Posted on July 27, 2017
The Executive Secretary, Tertiary Education Trust Fund, Mr. Abdullahi Baffa, has said that it is not historically and legally possible for private tertiary institutions to benefit from TETFUND. There have been clamours for the inclusion of private tertiary institutions as beneficiaries of TETFUND.
But Baffa stated that the fund was established to assist public tertiary institutions so that they would not charge tuition fees, adding that it would be incorrect to include private tertiary institutions that were already charging tuitions fees as beneficiaries of TETFUND.
He spoke in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital, on Thursday while inaugurating projects executed in the institution through TETFUND intervention. The projects include the Prof. Sheu Ahmed Jimoh Library; an academic staff office complex; centre for research and information technology; auditorium and stadium.
Baffa expressed delight at the projects in Kwara Polytechnic. He also said that that TETFUND allocated N213bn in 2016 as its intervention for public tertiary institutions in the country.
He added that N679m was allocated to Kwara Polytechnic in 2016. He reiterated the commitment of the federal government through TETFUND to improve infrastructure and quality of tertiary education in the country.
Baffa said, “The truth of the matter is that we have to respect the law. The law is crystal clear. But beyond respecting the law, you also have to look at the history of TETFUND. Why was TETFUND established in the first place? It was established as Education Trust Fund then to stop government from introducing tuition fees in our tertiary education institution.”