Suleiman Bogoro, the former Executive Secretary of Tertiary Education Fund (TETFUND) had said that the agency is responsible for over ninety-five percent of capital infrastructure provision in the country’s universities.
He made this known while delivering a lecture titled; “Ivory Towers and the challenge of Nigeria’s innovative and creative renaissance,” at the 44th convocation of the University of Benin.
According to the Guardian News, Bogoro said the agency expanded its interventions to support academic staff development, support for book development and professional/institution-based journal production, library development and National Research Fund (NRF), and institution-based research funds with ceiling levels of N50 million and N2 million respectively.
He commended the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) for being useful to the establishment of the agency but however urged the union on new innovations to help rescue universities and the entire education sector from non-performance.
The former TETFUND boss advocated the need to re-assess the proliferation of universities for strict compliance with not only quality and standards but also sustainable funding mechanism. He called for the withdrawal of license granted to any university that failed to meet the basic requirements.
“For too long, our universities have been run by persons who neither have degree or understand the priorities and minimum standard required to recognized and certify universities as veritable centers of excellence.
“We need to stand and insist on minimum standards for not only admissions but also recruitments, policy and management overview of universities if we are to compare with the best globally,” he said.