By Elizabeth Uwandu
EXECUTIVE Secretary, Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund), Dr. Abdullahi Baffa, has stated that TETfund is responsible for over 60 per cent infrastructure development in public tertiary institutions in the country.
The scribe who disclosed this during the inspection, assessment and commissioning of projects at Yaba College of Technology, said that the agency will not relent in its current drive aimed at making local institutions, human capital development for lecturers and students to compete favourably in the global academic arena.
He pledged that additional support would be given to institutions legally captured under the TETFund mandate in the areas of research funding, academic journal intervention, academic equipment fabrication, academic manuscript development, commissioned book projects and conference attendance, among others. He lauded the college for the execution of various TETFund intervention projects, especially in the area of equipment fabrication.
While, tasking the management of Yabatech to do more, Baffa commended Dr. Margaret Ladipo, Rector of the College, for prudent spending and execution of the different projects at minimal cost. He charged polytechnics in the country to justify the fund’s huge intervention in equipment fabrication, saying that the technical advancement of the country rests on the perfection of its equipment fabrication that can be mass produced after patenting.
Earlier, the Rector recalled that intervention by the fund at the college began in 1999 with a grant of N24.8 million, saying that thereafter it had grown significantly.