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  •   TETFund Imperatives for efficiency driven reforms TETFund Imperatives for efficiency driven reforms By Uche Anunne News Agency of Nigeria Appropriate funding of tertiary education remains a major challenge for many countries particularly developing ones In addition to personnel emoluments and building of infrastructure the university system requires enormous financial resources to meet its research funding demands and contribute more to more meaning socio economic growth of nations To address this challenge and following an agreement with university lecturers on adequate funding of universities the Federal Government in 1993 established the Education Tax Fund ETF through the Education Tax Decree No 7 of 1993 Act as an intervention agency The Act stipulates that two per cent tax shall be charged on assessable profit of a companies registered in Nigeria as may be ascertained in the manner specified in the Companies and Income Tax Act of the Petroleum Profits Act It also gives the Federal Inland Revenue Service FIRS the mandate to assess and collect the tax from the companies In 2011 through Act No 18 ETF morphed into Tertiary Education Trust Fund TETFund with its responsibilities refocused to intervene only in public tertiary institutions namely universities polytechnics and colleges of education But in spite the change in nomenclature and scope of intervention the core responsibilities remain to provide the much needed funding support for tertiary education as well as award of scholarships research grants with a view to improving the quality of research outcomes by Nigerian scholars As TETFund s responsibilities become more complex in the face of expanding demands for its resources vis vis finances that are not growing in the same geometric progression some stakeholders argue that it has become important for reforms in the intervention agency to enable it maximize its capital for optimum impact on Nigeria s tertiary education system One of the major areas that require urgent reform is the management of the Fund As presently constituted the TETFund Board of Trustees is made of mainly politicians appointed from the six geo political zones by the Federal Government This is in addition to the Executive Secretary of the Fund Also on the board are political appointees who head different parastatals under the Federal Ministry of Education namely the National Universities Commission NUC the National Board for Technical Education NBTE National Commission for Colleges of Education NCCE and nominees by the Federal Ministry of Finance and Education As presently constituted observers say it would be difficult for the intervention agency to function effectively without politicians interference They also argue that its present Board is also a radical departure from the 1992 ASUU FG agreement on the funding of universities which gave birth to the Fund The agreement provided that having suggested the establishment of the Fund ASUU should be involved in its management In a report published in the October 7 2019 edition of Premium Times the Nigerian Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative NEITI posited that there was unnecessary political control and interference by state governors in the execution of the TETFund funded projects in their respective states Similarly Prof Hussaini Tukur said the Board of Trustees of TETFund should be one that inspires confidence in the award of research grants and other operations of the agency He said it was not in the interest of the education system for politicians to dominate the membership of the board saying in most instances politicians interest are paramount in their actions Tukur a lecturer in the department of Public Administration Nasarawa State University Keffi said even when geo political zones are involved in constituting the board it is imperative that such nominees should be seasoned academics so that they can bring their academic experience to bear in the running of the agency Tukur also contended that the Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU Nigeria Labour Congress NLC should have representatives on the Board The scholar said while the building of infrastructure by TETfund is a welcome development the agency should focus its interventions more on research and training He said award of research grants should prioritise proposals that add value to the nation s quest for academic excellence and invention adding that where projects are awards they should be audited based on their impact on the society Dr Edet Imuk of the University of Calabar shares similar opinion with Tukur saying structural reforms were needed to restore stakeholders confidence and stimulate enhanced performance by the Fund The Executive Secretary Tertiary Education Trust Fund Mr Sonny Echono was recently quoted by a report as admitting the need for reforms in the organisation saying it was the need to weed out inhibitions to transparency in TETfund s operations He said there is the possibility of the reform being opposed in some quarters it has become a necessary step to take if the agency will deliver on its mandates The respective institutions do the design and costing of projects So also is the supervision and management The TETFund only monitors milestones attainments ahead of releases in tranches he said giving an insight into the direction of the forms As the need for repositioning the organisation becomes increasingly imperative stakeholders say such reforms will be incomplete without streamlining the process of applying for research grants scholarships and contracts in a manner that will reduce physical contacts between applicants and TETfund managers to avoid bias evaluation and eventual award of the grants and contracts NANFeatures If used please credit the author and News Agency of Nigeria NewsSourceCredit NAN
    TETFund: Imperatives for efficiency-driven reforms
      TETFund Imperatives for efficiency driven reforms TETFund Imperatives for efficiency driven reforms By Uche Anunne News Agency of Nigeria Appropriate funding of tertiary education remains a major challenge for many countries particularly developing ones In addition to personnel emoluments and building of infrastructure the university system requires enormous financial resources to meet its research funding demands and contribute more to more meaning socio economic growth of nations To address this challenge and following an agreement with university lecturers on adequate funding of universities the Federal Government in 1993 established the Education Tax Fund ETF through the Education Tax Decree No 7 of 1993 Act as an intervention agency The Act stipulates that two per cent tax shall be charged on assessable profit of a companies registered in Nigeria as may be ascertained in the manner specified in the Companies and Income Tax Act of the Petroleum Profits Act It also gives the Federal Inland Revenue Service FIRS the mandate to assess and collect the tax from the companies In 2011 through Act No 18 ETF morphed into Tertiary Education Trust Fund TETFund with its responsibilities refocused to intervene only in public tertiary institutions namely universities polytechnics and colleges of education But in spite the change in nomenclature and scope of intervention the core responsibilities remain to provide the much needed funding support for tertiary education as well as award of scholarships research grants with a view to improving the quality of research outcomes by Nigerian scholars As TETFund s responsibilities become more complex in the face of expanding demands for its resources vis vis finances that are not growing in the same geometric progression some stakeholders argue that it has become important for reforms in the intervention agency to enable it maximize its capital for optimum impact on Nigeria s tertiary education system One of the major areas that require urgent reform is the management of the Fund As presently constituted the TETFund Board of Trustees is made of mainly politicians appointed from the six geo political zones by the Federal Government This is in addition to the Executive Secretary of the Fund Also on the board are political appointees who head different parastatals under the Federal Ministry of Education namely the National Universities Commission NUC the National Board for Technical Education NBTE National Commission for Colleges of Education NCCE and nominees by the Federal Ministry of Finance and Education As presently constituted observers say it would be difficult for the intervention agency to function effectively without politicians interference They also argue that its present Board is also a radical departure from the 1992 ASUU FG agreement on the funding of universities which gave birth to the Fund The agreement provided that having suggested the establishment of the Fund ASUU should be involved in its management In a report published in the October 7 2019 edition of Premium Times the Nigerian Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative NEITI posited that there was unnecessary political control and interference by state governors in the execution of the TETFund funded projects in their respective states Similarly Prof Hussaini Tukur said the Board of Trustees of TETFund should be one that inspires confidence in the award of research grants and other operations of the agency He said it was not in the interest of the education system for politicians to dominate the membership of the board saying in most instances politicians interest are paramount in their actions Tukur a lecturer in the department of Public Administration Nasarawa State University Keffi said even when geo political zones are involved in constituting the board it is imperative that such nominees should be seasoned academics so that they can bring their academic experience to bear in the running of the agency Tukur also contended that the Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU Nigeria Labour Congress NLC should have representatives on the Board The scholar said while the building of infrastructure by TETfund is a welcome development the agency should focus its interventions more on research and training He said award of research grants should prioritise proposals that add value to the nation s quest for academic excellence and invention adding that where projects are awards they should be audited based on their impact on the society Dr Edet Imuk of the University of Calabar shares similar opinion with Tukur saying structural reforms were needed to restore stakeholders confidence and stimulate enhanced performance by the Fund The Executive Secretary Tertiary Education Trust Fund Mr Sonny Echono was recently quoted by a report as admitting the need for reforms in the organisation saying it was the need to weed out inhibitions to transparency in TETfund s operations He said there is the possibility of the reform being opposed in some quarters it has become a necessary step to take if the agency will deliver on its mandates The respective institutions do the design and costing of projects So also is the supervision and management The TETFund only monitors milestones attainments ahead of releases in tranches he said giving an insight into the direction of the forms As the need for repositioning the organisation becomes increasingly imperative stakeholders say such reforms will be incomplete without streamlining the process of applying for research grants scholarships and contracts in a manner that will reduce physical contacts between applicants and TETfund managers to avoid bias evaluation and eventual award of the grants and contracts NANFeatures If used please credit the author and News Agency of Nigeria NewsSourceCredit NAN
    TETFund: Imperatives for efficiency-driven reforms
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    TETFund: Imperatives for efficiency-driven reforms

    TETFund: Imperatives for efficiency-driven reforms TETFund: Imperatives for efficiency-driven reforms By Uche Anunne News Agency of Nigeria Appropriate funding of tertiary education remains a major challenge for many countries, particularly developing ones.

    In addition to personnel emoluments and building of infrastructure, the university system requires enormous financial resources to meet its research funding demands and contribute more to more meaning socio-economic growth of nations.

