The Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) has asked Nigerians to disregard allegations of corruption and infraction during the agency’s promotion examinations, brought against it by some disgruntled staff and published by Sahara Reporters.
The Fund says the allegations were masterminded in bad faith by a few staff who did not meet the minimum mark prescribed for the examination conducted by the Joint Admissions and Matriculations Board (JAMB).
A statement by Abdulmumin Oniyangi, the Acting Director, Public Affairs of TETFund said it was imperative to explain that in line with best practices, independent examination bodies such as the Administrative Staff College of Nigeria (ASCON) and JAMB have over the years been engaged by the Fund to ensure transparency and non-interference in the process.
It said the decision to conduct a fresh examination organized by JAMB was taken after the review and directive issued by the Federal Ministry of Education and not for reasons perceived by the sponsors of the said publication.
”Additionally, the setting of higher minimum criteria for the examination does not in any way contravene the provisions of the Public Service Rules which only recommend minimum standards.
”On the second publication which alleges cover-up of disbursements by the Fund and that intervention allocations to colleges of education, polytechnics and universities were last released in 2013, we wish to state emphatically that nothing could be farther from the truth.
”Details of Reconciled Projects and funds allocated for staff development programmes such as TETFund Scholarship for Academic Staff, Teaching Practice and Conference Attendance for all beneficiary institutions across the six geo-political zones as of 30th June 2020 can be found on the Fund’s website under Publications – PI Reconciled Projects/AST&D Projects.
”It would be absurd to imagine that the allegation of cover-up was true and there were no agitations by heads of the various public tertiary institutions in the country, the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) which agitated for the creation of the Fund, other unions in our beneficiary institutions and indeed our various stakeholders.
”While Management respects the viewpoints and genuine interests of its stakeholders including the press, it is important that we endeavour to encourage and not denigrate a brand that is widely acclaimed by various stakeholders as a model”.