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Soludo seeks Anambra-TETFund partnership for intervention projects

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Soludo seeks Anambra-TETFund partnership for intervention projects

By Hannatu D. L.

The Governor of Anambra State, Charles Soludo, has called for a strategic partnership with the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) toward the delivery of intervention projects in higher institutions in the state.

Soludo made the call during a courtesy visit to the Executive Secretary of TETFund, Arc. Sonny Echono, in Abuja on Tuesday.

Arc. Sonny Echono with Governor Charles Soludo

He said such collaboration would bring about a more robust impact with regard to TETFund intervention projects in the state.

“We have a big dream, a big agenda to partner with you and other critical stakeholders to ensure we achieve desired results when it comes to TETFUND project.

“The Federal Government is a very critical player in this field of education; as we know, education is on the concurrent list in the 1999 Constitution, where the federal and state governments work together.

“The only way we can make it work for ourselves is to work together through collaboration, coordination and cooperation, and, coincidentally, the resource envelope of the federation is disproportionate here in Abuja.

“I will like us to work together in a whole lot of areas we are interested in and in some years to come, we will be able to say with partnership with TETFund, we were able to deliver A,B,C, D,” Soludo said.

Speaking further, the governor commended TETFund for its various intervention projects across the country, adding that the three state-owned tertiary institutions, Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, University, Anambra Polytechnic, Mgbakwu and College of Education, Nsugbe; were eager to welcome more intervention projects from TETFund.

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He, however, expressed concern over the growing number of tertiary institutions in the country, saying government might find it difficult to adequately fund them in the future.

“With the tertiary institutions going the way they are now, there are still questions and issues we are not asking.

“At some point, we are going to ask whether or how the government will be able to fund or adequately fund the number or the plethora of institutions.

“But in the interim, before we get there, TETFund has been filling the gap in terms of infrastructure in our tertiary institutions,’’ the governor said.

Soludo said that TETFund had done a lot in view of the limited resources available to it compared to the massive needs of the higher education sector.

Soludo seeks Anambra-TETFund partnership for intervention projects

He said, “Even if the Federal Government is to spend its entire capital budget on education, it will not be enough to address all the issues.’’

Responding, Echono said that the Fund has continued to do its best both in infrastructure and academic content development.

He said that TETFund projects were everywhere in tertiary institutions in Anambra, especially at the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, adding that the fund would do more in the state-owned institutions.

“In Anambra, you will see a lot of our presence but I admit at the level of state institutions, we need to do more.

“TETFund has put in place mechanisms through specialised training to ensure Nigerian graduates are easily employable.

“The fund has trained over 35,000 academic staff with the Centre of Excellence churning out cutting-edge research to meet Nigeria’s developmental needs,” he said.

Echono said that in the last 11 years, 35,000 academic staff had been trained in Masters and PhDs, saying that a lot had been done in the research component of its intervention.

He said that the fund was also working on the employability of graduates by linking the institutions with industries.

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