By Samuel Luka
Nigeria’s Vice-chancellor, Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, in northeastern Bauchi State, Professor Muhammad Abdulazeez, has disclosed that without the intervention of Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund), the country’s Universities would have collapsed.
Abdulazeez stated this recently at when the Executive Secretary of the fund, Professor Suleiman Bogoro, inaugurated four projects worth N4.9 billion belonging to the institution.
He however, appealed to TETfund to revisit the exclusion of road networks within the institution in order to provide access to the magnificent structures erected by the Fund.
The projects according to the Vice-Chancellor includes central laboratory block, College of medicine (phase ii), Clinical complex, College of medicine, ATBU Teaching Hospital and centre for science, Technology, Entrepreneurship Development in Tafawa Balewa local government area.
The VC said that the central laboratory block, gulped the sum of N285, 289, 603. While college of medicine was awarded at the cost of N357, 139, 300.
He further said that the construction work done on Clinical complex, College of medicine, ATBU Teaching Hospital, Bauchi consumed the sum of N327, 170, 222. While Centre for Science, Technology and Entrepreneurship Development was awarded at the cost of N3.9 billion.
Speaking during the project commissioning, the Executive Secretary of TETfund, Prof. Bogoro, said TETFund has increased the funds for National Research from N5 billion to N7.5 billion in the 2020 budget.
The TETfund boss said the reason behind the increase in the amount was to boost academic research activities in tertiary institutions across Nigeria.
“The increase in the funds for national research was informed by TETFUND’s new focus on content component in tertiary institutions.” he added.
Bogoro while attesting that successes have been recorded in the area of provision of infrastructure in tertiary institutions across the country maintained that TETFUND will now give more attention to research activities in order to facilitate national growth.