At least 26 Federal and State tertiary educational institutions in the North West geopolitical zone of the country have benefitted from the ongoing Sensitization and Awareness Exercise being carried out by Tertiary Education Trust Fund.
The exercise, which is for all the beneficiary institutions of the Fund, was in line with the determination of the Executive Secretary of TETFund, Dr. Abdullahi Bichi Baffa, towards ensuring that all processes for the agency’s interventions are made open and known to all stakeholders.
Baffa, who led his team to states in the North West as the fourth geopolitical zone to be visited, told participants at the various campuses of the institutions visited that the seminar became necessary to get rid of all the encumbrances encountered in accessing intervention allocations from TETFund.
Noting that some of the encumbrances are as a result of lack of information, distorted or outright wrong information and unnecessary ambiguity created by some Desk Officers and staff of beneficiary institutions, Baffa said the seminar will now make all processes open to all stakeholders in the various academic community.
The TETFund boss, who insisted that his management is committed to ensuring beneficiaries adhere strictly to the established guidelines and procedures for the smooth running of the TETFund operations necessary for maximum impact, explained that the seminar was not only to clear grey areas through a detailed presentation of all the requirements for each of the Intervention Lines, but also to enhance a more cordial and effective collaboration between the beneficiaries and Management of the Fund.
During the sensitization workshops, teams from TETFund, drawn from the relevant departments for the various intervention lines as well as from the Internal Audit Unit of the Fund, made presentations, showing the audience how to comply with the guidelines of all TETFund interventions.
The papers presented at each of the venue of the seminar were from the Project Monitoring Department, Department of Monitoring and Evaluation, Department of Academic Staff Training and Development, Department of Education Support Services and Internal Audit Unit.
Several questions, reactions and observations arose from the Academic and Non Academic Staff as well as union members who were eager to get answers and clarifications on issues affecting them individually and collectively as an institutions.
In Kaduna State, the institutions where the seminar held were Kaduna State College of Education, GidanWaya; Kaduna State University, Kaduna; Kaduna State Polytechnic, Kaduna; Nigeria Defence Academy, Kaduna; Federal College of Education, Zaria; and Nuhu Bamali Polytechnic, Zaria.
For Katsina State, the TETFund team held the seminar at the Federal University, Dutsinma; Isa Kaita College of Education, Dutsinma; Umaru Musa Yaradua University, Katsina; Federal College of Education, Katsina; and Hassan Usman Katsina Polytechnic, Katsina.
For Kano State, the institutions that benefitted from the seminar were The Nigerian Police Academy, Wudil; Bayero University; Kano State University of Science and Technology; Yusuf Maitama Sule University, Kano; Federal College of Education (Technical) Bichi, Kano; Federal College of Education; and Sa’adatu Rimi College of Education, Kumbotso, Kano.
The team visited Jigawa State where the seminar was taken to Jigawa State College of Education, Gumel; Sule Lamido University, Kafin Hausa; Jigawa State Polytechnic, Dutse; and Federal University, Dutse.
It was similar story for Kebbi State where the TETFund team visited Federal University, Birnin Kebbi; Federal Polytechnic, Birnin Kebbi; College Of Education, Audu Argungun; and Kebbi State Science and Technology, Aleiru for the Sensitization and Awareness Exercise.