By Felix Khanoba
The Executive Secretary of Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund), Prof. Suleiman Elias Bogoro on Wednesday said some states are now forming the habit of establishing more universities and other higher institutions of learning just to attract projects from the Fund.
He said the act, which has continued to water down the impact of TETFund intervention projects in public universities, polytechnics and colleges of education, need to be checked through appropriate policies to ensure that the major reason for setting up the agency is not defeated.
Prof. Bogoro stated this in Abuja while inaugurating a Technical Advisory Committee on Impact Assessment, aimed at evaluating the performance of the organisation.
He said the committee, mainly made up of Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) members, representatives of some Non-Government Organisations and other professional bodies, will go a long way in improving TETFund’s intervention projects.
“We need outside evaluators that are not TETFund members. The (performance) analysis will be done by this independent body.
“The team has been carefully picked to reflect some of the best experts on development work, research and scholarship,” Bogoro said.
While saying that the Fund is striving to be the foremost education intervention body in Africa, Bogoro said officials from seven countries recently visited Nigeria to study the TETFund’s model in order to replicate same.
He listed the term of reference of the committee to include; Carry out impact assessment of Education Trust Fund (ETF) from 1999 to 2010 and TETFund from 2011 to 2019; Determine the implementation of ETF/TETFund mandate and effectiveness, among others.
Responding on behalf of the committee, which has 29 November, 2019 as deadline to submit its recommendations, its co-chairman, Prof. Placid Njoku, said members of the team will do all that is necessary to come up with a report that will boost the activities of TETFund in line with the dream of its founding fathers.
“The committee will work to see if there is any gap that will be filled in this process of evaluation,” Prof. Njoku added