Written by Godfrey AKON

TETFund disburses N2bn to army varsity

The Tertiary Education Trust Fund, TETFund, has announced the approval of N2billion take-off grant for the Nigerian Army University, Biu, Borno State.

Executive Secretary of TETFund, Dr. Abdullahi Baffa, said the allocation letter will be issued as soon as the 2018 intervention guidelines are approved and released to the Fund.

Baffa spoke in Abuja while playing host to a delegation of the Nigerian Army led by the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Tukur Buratai.

According to him, provision has already been made for the take-off grant of the Nigerian Army University, Biu, in the 2018 intervention budget.

“The approval of the take-off grant of N2 billion has been conveyed (by the Federal Government)  to TETFund and we are going to issue the allocation letter immediately the 2018 intervention’s guidelines are approved and released to the Fund,” he said.

He noted that TETFund has always extended its interventional support to military institutions such as the Nigerian Defense Academy, Kaduna and the Nigerian Army School of Education, Ilorin.

“The NDA received N7.9 billion from 1999 to 2017, out of which only N900 million is still the outstanding with TETFund,” Baffa said.

Also speaking, the Chief of Army Staff, Buratai, said the establishment of the University was inspired by the desire to have a 21st century institution that can properly meet the needs of the nation’s army.

“A unique university which is a solution centre in Science and Technology as well as in military capability in terms of needed military equipment and in terms of innovation.

“These days you cannot fight within just the conventional sense. We have gone beyond such warfare; it now requires more scientific approach, more intellectual approach than it used to be in those days,” he said.



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