Tuesday 23rd May, 2017
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Polytechnics get N45.6bn intervention as TETFund decries diversion of funds

Polytechnics get N45.6bn intervention as TETFund decries diversion of funds

Public polytechnics in the country are to receive not less than N45.6 billion un­der the Tertiary Educattion Trust Fund (TETFund) 2016 normal intervention.
The amount will see each poly­technic receiving N691.6m as against N427 million that was disbursed for 2015 while colleges of education will go home with N671 million each.
The Executive Secretary of TETFund, Dr Abdullahi Bichi Baffa, disclosed this in Abuja on Monday during a one-day stake­holder meeting with heads of ter­tiary institutions in the country.
Baffa, however, accused some heads of tertiary institutions of diverting money meant for teaching practice programme.
He said the money is provid­ed by the agency to ensure proper supervision of trainee-teachers.
His words: “The injection of the intervention is to support the supervision of trainee-teachers to become professional teachers.
“But in quite a number of places, head of institutions have conceded to the pressure from unions and just taking teaching practice allowance as welfare.
“Whether teaching practice is done or not the money is just shared. This is not the intention of the intervention.”
Speaking further, Baffa said TETFund was thoroughly abused before the coming of the present administration which led to the sharp drop of normal allocation to tertiary institutions in 2015.
He said TETFund will do ev­erything possible to ensure that its various massive interventions projects translate to desired re­sults in manpower development and improved research, warning that the agency will no longer tol­erate individuals who go around influencing allocation letters.
“We are still battling people who are running around as ven­dors and middlemen trying to buy allocation letters.
“The days anybody will bring allocation letters from beneficia­ry institutions are gone,” he said.

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