    To address this challenge, and following an agreement with university lecturers on adequate funding of universities, the Federal Government in 1993 established the Education Tax Fund (ETF) through the Education Tax Decree No. 7 of 1993 (Act) as an intervention agency.

    The Act stipulates that two per cent tax shall be charged on assessable profit of a companies registered in Nigeria as may be ascertained in the manner specified in the Companies and Income Tax Act of the Petroleum Profits Act. It also gives the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) the mandate to assess and collect the tax from the companies.

    In 2011 through Act No. 18 ETF morphed into Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) with its responsibilities refocused to intervene only in public tertiary institutions, namely universities, polytechnics and colleges of education.

    But, in spite  the change in nomenclature and scope of intervention, the core responsibilities remain to provide the much-needed funding support for tertiary education as well as award of scholarships, research grants with a view to improving the quality of research outcomes by Nigerian scholars.

    As TETFund’s responsibilities become more complex in the face of expanding demands for its resources vis-à-vis finances that are not growing in the same geometric progression, some stakeholders argue that it has become important for reforms in the intervention agency to enable it maximize its capital for optimum impact on Nigeria’s tertiary education system.

    One of the major areas that require urgent reform is the management of the Fund. As presently constituted, the TETFund Board of Trustees is made of mainly politicians appointed from the six geo-political zones by the Federal Government.

    This is in addition to the Executive Secretary of the Fund, Also on the board are political appointees who head different parastatals under the Federal Ministry of Education; namely the National Universities Commission (NUC), the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE), National Commission for Colleges of Education (NCCE) and nominees by the Federal Ministry of Finance; and Education.

    As presently constituted, observers say it would be difficult for the intervention agency to function effectively without politicians’ interference.

    They also argue that its present Board is also a radical departure from the 1992 ASUU-FG agreement on the funding of universities which gave birth to the Fund. The agreement provided that, having suggested the establishment of the Fund, ASUU should be involved in its management.

    In a report published in the October 7, 2019 edition of Premium Times, the Nigerian Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI) posited that there was unnecessary political control and interference by state governors in the execution of the TETFund-funded projects in their respective states.

    Similarly, Prof. Hussaini Tukur said the Board of Trustees of TETFund should be one that inspires confidence in the award of research grants and other operations of the agency.

    He said it was not in the interest of the education system for politicians to dominate the membership of the board, saying in most instances, politicians’ interest are paramount in their actions.

    Tukur, a lecturer in the department of Public Administration, Nasarawa State University, Keffi said even when geo-political zones are involved in constituting the board, it is imperative that such nominees should be seasoned academics so that they can bring their academic experience to bear in the running of the agency.

    Tukur also contended that the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) should have representatives on the Board.

    The scholar said while the building of infrastructure by TETfund is a welcome development, the agency should focus its interventions more on research and training.

    He said award of research grants should prioritise proposals that add value to the nation’s quest for academic excellence and invention, adding that where projects are awards, they should be audited based on their impact on the society.

    Dr Edet Imuk of the University of Calabar, shares similar opinion with Tukur, saying structural reforms were needed to restore stakeholders’ confidence and stimulate enhanced performance by the Fund. The Executive Secretary, Tertiary Education Trust Fund, Mr Sonny Echono was recently quoted by a report as admitting the need for reforms in the organisation, saying it was the need to weed out inhibitions to transparency in TETfund’s operations.

    He said there is the possibility of the reform being opposed in some quarters it has become a necessary step to take if the agency will deliver on its mandates.

    “The respective institutions do the design and costing of projects.

    So also is the supervision and management.

    The TETFund only monitors milestones attainments ahead of releases in tranches,” he said giving an insight into the direction of the forms.

    As the need for repositioning the organisation becomes increasingly imperative, stakeholders say such reforms will be incomplete without streamlining the process of applying for research grants, scholarships and contracts in a manner that will reduce physical contacts between applicants and TETfund managers to avoid bias evaluation and eventual award of the grants and contracts.

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  •  The Tertiary Education Trust Fund TETFund has said that it recorded over N60 billion decline in revenue available for its operations The Executive Secretary of the Fund Mr Sonny Echono said this on Thursday in Abuja This was when members of the House of Representatives Committee on Tertiary Education and Services led by Rep Aminu Suleiman paid an oversight visit to the fund s office Echono while speaking on the operations of the Fund and the state of finances especially from 2017 to date said 2021 collection was what the fund used to operate in 2022 We witness a steady rise in collections under the education tax but unfortunately for the 2021 there was a sharp drop and that left us in a very dare position For example from N154 billion in 2017 the tax collection rose steadily to N257 billion over the years So by 2020 we ve got N257 billion but unfortunately 2021 collection which is what we use to operate this year dropped sharply to N189 billion So over N60 billion drop revenue or resources available to TETfund and the way we operate 2021 collections are used for 2022 operations he said Echono said that given the president s commitment on increased funding for education with the support of the National Assembly the tax rate for 2021 was increased from two per cent to 2 5 per cent He expressed optimism that before the end of the administration it would increase to three per cents as a commitment the President gave the global community via the Global Partnership for Education Echono further commended the level of support and cooperation the fund had enjoyed from the committee and the National Assembly while seeking its support in effecting the amendment of the fund s Act This is a major area that we will be seeking the support of the National Assembly in terms of legislation The other aspect is the fact that in this oversight we also want to open our activities more to independent assessment and evaluation on our behalf So we have designed a monitoring and evaluation That will be involving key stakeholders like the National Assembly even the staff unions in our tertiary institutions to join us to independently look at some of the things that we are doing he said Responding Rep Suleiman assured the fund of its continued support and cooperation to ensure that the system continued to work stronger We congratulate you and we assure you of our support without prejudice to the fact that sometimes we can agree to disagree I have no doubt that our relationship will continue here The essence is for us to better the system Suleiman said the visit was a legislative requirement on any legislature through various committees that a minimum of an oversight must be conducted and the periodic report submitted to the house He directed TETFund to mandate state institutions benefiting from its interventions to submit reports of their operations within three weeks For about four or five months we have written to the fund asking it to invite the attention of state institutions that are benefiting from the Tetfund operations They are to send to the committee their statements of operations as they relate to what they have been getting from TETFund We do not know whether it is TETfund that has not communicated to the institutions or they have not followed up on all or the institutions felt that as state institutions and they are not responsible to us If they don t you should stop funding them because they cannot collect public fund and refuse to account for it impossible they have to account he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    TETFund records N60bn revenue decline — Echono
     The Tertiary Education Trust Fund TETFund has said that it recorded over N60 billion decline in revenue available for its operations The Executive Secretary of the Fund Mr Sonny Echono said this on Thursday in Abuja This was when members of the House of Representatives Committee on Tertiary Education and Services led by Rep Aminu Suleiman paid an oversight visit to the fund s office Echono while speaking on the operations of the Fund and the state of finances especially from 2017 to date said 2021 collection was what the fund used to operate in 2022 We witness a steady rise in collections under the education tax but unfortunately for the 2021 there was a sharp drop and that left us in a very dare position For example from N154 billion in 2017 the tax collection rose steadily to N257 billion over the years So by 2020 we ve got N257 billion but unfortunately 2021 collection which is what we use to operate this year dropped sharply to N189 billion So over N60 billion drop revenue or resources available to TETfund and the way we operate 2021 collections are used for 2022 operations he said Echono said that given the president s commitment on increased funding for education with the support of the National Assembly the tax rate for 2021 was increased from two per cent to 2 5 per cent He expressed optimism that before the end of the administration it would increase to three per cents as a commitment the President gave the global community via the Global Partnership for Education Echono further commended the level of support and cooperation the fund had enjoyed from the committee and the National Assembly while seeking its support in effecting the amendment of the fund s Act This is a major area that we will be seeking the support of the National Assembly in terms of legislation The other aspect is the fact that in this oversight we also want to open our activities more to independent assessment and evaluation on our behalf So we have designed a monitoring and evaluation That will be involving key stakeholders like the National Assembly even the staff unions in our tertiary institutions to join us to independently look at some of the things that we are doing he said Responding Rep Suleiman assured the fund of its continued support and cooperation to ensure that the system continued to work stronger We congratulate you and we assure you of our support without prejudice to the fact that sometimes we can agree to disagree I have no doubt that our relationship will continue here The essence is for us to better the system Suleiman said the visit was a legislative requirement on any legislature through various committees that a minimum of an oversight must be conducted and the periodic report submitted to the house He directed TETFund to mandate state institutions benefiting from its interventions to submit reports of their operations within three weeks For about four or five months we have written to the fund asking it to invite the attention of state institutions that are benefiting from the Tetfund operations They are to send to the committee their statements of operations as they relate to what they have been getting from TETFund We do not know whether it is TETfund that has not communicated to the institutions or they have not followed up on all or the institutions felt that as state institutions and they are not responsible to us If they don t you should stop funding them because they cannot collect public fund and refuse to account for it impossible they have to account he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    TETFund records N60bn revenue decline — Echono
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    TETFund records N60bn revenue decline — Echono

    The Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) has said that it recorded over N60 billion decline in revenue available for its operations.  

