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President Buhari Approves The Establishment Of Federal Polytechnic, Wannune
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President Buhari Approves The Establishment Of Federal Polytechnic, Wannune

President @MBuhari has approved the establishment of Federal Polytechnic Wannune, Benue, and also approved a take-off grant of N2 billion for the Polytechnic from the funding resources of the TETFund for the provision of core facilities for immediate take-off. Good for education! https://twitter.com/BashirAhmaad/status/1350188526810374154?s=20
Tinubu Commends Appointment Of Ibrahim Imam As New TETFUND Chairman
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Tinubu Commends Appointment Of Ibrahim Imam As New TETFUND Chairman

National Leader of All Progressive Congress, Sen. Bola Tinubu, has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for appointing Alhaji Kashim Ibrahim-Imam as Chairman, Board of Trustees of the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND). Tinubu, in a statement signed by his Media Adviser, Tunde Rahman, on Wednesday in Lagos said Buhari was prudent in making an excellent choice. According to the APC leader, Alhaji Kashim Ibrahim-Imam is bringing on board the TETFUND Board his high cognitive abilities, deep knowledge and immense skills. “He horned his administrative and managerial skills over years of constant learning and engagement in the corporate sector. “From my years of close relationship with him, I know that with his tenacity, innovative ideas and commitment to the development of ...
Nigerian Lecturers Spend Tetfund Research Grants On Cars, Houses – Tetfund
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Nigerian Lecturers Spend Tetfund Research Grants On Cars, Houses – Tetfund

The Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) has accused lecturers across the country’s public tertiary institutions of diverting research grants to build homes, purchase cars, and engage in other frivolous activities. This is coming days after an allegation of personnel budget inflation levelled against some academic and healthcare institutions including the University of Ibadan, by the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), was made public. Making the fresh allegation in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, on Monday, TETFund’s director of research and development, Salihu Bakari, said huge sums of money made available to the individual lecturers, and sometimes their teams for research exercises, conference attendance, among others, are usually misapp...
FEC Okays N310b For Roads Projects
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FEC Okays N310b For Roads Projects

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) on Wednesday approved three memos and a total of N310 billion for roads projects. The Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola briefed State House correspondents at the end of FEC meeting chaired by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the Presidential Villa. He was with the Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajuba and the Senior Special Assistant on Media and publicity, Laolu Akande. According to him, FEC approved N79.82 billion for Ibadan-Ilesa-Ife road, N200.176 billion for roads linking second Niger Bridge to Asaba and Onitsha, and N29.654 billion for phase 2 of Kano-Katsina highway. He said “The ministry of works and housing presented three memoranda and they were approved by the council: construction of Ibadan -Ilesa-Ife Du...
Auchi Poly Sanctions 27 Lecturers Over Sex-For-Marks Saga
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Auchi Poly Sanctions 27 Lecturers Over Sex-For-Marks Saga

Federal Polytechnic Auchi has sanctioned 27 lecturers for engaging in sex for marks, money for marks and other unethical practices. Eleven of the affected staff were dismissed, the appointments of six were terminated, while 10 others were downgraded. Rector of the Polytechnic, Dr. Sanusi Jimah, who said these at the 25th Convocation ceremony of the institution, said an additional 250 staff were recruited to strengthen the capacity of the institution. Edo Poly Usen floats Mass Comm Programme He stated that the institution has enhanced its staff development policy by sponsoring staff to acquire higher degrees through TETFUND interventions. Chairman, Governing Council, Olarewaju Oloyo, represented by Prince Felix Oba Okojie, said unethical conduct of staff would no longer be tolerated. ...
ASUU Is A Problem Of The Nigerian University System – Prof. Ochonnu
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ASUU Is A Problem Of The Nigerian University System – Prof. Ochonnu

