The TETFund is targeting N500 billion budget in 2022 in order to increase our interventions – BOT chairman
By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri
The Chairman Board of Trustee, Tertiary Education Trust Fund ( TETFund), Alhaji Kashim Imam has said that in order to increase it’s interventions in critical infrastructures, research and other interventions in tertiary education across the nation, the Fund is targeting N500 billion budget for the 2022 and also improve the ranking of Nigerian universities in global rating.
The chairman who disclosed this in an interview with journalists during an inspection visit to completed and ongoing projects in tertiary institutions in Borno and Yobe state yesterday said ” last year we budgeted N250, billion this year N300 billion and we are targeting N500 billion in order to increase funding to tertiary institutions in our efforts to provide more interventions to critical infrastructures, research and training, energizing the campus, library interventions, hostels among others to our tertiary institutions and improve the rating of our universities in global ranking, as such we have contract a firm to work with Federal Inland Revenue (FIRS)’ to meet our target
” in the Borno state University last year we allocated N800 million as direct grant N800 million, this N3 billion high impact grant , while this year N900 million, if you add in all is about N5 billion. In University of Maiduguri last year direct grant N800 million, this N900 million, N2.6 billion last 2 years for the fencing of the University against Boko Haram attack, Also N750 million special grant for establishment of kidney center totaling about N5 billion. Our interventions in the state in all University of Maiduguri, Ramat polytechnic, colleges of Education, Waka Biu and Bama, as well as sir Kashim Ibrahim College of education is in the margin N16 to N17 billion”, he added.
While at the Government House, Maiduguri, Alhaji Imam said ” the fund are making interventions in 4 cardinal areas, which include infrastructural development, Training and research, Energizing the campuses, E library interventions. . E library we providing necessary infrastructures to facilitate E learning in tertiary institutions, in University of Abuja we are 30 kilometers of fibre optics cable and will be replicated in 24 Universities. 200 bed space in 25 Universities,. Energizing the campus we are also providing solar projects in 24 universities”, Imam added.
Responding, the Borno state Governor, Prof. babagana Zulum said there was gap between the Industries and the institution’s, and between the graduates and the industries and I am urging the TETFund not only to intervene in structures but skillss and entrepreneurship, ICT technological developments for instructions to provide job creators rather than job seekers”.
” I want to use the opportunity to appeal to the TETfund to assist the Borno state University in establishing the faculty of environmental studies and Agriculture,which is critical to our developmental efforts” he added.
At the University of Maiduguri, Alhaji Imam said as an alumni of the university the wishes of the university is granted, adding the TETFund is going to construct 2,000 bed space student hostels build operate and transfer, through partnership with private sector and the university and that the sum of N800 million has been allocated to the University as direct grant intervention last year, N905 million direct grant this year. N2.6 billion for the fencing of the university and N750 million as special projects for the establishment of Kidney centre.
Earlier, the Vice challencilor University of Maiduguri, Prof Aliyu. Shugaba said ” the TETFund has been a life line to tertiary institutions in Nigeria through the provision of critical infrastructures, library, research and training, and entrepreneurship development. 70 percent of structures at the University of Maiduguri were provided by the TETFund including this Senate building that we are seated now.
During the inspection visits, the chairman was also at the Ramat polytechnic, Borno state University, Kashim Ibrahim and Umar Elkanemi colleges of education where he interacted with the Management’s of the institutions in order to know how the Fund is impacting on their institution and other areas of their needs.
Yobe MCRP Partner NGO on GBV Mapping
Yobe MCRP partner NGO on GBV Mapping.
By Baba Saleh, Damaturu
The Multi-Sectoral Crisis Recovery Project (MCRP), a world Bank, federal and state government supported programme in collaboration with Jhpiego consultant firm have sensitized stakeholders on Gender Based Violence mapping in Yobe State.
Speaking on the objectives of the meeting, MCRP state Project Coordinator Musa Idi Jidawa said it was aimed at incorporating MCRP in support of gender based violence prevention.
Jidawa noted that it was also part of the World Bank mandates to ensure safety and improvement on lives of the benefitting communities wherever project is carried out.
He said the stakeholders were selected from legal, medical, psyco-social support sectors, community leaders among other concerned organisations.