    The Executive Secretary of the Fund, Mr Sonny Echono, said this on Thursday in Abuja.  

    This was when members of the House of Representatives Committee on Tertiary Education and Services, led by Rep. Aminu Suleiman, paid an oversight visit to the fund’s office.  

    Echono, while speaking on the operations of the Fund and the state of finances, especially from 2017 to date, said 2021 collection was what the fund used to operate in 2022.   “We witness a steady rise in collections under the education tax but unfortunately for the 2021 there was a sharp drop and that left us in a very dare position.  

    “For example, from N154 billion in 2017, the tax collection rose steadily to N257 billion over the years.  

    “So by 2020, we’ve got N257 billion; but unfortunately, 2021 collection, which is what we use to operate this year, dropped sharply to N189 billion.  

    “So over N60 billion drop revenue or resources available to TETfund, and the way we operate, 2021 collections are used for 2022 operations,” he said.  

    Echono said that given the president’s commitment on increased funding for education with the support of the National Assembly, the tax rate for 2021 was increased from two per cent to 2.5 per cent.  

    He expressed optimism that before the end of the administration it would increase to three per cents, as a commitment the President gave the global community via the Global Partnership for Education.  

    Echono further commended the level of support and cooperation the fund had enjoyed from the committee and the National Assembly, while seeking its support in effecting the amendment of the fund’s Act.   “This is a major area that we will be seeking the support of the National Assembly in terms of legislation.  

    “The other aspect is the fact that in this oversight, we also want to open our activities more to independent assessment and evaluation on our behalf.  

    “So, we have designed a monitoring and evaluation.

    “That will be involving key stakeholders, like the National Assembly, even the staff unions in our tertiary institutions, to join us to independently look at some of the things that we are doing,” he said.  

    Responding, Rep. Suleiman assured the fund of its continued support and cooperation to ensure that the system continued to work stronger.  

    “We congratulate you and we assure you of our support, without prejudice to the fact that sometimes we can agree to disagree.  

    “I have no doubt that our relationship will continue here.

    The essence is for us to better the system.

    ”   Suleiman said the visit was a legislative requirement on any legislature through various committees that a minimum of an oversight must be conducted and the periodic report submitted to the house.  

    He directed TETFund to mandate state institutions benefiting from its interventions to submit reports of their operations within three weeks.  

    “For about four or five months we have written to the fund asking it to invite the attention of state institutions that are benefiting from the Tetfund operations.  

    “They are to send to the committee their statements of operations as they relate to what they have been getting from TETFund.   “We do not know whether it is TETfund that has not communicated to the institutions or they have not followed up on all, or the institutions felt that as state institutions and they are not responsible to us.  

    “If they don’t, you should stop funding them because they cannot collect public fund and refuse to account for it: impossible, they have to account,” he said.


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  •  Gov David Umahi of Ebonyi says over N80 billion has so far been expended on the establishment of King David University of Medical Sciences located in Uburu Ohaozara Local Government Area of the state and named after the governor Umahi who was speaking during a courtesy visit to the Executive Secretary of Tertiary Education Trust Fund TETFund in Abuja on Wednesday solicited for a take off fund for the university It would be recalled that President Muhammadu Buhari had during a visit to Ebonyi state in May promised that the Federal Government would take over the university which is the only University of Medical sciences in the state We are soliciting for take off fund for the university we have sunk over N80 billion in that university If it is done by any other agency I am sure that N150 billion cannot do it I am not boasting about that I am here to congratulate my brother for his promotion based on the job he has done for the country and to thank him for the exemplary public service Whenever you call him he picks and it is not because I am the governor The ordinary people are passing through a lot of challenges and if they can t get anything at least they should get hope and the only way they can get hope is when you respond to them because you are answerable to them he said He continued saying I want to say to him to do everything he can to fast track projects because of the issue of prices in the market and he has started to address that and I am very happy about that Having worked in the ministry of works I know it is top priority for him There is no price that is constant in this country within the period of 60 days so since he has started it means we will definitely succeed I am also here to thank him for the work he is doing in the new seven universities one of which is in my state The President graciously named the university after me I am here to say thank you to him he said Responding the Executive Secretary of TETFund Mr Sonny Echono commended the governor for the many transformations he had brought to the state adding that the governor is a standard bearer for measuring public service I want to make bold to say that the governor of Ebonyi State is one governor the whole country is proud of Seeing the transformation that has taken place in the state But with the transformation that we witnessed under the leadership of his excellency everybody is taken a cue It has become a standard bearer for measuring public service and even the delivery of the dividend of democracy as it is captured he said He added that the president was impressed with the structure put in place by the governor in the new Medical Sciences university with the provision of world class infrastructure which was why the president didn t not hesitate to name the university after the governor He graciously accepted the Federal Government to take it over and there was no hesitation in naming it after him to immortalise him Our country will grow and develop if people commit themselves to serving the way he has done We remain proud of his service We are complementing what we call performance base As you do well we also complement you to do better That is the paramount shift he said The TETFund boss promised to further work with the governor to ensure that the state as well as the country benefit from the new university NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Umahi says over N80bn spent on new Medical Science University in Ebonyi
     Gov David Umahi of Ebonyi says over N80 billion has so far been expended on the establishment of King David University of Medical Sciences located in Uburu Ohaozara Local Government Area of the state and named after the governor Umahi who was speaking during a courtesy visit to the Executive Secretary of Tertiary Education Trust Fund TETFund in Abuja on Wednesday solicited for a take off fund for the university It would be recalled that President Muhammadu Buhari had during a visit to Ebonyi state in May promised that the Federal Government would take over the university which is the only University of Medical sciences in the state We are soliciting for take off fund for the university we have sunk over N80 billion in that university If it is done by any other agency I am sure that N150 billion cannot do it I am not boasting about that I am here to congratulate my brother for his promotion based on the job he has done for the country and to thank him for the exemplary public service Whenever you call him he picks and it is not because I am the governor The ordinary people are passing through a lot of challenges and if they can t get anything at least they should get hope and the only way they can get hope is when you respond to them because you are answerable to them he said He continued saying I want to say to him to do everything he can to fast track projects because of the issue of prices in the market and he has started to address that and I am very happy about that Having worked in the ministry of works I know it is top priority for him There is no price that is constant in this country within the period of 60 days so since he has started it means we will definitely succeed I am also here to thank him for the work he is doing in the new seven universities one of which is in my state The President graciously named the university after me I am here to say thank you to him he said Responding the Executive Secretary of TETFund Mr Sonny Echono commended the governor for the many transformations he had brought to the state adding that the governor is a standard bearer for measuring public service I want to make bold to say that the governor of Ebonyi State is one governor the whole country is proud of Seeing the transformation that has taken place in the state But with the transformation that we witnessed under the leadership of his excellency everybody is taken a cue It has become a standard bearer for measuring public service and even the delivery of the dividend of democracy as it is captured he said He added that the president was impressed with the structure put in place by the governor in the new Medical Sciences university with the provision of world class infrastructure which was why the president didn t not hesitate to name the university after the governor He graciously accepted the Federal Government to take it over and there was no hesitation in naming it after him to immortalise him Our country will grow and develop if people commit themselves to serving the way he has done We remain proud of his service We are complementing what we call performance base As you do well we also complement you to do better That is the paramount shift he said The TETFund boss promised to further work with the governor to ensure that the state as well as the country benefit from the new university NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Umahi says over N80bn spent on new Medical Science University in Ebonyi
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    Umahi says over N80bn spent on new Medical Science University in Ebonyi

    Gov.

    David Umahi of Ebonyi says over N80 billion has so far been expended on the establishment of King David University of Medical Sciences, located in Uburu, Ohaozara Local Government Area of the state and named after the governor.

    Umahi, who was speaking during a courtesy visit to the Executive Secretary of Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) in Abuja on Wednesday, solicited for a take-off fund for the university.

    It would be recalled that President Muhammadu Buhari had during a visit to Ebonyi state in May, promised that the Federal Government would take over the university, which is the only University of Medical sciences in the state.

    “We are soliciting for take-off fund for the university, we have sunk over N80 billion in that university.

    If it is done by any other agency, I am sure that N150 billion cannot do it.

    I am not boasting about that.

    “I am here to congratulate my brother for his promotion, based on the job he has done for the country and to thank him for the exemplary public service.

    Whenever you call him, he picks, and it is not because I am the governor.

    ” The ordinary people are passing through a lot of challenges, and if they can’t get anything, at least they should get hope, and the only way they can get hope is when you respond to them because you are answerable to them,” he said.

