Can tertiary institutions survive without TETFund?
Sir: It is paramount to acknowledge the ‘’messiah role’’ played by the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND) in the Nigerian tertiary institutions. Established as an intervention agency under the TETFund Act, 2011, TETFund was saddled with the responsibility for managing, disbursing and monitoring the education tax to public tertiary institutions in Nigeria. It is good to state however that TETFund has been efficient in carrying out its interventory role.
Within the few years of its establishment, TETFUND has helped to administer and disburse fund to almost all the federal and state tertiary educational institutions. Specifically, it has effectively supported funding for educational facilities and infrastructural developments, promotion of creative and innovative approach to educational learning and stimulation, support and enhance activities in areas like Teacher Education, Teaching Practice, Library Development and Special Education Programmes. It has also championed new literacy-enhancing programmes like scientific, information and technological literacy.
Nevertheless, I want to urge the TETFund to continue with the good work, and to also pay close attention to supervision of beneficiary schools to make sure that equipment donated are used for such purposes and constructions are of standard. Nigerian tertiary institutions should also give it full and maximum support.
Lapai, Niger State.