We’ll Stop Funding Tertiary Institutions With Poor Performance- FG Threatens VCs, Rectors, Others

Mamman emphasized that the government will cease funding institutions that fail to fulfill their mandate.

By Nydra Ayibapreye

The Minister of Education, Professor Tahir Mamman, announced that the Tertiary Education Trust Fund plans to withdraw funding from underperforming Centers of Excellence established eight years ago.

Mamman emphasized that the government will cease funding institutions that fail to fulfill their mandates, aiming to end the practice of rewarding laziness with financial support. He made these remarks during the reception of two reports from TETFund’s ad hoc committees, focusing on the Assessment/Review of TETFund Centers of Excellence and the Operationalization of Skills Development Special Intervention.

“The government is encouraging our scholars to simply rise to the occasion and deliver on their scholarship, what world class scholars do; and we are not going to reward indolence. We can’t be giving free money to institutions that are not doing what they are supposed to do.

“In terms of the skill, we want to raise the equipment level of those institutions, polytechnic and others so that they can provide all the skill set that we need in Nigeria in the highest quality that can service the country and internationally,” he said.

Meanwhile, TETFund’s Executive Secretary, Arc Sonny Echono, asserted that the fund will cease allocating resources to centers that fail to meet expectations. Echono revealed that certain centers have funds allocated by TETFund that they have yet to utilize since their establishment.

“The funds are with us because we have not released until you reach a milestone, but while they have delayed in reaching those milestones, are causes of concerns.

The TETFund boss noted that the strategy for establishing centres of excellence was a very good one because TETFund realised that it didn’t have enough resources to improve all the facilities of all public institutions at the same time.

“The idea was to incubate, to have one centre, the right equipment, the right tools, the right faculty and experts, that would lead our efforts in research, in promoting scholarship at the highest level so that they can also inspire other centres.

“We are going to be pooling from other institutions within the area who want to do further research or who want to carry out any other exploratory study in those particular fields in those areas,” he said.

He said some of the centres have done fantastically well since inception, stating that a lot of them are doing innovations.

“Sokoto just came up with one major solution for us. For example, they were the ones that discovered this vaccine for Covid, in partnership with other institutions. Now we are also in the process of getting vaccines for Lassa fever and so many others.

“So, some are doing very well. And some have come up with prototypes that we now hoping to take to industries so that they begin to produce these goods and services,” he said.

On the non-performing institutions, he said, “If you were established five years ago and you are still at your infancy, you have not been able to provide modern laboratories, facilities for scholars to come and learn, we want to know why. But we don’t want to be arbitrary.

“So, it decided to look at some institutions to find out their relative positions in terms of the quality of their faculty, their reputation in certain courses and in certain areas and designated them as centres of excellence for those particular courses.


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