    He continued, saying “I want to say to him to do everything he can, to fast track projects because of the issue of prices in the market, and he has started to address that and I am very happy about that.

    ” Having worked in the ministry of works, I know it is top priority for him.

    There is no price that is constant in this country within the period of 60 days, so since he has started, it means we will definitely succeed.

    “I am also here to thank him for the work he is doing in the new seven universities, one of which is in my state.

    The President graciously named the university after me.

    I am here to say thank you to him,” he said.

    Responding, the Executive Secretary of TETFund, Mr Sonny Echono, commended the governor for the many transformations he had brought to the state, adding that the governor is a standard bearer for measuring public service.

    “I want to make bold to say that the governor of Ebonyi State is one governor the whole country is proud of.

    Seeing the transformation that has taken place in the state.

    “But with the transformation that we witnessed under the leadership of his excellency, everybody is taken a cue.

    It has become a standard bearer for measuring public service and even the delivery of the dividend of democracy as it is captured,” he said.

    He added that the president was impressed with the structure put in place by the governor in the new Medical Sciences university; with the provision of world class infrastructure which was why the president didn’t not hesitate to name the university after the governor.

    “He graciously accepted the Federal Government to take it over, and there was no hesitation in naming it after him to immortalise him.

    ” Our country will grow and develop if people commit themselves to serving the way he has done.

    We remain proud of his service.

    “We are complementing what we call performance base.

    As you do well, we also complement you to do better.

    That is the paramount shift,” he said.

    The TETFund boss, promised to further work with the governor to ensure that the state, as well as the country benefit from the new university.

    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  To boost enrollment and attract best brains into the teaching profession the Tertiary Education Trust Fund TETFund says the Federal Government plans to give scholarships and other incentives to students studying education The Executive Secretary of TETFund Mr Sonny Echono said this at a two day capacity building programme for Heads of Colleges of Education Northern Zone with the theme Enhancing Pedagogical Skills And Curriculum Development For Quality Education Delivery In Nigeria Colleges of Education The TETFund boss decried the dwindling enrollment into educational courses poor remuneration of teachers and the low perception of the teaching profession in the country which are also factors keeping the best brains away He thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for approving incentives for teachers saying the target to be paying stipend to students studying educational courses in tertiary institutions would also boost the profession Enrollment in education courses generally has been dwindling and the demand is very low The remuneration is very poor the public perception and reputation and everything are very low so nobody wants to go there So when you incentivise like Mr President has done it will attract people there and we should implement those incentives quickly That way a lot of those who even have difficulties in meeting the financial requirements will see it as a variable option and career he said Echono urged state governments to ensure that only qualified persons were employed into the teaching profession to enhance the quality of teaching and learning He expressed worry that most of the teachers recruited across states were not competent enough while stressing the need to reposition the teaching profession in order to attract the best brains In Nigeria today teaching has become a profession only if you don t have another option What is even more painful is the practise of employing fictitious names and teachers who don t have anything to do in the profession My message to you is to recommend your profession as a calling It should only attract the best brains which is the only way to maintain quality We must give them enough remuneration to keep them in the profession No country can attain greatness without teachers According to him the country is currently facing the issue of funding and that needs to be addressed from the root through birth control If you can slow down the rate at which we are giving birth then you can come and say let us freeze the number of schools that we have Else you are going to be creating an army of illiterates who have not been given opportunity to try themselves and in the end they become bigger problems So we must continue to expand access to every child in this country to have opportunity But I support that we should take a drastic move at a rate we are increasing our population he said The News Agency of Nigeria NAN reports that the workshop organised by the National Commission for Colleges of Education NCCE in collaboration with TETfund was aimed at creating programmes that would revive the glory of the NCE programme NAN
    FG’s incentive to students will boost enrollment into educational courses- Echono
     To boost enrollment and attract best brains into the teaching profession the Tertiary Education Trust Fund TETFund says the Federal Government plans to give scholarships and other incentives to students studying education The Executive Secretary of TETFund Mr Sonny Echono said this at a two day capacity building programme for Heads of Colleges of Education Northern Zone with the theme Enhancing Pedagogical Skills And Curriculum Development For Quality Education Delivery In Nigeria Colleges of Education The TETFund boss decried the dwindling enrollment into educational courses poor remuneration of teachers and the low perception of the teaching profession in the country which are also factors keeping the best brains away He thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for approving incentives for teachers saying the target to be paying stipend to students studying educational courses in tertiary institutions would also boost the profession Enrollment in education courses generally has been dwindling and the demand is very low The remuneration is very poor the public perception and reputation and everything are very low so nobody wants to go there So when you incentivise like Mr President has done it will attract people there and we should implement those incentives quickly That way a lot of those who even have difficulties in meeting the financial requirements will see it as a variable option and career he said Echono urged state governments to ensure that only qualified persons were employed into the teaching profession to enhance the quality of teaching and learning He expressed worry that most of the teachers recruited across states were not competent enough while stressing the need to reposition the teaching profession in order to attract the best brains In Nigeria today teaching has become a profession only if you don t have another option What is even more painful is the practise of employing fictitious names and teachers who don t have anything to do in the profession My message to you is to recommend your profession as a calling It should only attract the best brains which is the only way to maintain quality We must give them enough remuneration to keep them in the profession No country can attain greatness without teachers According to him the country is currently facing the issue of funding and that needs to be addressed from the root through birth control If you can slow down the rate at which we are giving birth then you can come and say let us freeze the number of schools that we have Else you are going to be creating an army of illiterates who have not been given opportunity to try themselves and in the end they become bigger problems So we must continue to expand access to every child in this country to have opportunity But I support that we should take a drastic move at a rate we are increasing our population he said The News Agency of Nigeria NAN reports that the workshop organised by the National Commission for Colleges of Education NCCE in collaboration with TETfund was aimed at creating programmes that would revive the glory of the NCE programme NAN
    FG’s incentive to students will boost enrollment into educational courses- Echono
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    FG’s incentive to students will boost enrollment into educational courses- Echono

    To boost enrollment and attract best brains into the teaching profession, the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) says the Federal Government plans to give scholarships and other incentives to students studying education.
    The Executive Secretary of  TETFund, Mr Sonny Echono, said this at a two-day capacity building programme for Heads of Colleges of Education (Northern Zone) with the theme: “Enhancing Pedagogical Skills And Curriculum Development For Quality Education Delivery In Nigeria Colleges of Education”.
    The TETFund boss decried the dwindling enrollment into educational courses, poor remuneration of teachers and the low perception of the teaching profession in the country which are also factors keeping the best brains away.
    He thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for approving incentives for teachers, saying the target to be paying stipend to students studying educational courses in tertiary institutions would also boost the profession.
    “Enrollment in education courses generally has been dwindling and the demand is very low. The remuneration is very poor, the public perception and reputation and everything are very low so nobody wants to go there.
    “So, when you incentivise like Mr President has done, it will attract people there and we should implement those incentives quickly.
    “That way, a lot of those who even have difficulties in meeting the financial requirements will see it as a variable option and career,” he said.
    Echono urged state governments to ensure that only qualified persons were employed into the teaching profession to enhance the quality of teaching and learning.
    He expressed worry that most of the teachers recruited across states were not competent enough while stressing the need to reposition the teaching profession in order to attract the best brains.
    “In Nigeria today, teaching has become a profession only if you don’t have another option.
    “What is even more painful is the practise of employing fictitious names and teachers who don’t have anything to do in the profession. My message to you is to recommend your profession as a calling.
    “It should only attract the best brains, which is the only way to maintain quality. We must give them enough remuneration to keep them in the profession. No country can attain greatness without teachers.”
    According to him, the country is currently facing the issue of funding and that needs to be addressed from the root through birth control.
    “If you can slow down the rate at which we are giving birth then you can come and say let us freeze the number of schools that we have.
    “Else, you are going to be creating an army of illiterates who have not been given opportunity to try themselves and in the end they become bigger problems.
    “So, we must continue to expand access to every child in this country to have opportunity. But I support that we should take a drastic move at a rate we are increasing our population,” he said.
    The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the workshop, organised by the National Commission for Colleges of Education (NCCE) in collaboration with TETfund was aimed at creating programmes that would revive the glory of the NCE programme. (NAN)

