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TETFund committed to quality research in Nigerian Universities: Executive Secretary

*The Tertiary Education Trust Fund has restated its commitment to supporting quality research in the Nigerian universities to favourably compete with their counterparts overseas

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

The Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) has restated its commitment to supporting quality research in the Nigerian universities.

Prof. Suleiman Bogoro, Executive Secretary of TETFund, stated this Friday, February 18, 2022, shortly after inaugurating some projects at the Plateau State University, in Bokkos.

It was gathered the projects inaugurated include the University Senate Building and the newly-established Faculty of Health Sciences in the tertiary institution.

Bogoro maintained that the ranking of every university depends on the quality of its manpower, hence the need for training and retraining of academic staff, agency report stated.

The TETFund Executive Secretary said: “Yes, physical infrastructure in universities is good, but in ranking, the quality of its faculties, in other words, the quality of its lecturers is most profound.

“That is what I call adequate content component of the university system; it is the lifewire of every university.”

He also stated: “We have been supporting the universities to have quality researchers in various disciplines.

“We shall continue to do that so that our universities will favourably compete with their counterparts abroad.”

He further explained that TETFund had started supporting post-doctoral research overseas for those who have their PhDs locally.

Bogoro noted that “this idea is to enable them have overseas experience and apply it towards improving our systems at home.”

The Executive Secretary assured stakeholders, that TETFund would continue to support universities to ensure well-equipped laboratories that would become reference facilities for other countries.

The Federal Government’s agency also pledged to regularly support the university in the areas of research and infrastructure to enable it become a citadel of knowledge that would contribute to the growth and development of the society, report said.

Earlier, Prof. Yohanna Izam, Vice-Chancellor of Plateau State University, said the Senate building was part of the 2019 TETFund Special High Impact Intervention, while the Faculty of Health building falls under the ordinary intervention.

Prof. Izam applauded the Fund for considering the university for the intervention, noting the projects would improve teaching and research in the institution.

The Vice-Chancellor said: “As I speak, there are 11 completed and ongoing TETFund projects in this university.

“We count ourselves lucky and we are deeply grateful to the executive secretary for approving these projects for us.”

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