The Executive Secretary of Tertiary Education Trust Fund, Dr. Abdullahi Bichi Baffa, has assured the institutions stakeholders of speedy processing of their various requests for interventions.
Dr. Baffa stated this at the sensitization visit to one of the TETfund beneficiary institutions on Tuesday, 22nd August, 2017 in Ondo City through the Director of Research and Development, Mallam Aliyu Na’iya. Adeyemi College of Education, Ondo is one of the beneficiary institutions.
He said TETfund had embarked on access clinic and project proposal defense by beneficiary institutions, adding that the purpose of the clinic was to discuss, diagnose and remedy all encumbrances impeding access to our intervention funds.
He also said that the exercise had enabled the Fund reconcile financial records between the fund and the beneficiaries, saying that had been a challenge in the past.
Baffa explained that the project proposal defense, on the other hand, was to provide the beneficiary institutions the opportunity to present their plans on how they intended to deploy the funds allocated to their institutions and for the Fund to assess and determine their compliance with operational guidelines, institutional priorities and other extant rules and regulations.
He stated that it was discovered, however, that most of the institutions were neither conversant with the TETfund guidelines nor aware of the existence of some of our interventions lines, maintaining that such led to poor access to TETfund interventions funds and consequently creating misunderstanding between the institutions and their staff unions.
The Executive Secretary expatiated that the sensitization visit to Adeyemi College of Education, Ondo was aimed at enlightening and building effective collaboration with stakeholders in the College in order to improve TETfund intervention funds for the improvement of the quality of tertiary education in Nigeria.
He declared that the August visit would also keep beneficiaries informed about the activities and processes as part of the agency’s efforts at ensuring openness and transparency of the Trust Fund.
Speaking at the event, the Provost of Adeyemi College of Education, Ondo, Professor Olukoya Joseph Ogen, who was represented by the Chairman, Committee of Deans, Dr. Akin Stephen Akinbani, appreciated the unwavering support of the former and current Executive Secretary of the fund, Mallam Aliyu Na’iya and Dr. Abdullahi Bichi Baffa to the College.
He admitted that the College had benefitted immensely from the Fund over the years, saying that words were not enough to describe the support and cooperation the College had from the fund, declaring that the larger percentage of capital and infrastructural projects on the College campus were achieved through the funds intervention.
He noted that the briefing and sensitization on the processes and procedures for accessing TETfund intervention funds was important and timely.
Adeyemi College of Education, Ondo had been a beneficiary of TETfund over the years. The agency’s intervention in the College covered the areas of provision of essential physical infrastructure for teaching and learning, instructional materials and equipment, research and publication, academic staff training and development, support for teaching practice and library development since its inception in 2011.
Speaking at the event, Director, Academic Planning and Quality Assurance, Dr. (Mrs.) Ireti Folashade Alao, revealed that 160 College teaching staff had benefitted from TETfund academic staff training and development, which enabled them to pursue master’s and doctoral degrees in various institutions in Nigeria and across the globe.
She added that a reasonable number of the College teaching and non-teaching staff had attended conferences locally and abroad as a result of TETfund intervention, commending the fund for its various interventions which had made the College first among equals in Nigeria.
The TETfund team who visited the College was led by Director of Research and Development, Mallam Aliyu Na’iya. Others in the team were: representative of Academic Planning and Development, Mohammed Garba; representative of Project Management, Engineer Amadi George; Secretary of the team, Mr. Kalu Okoro; representative of Education Support, Mr. Ashimolowo Musibau; representative of Audit Unit, Mr. Richard Oghiadomhe; Monitoring and Evaluation, Ozo-Eson Osas; and Public Relations and Corporate Affairs, Mrs. Chinyere Ndukwe.
Present at the event were: Acting Registrar, Mrs. Olufisayo Fakorede represented by Mrs. Agnes Fajiye; Bursar, Mr. Abdul Ganiyu, represented by Mrs. Taiwo Adedoyin; Acting College Librarian, Mr. Akinade Awoyemi; Director, Physical Planning, Works and Services, Mr. Francis Ajayi; Director, Part Time Studies, Dr. Festus Afolabi; Dean, School of Education, Dr. Blessing Loto; Dean, School of Science, Dr. Peter Akinbile; Dean, School of Languages, Dr. R. A. Adesuyan; Director, Medical Services, Dr. Ekundayo Ogunmosin; Dean, School of Arts and Social Sciences, Dr. David Falade.
Others were: Director, Gender and Sustainable Development Education, Dr. (Mrs.) Martina Onuegbu; Director, International Linkages and Sponsored Research, Dr. (Mrs.) Bridget Awosika; Director, Postgraduate Studies and Research, Dr. Taofeek Ekundayo; Chairman, Sanitation Committee, Dr. Rasheed Oloyede; Chairman, Ad-hoc Committee on Teaching Practice, Dr. Samuel Oyekan; College Legal Officer, Mr. Bashiru Yusuf; Chairman, Colleges of Education Academic Staff Union, (COEASU), Dr. Tope Oziegbe; Chairman, Senior Staff Union of Colleges of Education in Nigeria (SSUCOEN), Mr. Jimoh Liasu; Chairman, National Association of Colleges of Education Academic Technologist of Nigeria (NACEATAON), Mr. Joseph Anifowose; National Assistant Secretary, SSUCOEN, Mr. Matthew Olasan; PRO SUCCOEN, Mr. Folajimi Babatunde.