  •  The Executive Secretary Tertiary Education Trust Fund TETFund Mr Sonny Echono has announced N1 487 387 028 as Direct Intervention to public tertiary institutions for the year 2022 The Executive Secretary made the announcement at a Strategic Interactive Session for Heads of TETFund Beneficiary Institutions on Monday in Abuja The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the interactive is with the theme Ensuring Synergy for Effective Implementation of TETFund Interventions Echono stated that disbursement of the money would be done in three parts universities polytechnics and colleges of education He added that the fund had received approval of President Muhammadu Buhari for guidelines of 2022 intervention budget for implementation He noted that the broad areas of interventions as approved by the Board of Trustees of the fund were categorised into Annual Direct Intervention and Special Interventions He added that in all cases disbursements are based on the equality of states and of geo political zones as enshrined in the enabling Act It is my pleasure to inform you that in line with the provisions of the Act we have received the approval of Mr President for the guidelines of the Year 2022 intervention budget for implementation Disbursement for the annual direct intervention for 2022 approved guidelines are summarised as follows N642 848 138 to each university N396 780 086 to each polytechnic and N447 758 804 to each college of education The executive secretary who assured the beneficiary institutions of receiving their letters of allocation for the annual direct intervention at the interactive session added that allocations for special interventions would be released in due course On ensuring that the fund carried out its mandate effectively Echono who assumed office recently promised to build on the efforts of his predecessors He stressed that the fund s primary areas of focus were digital literacy elimination of internal audit clearance revamping non performing projects in some institutions expansion of centres of excellence among others The Executive Secretary Nigeria Universities Commission NUC Prof Abubakar Rasheed identified the need for synergy to enable TETFUND to deliver on its mandate He enjoined the fund to think of strategies to deploy to ensure that funds released to institutions met the demand adding that devaluation was a major factor in funds losing value before completion of projects NAN
    TETFund announces N1.5bn intervention for public tertiary institutions
     The Executive Secretary Tertiary Education Trust Fund TETFund Mr Sonny Echono has announced N1 487 387 028 as Direct Intervention to public tertiary institutions for the year 2022 The Executive Secretary made the announcement at a Strategic Interactive Session for Heads of TETFund Beneficiary Institutions on Monday in Abuja The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the interactive is with the theme Ensuring Synergy for Effective Implementation of TETFund Interventions Echono stated that disbursement of the money would be done in three parts universities polytechnics and colleges of education He added that the fund had received approval of President Muhammadu Buhari for guidelines of 2022 intervention budget for implementation He noted that the broad areas of interventions as approved by the Board of Trustees of the fund were categorised into Annual Direct Intervention and Special Interventions He added that in all cases disbursements are based on the equality of states and of geo political zones as enshrined in the enabling Act It is my pleasure to inform you that in line with the provisions of the Act we have received the approval of Mr President for the guidelines of the Year 2022 intervention budget for implementation Disbursement for the annual direct intervention for 2022 approved guidelines are summarised as follows N642 848 138 to each university N396 780 086 to each polytechnic and N447 758 804 to each college of education The executive secretary who assured the beneficiary institutions of receiving their letters of allocation for the annual direct intervention at the interactive session added that allocations for special interventions would be released in due course On ensuring that the fund carried out its mandate effectively Echono who assumed office recently promised to build on the efforts of his predecessors He stressed that the fund s primary areas of focus were digital literacy elimination of internal audit clearance revamping non performing projects in some institutions expansion of centres of excellence among others The Executive Secretary Nigeria Universities Commission NUC Prof Abubakar Rasheed identified the need for synergy to enable TETFUND to deliver on its mandate He enjoined the fund to think of strategies to deploy to ensure that funds released to institutions met the demand adding that devaluation was a major factor in funds losing value before completion of projects NAN
    TETFund announces N1.5bn intervention for public tertiary institutions
    Education5 months ago

    TETFund announces N1.5bn intervention for public tertiary institutions

    The Executive Secretary, Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund), Mr Sonny Echono, has announced N1,487,387,028 as Direct Intervention to public tertiary institutions for the year 2022.The Executive Secretary made the announcement at a Strategic Interactive Session for Heads of TETFund Beneficiary Institutions on Monday in Abuja.The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the interactive is with the theme: “Ensuring Synergy for Effective Implementation of TETFund Interventions”.Echono stated that disbursement of the money would be done in three parts: universities, polytechnics and colleges of education.He added that the fund had received approval of President Muhammadu Buhari for guidelines of 2022 intervention budget for implementation.He noted that the broad areas of interventions as approved by the Board of Trustees of the fund were categorised into Annual Direct Intervention and Special Interventions.He added that “in all cases, disbursements are based on the equality of states and of geo-political zones as enshrined in the enabling Act.“It is my pleasure to inform you that in line with the provisions of the Act we have received the approval of Mr. President for the guidelines of the Year 2022 intervention budget for implementation.“Disbursement for the annual direct intervention for 2022 approved guidelines are summarised as follows: N642,848,138 to each university; N396,780,086 to each polytechnic; and N447,758,804 to each college of education.”The executive secretary, who assured the beneficiary institutions of receiving their letters of allocation for the annual direct intervention at the interactive session, added that allocations for special interventions would be released in due course.On ensuring that the fund carried out its mandate effectively, Echono, who assumed office recently, promised to build on the efforts of his predecessors.He stressed that the fund’s primary areas of focus were digital literacy, elimination of internal audit clearance, revamping non performing projects in some institutions, expansion of centres of excellence among others.The Executive Secretary, Nigeria Universities Commission (NUC), Prof. Abubakar Rasheed identified the need for synergy to enable TETFUND to deliver on its mandate.He enjoined the fund to think of strategies to deploy to ensure that funds released to institutions met the demand adding that devaluation was a major factor in funds losing value before completion of projects.

    (NAN)

  •  The Nigeria Union of Teachers NUT has commended the decision of President Muhammadu Buhari to sign the harmonised retirement age of teachers bill into law The NUT made the commendation in a letter of appreciation to Mr Sonny Echono Executive Secretary Tertiary Education Trust Fund TETFund The letter was signed by NUT s Secretary General Dr Mike Ene and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria NAN in Abuja on Saturday The union said that the move would impact positively in the nation s teaching profession and lauded Echono s efforts in the emergence of the Act during his stint as Permanent Secretary Federal Ministry of Education The letter dated April 13 said that the move would motivate teachers to deliver more effective service in the classroom It is great that teachers of pre primary primary and secondary schools enjoy the extended service years and higher retirement age like their counterparts at the tertiary level We are also confident that this great milestone will have an enormous turn around in the Nigerian education system The impact of this Act will raise the bars of primary and secondary school education through the additional five years of mentorship by the senior and experienced teachers on the junior teachers in the primary and secondary schools the letter said The new law extends teachers retirement age from 60 to 65 while service period has been moved from 35 to 40 years Source Credit NAN
    NUT lauds FG on retirement age, says teachers now fully motivated 
     The Nigeria Union of Teachers NUT has commended the decision of President Muhammadu Buhari to sign the harmonised retirement age of teachers bill into law The NUT made the commendation in a letter of appreciation to Mr Sonny Echono Executive Secretary Tertiary Education Trust Fund TETFund The letter was signed by NUT s Secretary General Dr Mike Ene and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria NAN in Abuja on Saturday The union said that the move would impact positively in the nation s teaching profession and lauded Echono s efforts in the emergence of the Act during his stint as Permanent Secretary Federal Ministry of Education The letter dated April 13 said that the move would motivate teachers to deliver more effective service in the classroom It is great that teachers of pre primary primary and secondary schools enjoy the extended service years and higher retirement age like their counterparts at the tertiary level We are also confident that this great milestone will have an enormous turn around in the Nigerian education system The impact of this Act will raise the bars of primary and secondary school education through the additional five years of mentorship by the senior and experienced teachers on the junior teachers in the primary and secondary schools the letter said The new law extends teachers retirement age from 60 to 65 while service period has been moved from 35 to 40 years Source Credit NAN
    NUT lauds FG on retirement age, says teachers now fully motivated 
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    NUT lauds FG on retirement age, says teachers now fully motivated 

    The Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) has commended the decision of President Muhammadu Buhari to sign the harmonised retirement age of teachers’ bill into law.The NUT made the commendation in a letter of appreciation to Mr Sonny Echono, Executive Secretary, Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund).The letter was signed by NUT’s Secretary General, Dr Mike Ene, and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria(NAN) in Abuja on Saturday.The union said that the move would impact positively in the nation’s teaching profession, and lauded Echono’s efforts in the emergence of the Act during his stint as Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education.The letter dated April 13, said that the move would motivate teachers to deliver more effective service in the classroom. “It is great that teachers of pre-primary, primary and secondary schools enjoy the extended service years and higher retirement age like their counterparts at the tertiary level.“We are also confident that this great milestone will have an enormous turn around in the Nigerian education system. “The impact of this Act will raise the bars of primary and secondary school education through the additional five years of mentorship by the senior and experienced teachers on the junior teachers in the primary and secondary schools,” the letter said.The new law extends teachers retirement age from 60 to 65, while service period has been moved from 35 to 40 years.Source Credit: NAN

