Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe State has commended the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETfund) for its relentless intervention in the physical and intellectual development of Nigerian universities.
He said his administration will continue to seek partnership with the agency in order to boost the capacity of the state-owned higher institutions.
Governor Yahaya stated this when he hosted to the chairman of Board of Trustees of TETFUND, Alhaji Kashim Ibrahim Imam at the Government House.
The governor observed that over 80 per cent of structures at the Gombe State University were funded by the TETFund, a development he said is being replicated across universities in the country.
He said the Fund has equally given priority to human capital development to boost the professional needs of Nigerian Universities, especially in the areas of scientific research and development.
Governor Yahaya said with the number of Tertiary institutions at the disposal of the state, his administration will always seek partnership with the Fund in order to boost the capacity of the State -owned higher institutions.
The governor expressed confidence in the capacity of Alhaji Kashim Imam to deliver as the Chairman of Board of Trustees of TETfund, expressing optimism that under his leadership Gombe State will always get priority attention.
He said the style of his administration hinges on justifying whatever support it gets from institutions such as TETFund and therefore called on stakeholders in the Education sector in the State to utilize numerous opportunities provided by the fund.
Earlier, speaking, Imam said since its establishment 10 years ago, the Fund has executed more than 10,000 projects across Nigerian institutions and trained over 30,000 university staff to obtain masters’ and PhD degrees in both federal and state government-owned institutions.
Imam told Governor Yahaya that this year’s budgetary allocation to the Fund was put at N300 billion which will be used for the construction of hostel accommodations for students and the development of ICT in the 226 institutions across the country.
He said an innovation centre with broad band will be constructed in Gombe town to enable students of higher institutions in the state carry out research using Information Communications Technology.