Fund not empowered to support Agric Colleges, Law School’
by OUR EDUCATION CORRESPONDENT
Executive Secretary, Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund), Professor Suleiman Bogoro, has asked those clamoring for inclusion of Colleges of Agriculture and the Law School in the support list of the Fund to consider what the law that set up the Fund stipulates.
He put the poser while reacting to calls for inclusion of the said institutions at a Joint TETFund/FIRS Interactive session in Ikeja, Lagos Wednesday (09/12/2020). Prof. Bogoro pointed out that: “the Colleges of Agriculture were delisted in 2011 because the law that set up the Fund does not incorporate mono-technics that they are.
“Those also canvassing supporting private universities are not conversant with the data of students in public and private universities. Over 96 per cent of the students in our universities are in public ones,” he said.
While delivering his address at the session, Executive Chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service, Muhammad Nami, extolled the performance of the Fund. “We are pleased with what TETFund has done with the money given to it and we are ready to also support it the more. We are partners on progress and we will continue to be,” he said.
Alhaji Muhammad Nami added, the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) would continue to support the Fund and that it would do everything to let the Fund meet its target.
UNILAG and LASU Vice Chancellors Ogundipe and Fagbohun, who sent representatives to the event, praised the Fund for its support to their institutions.The Rector, Yaba College of Technology, Yabatech, Engineer Obafemi Omokungbe, said the testimonies by the institutions supported by the Fund were enough evidence of its usefulness and effectiveness.