  •  Plateau s Gov Simon Lalong on Thursday in Abuja called for increased intervention by the Tertiary Education Trust Fund TETfund in the state s tertiary institutions Lalong made the call when he visited to congratulate the new Executive Secretary of TETfund Mr Sonny Echono at the organisation s headquarters He thanked the organisation for facilitating the improvement of education in Plateau the northern region and Nigeria as a whole He urged it to continue the good work especially to ensure steady development of newly established tertiary institutions The governor said Plateau would continue to engage the Fund to address critical challenges of educational institutions in the state He expressed confidence that Echono would continue with the good works of his predecessor Prof Elias Bogoro who executed many infrastructural development projects in tertiary institutions across the country Lalong assured Echono that he would cooperate with him in the discharge of his duties He added that as chairman of the Northern Governors Forum he would ensure that governors in the northern part of the country also cooperated with Echono He said he would work with his colleagues to ensure that the Fund achieved its mandates especially in the northern parts which are lagging educationally He called for an increase in the Fund s budgetary provision to enable it to execute more projects I want an increase in budgetary provisions for TETFund as against recent calls for its scrapping Lalong said Responding Echono said he would continue to do his best to justify the confidence and trust reposed in him He said in addition to the provision of infrastructure the Fund would invest in developing manpower in tertiary institutions to facilitate the inculcation of knowledge and good character in students He said President Muhammadu Buhari had approved an upward review of Educational Tax from 2 per cent to 2 5 per cent to take effect from 2023 The increased tax would facilitate the implementation of more developmental projects in the education sector he said He added that the president also approved welfare packages for teachers but it required sacrifices to be made by state governments Echono said there was a need for additional universities in the country to empower youths to become creators of jobs and to become entrepreneurs Source Credit NAN
    Lalong seeks increased intervention by TETfund in Plateau schools
     Plateau s Gov Simon Lalong on Thursday in Abuja called for increased intervention by the Tertiary Education Trust Fund TETfund in the state s tertiary institutions Lalong made the call when he visited to congratulate the new Executive Secretary of TETfund Mr Sonny Echono at the organisation s headquarters He thanked the organisation for facilitating the improvement of education in Plateau the northern region and Nigeria as a whole He urged it to continue the good work especially to ensure steady development of newly established tertiary institutions The governor said Plateau would continue to engage the Fund to address critical challenges of educational institutions in the state He expressed confidence that Echono would continue with the good works of his predecessor Prof Elias Bogoro who executed many infrastructural development projects in tertiary institutions across the country Lalong assured Echono that he would cooperate with him in the discharge of his duties He added that as chairman of the Northern Governors Forum he would ensure that governors in the northern part of the country also cooperated with Echono He said he would work with his colleagues to ensure that the Fund achieved its mandates especially in the northern parts which are lagging educationally He called for an increase in the Fund s budgetary provision to enable it to execute more projects I want an increase in budgetary provisions for TETFund as against recent calls for its scrapping Lalong said Responding Echono said he would continue to do his best to justify the confidence and trust reposed in him He said in addition to the provision of infrastructure the Fund would invest in developing manpower in tertiary institutions to facilitate the inculcation of knowledge and good character in students He said President Muhammadu Buhari had approved an upward review of Educational Tax from 2 per cent to 2 5 per cent to take effect from 2023 The increased tax would facilitate the implementation of more developmental projects in the education sector he said He added that the president also approved welfare packages for teachers but it required sacrifices to be made by state governments Echono said there was a need for additional universities in the country to empower youths to become creators of jobs and to become entrepreneurs Source Credit NAN
    Lalong seeks increased intervention by TETfund in Plateau schools
    Education5 months ago

    Lalong seeks increased intervention by TETfund in Plateau schools

    Plateau’s Gov. Simon Lalong on Thursday in Abuja called for increased intervention by the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETfund) in the state’s tertiary institutions.

    Lalong made the call when he visited to congratulate the new Executive Secretary of TETfund, Mr Sonny Echono, at the organisation’s headquarters.

    He thanked the organisation for facilitating the improvement of education in Plateau, the northern region and Nigeria as a whole.

    He urged it to continue the good work, especially to ensure steady development of newly-established tertiary institutions.

    The governor said Plateau would continue to engage the Fund to address critical challenges of educational institutions in the state.

    He expressed confidence that Echono would continue with the good works of his predecessor, Prof. Elias Bogoro, who executed many infrastructural development projects in tertiary institutions across the country.

    Lalong assured Echono that he would cooperate with him in the discharge of his duties.

    He added that as chairman of the Northern Governors Forum, he would ensure that governors in the northern part of the country also cooperated with Echono.

    He said he would work with his colleagues to ensure that the Fund achieved its mandates, especially in the northern parts which are lagging educationally.

    He called for an increase in the Fund’s budgetary provision to enable it to execute more projects.

    “I want an increase in budgetary provisions for TETFund as against recent calls for its scrapping,’’ Lalong said.

    Responding, Echono said he would continue to do his best to justify the confidence and trust reposed in him.

    He said in addition to the provision of infrastructure, the Fund would invest in developing manpower in tertiary institutions to facilitate the inculcation of knowledge and good character in students.

    He said President Muhammadu Buhari had approved an upward review of Educational Tax from 2 per cent to 2.5 per cent to take effect from 2023.

    The increased tax would facilitate the implementation of more developmental projects in the education sector, he said.

    He added that the president also approved welfare packages for teachers, but it required sacrifices to be made by state governments.

    Echono said there was a need for additional universities in the country to empower youths to become creators of jobs and to become entrepreneurs.

    Source Credit: NAN

  •   By Cecilia Ijuo Professor Steve Nwokeocha of sociology of education University of Calabar said the lack of attention by state governments to help an estimated 10 million out of school children return to school is concerning Nwokeocha also executive director of the African Federation of Educational Regulatory Authorities AFTRA Centurion South Africa and Abuja Nigeria said this in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency in Abuja He said it was unrealistic for the federal government alone to find a lasting solution to the problem adding that it required collaborative efforts According to him if states paid as much attention to education as to politics there would be a drastic reduction in the number of out of school children in the country The scholar who decried that having such a large number of Nigeria s population out of school was a ticking time bomb called for urgent attention from all to resolve the issue In terms of basic education inclusion remains a serious concern as long as more than 10 million children are still out of school Unfortunately the federal government alone cannot sufficiently solve this problem It requires action from the 36 states of the Federation and the CTF In the same way that the Northern Governors Forum and the Southern Governors Forum meet and speak firmly about politics and security they must meet to speak harshly about children roaming the streets They need to realize that Nigeria being the world capital of out of school children there needs to be a state of emergency in basic education Unfortunately states have not shown enough concern about the problem of out of school children he said While attesting to the fact that a few States were making efforts in this direction Nwokeocha stressed that the problem could not be adequately addressed by one or two States in isolation reports that the federal government has continued to commit to getting substantial numbers of children back to school The permanent secretary of the Ministry of Education Mr Sonny Echono assured in an interview with that everything was being done to bring the children back to school despite the setbacks caused by the COVID 19 pandemic and the recent problems of security Meanwhile UNICEF on its website https www unicef org nigeria education said that around 10 5 million children in the country aged 5 to 14 are not educated Only 61 of 6 11 year olds attend primary school regularly and only 35 6 of children aged 36 59 months receive pre school education Source NAN
    States’ nonchalance to 10 million out-of school-children worrisome — Academic
      By Cecilia Ijuo Professor Steve Nwokeocha of sociology of education University of Calabar said the lack of attention by state governments to help an estimated 10 million out of school children return to school is concerning Nwokeocha also executive director of the African Federation of Educational Regulatory Authorities AFTRA Centurion South Africa and Abuja Nigeria said this in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency in Abuja He said it was unrealistic for the federal government alone to find a lasting solution to the problem adding that it required collaborative efforts According to him if states paid as much attention to education as to politics there would be a drastic reduction in the number of out of school children in the country The scholar who decried that having such a large number of Nigeria s population out of school was a ticking time bomb called for urgent attention from all to resolve the issue In terms of basic education inclusion remains a serious concern as long as more than 10 million children are still out of school Unfortunately the federal government alone cannot sufficiently solve this problem It requires action from the 36 states of the Federation and the CTF In the same way that the Northern Governors Forum and the Southern Governors Forum meet and speak firmly about politics and security they must meet to speak harshly about children roaming the streets They need to realize that Nigeria being the world capital of out of school children there needs to be a state of emergency in basic education Unfortunately states have not shown enough concern about the problem of out of school children he said While attesting to the fact that a few States were making efforts in this direction Nwokeocha stressed that the problem could not be adequately addressed by one or two States in isolation reports that the federal government has continued to commit to getting substantial numbers of children back to school The permanent secretary of the Ministry of Education Mr Sonny Echono assured in an interview with that everything was being done to bring the children back to school despite the setbacks caused by the COVID 19 pandemic and the recent problems of security Meanwhile UNICEF on its website https www unicef org nigeria education said that around 10 5 million children in the country aged 5 to 14 are not educated Only 61 of 6 11 year olds attend primary school regularly and only 35 6 of children aged 36 59 months receive pre school education Source NAN
    States’ nonchalance to 10 million out-of school-children worrisome — Academic
    Education12 months ago

    States’ nonchalance to 10 million out-of school-children worrisome — Academic

    By Cecilia Ijuo

    Professor Steve Nwokeocha of sociology of education, University of Calabar, said the lack of attention by state governments to help an estimated 10 million out-of-school children return to school is concerning.

