By Felix Khanoba
The Executive Secretary of the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund), Dr. Abdullahi Bichi Baffa, has said that mechanisms on accountability and transparency have been fully instituted in the operations of the agency in line with the anti-corruption stance of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.
Baffa, who recently bagged The AUTHORITY Newspapers’ Exemplary Public Servant of the Year 2017, stated this in an interview with newsmen in Abuja, recently.
He said: “The agenda of the Buhari’s administration regarding accountability and the fight against corruption is the fulcrum upon which we anchor everything we do at the TETFund.
“As a service agency, as an intervention agency, we know that value for money, protecting the public interest and protecting our investments are vital priorities, given the messy background and the history of TETFund before we came in. We must, therefore, prioritize accountability and anti-corruption in the management of our affairs.”
According to the TETFund boss, the need to ensure full accountability in the agency operations was so necessary to reposition the organisation to deliver on its mandate.
“The recent history of TETFund before the coming in of the President Buhari’s administration clearly shows that to reset the operations of the agency the number one priority must be to fight corruption, deal with fraud, fight incompetence and insincerity characterized some of the operations of the agency.
“So really, I must say that we have taken the anti-corruption drive of the Buhari’s administration as the number one priority as far as our operations are concerned. And I must say that within reason, the assessment and judgment of our stakeholders are very clear for all see, the culture of corruption, the culture of impunity is dead as far as the operation of Tertiary Education Trust Fund is concerned,” Baffa said.