Nigerians do not like the truth; they prefer self-comforting narratives. Since doing a short update on the just-declared ASUU strike yesterday, many who are suckers for ASUU’s propaganda have continued to spew the predictable ASUU talking points without much critical reflection on them. My American hosts say that the definition of stupidity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different outcome. That is what ASUU has been doing in the last 15 years or thereabouts. The golden age of the ASUU struggle ended about 20 years ago. For the past fifteen years or so, the union has been struggling to redefine itself and find a new identity but has ended up simply reinventing the proverbial wheel even when the challenges of today’s university system call for a different too...
FG Gives Nigerian Army Varsity N2 Billion
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FG Gives Nigerian Army Varsity N2 Billion

The federal government has permitted Tertiary Education Trust Fund,TetFUND, to release of the sum of N2 billion for the establishment of the Nigerian Army University Located in Biu, Borno State, the school is expected to takeoff with the amount. Abdullahi Baffa, the Executive Secretary,TetFUND, made this known when the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Tukur Buratai, visited him in his office. According to the TetFUND boss, the approval for the money was given by theFederal Executive Council,FEC. Baffa, who noted that the establishment of the university for the military was overdue, said: “The FEC has approved N2bn for the establishment of the Nigerian Army university in Biu, Borno State. I also want to congratulate the Chief of Army Staff and the entire Nigerian Army in the treme...
Nigerian Students Canvass For Multipurpose Uniform Identity Card
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Nigerian Students Canvass For Multipurpose Uniform Identity Card

The National President of the National Association of Nigerian Polytechnic Students, Muhammed Eneji, has called on the Federal Ministry of Education to provide Nigerian students with a multipurpose uniform identity card. He said it would enable the students to have access to quality health services, affordable social services around the country through an insurance package that comes with other numerous packages. He made this known in Lokoja, Kogi State during a joint press conference of the National Association of Polytechnic Students and all SUG presidents of polytechnics, monotechnics and colleges of technologies at the end of the one-day security summit and briefs/demo on Nigerian students uniform identity card project. According to him, the essentiality of security in the day...
Senate Vows To Provide Legislation To Develop Education Sector
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Senate Vows To Provide Legislation To Develop Education Sector

President of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki, on Tuesday assured that the chamber would be resolute in providing necessary legislation for the development of the country’s education sector. Saraki gave the assurance at a public hearing on “Innovative Education Technology: E-Learning and Blended Learning in the Education Sector’’ in Abuja. The session was organised by the Senate Joint Committee on Education (Basic and Secondary), Tertiary Institution and TETFUND and Communications. Represented by the Senate Leader, Senato Ahmed Lawan, Saraki expressed concern over ailing standard of education in the country. According to him, the Senate remains resolute in ensuring that every effort is deployed to facilitate the provision of necessary infrastructure and legislation for the developm...
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TETFund Launch Projects Worth N1.4bn At Jigawa University

Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) on Monday inaugurated 14 projects worth over N1.4 billion at the Federal University Dutse (FUD), Jigawa. The projects inaugurated are: Faculty of Agriculture phase I, II and III, Faculty of General Studies, Centre for Entrepreneurship, Centre for E-Learning, Academic Staff Office Block for Faculty of Arts, Biotechnology Laboratory. Others are: Computer Science Department, Classrooms and Offices Block, Faculty of of Management Science Phase I, University Clinic and Postgraduate Hostel Phase I. TETFUND Executive Secretary, Dr Abdullahi Baffa, who inaugurated the projects, commended the university for executing the projects prudently. “I want to congratulate the Vice-Chancellor for achieving this feat. “Since the establishment of the TETF...
TETFund Invests N300 Billion On Tertiary Institution’s Infrastructure
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TETFund Invests N300 Billion On Tertiary Institution’s Infrastructure