    Nwokeocha, also executive director of the African Federation of Educational Regulatory Authorities (AFTRA) Centurion, South Africa and Abuja, Nigeria, said this in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency in Abuja.

    He said it was unrealistic for the federal government alone to find a lasting solution to the problem, adding that it required collaborative efforts.

    According to him, if states paid as much attention to education as to politics, there would be a drastic reduction in the number of out-of-school children in the country.

    The scholar, who decried that having such a large number of Nigeria's population out of school was a ticking time bomb, called for urgent attention from all to resolve the issue.

    “In terms of basic education, inclusion remains a serious concern as long as more than 10 million children are still out of school.

    “Unfortunately, the federal government alone cannot sufficiently solve this problem. It requires action from the 36 states of the Federation and the CTF.

    “In the same way that the Northern Governors Forum and the Southern Governors Forum meet and speak firmly about politics and security, they must meet to speak harshly about children roaming the streets.

    “They need to realize that Nigeria being the world capital of out-of-school children, there needs to be a state of emergency in basic education.

    “Unfortunately, states have not shown enough concern about the problem of out-of-school children,” he said.

    While attesting to the fact that a few States were making efforts in this direction, Nwokeocha stressed that the problem could not be adequately addressed by one or two States in isolation.

    reports that the federal government has continued to commit to getting substantial numbers of children back to school.

    The permanent secretary of the Ministry of Education, Mr. Sonny Echono, assured in an interview with, that everything was being done to bring the children back to school despite the setbacks caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and the recent problems of security.

    Meanwhile, UNICEF on its website, https://www.unicef.org/nigeria/education, said that around “10.5 million children in the country aged 5 to 14 are not educated.

    “Only 61% of 6-11 year olds attend primary school regularly and only 35.6% of children aged 36-59 months receive pre-school education.”

    Source: NAN

  •   The Minister of Education Malam Adamu Adamu has inaugurated the national implementation committee on the revitalisation and repositioning of the teaching profession for the newly approved special teachers salary Adamu while inaugurating the committee in Abuja on Thursday urged members to focus on specific areas of intervention as approved by President Muhammadu Buhari The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Buhari at the 2020 World Teachers Day Celebration approved incentives for teachers ranging from Special Teacher Salary Scale for teachers in basic and secondary schools including provisions for rural posting allowances science teachers allowance and peculiar allowance Others are Special Teacher Pension Scheme to enable the teaching profession retain its experienced talents as well as to extend teachers retirement age to 65 and teaching service year to 40 years among others The minister said the assignment was a critical part of the Federal Government s response to the emergency situation in the education sector with particular focus on the dearth of qualified and dedicated teachers to enhance quality teaching I urge you to accord it all the importance it deserves and hopefully reverse the years of neglect of our teachers and begin the process of revamping our educational system that will be responsive to the 21st century demands The universally accepted dictum states that no system can rise above the quality of its teachers Unfortunately our story has been that of the neglect of the teaching profession with all the attendant consequences in brain drain poor incentives to the teaching profession and poor quality graduates There was therefore clamour for improved general welfare and conditions of service for the teaching profession across all tiers of government he said Adamu emphasised the conviction of President Buhari that the teaching profession must be recognised as a major enabler to our development He noted that the knowledge dedication and competence of teachers to a large extent should be the determining factors to the quality of graduates of tertiary institutions and contributions to national development He said the 12 man subcommittee would come up with the implementation strategy noting that a memorandum would be presented at the National Council Meeting before the end of the year on the establishment related issues derived from the policy directives He added that the ministry was also interfacing with the Office of the Attorney General of the Federation for the reintroduction of the bill that was passed by the 8th National Assembly which was not assented to by the president for legislative action by the 9th assembly Meanwhile Mr Sonny Echono Permanent Secretary in the ministry who is also the Chairman of the committee pledged the committee s readiness to carry out the task effectively Echono gave assurance that the committee would work assiduously to ensure all the objectives articulated for implementation were presented in due course We recognise the fact that there are three aspects of the assignment that will be done very quickly and we will adopt the principle of instalmental implementation without any confrontation with other agencies to finalise the new teachers salary scale We are already in consultation with the states and we will be meeting with the head of service of the federation under the auspices of the National Council on Establishments before the end of this year to enlist their support he said NAN also reports that among members of the committee are the Executive Secretaries of the National Universities Commission NUC National Commission for Colleges of Education NCCE Chairman National Salaries Income and Wages Commission Others are representatives of the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation Federal Civil Service Commission State Governments and Registrar Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria TRCN Edited By Folasade Adeniran Felix Ajide Source NAN
    FG inaugurates committee on Special Teacher Salary Scale implementation
      The Minister of Education Malam Adamu Adamu has inaugurated the national implementation committee on the revitalisation and repositioning of the teaching profession for the newly approved special teachers salary Adamu while inaugurating the committee in Abuja on Thursday urged members to focus on specific areas of intervention as approved by President Muhammadu Buhari The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Buhari at the 2020 World Teachers Day Celebration approved incentives for teachers ranging from Special Teacher Salary Scale for teachers in basic and secondary schools including provisions for rural posting allowances science teachers allowance and peculiar allowance Others are Special Teacher Pension Scheme to enable the teaching profession retain its experienced talents as well as to extend teachers retirement age to 65 and teaching service year to 40 years among others The minister said the assignment was a critical part of the Federal Government s response to the emergency situation in the education sector with particular focus on the dearth of qualified and dedicated teachers to enhance quality teaching I urge you to accord it all the importance it deserves and hopefully reverse the years of neglect of our teachers and begin the process of revamping our educational system that will be responsive to the 21st century demands The universally accepted dictum states that no system can rise above the quality of its teachers Unfortunately our story has been that of the neglect of the teaching profession with all the attendant consequences in brain drain poor incentives to the teaching profession and poor quality graduates There was therefore clamour for improved general welfare and conditions of service for the teaching profession across all tiers of government he said Adamu emphasised the conviction of President Buhari that the teaching profession must be recognised as a major enabler to our development He noted that the knowledge dedication and competence of teachers to a large extent should be the determining factors to the quality of graduates of tertiary institutions and contributions to national development He said the 12 man subcommittee would come up with the implementation strategy noting that a memorandum would be presented at the National Council Meeting before the end of the year on the establishment related issues derived from the policy directives He added that the ministry was also interfacing with the Office of the Attorney General of the Federation for the reintroduction of the bill that was passed by the 8th National Assembly which was not assented to by the president for legislative action by the 9th assembly Meanwhile Mr Sonny Echono Permanent Secretary in the ministry who is also the Chairman of the committee pledged the committee s readiness to carry out the task effectively Echono gave assurance that the committee would work assiduously to ensure all the objectives articulated for implementation were presented in due course We recognise the fact that there are three aspects of the assignment that will be done very quickly and we will adopt the principle of instalmental implementation without any confrontation with other agencies to finalise the new teachers salary scale We are already in consultation with the states and we will be meeting with the head of service of the federation under the auspices of the National Council on Establishments before the end of this year to enlist their support he said NAN also reports that among members of the committee are the Executive Secretaries of the National Universities Commission NUC National Commission for Colleges of Education NCCE Chairman National Salaries Income and Wages Commission Others are representatives of the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation Federal Civil Service Commission State Governments and Registrar Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria TRCN Edited By Folasade Adeniran Felix Ajide Source NAN
    FG inaugurates committee on Special Teacher Salary Scale implementation
    Metro2 years ago

    FG inaugurates committee on Special Teacher Salary Scale implementation

    The Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu has inaugurated the national implementation committee on the revitalisation and repositioning of the teaching profession for the newly approved special teachers salary.

    Adamu, while inaugurating the committee in Abuja on Thursday, urged members to focus on specific areas of intervention as approved by President Muhammadu Buhari.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Buhari at the 2020 World Teachers Day Celebration, approved incentives for teachers ranging from Special Teacher Salary Scale for teachers in basic and secondary schools, including provisions for rural posting allowances, science teachers allowance and peculiar allowance.

    Others are Special Teacher Pension Scheme to enable the teaching profession retain its experienced talents as well as to extend teachers retirement age to 65 and teaching service year to 40 years, among others.

    The minister said the assignment was a critical part of the Federal Government’s response to the emergency situation in the education sector with particular focus on the dearth of qualified and dedicated teachers to enhance quality teaching.

