TETFund a strong pillar for Nigerian varsities — EKSU VC

THE vice chancellor of the Ekiti State University (EKSU), Ado-Ekiti, Professor Edward Olanipekun, says the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) is critical to the survival of institutions of higher learning Nigeria.

According to him, the agency has gone a long way in adding value to universities across the country, especially in the area infrastructures.

The vice chancellor also commended the management of the organisation for prudent use of funds allocated to it for the advancement of tertiary education institutions in the country.

Olanipekun made the remarks while receiving the keys from contractors to the 2,000-capacity sets of twin lecture theaters constructed and furnished with modern teaching equipment by TETFund for the faculties of Arts, Science, Agriculture and Engineering in the university.

“These projects are something great to us as a university. Four sets of twin lecture theaters have just been handed over to us. All the projects were sponsored by TETFund and we are using this medium to appreciate the Federal Government for this gesture.

“If not for the TETFund, universities in Nigeria would have been shadows of themselves. Go to the federal universities, you will see TETFund projects everywhere. Without them, most of these projects and structures will not be available for use in the school,” he said.

While assuring the Federal Government of proper use of the new lecture rooms, the vice chancellor called on deans of the benefitting faculties to fashion out workable ways and methods of maintaining the structures.

He lamented the nonchalant attitude of many Nigerians to the maintenance of public infrastructure, adding that the leadership of the university’s students’ union would be engaged on the need for students to cooperate with the management in taking proper care of the new structures.

“We have a lot of potential to have long-lasting projects in this country, but our problem has always been poor maintenance culture. We have to purge ourselves of negative thoughts about public facilities, because periodic maintenance of infrastructure is very key,” he noted.

 

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