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 Gov Charles Soludo of Anambra has called for a strategic partnership with the Tertiary Education Trust Fund TETFund toward the delivery of intervention projects in higher institutions in the state Soludo made the call during a visit to the Executive Secretary of TETFund Sonny Echono in Abuja on Tuesday He said such collaboration would bring about a more robust impact with regard to TETFund intervention projects in the state We have a big dream a big agenda to partner with you and other critical stakeholders to ensure we achieve desired results when it comes to TETFUND project The Federal Government is a very critical player in this field of education as we know education is on the concurrent list The federal and states work together The only way we can make it work for ourselves is to work together through collaboration coordination and cooperation I will like us to work together in a whole lot of areas we are interested in and in some years to come we will be able to say with partnership with TETFund we were able to deliver A B C D Soludo said The governor commended TETFund for its various intervention projects across the country He said that the three state owned tertiary institutions in the state Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University Anambra Polytechnic Mgbakwu and College of Education Nsugbe were eager to welcome more intervention projects from TETFund He however expressed concern over the growing number of tertiary institutions in the country saying government might find it difficult to adequately fund them in the future With the tertiary institutions going the way they are now there are still questions and issues we are not asking At some point we are going to ask whether or how the government will be able to fund or adequately fund the number or the plethora of institutions But in the interim before we get there TETFund has been filling the gap in terms of infrastructure in our tertiary institutions the governor said Soludo said that TETFund had done a lot in view of the limited resources available to it compared to the massive needs of the higher education sector He said Even if the Federal Government is to spend its entire capital budget on education it will not be enough to address all the issues Responding Echono said the fund had continued to do a lot both in terms of infrastructure and academic content development He said that TETFund projects were everywhere in tertiary institutions in Anambra especially at the Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka adding that the fund would do more in the state owned institutions In Anambra you will see a lot of our presence but I admit at the level of state institutions we need to do more TETFund has put in place mechanisms through specialised training to ensure Nigerian graduates are easily employable The fund has trained over 35 000 academic staff with the Centre of Excellence churning out cutting edge research to meet Nigeria s developmental needs he said Echono said that in the last 11 years 35 000 academic staff had been trained in Masters and PhDs saying that a lot had been done in the research component of its intervention He said that the fund was also working on the employability of graduates by linking the institutions with industries NewsSourceCredit NAN
Soludo seeks Anambra-TETFund partnership for intervention projects

Education Trust Fund

Gov. Charles  Soludo of Anambra, has called for a strategic partnership with the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) toward the delivery of intervention projects in higher institutions in the state.

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Executive Secretary

Soludo made the call during a visit to the Executive Secretary of TETFund, Sonny Echono, in Abuja on Tuesday.

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He said such collaboration would bring about a more robust impact with regard to TETFund intervention projects in the state.

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“We have a big dream, a big agenda to partner with you and other critical stakeholders to ensure we achieve desired results when it comes to TETFUND project.

Federal Government

“The Federal Government is a very critical player in this field of education; as we know, education is on the concurrent list.

The federal and states work together.

“The only way we can make it work for ourselves is to work together through collaboration, coordination and cooperation.

“I will like us to work together in a whole lot of areas we are interested in and in some years to come, we will be able to say with partnership with TETFund, we were able to deliver A,B,C, D,” Soludo said.

The governor commended TETFund for its various intervention projects across the country.

Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University

He said that the three state-owned tertiary institutions in the state, Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University; Anambra Polytechnic, Mgbakwu; and College of Education, Nsugbe; were eager to welcome more intervention projects from TETFund.
He, however, expressed concern over the growing number of tertiary institutions in the country, saying government might find it difficult to adequately fund them in the future.

“With the tertiary institutions going the way they are now, there are still questions and issues we are not asking.

“At some point, we are going to ask whether or how the government will be able to fund or adequately fund the number or the plethora of institutions.

“But in the interim, before we get there, TETFund has been filling the gap in terms of infrastructure in our tertiary institutions,’’ the governor said.

Soludo said that TETFund had done a lot in view of the limited resources available to it compared to the massive needs of the higher education sector.

Federal Government

He said, “Even if the Federal Government is to spend its entire capital budget on education, it will not be enough to address all the issues.

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Responding, Echono said the fund had continued to do a lot both in terms of infrastructure and academic content development.

Nnamdi Azikiwe University

He said that TETFund projects were everywhere in tertiary institutions in Anambra, especially at the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, adding that the fund would do more in the state-owned institutions.

“In Anambra, you will see a lot of our presence but I admit at the level of state institutions, we need to do more.

“TETFund has put in place mechanisms through specialised training to ensure Nigerian graduates are easily employable.

Centre of Excellence

“The fund has trained over 35,000 academic staff with the Centre of Excellence churning out cutting-edge research to meet Nigeria’s developmental needs,” he said.

Masters and PhDs

Echono said that in the last 11 years, 35,000 academic staff had been trained in Masters and PhDs, saying that a lot had been done in the research component of its intervention.

He said that the fund was also working on the employability of graduates by linking the institutions with industries.

NewsSourceCredit: NAN

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