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COEASU lauds TETFund over massive projects in colleges of education

COEASU lauds TETFund over massive projects in colleges of education

The Colleges of Education Academic Staff Union (COEASU) has com­mended the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) for its massive intervention projects in the nation’s colleges of education, which have seen to the massive turnaround in the fortunes of the institutions.
Recall that TETFund under the present Executive Secretary, Dr Abudullahi Bichi Baffa, recently announced N213 billion inter­ventions in the nation’s tertiary institutions, with colleges of edu­cation as one of the major benefi­ciaries.
President of COEASU, Dr. Em­manuel Asagha, who gave the commendation in Abuja while addressing newsmen on several issues confronting colleges of education, said TETFund projects scattered across the country con­tinued to be a blessing.
“The intervention of TETFund has been a blessing, in fact, that is the only thing that shows govern­ment presence in Nigerian col­leges of education,” Asagha said.
The COEASU boss, however, called for the setting up of a com­mittee to probe the utilisation of funds for the execution of infra­structural projects made available to colleges of education by TET­Fund.
He said, “We have called on government to set up enquiry on these institutions to actually see to the extent the resources that are being invested in these institu­tions are being utilised.
“I think government should stop the attitude of committing re­sources into something and refus­ing to collaborate with watchdog that will ensure that there is judi­cious utilisation of the resources.
“We see government as having anti-union posture. We suggested to the minister of education, sev­erally. We suggested to former Executive Secretary of TETFund, severally; that constitutes a com­mittee and make union members of the committee to verify the ex­tent of the utilisation of the funds, and today as we speak it has be a difficult thing to do.
“Government has done well with TETFund but the interven­tion in the colleges has also been disturbing to us because you sent approximately same amount of money to three different insti­tutions, and you will be seeing different types of impact. That is not good enough, the variation should not be too sharp and that shows something is wrong in the application of the funds.”
 

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