The Executive governor of Ekiti State, His Excellency, Dr. Peter Ayodele Fayose has commended the effectiveness and positive intervention of the Tertiary Education Trust Fund, TETFund towards funding infrastructural growth, research and staff straining of universities in Nigeria.
Governor Fayose who gave the commendation while receiving the Executive Secretary of TETFund, Dr. Abdullahi Bichi Baffa at his official residence said the various efforts of TETFund towards improving academic standard in Nigeria’s tertiary institutions is second to none and it has gone a long w
ay to reengineer teachings and learning in Nigeria Universities.
Dr. Abdullahi Bichi Baffa and a delegation from TETFund were in Ekiti State to commission TETFund sponsored projects in Ekiti State University including the multi million naira Academic Building, the Centre for Gender and Development Studies and the Four-In-One (4 in 1) lecture theatre which are all completed.
The Executive Secretary of TETFund was led to the Governor’s residence by the Vice-Chancellor of Ekiti State University, Professor Samuel Oye Bandele.
The Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Peter Ayodele Fayose said that he was more concerned by what happens at the primary and secondary schools because when the foundation is strong and solid the universities would not have problem in producing quality graduates .
He noted that infrastructure and intently of teaching and learning at the primary and secondary school levels across the nation needed urgent attention stressing that TETFun should show interest in what happens at the secondary levels by making it mandatory for state Governors to excel at the secondary level as a condition to access more TETFunds funding for their state owned Universities. The Governor was of the opinion that this would go a long way in promoting quality education in the country.
Governor Fayose said he has successes in taking education out of the pit that he has succeeded in making Ekiti State excel anytime he is in power.
In his words “I met Ekiti State at no 35 position in 2003 in WAEC and in three years I moved the state from no 35 to number 18 and to 7th in Nigeria but in my second coming again in 2014, I met Ekiti State on number 35 again and I am happy to announce to you that Ekiti State is number one in Nigeria”.
Governor Fayose also pleaded with the Federal Government to take urgent steps to correct the bad shape of roads across the country.
The Governor advised the Federal Government to try an approach of giving N250 million each to two neighboring states, for example: Ekiti and Ondo State, Kwara and Kogi, Lagos and Ogun States to construct or rehabilitate Federal roads and state owned roads linking them.
According to him, in nine months, Nigerian roads would not be the same again. Governor Fayose also suggested that the same approach could be experimented in the Agricultural sector.
He requested that TETFund should help him set up an e-library for students in Ekiti State to enhance knowledge.
The Governor also added that he would establish a secondary school for the gifted pupils. Those pupils would be selected from all communities into the world class secondary school as a way of catching them young.
The Executive Secretary, TETFund, Dr. Abdullahi Baffa said he was happy to be in Ekiti State University to commission projects which marks the first institution he will be visiting to commission TETFund sponsored projects since he assumed office.
Dr. Abdullahi said Ekiti State University is rated as one of the high performing Universities in the country as the institution constituency access TETFund funds and use it judiciously. He commended the University Vice-Chancellor, Professor Samuel Bandele for judicious and prudent use of TETFund resources adding that he would expect the University to sustain the standard.