By: Jerry Emmanson, Abuja

A coalition of thirteen civil society organisations has tasked the Executive Secretary of the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) Prof. Suleiman Saidu Bogoro not to relent on gains and achievements that the fund has made under his leadership.

educationThe Centre For Social Justice, Equity and Transparency (CESJET) told a news briefing in Abuja on Saturday that Nigeria?s tertiary institutions have improved since Bogoro stepped in as the helmsman of the fund sometimes last year.

Comrade Ikpa Isaac, the Executive Coordinator of CESJET, who briefed newsmen on behalf of the coalition, said the group was set to offer valuable suggestions on how the fund can further impact positively on tertiary education in the country particularly at a time when the general consensus was to stop the cash flight associated with Nigerians youths pursuing tuition abroad.

?As youths, we are direct beneficiaries of the improvements being made to infrastructure in our tertiary schools and we can also confidently assert that TETFund?s investments in manpower development and capacity building are yielding results.

?Members of this coalition undertook fact finding missions to universities, polytechnics and specialized colleges in the various geo-political zones and we are proud of what we saw on ground by way of infrastructural development facilitated by TETFund. Our interactions with student and staff of the various institutions alike further confirmed that the upgraded infrastructures are being matched with manpower whose capacities have been enhanced.

?We are articulating our findings so that we can offer practical suggestions based on our outreach to Nigerian campuses. We believe that such informal input will go a long way towards providing further impetus for development since we were able to independently get information from students who identified with us as fellow youths. ? He revealed.

Isaac, who briefed on behalf of the other 12 CSOs, whose leaders were present, explained that the group was making the call for Professor Bogoro to sustain the turnaround at TETFund because it will be disheartening for the body to slide down in future performance ratings since this will again force prospective students to troop abroad with the economic consequences for parents and even the country.

?With the activities of TETFund since Professor Bogoro assumed office, we believe that our tertiary institutions will soon get to the level where parents no longer have to send their children to schools abroad thereby reversing the billions of naira in capital flight lost to foreign tuitions fees and sundry expenses every year.

?This will also put an end to the harrowing experiences Nigerian students face abroad as they could soon be able to get the kind of education they desire in-country.? Isaac added.
The coalition further urged Professor Bogoro to further align his management style with the Change agenda of the present government since he has demonstrated an uncommon capacity for midwifing change at the fund.

According to the group, ?It is remarkable that Professor Bogoro was able to immediately demonstrate his loyalty to the government as expected of any public official committed to placing national interest over lesser interests.?


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