Following continued attacks by suspected Boko Haram terrorists in the North East region, The Board of Tertiary Education Trust Fund has expended the sum of N2.6 Billion to provide Fencing and Security gadgets to beef up security in and around the University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID).
Recall that Students at the University of Maiduguri had on different occasions stream out of the University at Night after hearing gunshots from suspected Boko terrorists, while a Professor and a child were killed in 2017when suicide bombers attacked a Mosque inside the school.
The Board also charged the Security agencies in the country to live up to their responsibility by ensuring the security of lives and prosperities in all tertiary institutions across the country
This was disclosed on Saturday by the Board Chairman of TETFUND Alhaji Kashim Imam shortly after visiting tertiary institutions that benefited from TETFUND Intervention projects in Borno and Yobe States.
“For the year 2019, the sum of 2.6 Billion was provided by TETFUND to the University of Maiduguri for Fencing and procurement of Security Gadgets. They also have a Control Centre where you can view the whole perimeter fence and covering the entire University campus “ Imam said
Imam stated that in the 2021 budget, over N20 billion has been approved for various intervention projects in the two northeastern states of Borno and Yobe that have suffered the most from the almost 12 years old insurgency.
The Board Chairman revealed that over ten thousand TETFUND intervention projects are in different stages across the country, noting that many projects have been completed and are being utilized by the benefiting tertiary institutions.
He added that out the approximately N300 Billion in the coffers of TETFUND for 2021, the sum of N 150 Billion which represents 50% of the total funds have been allocated as statutory grant to Federal and State Universities, Polytechnics and Colleges of Education across the country.
“50% of our budget In TETFUND is set aside for direct disbursement as statutory grant, they don’t even need to apply . We will write each qualified institutions to tell them of the amount of money they have with us and ask them what they intend to do with the money
“For this year 2021, we have approximately N 150 Billion as statutory grant and we have written to the benefiting institutions. It’s going to be shared in the ratio of 2 – 1-1 in favour of Universities.
“All Federal Universities are qualified, one State-owned University, one Polytechnic and one College of Education in each state of the Federation,“ Imam said
Imam who had at different times contested for the seat of Governor of Borno State express dissatisfaction over the continued poor ranking of Nigeria Universities but noted that his board is convening a National meeting with relevant stakeholders in March with a view to addressing the problem
“We are inviting Vice Chancellors of Federal and State Universities to a – two day summit in March and that summit is meant to address the issue of our global rankings- we are very concerned about it “ Imam concluded .