Buhari lauds TETFund over Dutsin-Ma varsity development
President Muhammadu Buhari has commended the Tertiary Education Trust Fund, TETFund, for its role in developing Federal University Dutsin-Ma, Katsina State.
Speaking at the joint 2nd and 3rd Convocation of the university in Dutsin-Ma, Buhari described TETFund as the single, largest development agent since the establishment of the institution in 2012.
According to a statement by the Director of Corporate Affairs and Public Relations in TEFund, Mr Benn Ebikwo, the president further noted that the interventions of TETFund were the catalyst for achieving the desired knowledge-based economy for Nigeria.
Represented by the Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission, NUC, Prof Abubakar Rasheed, Buhari urged TETFund to continue in its meaningful and purposeful interventions to all public owned tertiary institutions in the country.
“I am also happy with the special role of the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) in the physical and academic development of this young university. It is clear, that since the establishment of the Federal University, Dutsin-Ma, the TETFund has remained the single, largest development agent in the institution.
“I urge the TETFund to continue to offer meaningful and purposeful interventions in Nigeria’s higher education institutions to help in realizing our government’s desire to create a knowledge based economy in Nigeria,” he said.
The president expressed delight over the completion and commissioning of multi-billion Naira physical infrastructure projects sponsored by TETFund at the University.
He noted that the construction of physical infrastructure such as the Senate Building, Buildings for Faculties of Agriculture and Science, Information and Communication Technology, ICT, Complex, Library building, Faculty of Agriculture Laboratories, Students’ Hall of Residence, Hostels, for Male and Female was a clear indication of his resolve tackle the problem of access to tertiary education in the country.
“I want to challenge all Nigerian Universities to come out of their shell to build constructive linkages and collaborations with the industrial sector of the society. This remains the vibrant way we can enhance the socio-economic and technological transformation of our society.
“Government on its part will continue to give maximum support to University Education despite dwindling resources available to it. However, all Universities should seriously consider more efficient ways of resource mobilization and also find ways of attracting funding for research from across the world,” he said.
Also speaking, the Executive Secretary of TETFund, Dr. Abdullahi Baffa, lauded the management of the University for delivering quality works with TETFund interventions and promised that his management will not rest on its oars in pursuing interventions that will meet the desires of the Federal Government.
Baffa explained that provision of infrastructure for conducive teaching and learning activities were aimed at ensuring that the dream of increased access to quality higher education for all Nigerians by Mallam Adamu Adamu becomes a reality.
A total of 837 students graduated during the convocation with 42 bagging First Class degrees.