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TETFund Foresees Improved Ranking Of Nigerian Universities

Posted: Sep 30, 2015 at 12:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Stories by Innocent Oweh

Abuja

 

Executive Secretary of the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund), Elias Bogoro has expressed optimism that more Nigerian Universities would go up in ranking globally, if the current infrastructural intervention effort is sustained by the Federal Government.

According to TETFund, most public tertiary institutions in the country were lagging behind other nations because they were unable to meet two-third of accreditation requirements, particularly on infrastructural and human capacity development.

He said now that the situation has improved, a brighter prospect awaits these institutions as the Commission would not relent in its intervention efforts.

Bogoro made the observation known when he unveiled some TETFund sponsored projects, which include blocks of building to serve as Department of Anatomy in preparation for clinical studies at the School of Medicine, Kogi State University, Anyigba.

“I am excited that the ranking of Nigerian universities is coming up positively, before now the major challenge of the ranking of Nigerian universities had to do with their inability to meet two-third of accreditation requirements, particularly on infrastructures and human capacity development.

“We have been addressing that largely through aggressive intervention in respect of infrastructure in both federal and state universities.

Before I assumed office about a year ago, less than 50 percent of higher institutions in the country were able to access TETFund grants due to their low rating, I am glad to say that the trend has now been reversed.

“Now that there is improvement in ranking of our universities in

Africa there should be efforts to also improve their rankings at the global level and TETFund would continue to strive towards achieving this objective,” he stated.

It would be recalled that University of Ibadan (U.I) was recently rated as the 8th best university in Africa and the first in Nigeria.

At the commissioning ceremony, Kogi State Governor and Visitor to the University, Capt. Idris Wada, said TETFund had lived up to the ideas of its establishment, especially in its interventions in public tertiary institutions in the country.

Wada said at a period when most states were having financial constraints, TETFund had proven a formidable ally for tertiary education in Nigeria, noting that prof. Bogoro had brought his leadership skills to bear in moving tertiary education forward in Nigeria.

While acknowledging that major infrastructure in most Nigerian universities is funded by TETFund, he expressed the readiness of his administration to strengthen its relationship with the Fund.

Other projects commissioned at the university are the Anatomy Complex of the College of Health Sciences, the Administrative Block of the College and the Entrepreneurial Skills Development Centre of the University