Public Varsities to Get Additional Power Supply through REA

Date: 2020-12-16

The Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) has expressed readiness to partner the Rural Electrification Agency (REA) to provide all public universities with independent power supply.

The fund said it is currently working in 27 universities, including Bayero University, Kano and Kwara State University, Matele to provide the institutions with power supply through solar installations.

The Chairman, Board of Trustees (BoT), TETFund, Alhaji Kashim Imam stated this after a tour of the 250 kilowatts solar facility in Kwara State University.

Imam, who was accompanied by a member of the TETFund BoT, representing South-west, Senator Ganiyu Solomon, said despite beginning with a few universities, the fund will work to provide all public universities with independent power supply.

Receiving the TETFund team, the management of the university thanked the agency for funding its 250 kilowatts solar installation, while calling for more funding to expand the project in 2021.

Led by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Mahmud Saka, the institution also appreciated TETFund for its multiple interventions, adding that a lot of projects have sprung up in the institution and more are being constructed.

Saka disclosed that more than 100 staff of the university have obtained PhDs through one of TETFund's bouquets of intervention, academic staff training, and more are being trained.

According to the university management, the language research centre of the institution is growing rapidly because of the support of TETFund. While stating that the university was the first to offer aeronautical engineering in the country, it noted that although equipment involved in operating the programme are expensive, TETFund has been supportive in providing them.

The TETFund team also monitored projects at Kwara State Polytechnic, Ilorin, where it is funding the construction of the Institute of Technology at the tune of N1 billion, and a couple of other projects.

While touring TETFund-sponsored projects at University of Ilorin, Imam noted that "virtually all the faculty buildings were constructed by TETFund; from the Faculty of Engineering to the Faculty of Education and the Faculty of Law. We have seen so many projects. I have also seen several 500, 600 capacity lecture theatres across this university campus and I am very happy.

"It is gratifying that we have impacted and we are impacting very well. As I have been saying in recent weeks, we are TETFund and we are determined to prove that public agencies can actually work; can impact and can do so with integrity. I also want to assure you that we would do much more than what you have seen here.”

On the call for TETFund to extend its interventions to private universities, the chairman reiterated that the fund will do nothing about it, adding that private universities are doing business and government cannot afford to fund their investments.

"We are doing absolutely nothing. It is enough that we are impacting on public universities and at the moment we have 226 institutions: universities, polytechnics and colleges of education that we are funding.

"We want to fund them to the extent that they can compete and even do better than the private universities. This is our goal. We have no business funding private universities. I don't subscribe to it, I don’t support it, I will not be a party to it."

On the high number of public institutions accessing TETFund interventions, he said 226 is a significant number evenly spread across all the six geopolitical zones.

Also speaking, the Vice-Chancellor, University Ilorin, Prof Sulyman Abdulkareem said the tour of TETFund projects in the institution was to show TETFund what the university has done with its help.

"This university has benefited a lot over the years from TETFund. Like I said, if you take away the intervention of TETFund from our campus, you have nothing much to say about it. We really thank God for them and pray that they do more for us,” Abdulkareem said.

Source

 


Cloud Tag: What's trending

Click on a word/phrase to read more about it.

Kwha.gov.ng     Funmilayo Oniwa     Dunmade     Dauda Adeniran Adeshola     Ilesha-Gwanara     Abdulmajeed Wahab     Apaola     Moshood Bakare     Baakini     Hameed Oladipupo Ali     Abdullahi Saadudeen Alikinla     Jide Ashonibare     Durosinlohun Atiku     Ajibike Katibi     Col. Taiwo     Kale Bayero     Shehu Adaramaja     Ahman Patigi     Kwara North     Cornelius Adebayo     Bature Bello     Zulu Gambari     LABTOP     Elekoyangan     Valsolar     Kwara State Polytechnic     Abdulrasheed Na\'Allah     Zaratu Umar     Offa Grammer School     Ajakaye     Mogaji Aare     Simon Sayomi     John Olobayo     Timothy Olatunde Fadipe     Alapado     Monkey Pox     Ibrahim Gambari     Freshvine Nigeria Limited     Laduba     Bolaji Nagode     Oluranti Idowu     Aremu Bose Deborah     Abubakar Imam     Olaitan Adefila     Abubakar B.M     Adegoke Bamidele     National Association Of Nigerian Students     Kwara Basketball Association     Kayode Ibrahim     Ahmed Bolaji Nagode     Mubarak Oladosu     Code Of Conduct Bureau     Suraj Tunji Oyewale     Jimoh Olusola Imam     Oyawoye     Raliat Elelu-Habeeb     Metro Park     Muslim Media Watch Group Of Nigeria     Saraki     Oniwa     Eleyele     Sardauna Of Ilorin     Ayegbeni     Elewu     Bursary     Fareedah Dankaka     Irepodun     Owo Isowo     Toyin Sanusi     Emmanuel Olatunji Adesoye     Razak Atunwa     Abdulkadir Jimoh     Halimah Perogi     Oba Abu     International Aviation College     Air Peace     Simeon Sule Ajibola    

Cloud Tag: What's trending

Click on a word/phrase to read more about it.

Alfa Belgore     Toyin Abdullahi     Tunji Moronfoye     Ganiyu Taofiq     Galland Marcias     Ballah     Akanbi-Oke     Tsaragi/Share     Ilorin     Lola Olabayo     Muhammad Akande Olarewaju Odunade     Akeem Olatunji     Afolayan     Principal Private Secretary     Wahab Agbaje     Saba Jibril     Sulyman Abdulkareem     SSA Youth Engagement     Bashiru Makama     John Mayokun Dada     Tosho Yaqub     Kwara Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board     Share-Tsaragi     Yinka Aluko     Ahmed \'Lateef     Garba Ayodele Wahab     Ahmed Ayinla Jimoh     Moses Afolayan     Jawondo     Doyin Agbamu     Fareedah Dankaka     Abdullahi Adisa Akodudu     Jimoh Saadudeen Muhammed     Bola Iyabo Ibiyeye Adisa     Hamza Usman     Raymond Olaitan     Onilu     Shaaba Lafiagi     Agboola Abdulraheem     Abubakar B.M     Rafiu Ibrahim     Ahmad Fatima Bisola     Revenue Court     Amuda Musbau     Sandal     Abdulrahman Abdulrazak     Adijat Adebiyi     Kwara State Health Insurance Agency     Arinola Lawal     Olugbense     Olufolake Abdulrazaq     Abegunde Goke     Ilorin South     Hamidat Sulyman-Yusuf     Lanre Issa Onilu     Micheal Imoudu     Alapado     Al-Hikmah Radio     Kwara 2015     Moronfoye     Umar Sanda Yusuf     Bamikole Omishore     Isaac Gbenle     Yoonus Kola Olatinwo     Bio Ibrahim     Ilorin West     Christopher Ayeni     IF-K     Riskat Opakunle     Shuaib Abdulkadir     Dan Masanin     Sayomi     Igbomina     Ajayi Okasanmi     Yusuf Abdulkadir     Kaiama     Abdulrahman Abdulrasak