TETFund has provided about N300 billion on infrastructural development in universities, polytechnics and Colleges of Education in Nigeria between 2011 and 2016 to bridge the gap in the infrastructural development. Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) was established as an intervention agency under the TETFund ACT – Tertiary Education Trust Fund (Establishment, etc) Act, 2011; charged with the responsibility for managing, disbursing and monitoring the education tax to public tertiary institutions in Nigeria. Dr Salihu Bakari, Director, Academic Staff Training, and Development of TETFUND, disclosed this on Monday in an interview with newsmen on the sidelines of the National Conference on Quality Education in Lagos. The conference has as its theme: “Access to Published Works and R...
TETFund Charges Institutions On Inclusive Education
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TETFund Charges Institutions On Inclusive Education

Universities, polytechnics and colleges of education have been urged to implement the decision of the 62nd National Council on Education (NCE) on inclusive and equitable quality education. The executive secretary of the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund), Dr. Abdullahi Bichi Baffa, made the call during a sensitisation visit to the Adeyemi College of Education, Ondo states, recently. Dr Baffa, represented by the director, Research and Development, Mallam Aliyu Na’iya, said TETFund had resolved to support efforts aimed at ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education as well as promoting lifelong learning opportunities for all as contained in the fourth Sustainable Development Goal of the Education 2030 agenda. He urged public tertiary institutions to include courses on in...
Senate Begs ASUU To Call Off Your Strike
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Senate Begs ASUU To Call Off Your Strike

The Senate has appealed to the leadership of Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to call off its ongoing indefinite strike in the interest of the students who will be the victims of the industrial action. The Senate Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETFUND, led by Senator Barau Jibrin at a press conference, Tuesday, admitted that ASUU has notified the Parliament of the commencement of the strike, but noted that the strike should not have been. According to him, the action of ASUU was borne out of loss of confidence in the committee set up by the federal government to renegotiate the 2009 Agreement. Having intervened and stop the warning strike called by ASUU earlier in the year, and also playing a prominent role in the negotiations between the Ministry of Education a...
UNILORIN VC Pledges To Hand-Over Better Varsity To Successor
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UNILORIN VC Pledges To Hand-Over Better Varsity To Successor

Prof. AbdulGaniyu Ambali, Vice-Chancellor, University of Ilorin, has pledged to hand over a better institution than he inherited five years ago, to his successor. Ambali, whose five-year tenure ends on October 15, 2017, disclosed this during an interview with newsmen on Tuesday in Ilorin. The vice-chancellor noted that his administration had done its best towards sustaining the legacies of the founding fathers of the University. He added that, he had also succeeded in maintaining an uninterrupted academic calendar as well as ensuring peace on campus. “I have ensured that there is peace and that the majority of the people are satisfied as it is impossible to satisfy everyone. “I don’t have personal problem with anybody; everything I do, is done to the best of my ability, to a...
Senate Probes Alleged Contracts Fraud In TETFund
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Senate Probes Alleged Contracts Fraud In TETFund

The Senate on Wednesday began investigation to ascertain the level of unexecuted contracts with a view to returning monies collected by contractors from the Tertiary Education Trust Fund. The Senate in its resolution mandated its Committees on Tertiary Education Trust Fund and Public Procurement to conduct holistic investigation on awarded contracts in the agency. The Senate’s decision was sequel to a motion sponsored by Senator Jubril Barau, who revealed ‎how some unnamed contractors ran away with public funds without performing contracts awarded to specification, urging that the offenders be prosecuted. He said: “In the past years, TETFund has had to award numerous contracts for the benefit of several higher institutions across the country in keeping with the statute that establ...
Senate To Summon 38 Varsity Chiefs Over Hike In Tuition Fees
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Senate To Summon 38 Varsity Chiefs Over Hike In Tuition Fees

The Senate is set to summon Vice Chancellors of 38 Federal Universities in the country over increase in tuition fees. This was disclosed by the Chairman, Senate Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETFUND, Senator Barau Jibrin, on Tuesday. Jibrin stated this in reaction to the statement credited to the chairman of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) of the University of Ibadan, Deji Omole, that 38 Universities have increased their tuition fees over poor funding by the Federal Government. The institutions include: University of Lagos (UNILAG), Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), University of Nigeria (UNN), Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Bayero University Kano (BUK), University of Abuja, Usman Danfodiyo University (UDUS), University of Ilorin, and National Open Univers...
200 Staff Of Kogi State University Screened Out Of Service
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200 Staff Of Kogi State University Screened Out Of Service

