Ekiti State University has been described as one of the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) projects high performing institutions. The Executive Secretary of TETFund, Dr. Abdullahi Bichi Baffa gave the verdict on Thursday, October 20, 2016 during the commissioning of three TETFund sponsored projects in the University.
The projects are the 3-storey Academic Building, Four-In-One (4 in 1) Lecture Theatre and Centre for Gender and Development Studies.
Dr. Bichi Baffa declared “seeing the quality of the structures in Ekiti State University coupled with the judicious and efficient management of TETFund supports by the EKSU management, one is safe to say that the institution ranks among the best in Nigeria on TETFund projects”.
Commissioning the Academic Building, the Executive Secretary said “the massive iconic edifice confirms that EKSU is a high performing institution”.
He said that TETFund was working hard to make Nigerian Universities globally competitive and be ranked among the best in the world.
The Governor of Ekiti State, Dr. Peter Ayodele Fayose also said there was the need for Nigerian Universities to be among the top ranking institutions in the world and that companies and organisations should be able to utilize cutting edge research made by professors in Nigeria.
Represented by the Deputy Governor, Dr. Kolapo Olusola, the governor made a clarion call on TETFund to put its weight in supplying good equipment and machines to Universities particularly Ekiti State University.
The Governor, therefore, asked for more support for the University saying “I asked for a greater, much more support for Ekiti State University”
The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Samuel Oye Bandele in his speech said that the University could conveniently boast of 18 modern projects funded by TETFund adding that, the University has benefitted greatly under TETFund in areas as: Projects Intervention, Library Development, Academic Staff Training and Staff Development, Conference Attendance, Publications and Journals, Manuscripts Developments, and Entrepreneurship Centres.
He expressed gratitude to TETFund for the support given to EKSU and that he made up his mind to complete all projects started by his predecessor in office to be able to attract more funds and projects from TETFund.
Professor Bandele particularly commended the state governor, Dr. Peter Ayodele Fayose for giving huge support to the University at all times.
The Chancellor of the University, The Alara of Aramoko-Ekiti, HRM Oba (Dr.) Adegoke Olu Adeyemi commended TETFund for its support and asked for more in order to sustain the high status of the University.
The Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of the Governing Council, Prince Adedayo Adeyeye spoke extensively on the role of TETFund in the development of Universities saying “Many structures on ground in Ekiti State University today are through the support of that establishment”
He noted that TETFund and Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) are two agencies that have greatly contributed to the uplift of education in Nigeria.
He commended the Vice-Chancellor and his team for prudent use of scarce resources available for the development of the University.
After the commissioning of the three projects, the TETFund team led by Dr. Bichi Baffa toured the University campus and later visited the EKSU Water Project where bottled and sachet water would be produced.
The Executive Secretary of TETFund expressed joy that Professor Samuel Oye Bandele has proved that Universities could generate funds internally and possibly be self sustaining in the future.