Written by Godfrey AKON

TETFund embarks on 20-year review of interventions

The Tertiary Education Trust Fund, TETFund, has constituted a Technical Advisory Committee on Impact Assessment, TACIA, to evaluate its interventions in tertiary institutions across the country in the past 20 years.

Speaking at the inauguration ceremony of the committee in Abuja, the Executive Secretary of TEFund, Prof Suleiman Bogoro, said the team, which is composed of independent evaluators from the academic and private sector, would swot the strengths, weaknesses, progress, challenges and windows of opportunity to improve the agency.

Bogoro disclosed that the assessment formally approved by the Board of Trustees of TETFund, would be carried out within three months, adding that the committee has November 29, 2019 as deadline to submit its report and make recommendations that will bolster the fund’s interventions.

He expressed the readiness of the agency to maintain a high standard as one of the most impactful intervention agencies in Africa.

“I have offered the risk of self-evaluation and using instrumentation outside of TETFund; the team does not have TETFund staff as members, they are only doing administrative support. The exercise, the empirical data analysis are to be done by these independent, respected resourceful persons.

“We at TETFund are determined to maintain our status as one of the most visible, impactful and relevant intervention agencies that has become a model in Africa. The TACIA team has been carefully picked to reflect some of the best experts in development work, research and scholarship,” he said.

The TETFund boss recalled that he was part of the team of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, which pressed on the administration of General Ibrahim Babangida to establish the Education Trust Fund, ETF, in the early 1990s, which metamorphosed into TETFund in 2011.

“If there is anything that ASUU has done to remind us that they are central to the liveability of we academics in the university system, it is the emergence of ETF that is today TETFund,” he said.

Bogoro decried the tendency of establishing public universities with the aim of accessing TETFund interventions, warning that efforts are on to pursue a policy that would decrease the number of beneficiary institutions and ensure that the interventions are not whittled down, and the fund does not deviate from its purpose of being set up.

Meanwhile, the terms of reference for the committee are, among others, to carry out impact assessment of ETF interventions from 1999 to 2010 and TETFund interventions from 2011 to 2019.

“To determine the level of implementation of ETF/TETFund mandates and effectiveness; to determine the achievements, challenges and weaknesses recorded and observed in the course of implementation of existing projects, programmes and intervention lines of the fund,” he said.

While responding, co-chairman of the committee, Prof Placid Njoku, said TETFund intervention were visible in all tertiary institutions, adding that the committee would ensure that the dreams of those who established the fund and its ideas are fully implemented. 

Njoku said the committee would see if any gaps were left from the issues to come up with recommendations that would bridge them.

Also speaking, the National President of ASUU, Comrade Biodun Ogunyemi, who noted that ASUU was fully prepared to participate in the exercise, expressed hope that the assessment would be a window of opportunity to reposition TETFund to achieve its original vision.

Ogunyemi said ASUU shared the same vision with the Executive Secretary of the Fund, adding that the expectation of the union in the exercise was that all values that drove it into agitating for the establishment of the fund will guide the process.

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