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Kogi State University (KSU) Anyigba, chapter, has said that about 200 of its members were screened out of service during the recently concluded staff verification exercise. The Chairman, ASUU-KSU, Dr. Daniel Aina, who made this known, recently, while addressing journalists, in Lokoja, said the ongoing strike could only be suspended when all issues relating to arrears of salaries, 2015 employment, contract and sabbatical staff were resolved. The union also said government must resume the monthly instalmental payment of the 2009-2014 arrears of the Earned Academic Allowances (EAA). According to them, “the Kogi state university management must pay up the outstanding balance of the 2014/2015 arrears of the EAA.” said Aina. The union,...
FG Reconstitutes Boards Of Agencies, Parastatals In Education Ministry
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FG Reconstitutes Boards Of Agencies, Parastatals In Education Ministry

Abuja – President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the reconstitution of the boards of 19 agencies and paratatals under the Federal Ministry of Education for a period of four years. Mrs Chinenye Ihuoma, Director of Press in the ministry, made this known in a statement issued and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday in Abuja. Ihuoma said the President took into cognizance provisions of the respective legislation with respect to composition, competence, credibility, integrity, federal character and geo-political spread. She said those appointed are Prof. Ayo Banjo, National Universities Commission (NUC), Mr Emeka Nwajiuba, Tertiary Education Trust Fund( TETFund) Dr Ekaete Okon, National Institute for Educational Planning and Administration (NIEPA). Dr M...
ASUU Gives Federal Government July 2017 Ultimatum
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ASUU Gives Federal Government July 2017 Ultimatum

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) wants the Federal Government to pay the outstanding arrears of its members not later than July 2017.. The National President of the union, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, stated this during a news conference at the University of Abuja yesterday where he said the Federal Government is owing academics in federal universities unpaid allowances of not less than N128 billion. “In view of this, the union rose from its NEC meeting at the Bayero University Kano observing that the particular issue of EAA cannot be meaningfully addressed unless within an agreed framework. Hence the National Executive Council (NEC) of ASUU resolved that all outstanding arrears of EAA should be paid not later than July 2017. “The decision of ASUU-NEC on the issue has sin...
President Buhari Directs Tetfund To Inject N24bn Into 12 New Varsities
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President Buhari Directs Tetfund To Inject N24bn Into 12 New Varsities

President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday directed the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) to inject N2 billion into each of the 12 new universities established by the Federal Government in 2011. Buhari, who spoke as a visitor to the maiden convocation of the Federal University, Wukari in Taraba, said that the amount was to fund critical infrastructure in the institutions. President Buhari Represented by Dr Bello Kumo, the Director Academic Standards in the National Universities Commission (NUC), the President also directed that each of the institutions should be given additional N2.5 billion in the next two years. The amount was in addition to the normal N1 billion funding contained in the 2017 fiscal provision. He said that his administration was ready to support research, tra...
Army Launches “Thank You For Your Service” Initiative
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Army Launches “Thank You For Your Service” Initiative

The objective of this initiative is to continuously supply this Thank You For Your Service Bottled water to the Officers and Soldiers in over 80 Battalions (Basic Fighting Units) of the Nigerian Army. The estimated cost of providing water for a Battalion in is Ten Million Naira (N10,000,000.00) per month. The first scheme under this Initiative is the Water Project. The aim is to provide the Nigerian Army frontline soldiers with a continuous supply of 50 cl bottled water with a message that reads, “Thank You for Your Service”. This water is not for sale, as the cost will be borne by partners to the initiative. At launch of this Initiative, it gained supports from TETFUND, Nigeria Customs Service, Lagos, Ebonyi and Enugu State Governments, with commitments from Abia, Nasarawa, Pl...

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