TETFund restates commitment to provide ‘iconic varsity infrastructure’
The Tertiary Education Trust Fund, TETFund, has restated commitment to vigorously pursue its strategic mandate of providing essential infrastructure for teaching and learning in public tertiary institutions.
Executive Secretary of TETFund, Dr. Abdullahi Baffa, stated this in Minna, Niger State while commissioning the phase II complex of the School of Agriculture and Agricultural Technology of Federal University of Technology Minna.
According to a statement by the Director of Corporate Affairs and Public Relations in TETFund, Mr. Benn Ebikwo, the TETFund boss emphasized the crucial nature of the learning environment to teaching and learning.
“The environment where we teach and learn is very crucial to the success of the learning process and that is why we believe that the university environment is where to come and copy everything about quality structure, big structure, beautiful structure and this really fits into that description,” he said.
He further explained that the resolve of TETFund to vigorously pursue its strategic mandate of providing essential infrastructure for teaching and learning was in keeping with President Muhammadu Buhari’s promise to ensure quality education at all levels.
The TETFund boss assured that the fund is poised to help tertiary institutions put in place iconic structures that will not only boost the self-esteem of the students but ensure that campuses of Nigerian universities boast of structures that can be compared to what is obtainable in other countries.
“We are happy that the School of Agriculture and Agricultural Technology is completed. We are also excited with the size, the quality of the finishing; we believe that this will help in no small ways in expanding the access and in providing space for more students that are going to study Agriculture and Agricultural Technology and such other related courses.
“This is in keeping with one of our core mandate of providing essential infrastructure for teaching and learning and like I say times and again, we are so interested in seeing beneficiary institutions putting in place, Iconic structures that are beautiful, that are useful with very high utility value and that are very qualitative in finishing.
Earlier, the Vice Chancellor, Federal University of Technology, Minna, Prof Abdullahi Bala, lauded TETFund for its interventions in public tertiary institutions, stating that without the intervention, most public higher institutions in the country would have gone into oblivion.
Bala explained that the landscape surrounding the commissioned edifice will soon be completed to help add the aesthetic beauty of the project.
“This building is the Phase II of the School of Agriculture and Agricultural Technology. We have had serious shortages of office and classroom accommodation at the Phase I of the School and the management of the University deemed it wise that we build additional complex for the School.
“So we are happy that the funding is from TETFund and actually if you look around here, most of the buildings were funded by TETFund and I know that like Oliver Twist we will always come back to ask for more but before coming to ask for more, we want to show TETFund what we have been doing with your money, that is why we felt it necessary that you be here with us today.