Written by Godfrey AKON

9,000 lecturers get TETFund scholarships in 2 years

Over 9000 lecturers from Nigerian universities, polytechnics and colleges of education have been awarded scholarships by the Tertiary Education Trust Fund, TETFund, to pursue masters and PhDs at home and abroad for the past two years.

Executive Secretary of TETFund, Dr Abdulahi Baffa, who stated this while addressing Education Corresponds in Abuja, said the figure represents about 50 per cent of the 22000 scholarships awarded by the fund in the last ten years.

Baffa noted that the success of the programme in the past two years was the result of insistence by the fund that beneficiary institutions fully comply with guidelines for accessing the interventions.

“Our academic staff development has never been more successful than in the last two years. We started TETFund scholarship in 2008.

“This is 10 years since we started TETFund scholarship. But over that ten years period, we have sponsored some 22000 scholars to pursue higher degrees; masters and PhDs at home and abroad.

“But of these 22000 that we have sponsored in ten years, over 9000 of them were given the scholarship in the last two years. So in two years we have done almost 50% of what was done in 8 years. And it is not rocket science.

“The basic ingredient is insist on compliance with the guidelines. Once you insist that the guidelines be complied with you will block leakages. Every avenue to pilfer the little resources will be blocked and you would have more people to sponsor.

“Once you have control then you would be able to harness the resources and utilise them optimally and judiciously,” he said.

The TETFund boss said the fund was making giant strides or appreciable progress in the manner in which funds are allocated and disbursed as well as the manner in which its projects are being monitored and executed.

“We are really following the money. We are ensuring that public interest is protected. We are ensuring that we get value for money. We are ensuring that the mandate that TETFund is established to pursue is being pursued with every seriousness, every commitment and with the desire to fulfil that mandate,” he said.

Baffa noted that a large majority of beneficiary institutions have keyed into the new culture of compliance with the law, due process requirements and due diligence, adding that majority of institutions have woken up to the reality that things must be done right.




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