Minister tasks VCs, rectors in S-South on devt

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By SIMON EBEGBULEM

BENIN CITY—THE Supervising Minister for Education, Mr Nyesom Wike, has charged Vice Chancellors and Rectors of Federal Government institutions in the South South to ensure that they access funds released to them by government, so as to accelerate infrastructural development in universities and polytechnics in the region.

The minister, who commended the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Benin, Prof. Osayuki Oshodin for the infrastructural development in the university and his prudent management of funds, stressed the need for all Vice Chancellors and Rectors of federal institutions to key into the transformation agenda of President Goodluck Jonathan by ensuring development in their respective institutions.

The minister spoke at a meeting with stakeholders in the educational sector in the South South. He said that “Mr President is taking the education sector to the highest level, therefore, every head of institution must ensure that you access funds and use them prudently to develop your institution as that is the only way you can key into the President’s transformation agenda.”

The Vice Chancellor of the University of Benin, Prof. Oshodin in his presentation, said he was able to carry out projects in the university through the TETFUND, internally generated revenue, Federal Government capital project allocation and Public Private Partnership.

“We diligently accessed these funds and utilised them for the good of the university. And we are glad to say that due process was followed in accordance with the enabling law.”
The chairman, Board of Trustees of TETFUND, Dr Musa Babayo on his part, urged beneficiaries to ensure they utilise funds made available to them to promote both human and infrastructural development in the tertiary institutions.

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