Written by Godfrey AKON

FG allocates N2b to FUNAAB in TETFund intervention

The Federal Government has allocated over N2 billion to Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta through the Tertiary Education Trust Fund, TETFund, to boost its infrastructural and academic development.

Director, Corporate Affairs and Public Relations in TETFund, Mr Benn Ebikwo, who disclosed this in a statement over the weekend, said the fund also commissioned multiple projects for the use of the university.

According to the statement, the Executive Secretary of TETFund, Dr. Abdullahi Baffa, who commissioned the projects as part of the 30th anniversary of FUNAAB, said the university had been lagging behind because of its inability to access over N2billion already allocated to it since 2013.

Baffa said the university was unable to draw down on its allocations because of prolonged internal bickering which the current management is doing everything to avoid.

“I have been to this campus several times in the past to hold meetings or solve one problem or the other; I must say the university is doing well but one hitch that has been hindering the springing up of more TETFund projects on this campus, perhaps, is the crisis that engulfed the university for so many years.

“That crisis became a huge impediment on the ability of the university to draw down on the allocation given to it by TETFund.

“At the moment, over N2billion worth of allocation to the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta is lying there at the Fund, waiting for the university to come and access.

“When you have over N2billion to draw down, if you come and ask for special intervention for anything we will ask what is wrong with you? What is going to happen to that amount of money?

“So we have been discussing with the Vice Chancellor and he has promised after extensive discussions on how to overcome the problem and we even agreed on timeline.

Also speaking, the Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof. Felix Kolawole Salako expressed gratitude to TETFund for the interventions.

Salako said the area of student dignity which include provision of good and functional lavatories would be looked into because “we will not want to see students going to their hostels during lectures to use their toilets, lecturers having to go out of the lecture venues to go to toilets.

“For this, TETFund has given us N120million to provide these facilities; I want to assure management of TETFund that no kobo given to us will be misused, because even the Council will not allow it because they want to leave a legacy behind and we want to make sure that the past problems that kept us from performing how fast as TETFund would want is a thing of the past”.

Chancellor of FUNAAB and Obong of Calabar, His Royal Majesty, Edidem Ekpo Okon Abasi Otu V, pledged to ensure peace in the institution, assuring that nothing will impede its projects and access to TETFund allocations.

He requested for more intervention to help the university grow rapidly.

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