Written by Godfrey AKON

TETFund disburses over N6.3b to Bali polytechnic

The Federal Government has disbursed over N6.3billion to Federal Polytechnic, Bali, Taraba State through the Tertiary Education Trust Fund, TETFund since 2011.

A statement by TETFund’s Director of Corporate Affairs and Public Relations, Mr. Benn Ebikwo, said the disbursement was part of government’s continued strides towards providing quality tertiary education in the country.

According to the fund, the over N6.3billion was released to finance its various intervention projects in the polytechnic out of which 22 projects have already been commissioned by the Executive Secretary of TETFund, Dr. Abdullahi Bichi Baffa.

While commissioning the projects, Baffa lauded the institution for its focus on agricultural technology, stating that agriculture was part of government’s efforts towards diversifying the economy and providing jobs for its teeming population.

The TETFund boss noted the impending population growth of Nigeria as forecasted and restated government’s seriousness about planning for the needed development to care for the well-being of the citizens.

Rector of the Polytechnic, Dr. Saidu Umaru Jen, who disclosed that the polytechnic had received a total intervention disbursement of N6, 313,900 billion since 2011, stated that the money enabled the institution to construct various physical infrastructure and procure several academic facilities for science and engineering programmes.

Jen said the provision of the required facilities through TETFund intervention has made it possible for the polytechnic to complete self-study questionnaires for 11 National Diploma, ND, and Higher National Diploma, HND, programmes as required by the National Board for Technical Education, NBTE, for resource inspection visitation.

He disclosed that the programmes include: Computer Engineering Technology, Electrical-Electronic Engineering Technology, Building Engineering Technology, Architectural Technology, Agric and Bioenvironmental Technology, among others.

Also speaking, the Chairperson of the Governing Council of the polytechnic, Hajia Aisha Yelwa, stated that the role of TETFund in providing critical infrastructure and equipment for teaching and learning cannot be overemphasized as it remains the most reliable means of getting facilities that enable tertiary institutions to compete favourably with their counterparts across the globe.

Yelwa noted that the projects lined up for commissioning are an assurance of the readiness of the polytechnic to compete favourably with other tertiary institutions in the country in terms of infrastructure, notwithstanding that it was established less than a decade ago.

The projects commissioned were Academic Staff Office Block, 500-Seats Capacity Lecture Theatre, Electrical/Electronics and Computer Engineering Complex, 500-Seats Capacity Library Complex, 280 Seats Capacity ICT Centre Annex, One-Storey Block of School of Environmental Science and Technology, and One Block of 2nos Laboratories for Chemistry and Biology.

Others are Building and Civil Engineering Workshops, Block Making and Concrete Practical Shed and Implement Shade, Animal Farm Complex, Two 60-Seater Luxurious Buses, One 30-Seater Coaster Bus, Four 16-Seater Toyota Hiace Buses, One Combined Harvester Automobile, One 10,000litres Capacity Water Tanker, and Four Toyota Hilux.



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