman APC Caretaker Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee, Hon. Mai Mala Buni, today approved the full implementation of the report of the Technical Committee on revitalization of Basic and Secondary Education in the state.

Governor Buni on assumption of office declared a state of emergency on basic and secondary education to develop the foundation of education in the state.

A technical Committee was constituted under the chairmanship of Prof. Malah Daura, Vice Chancellor Yobe state University with erudite scholars appointed as members to develop a framework for the actualization of the programme.

The Governor said the education sector is very dear to his administration and would do everything within his powers to uplift the standard of education in the state.

“The state of education in the state was in need of support before it was compounded by the activities of Boko Haram insurgents.

“We have to move fast to salvage the situation for the state to progress educationally.

“This explains why even before the submission of the comprehensive report, we had been using the interim report to fast track our steps in education.

“This administration is committed to improving
the standard of education in Yobe state, we will do that with vigour to achieve our target” Buni assured.

Dr Kole Shettima, Honorary Special Adviser on Education to the Governor and a member of the technical Committee, who led the presentation commended the Governor for demonstrating uncommon commitment and using the report before its formal presentation.

The committee also suggested constitution of a high powered commission to monitor implementation and ensuring synergy among key players for consistent review and upgrade to be in tune with international standard practice.

It would be recalled that the Buni administration had in the last 20 months constructed and rehabilitated many schools, employed more qualified teachers and trained others, procured books and other instructional materials among others in a deliberate move to improve the standard of education in Yobe state.

Similarly, 233 students were recently sponsored to study various professional courses in India.

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…ACF eulogizes as DG adds another year

The Atiku Care Foundation has described its Director-General, Ambassador Aliyu Bin Abbas as a man of uncommon courage, resilience and patriotic spirit.

The humanitarian organisation, in a statement signed by Remi Adebayo, its deputy director, media and publicity on Tuesday, on the occasion of Aliyu’s birthday stated that the organisation was proud of him.

“It it your birthday today and one can only appreciate you for providing selfless leadership that come with uncommon courage, resilience and patriotism.

“At a time many young people hang on to the nation for everything, you have demonstrated loyalty to a cause for the emancipation of the Nigerian youths, the humanitarian cause and nation building and all these without immediate gains or expectations of one.

“We are delighted that through the thick and thin, your selflessness at the Atiku Care Foundation has become like wildfire, spreading fast and waxing stronger under your able leadership.

“On the occasion of your birth date today, we rejoice and wish you joy and fulfillment of your desires as we salute your doggedness and praying for continued health and vision to expand on the good work you’re doing,” the statement read.

Earlier in his congratulatory message, the Grand Patron of the ACF and former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar has urged the Nigerian youths to invest in the future by resisting the lure of immediate gratification.

“We are fighting for the future of our Youths. It is not about what they can get in monetary terms,” Atiku stated.

Remi Adebayo
Deputy Director,
Media & Publicity,
Atiku Care Foundation,
Abuja.

February 2, 2021.
Email: remadebayo@gmail.com
Mobile: 08069537684

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