“We are here today to do what we call a social safety net, safety net in the sense that as a result of project implementation the organisation anticipated influx of labour, and as you all know when a lot of people gather in one area the tendency is that either people or the environment they live may be affected positively or largely negatively .
” One of the issues World Bank envisaged was GBV as a result of the interaction between human beings and they feel if it happens where does the victim goes and seek for support interms of legal, medical among others”
” MCRP will facilitate together with Jhpiego consultants an NGO engaged by the state office of the project to see and map those grey areas of GBV for MCRP support”
In her remarks, Jphiego maternal and child health technical lead, Hannatu Abdullahi said the organisation is non governmental, non profit organisation that work in the area of health and gender based violence prevention and mitigation.
She said the firm was contracted by North East Development Commission through the MCRP to conduct gender based violence assessment in three states of the north east of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe with a view to sensitise stakeholders and introduce the project to them.
NSCDC Mark’s International Civil Defense Day in Borno
NSCDC Mark’s International Civil Defense Day In Borno
By Musa Askira, Maiduguri
The Borno State Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has marked this year’s International Civil Defence Day in Borno.
Speaking at the occassion on Monday, the State Commandant of the NSCDC, Mr Abdullahi Ibrahim, said the event was a grand finale of the weeklong event which had featured among others to mark the day.
He noted that the theme of this year’s event “Civil Defence as First Aider in Every Home” was inline with the objectives of NSCDC.
Ibrahim said that as first responders during crisis, NSCDC personnel would continue to be trained and equipped to administer various degree of first aid and other medical services to the public.
The commandant lauded UNMAS for the training, which he said was timely as the state government embarked on resettlement of displaced persons back to their ancestral homes with possibility of coming into contact with mines and explosives littered within such ancestral homes planted by insurgents.
The Commandant said NSCDC would extend the training to personnel of private security firms in the state inview of their vital role to security in the state.
In his remarks as Guest Speaker, Mr Derek Somers of UNMAS, assured NSCDC and other security agencies of more training opportunities which he said was being funded by German Government.
Somers lauded the commitment and professionalism shown by personnel of NSCDC during the training and urged them to sustain the tempo.
“I hope we continue the training and go a little further in the next couple of months as we will be looking at training the trainers as part of the programme,” Somers said.
In his goodwill message, a representative of United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Borno, Mr John Anderson, lauded the vital role of NSCDC in protecting public infrastructure and facilitating conflict resolution and dialogue in the society.
“All of these are significant contributions to comprehensive approach for civil defence and protection which is the cornerstone of community security and stability,” Anderson said.
He urged them to extend their first aid skill to others in the public.
In his remarks, the Chairman of Lincenced Private Security Organisations in Borno, Amb. Usman Danjuma, said as grassroots security organisations in Borno, they would continue to collaborate with NSCDC and other security agencies in securing the state.
Danjuma urged NSCDC for more training of private security personnel, particularly on first aid and other related areas to enhance their services.
Highlight of the occasion was a mock rescue of a blast victims by trained personnel of NSCDC.
Military recaptured Marte from Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorists, Scores killed
Military recaptured Marte from Boko Haram /ISWAP terrorists, scores killed
By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri
The troops of the Operation Lafiya Dole of the Nigerian Army have recovered Marte and adjoining communities from Boko Haram terrorists. barely less than 48 hours ultimatum given to them by the Chief of Army staff, (COAS), Major General Ibrahim Attahiru
The spokesman of the Nigerian Army, Brigadier General Mohammed Yerima in a statement issued to newsmen said “the troops of Nigerian Army this afternoon around 3pm, recovered New Marte and adjoining communities from the develish Boko Haram terrorists.”.
This is coming less than the 48 hours directive earlier given to the troops to recover the town by the Chief of Army Staff, Major General Ibrahim Attahiru.
“The troops backed by air cover from the Nigerian Air force , successfully charged through Marte town, destroying several Improvised Explosive Device (IEDs) and landmines laced across their routes and killing scores of Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorists and successfully recovered the town.”, General Yerima stated.
The Army further said the gallant troops are currently in total control of the general area. and that details will be made to newsmen very soon.
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