TETFund Chair Kashim Imam announces 200,000 bedspaces for tertiary institutions
by The PYRAMID Reporter
Chairman of the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund), Board of Trustees (BOT), Alhaji Kashim Ibrahim-Imam has announced plans by the Fund to make available at least 200,000 bed spaces for students in various Nigerian tertiary institutions.
Kashim Ibrahim-Imam, a frontline politician of the ruling APC who is also Mutawallin Borno made the plans known in Abuja at the agency’s 2020 Board Retreat deliberating on Research Grants with the theme: “Consolidating TETFund as a Model Intervention Agency for Nigeria’s Knowledge Economy”.
Mutawalli Kashim Imam who was recently appointed Chairman of the Fund’s Board of Trustees said despite the massive intervention by TETFund, the Board was concerned that the nation’s tertiary institutions still lack adequate accommodation spaces and Information and Communication Technology (ICT) facilities.
Speaking at his first major outing at the annual retreat since assuming duty as Chairman of the BOT, TETFund, Mutawalli Kashim said, ”I am very particular about two critical areas; also of great concern to me and the Board of Trustees”.
These, he said, ”include the issue of accommodation and ICT. In spite of various interventions by TETFund our tertiary institutions still have inadequate lecture theatres, research laboratories, hostels and ICT facilities”.
“In the area of accommodation, it is a known fact that the number of bed spaces in our tertiary institutions is only 10 to 15 per cent of the students population.
“For example, the University of Abuja has a thousand bed spaces for thirty thousand students.
“Also, University of Calabar has two thousand bed spaces for fifty five thousand students. These amount to 3.3 per cent and 3.7 per cent respectively.
“So, in the course of my tenure, I will ensure that we encourage the universities, polytechnics and colleges of education to go into public private partnership arrangement that at the end of the day, they will sign agreement that will transfer the ownership of the campuses from the private developer to the universities authorities,” he said.
The chairman said that TETFund planned to wire up all the tertiary institutions with ICT that would facilitate e-learning, adding, “if these were desirable or luxury before, then it has become essential due to the COVID-19 pandemic, so we hope that this will encourage e-learning, e-libraries and if possible conduct e-examinations, as you cannot have meaningful researches anywhere, if you cannot log on to the internet”.
Top management led by Executive Secretary Prof. Suleiman Bogoro along with Board members of the Fund were in attendance at the retreat.