Stories by Felix Khanoba
The Executive Secretary of Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund), Prof. Suleiman Bogoro, said he struggled to control tears on the first day of work after his reinstatement as the head of the agency by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Prof. Bogoro, who stated this while addressing staff of TETFund in his first meeting with them at the Nigeria Merits House, Abuja, explained that his reinstatement was unprecedented in the history of Nigeria.
He pledged to manage the Fund to the point of becoming a reference point for other institutions.
“I struggled with tears on Monday when I resumed and I am so proud of you all and may God bless you. I will never forget your style of welcoming me because it has vindicated me. Other organisations will learn how to run and manage human beings with respect,” Bogoro was quoted to have said in a statement made available to newsmen by Mr Benn Ebikwo, TETFund’s Director of Corporate Affairs.
The TETFund boss recalled that he was part of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) struggle that not only led to the establishment of the Fund, but ensured that its mandate of focusing on public tertiary institutions was followed for maximum impact.
“I never imagined that I will seat on the leadership of the institution we fought for through ASUU. We insisted that TETFund be streamlined to intervene in only in public tertiary institutions because government only intervenes where it will benefit the greater majority because according to National Universities Commission (NUC) private universities cater for only six percent of student’s intake,” Prof. Bogoro noted.
Speaking on the various TETFund projects, Bogoro emphasized that there is no excuse for substandard work, insisting that only the best quality infrastructures will be sponsored by the Fund.
On staff welfare, the Executive Secretary stated that it is part of his six point agenda to uplift the welfare of staff intellectually, through capacity building as well as improved condition of service to give every member of staff a sense of belonging.
He said the Fund is expanding its partnership internationally with regards to capacity building of staff, with a view to equipping them to confidently face the challenges of their daily work schedules with the institutions.
The AUTHORITY reports that Bogoro, who was the Executive Secretary of TETFund between 2014 and 2016, was reinstated to office on 21 January 2019, after the unceremonious removal of Dr Abdullahi Bichi Baffa.