Ekiti State Governor, Mr. Ayo Fayose has urged the Management of the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND) to invest more in the infrastructural development of the Ekiti State University land as well explore other areas by which required modern research equipment could be provided for the tertiary institutions in Nigeria to enable Nigeria scholars rank among the best across the globe.
The governor of Ekiti State, Mr Ayodele Fayose made the call at the commissioning of 3 building projects constructed by TETFUND in the Ekiti State University, Ado-Ekiti.
The Governor, who was represented by the Deputy Governor, Dr. Kolapo Olusola said that it was high time for all agencies of government to collaborate in providing modern equipment that are needed in the training and impartation of knowledge that would transform the nation in general.
Mr Fayose said that Nigeria scholars are mentally superior to their counterparts across the world but for the non-availability of
necessary modern research tools that could aid speedy completion of their research works. He therefore charged the Executive Secretary of TETFUND, Dr Abdullahi Bichi Baffa, to work with other relevant federal agencies and stakeholders to achieve this and bridge the gaps between Nigeria scholars and their foreign counterparts.
Earlier, the Executive Secretary to Tertiary Education Trust Fund
(TETFUND) Dr. Abdullahi Bichi Baffa said that he believed that the future of tertiary education in Nigeria is bright considering the arrays and quality of infrastructures provided in the University, adding that the Institution would benefit more from TETFUND, based on the institutions commitments.
Dr. Baffa said that his organization would not sponsor Nigeria
scholars to pursue higher degrees in countries and institutions that has lower academic standard than what obtained in the country, but in those counties and renowned institutions that would add value to the standards in operation in Nigeria.
While congratulating the Ekiti State University (EKSU) Vice
Chancellor, Prof. Samuel Oye-Bandele and the entire University
Community for the successful completion of the projects, the Executive Secretary appealed to all stakeholders in the education sector to collaborate and cooperate with TETFUND to enable it perform better in the areas of physical and intellectual development of education in Nigeria.
He advised beneficiary institutions to comply with the stipulated
rules as provided by TETFUND to attract physical Infrastructure and research support aimed at improving knowledge and directional guide in tertiary institutions.
The Chancellor of the University, who is the Alara of Aramoko Ekiti, Oba Adegoke Adeyemi appreciated the leadership of TETFUND for the laudable projects donated to the University.
The University Vice Chancellor, Prof. Samuel Oye-Bamidele, in his welcome address said that TETFUND has successfully funded 18 modern buildings, with the state-of-art facilities in the school, appealing for more support in the area of infrastructure and scholarly research development.
Prof Oye-Bamidele who said the 3 projects being commissioned were designed purposely for the provision of essential physical
infrastructure for teaching, learning and research, mentioned the
projects as Academic Building, Centre for Gender Development Studies and 4-in-1 Lecture Hall.
The Vice chancellor said that three other projects being funded by TETFUND would be ready for commissioning within the next 3 months. He appreciated the former Vice chancellors of the University for conceiving the idea of the project construction, as well as the funding by TETFUND.
The projects were later commissioned by the Executive Secretary in the company of the Governor, as represented by the Deputy Governor, the Vice Chancellor and the entire management staff of the University before moving round the whole community to inspect all TETFUND sponsored projects.
At the on-going water treatment production plant site on the
University campus, the Executive Secretary Commended the Vice
Chancellor for his innovation at looking inward for revenue
generation, adding that such idea would make the university less dependent on government subvention for its activities.
In his remark the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of council of Ekiti State University, Prince Adedayo Adeyeye, who joined the train at Water Treatment Site, described TETFUND as a great partner in the infrastructural and intellectual development of the Ekiti State University, cadevelopment.e Executive Secretary to consider the school for more and greater suppor