    ”I urge you to accord it all the importance it deserves and hopefully reverse the years of neglect of our teachers and begin the process of revamping our educational system that will be responsive to the 21st century demands.

    ”The universally accepted dictum states that no system can rise above the quality of its teachers.

    “Unfortunately, our story has been that of the neglect of the teaching profession with all the attendant consequences in brain drain, poor incentives to the teaching profession and poor quality graduates.

    ”There was therefore clamour for improved general welfare and conditions of service for the teaching profession across all tiers of government,” he said.

    Adamu emphasised the conviction of President Buhari that the teaching profession must be recognised as a major enabler to our development.

    He noted that the knowledge, dedication and competence of teachers to a large extent should be the determining factors to the quality of graduates of tertiary institutions and contributions to national development.

    He said the 12-man subcommittee would come up with the implementation strategy, noting that a memorandum would be presented at the National Council Meeting before the end of the year on the establishment related issues derived from the policy directives.

    He added that the ministry was also interfacing with the Office of the Attorney General of the Federation for the reintroduction of the bill that was passed by the 8th National Assembly, which was not assented to by the president for legislative action by the 9th assembly.

    Meanwhile, Mr Sonny Echono, Permanent Secretary in the ministry, who is also the Chairman of the committee, pledged the committee’s readiness to carry out the task effectively.

    Echono gave assurance that the committee would work assiduously to ensure all the objectives articulated for implementation were presented in due course.

    “We recognise the fact that there are three aspects of the assignment that will be done very quickly and we will adopt the principle of instalmental implementation without any confrontation with other agencies to finalise the new teachers salary scale.

    ”We are already in consultation with the states and we will be meeting with the head of service of the federation under the auspices of the National Council on Establishments before the end of this year to enlist their support,” he said.

    NAN also reports that among members of the committee are the Executive Secretaries of the National Universities Commission (NUC), National Commission for Colleges of Education (NCCE), Chairman, National Salaries, Income and Wages Commission.

    Others are representatives of the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Federal Civil Service Commission, State Governments and Registrar, Teachers’ Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN).


    Edited By: Folasade Adeniran/ Felix Ajide
    Source: NAN

  •   The Federal Government on Saturday in Abuja said that plans are underway to adopt a career path policy for Nigerian teachers to stem spate of unqualified teachers in the country The Permanent Secretary Federal Ministry of Education Mr Sonny Echono said this while monitoring teachers Professional Qualifying Examination PQE organised by Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria TRCN This News Agency of Nigeria reports that the policy was designed to give primary and secondary school teachers a clear vision of what the future holds for them as they start the profession According to him a national implementation committee will be set up soon in that respect We are planning to lead entry for those with First Class or Second Class Upper as minimum as we are serious about implementing the policy Whether you are in the private sector government community or faith based school we will enforce this policy to the fullest The first thing that is going to happen is that TRCN and NTI are compiling a database of qualified teachers That is those that have been certified and those who have taken this examination who are unemployed he said He added that we are arranging an enhanced remuneration package for such teachers those teaching sciences and peculiar allowances for teachers taking students with special needs We are currently working on a special teachers salary scale We are finalising the figure with national salaries income and wages commission and as we speak some of them have been proposed We are working with stakeholders on making a presentation with NUT We are also considering views of employers like state governments and private school owners In his remarks the Registrar and Chief Executive of TRCN Prof Josiah Ajiboye stated that the council started PQE with 7 000 and rose to over 40 000 in 2019 He noted that the 2020 figure dropped to 17 602 due to the COVID 19 Pandemic We have a short period to register teachers for the examination and perhaps that is why there is sharp drop in the number However we feel very strongly that we are going to pick up next year We promised Nigerians to be having this examination at least two times a year that is why we have to go ahead We will also commence registration for the next diet or set for 2021 to be held between February and March Ajiboye thanked the Minister of Education Adamu Adamu for giving the directive for work to commence on facilitating teaching ensuring allowance for science teachers and teachers taking persons with special needs Mr Muktar Akoshile a Civil Society Organisation CSO representative who observed the PQE said it was well conducted while COVID 19 guidelines were strictly adhered to According to him the examination gives CSOs the opportunity to rate the quality of teachers that the system was generating Edited By Emmanuel Nwoye Ismail Abdulaziz Source NAN
    FG adopts Career Path Policy for teachers 
      The Federal Government on Saturday in Abuja said that plans are underway to adopt a career path policy for Nigerian teachers to stem spate of unqualified teachers in the country The Permanent Secretary Federal Ministry of Education Mr Sonny Echono said this while monitoring teachers Professional Qualifying Examination PQE organised by Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria TRCN This News Agency of Nigeria reports that the policy was designed to give primary and secondary school teachers a clear vision of what the future holds for them as they start the profession According to him a national implementation committee will be set up soon in that respect We are planning to lead entry for those with First Class or Second Class Upper as minimum as we are serious about implementing the policy Whether you are in the private sector government community or faith based school we will enforce this policy to the fullest The first thing that is going to happen is that TRCN and NTI are compiling a database of qualified teachers That is those that have been certified and those who have taken this examination who are unemployed he said He added that we are arranging an enhanced remuneration package for such teachers those teaching sciences and peculiar allowances for teachers taking students with special needs We are currently working on a special teachers salary scale We are finalising the figure with national salaries income and wages commission and as we speak some of them have been proposed We are working with stakeholders on making a presentation with NUT We are also considering views of employers like state governments and private school owners In his remarks the Registrar and Chief Executive of TRCN Prof Josiah Ajiboye stated that the council started PQE with 7 000 and rose to over 40 000 in 2019 He noted that the 2020 figure dropped to 17 602 due to the COVID 19 Pandemic We have a short period to register teachers for the examination and perhaps that is why there is sharp drop in the number However we feel very strongly that we are going to pick up next year We promised Nigerians to be having this examination at least two times a year that is why we have to go ahead We will also commence registration for the next diet or set for 2021 to be held between February and March Ajiboye thanked the Minister of Education Adamu Adamu for giving the directive for work to commence on facilitating teaching ensuring allowance for science teachers and teachers taking persons with special needs Mr Muktar Akoshile a Civil Society Organisation CSO representative who observed the PQE said it was well conducted while COVID 19 guidelines were strictly adhered to According to him the examination gives CSOs the opportunity to rate the quality of teachers that the system was generating Edited By Emmanuel Nwoye Ismail Abdulaziz Source NAN
    FG adopts Career Path Policy for teachers 
    Education2 years ago

    FG adopts Career Path Policy for teachers 

    The Federal Government on Saturday in Abuja said that plans are underway to adopt a career path policy for Nigerian teachers to stem spate of unqualified teachers in the country.

    The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education, Mr Sonny Echono, said this while monitoring teachers’ Professional Qualifying Examination (PQE), organised by Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria(TRCN).

    This News Agency of Nigeria reports that the policy was designed to give primary and secondary school teachers a clear vision of what the future holds for them as they start the profession.

    According to him, a national implementation committee will be set up soon in that respect.

    “We are planning to lead entry for those with First Class or Second Class Upper as minimum, as we are serious about implementing the policy.

    “Whether you are in the private sector, government, community or faith-based school, we will enforce this policy to the fullest.

    “The first thing that is going to happen is that TRCN and NTI are compiling a database of qualified teachers.

    “That is, those that have been certified and those who have taken this examination who are unemployed,” he said.

    He added that “we are arranging an enhanced remuneration package for such teachers, those teaching sciences and peculiar allowances for teachers taking students with special needs.

    “We are currently working on a special teachers salary scale.

    “We are finalising the figure with national salaries income and wages commission and as we speak some of them have been proposed.

    “We are working with stakeholders on making a presentation with NUT. We  are also considering views of employers like state governments and private school owners.”

    In his remarks, the Registrar and Chief Executive of TRCN, Prof. Josiah Ajiboye, stated that the council started PQE with 7.000 and rose to over 40,000 in 2019.

    He noted that the 2020 figure dropped to 17, 602 due to the COVID 19 Pandemic.

    “We have a short period to register teachers for the examination and perhaps that is why there is sharp drop in the number. However, we feel very strongly that we are going to pick up next year.

    “We promised Nigerians to be having this examination at least two times a year that is why we have to go ahead.

    “We will also commence registration for the next diet or set for 2021 to be held between February and  March.”

    Ajiboye thanked the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, for giving the directive for work to commence on facilitating teaching, ensuring allowance for science teachers and teachers taking persons with special needs.

    Mr Muktar Akoshile, a Civil Society Organisation (CSO) representative, who observed the PQE said it was well conducted while COVID-19 guidelines were strictly adhered to.

    According to him the examination gives CSOs the opportunity to rate the quality of teachers that the system was generating.


    Edited By: Emmanuel Nwoye/Ismail Abdulaziz
    Source: NAN