TETFund expends N185 billion to train scholars in 14 years – Official

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TETFund expends N185 billion to train scholars in 14 years – Official

The Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) said it has expended about N185 billion to train over 35,000 scholars in public tertiary institutions through its Scholarship for Academic Staff programme which commenced in 2008.

The Acting Director of Academic Staff Training and Development, Abdullahi Imam, stated this when the representatives of the TETFund scholars paid a courtesy visit to the Executive Secretary of TETFund, Architect Sonny Echono, in Abuja.

He explained that the project was established with the sole aim of training and upscaling the educational capacity of the academic staff of beneficiary institutions, adding that the project is the second in expenditure after infrastructural projects of the Fund.

Imam sought the Executive Secretary’s approval to have a TETFund Scholars Alumni which he said will help identify areas of specialization and pool them into a critical mass of knowledgeable workforce and change agents for the development of the nation.

He added that the alumni through its planned journals on issues like innovation and entrepreneurship, science, engineering and technology, art, humanities, and social science would help to prevent or curtail intellectual flight.

“Next is the compilation of soft copies of their thesis in order to have a repository for the National Library/State. We are not only thinking of the database, we want to have a repository of their thesis so that it will pass to the libraries for reference purposes,” he said.

Responding, the executive secretary promised to support the scholars wherever they needed help adding the first point will be to develop a database that will have all the names of the beneficiaries and their areas of specialization.

“We want to count our blessings even beyond the scholars. You are only a vessel. You are a vehicle through which we achieve our primary aim of improving the quality of teaching and learning in the higher institutions and also promoting research and making the findings of those research touch the lives of our people,” he said.

TETFund expends N185 billion to train scholars in 14 years – Official

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