By Okeoghene Oghenekaro
Abuja – Prof. Ibrahim Umar, Vice-Chancellor, Gombe State Univeristy, has called on all heads of public tertiary institutions to ensure completion of all Tertiary Education Trust Fund(TETFund) sponsored projects within the stipulated time frame.
Mr Ben Ebikwo, Director, Corporate Affairs and Public Relations, TETFund, made this call in a statement issued and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Monday.
Umar, who made the call during the inauguration of the main library of the university, promised that his management would continue to utilise the provided infrastructure for the benefit of the students.
“I advise all my colleagues to work very hard to see that they implement their projects on time to see that they get better value for money.
“ Once you delay it, you will have problems with the value of money for TETFund project,” he said.
He noted that the problem with some tertiary institutions completing their projects within the stipulated time was because they had the wrong people executing the projects.
‘’My advice to my colleagues is to get the right people, right management and professionals to work with and when they work they must put in their best efforts.
“They can turn around these projects and get them done quickly so as to get the full benefits of these funds available through the intervention of TETFund,” he said.
Umar noted that the interventions from TETFund remained what every public tertiary institution would continue to support and sustain.
He commended other areas of the intervention by the fund such as research activities, academic staff training and development.
In his response, Dr Abdullahi Baffa, Executive Secretary, TETFund, while inaugurating the Library said he was impressed with the completed projects in the university.
Baffa said that the good leadership and management of the university resulted in them being able to deliver quality projects.
“I must say that I am super impressed by what I have seen. For me this is the product of the quality, the sincerity and the vision of leadership in the university.
“Once you have a purposeful leadership with clear vision you will see result.
“We have been preaching on the need for institutions to construct iconic edifices, beautiful structures in our tertiary education institutions and coming here, we have just seen what we have been preaching in practical terms.
He urged the management of the university to continue to be an example by maintaining the quality of planning and implementation of projects in the school.
Earlier, the Executive Secretary had inaugurated another TETfund sponsored projects, the Information and Communication Technology Centre at the Federal University, Kashere, Gombe, as part of its second convocation.