The Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) has disclosed that the trust fund had provided about N4 billion for the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) to develop its permanent site.
Prof. Suleiman Elias Bogoro, TETFund’s Executive Secretary, made the revelation in Abuja at the 2nd International Conference of Social Sciences with the theme “Africa and its Diaspora: Opportunities, Challenges and the Future”.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria, the two-day conference on Diaspora is coming few days after twenty-three Nigerians appeared on the death row in Saudi Arabia and another eighty involved in the biggest internet fraud in the United States.
Bogoro, who was the chairman of the event, regretted the development, noting that Nigerians in the Diaspora had contributed so much to the development of the country, especially in the education sector.
“So, I want to say that for us Nigerians and indeed the rest of Africa, it makes sense that we make a focus on the issue of Diaspora. Unfortunately, the issues of Diaspora about African countrries particularly our own Nigeria, the references have been more in recent times about the negatives which is very sad.
“I believe that if we love our country, there are many things we can do to ensure that we make a difference in ourselves,” Prof. Bogoro stated.
While making his remark, the TETFund boss made it known that the trust fund had provided NOUN with the required funding knowing that the institution will benefit Nigerians within and outside the country with the type of courses the school offers.
He also said that NOUN and the University of Abuja (UniAbuja) would get a special allocation from TETFund between January and February 2020 to ensure the universities match their foreign counterparts.
The Vice Chancellor of NOUN, Prof. Abdalla Adamu, had earlier stated that the essence of the conference was to forge academic unity and also blend ideas of change and transformation as well as the application of the results of scientific research in Diaspora isssues.