UniMaid draws over N11bn TETFund allocation - Baffa
The University of Maiduguri, UniMaid, has accessed over N11billion allocation from the Tertiary Education Trust Fund, TETFund, out of the over N12billion allocated to it from 1999 till date.
Executive Secretary of TETFund, Dr. Abdullahi Baffa, disclosed this while commissioning an ultra-modern senate building of the university named after President Muhammadu Buhari.
Baffa, who noted that the funds were used for various projects including the ones being commissioned, described the university as one of the top notches in terms of beneficiary institutions that access TETFund intervention quickly.
A statement by the Director of Corporate Affairs and Public Relations, TETFund, Mr. Ebikwo Benn, said the TETFund boss lamented that some institutions still have allocations for several years waiting for them at TETFund while University of Maiduguri has accessed up to the 2016 allocation already.
He used the occasion to inform the university community of the approval by the Federal Executive Council, FEC, for TETFund to support the Regional Centre in Research and Production of Knowledge to Counter Violent Extremism at the University of Maiduguri.
Chairman, House Committee on Tertiary Education and Services, Hon. Aminu Suleiman, who was at the commissioning ceremony, stated that the demand for upward review of accruable education tax to TETFund was justified given what was seen at the university.
Suleiman added that tertiary institutions in Nigeria would have been mere glorified secondary schools without TETFund interventions.
“Over the years, I have had the privilege of visiting, inspecting and commissioning public buildings, I want to say the percentage that is accruable to TETFund needs to be reviewed upward. For over two years, we have been debating, there is a huge resistance from other demanding sectors that we should not increase provision for TETFund.
“But everyone needs to know that TETFund has justified the call for upward review, there are no two ways about it; we all agree that without TETFund, our tertiary institutions would have just been glorified secondary schools,” he said.
Also speaking, the vice chancellor of the university, Prof. Ibrahim Abubakar, said the occasion coincided with significant improvement in the security of the university’s host community, following intensive efforts by the Federal Government, especially the Nigerian Armed Forces and other security agencies in dealing with the Boko Haram insurgency.
“We have long decided under the guidance of Senate, CPDD and Management to sustain the University on an uninterrupted academic calendar, despite the devastating impact of the insurgency in the north east sub-region, Maiduguri in particular. Consequently, the University has maintained stable academic activities and services without break since 2009” the Vice Chancellor added.