TETFund Allocates N12b For Establishment Of 12 Additional Centres Of Excellence

TETFund Allocates N12b For Establishment Of 12 Additional Centres Of Excellence

Chika Mefor-Nwachukwu

The Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) has allocated the sum of N1 billion each for the establishment of twelve additional Centres of Excellence (COEs) in tertiary institutions.

Recall that under the 2020 intervention, 12 TETFund Centers of Excellence were established in universities. This year, 12 more Centers will be established in six polytechnics and Colleges of Education respectively.

The executive secretary of TETFund, Prof Suleiman Bogoro, who disclosed this at the inauguration of the 12 maiden Centres in Abuja on Wednesday said two were selected in each geopolitical zone of the country and are to be funded for a period of 5 years.

The centres are; federal polytechnic Nasarawa, federal college of education, Pankshin (North Central), Federal Polytechnic, Bauchi, Federal College Education, Yola (North east), Federal Polytechnic, Kaduna, Federal College of Education, Zaria (North west), Federal Polytechnic, Nekede,  Alvan Federal of Education, Owerri (South East), Federal Polytechnic, Auchi, Federal College of Education (Technical), Omoku (south south), Yaba College of Technology, Lagos and Adeyemi College Education, Ondo (south west).

He explained that Centres of Excellence are organizational environments that strive for, and succeed in, developing high standards of protocols and methodical benchmarks in a field of research, innovation, capacity building, teaching and learning.

Bogoro added that relevance of these CoEs in capacity building in developing countries cannot be overemphasized as they are potent instruments for nation building.

He stated that  the six selected polytechnics’  focus will be on technical skills development and entrepreneurship education adding that lofty vision of lifting 100 million people out of poverty and addressing the challenge of graduate unemployment in the country are more pertinent with this initiative.

“The establishment of CoEs in Polytechnics underscores the exigency and urgency of course correction from the colonial era strategy that established educational institutions solely for churning out a “labour force” for “white collar jobs”, to Tertiary Education Institutions (TEls) that equip graduates with the technical and entrepreneurial skills necessary for catalysing the explosion of MSMEs that would mitigate the parlous state of unemployment in the country,” he said.

He further stated that  the task before the six Colleges of Education selected was to specialize in pedagogy and periodic curriculum review and development. Enhance capacity to deliver national high-quality training to address development challenges

Bogoro  drew the attention of the institutions selected  to the huge burden of expectation that comes with their choice as the pioneer Beneficiary Institutions of the initiative.

“The eyes of your peers and indeed the country at large will therefore be focused on you. As you embark on the onerous task of driving the successful implementation of TETFund Centres of Excellence in your respective institutions, let me reassure you of our unflinching support towards the realisation of the objectives of this laudable initiative,” he said.

He added that a strategic Framework and Establishment Guidelines for TETFund CoEs as approved by the TETFund Board of Trustees, will be made available to the institutions to ensure effective and efficient operations of the Centers in a sustainable manner.

Responding on behalf of the selected institutions, Rector, Federal Polytechnic Nekede, Imo State, Dr. Michael Arimanwa pledged that they will study the framework and implement it effectively.

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