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.”