Ekiti State University has been described as one of the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) projects high performing institutions.
The executive secretary of TETFund, Dr. Abdullahi Bichi Baffa, gave the verdict during the commissioning of three TETFund-sponsored projects in the university.
The projects are the three-storey Academic Building, Four-In-One Lecture Theatre and Centre for Gender and Development Studies.
Dr Baffa declared: “Seeing the quality of the structures in Ekiti State University, coupled with the judicious and efficient management of TETFund supports by the EKSU management, one is safe to say that the institution ranks among the best in Nigeria on TETFund projects.”
While inaugurating the Academic Building, the executive secretary said, “The massive iconic edifice confirms that EKSU is a high performing institution.”
He said that TETFund was working hard to make Nigerian universities globally competitive and be ranked among the best in the world.
The Governor of Ekiti State, Dr. Peter Ayodele Fayose, also said there was the need for Nigerian universities to be among the top ranking institutions in the world and that companies and organisations should be able to utilize cutting edge research made by professors in Nigeria.
Represented by the deputy governor, Dr Kolapo Olusola, the governor called on TETFund to help supply good equipment and machines to universities, particularly EKSU.
The vice chancellor, Professor Samuel Oye Bandele, in his speech said that the university could conveniently boast of 18 modern projects funded by TETFund; and that it had benefitted greatly under TETFund in areas as projects intervention, library development, academic staff training and staff development, conference attendance, publications and journals, manuscripts developments, and entrepreneurship centres.
The chancellor of the university, the Alara of Aramoko-Ekiti, HRM Oba Adegoke Olu Adeyemi, commended TETFund for its support and asked for more in order to sustain the high status of the university.
The pro-chancellor and chairman of the governing council, Prince Adedayo Adeyeye, spoke extensively on the role of TETFund in the development of universities, saying “many structures on ground in EKSU today are through the support of that establishment.”
He noted that TETFund and Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) are two agencies that have greatly contributed to the uplift of education in Nigeria.