By Felix Khanoba
The Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) says University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID) has benefitted to the tune of N12 billion from its allocation for various intervention projects from 1999 till date.
Executive Secretary of the Fund, Dr. Abdullahi Bichi Baffa, who disclosed this during the commissioning of an ultra-modern President Muhammadu Buhari Senate Building of the University, said the institution was able to access over N11 billion from the allocation and used same for various projects.
A statement made available to The AUTHORITY and signed by Mr Ebikwo Benn, TETFund’s director in charge of corporate affairs and public relations, said Baffa expressed delight that the University was among beneficiary institutions in the country that access the agency’s intervention promptly.
He lamented that some universities, polytechnics and colleges of education still have allocations for several years waiting for them at TETFund while UNIMAID has already accessed up to the 2016 allocation.
Speaking during the commissioning exercise, the Chairman, House Committee on Tertiary Education and Services, Mr. Aminu Suleiman, said the clamour for upward review of accruable Education Tax to TETFund was justified given what was seen at the university.
“Over the years I have had the privilege of visiting, inspecting and commissioning public buildings, if you will not accuse me of sentiment or being bias, I want to say the clamour for upward review of the percentage that is accruable to TETFund needs to be reviewed upward,” Aminu said.
While saying that without TETFund interventions many tertiary institutions in Nigeria would have been mere glorified secondary schools, the lawmaker said TETFund projects in UNIMAID was clear manifestation of judicious utilization of public funds.
“Everyone needs to know that TETFund has justified the call for upward review, there is no two ways about it. We all agree that without TETFund, our tertiary institutions would have just been glorified secondary schools. We have seen what judicious use of public funds is all about and I think everyone should join us in the clamour,” the lawmaker added.
Other projects commissioned by the TETFund boss aside the Senate Building are the Centre for Instructional Technology; Veterinary Teaching Hospital Complex; and 2,200 Seat Capacity Mega Lecture Halls Complex.