Group Lauds UNICAL VC For Judicious Utilization Of TETFund

Prof. Zana Akpagu, UNICAL Vice Chancellor

By Inyali Peter

The Transparency Advocacy Development Initiative for Nigeria, a civil society organization has lauded the Vice Chancellor of University of Calabar (UNICAL), Calabar Prof Zana Akpagu over what the group described as "judicious utilization of Tertiary Education Trust Fund, TEFund".

The National Coordinator of the group,  Yomi David, made the commendation in Abuja recently while briefing newsmen on the outcome of the group's field assessment to schools.

While urging other heads of tertiary institutions to take a clue from the progress in UNICAL to fully utilise the funds, he added that utilisation of TETFund would help bring back the lost academic glory and make some new universities to be at par with other second generation universities.

He said that the university had been able to execute several projects using the TETFund allocations made to the university and her internally generated revenue.

According to him "Proofs cannot be denied as we have seen in the case of University of Calabar and we can boldly say based on public perception that confidence in this government is being shored-up.

"Any visitor to the University of Calabar will be filled with pleasant joy that such quantum of projects visible on ground have been executed.

“Some of these outstanding projects include the Faculty of Dentistry building, which was commenced and completed within two months and Faculty of Medicine newly built to cater for learning needs.

“Others are media arts studios for Mass Communication Department, 500-seat twin lecture pavilion and refurbishment of all Science laboratories and supplied with gas from a centralised system among others.

Continuing he sad that "This goes to show President Muhammadu Buhari is committed to investing massively in education as the bedrock of development.

“It further buttresses the fact that the government does not stand in isolation when the call for prudent management of resources, anti-corruption and good governance arise having appointed like minds in strategic positions".

He reiterated that the tremendous achievements could only be made possible through discipline, dedication and efficient management of resources that eschew all forms of corruption and abuse of office.

The Coordinator however called on the Federal Government to maintain and step up its intervention programmes such as the TETFund to boost infrastructure and enhance development in the education sector.

He maintained that the TETFund has contributed immensely to the projects execution and rapid educational development in the country.

David urged administrators of Nigerian tertiary institutions to sustain and ensure prudent utilisation of resources in their various institutions even as he stressed the need for management of universities across the country to look inward and explore various sources of revenue.

"Our tertiary institutions should involve programmes that would bridge the skills gap or meet specific needs of graduating", he added.

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