By Chika Onyesi
The recently re-instated Executive Secretary of Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund), Prof. Elias Suleiman Bogoro, has pledged to manage and elevate the Fund to an institution of reference for others.
He made the pledge while addressing the TETFund staff after his resumption
The Executive Secretary who returned to office amid ovation from staff and management said he was grateful for another opportunity to manage the Fund’s affairs better.
“I struggled with tears on Monday when I resumed and I am so proud of you all and may God bless you. I will never forget your style of welcoming me because it has vindicated me. Other organization will learn how to run and manage human beings with respect”, he added.
He recalled that he was part of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) struggle that not only led to the establishment of the Fund, but ensured that its mandate of focusing on Public Tertiary Institutions was followed for maximum impact.
“I never imagined that I will seat on the leadership of the institution we fought for through ASUU. We insisted that TETFund be streamlined to intervene in only in public tertiary institutions because government only intervenes where it will benefit the greater majority because according to National Universities Commission (NUC) Private Universities caters for only six per cent of student’s intake”, Prof. Bogoro noted.
The TETFund boss said the institution has contributed to restoring the glory of tertiary institutions in Nigeria through numerous interventions, including Infrastructural Development, Academic Staff Training and Development, Journal and Book Development.
While emphasizing the need for high quality services, Prof. Bogoro said there is no excuse for substandard projects, he maintained that only the best quality infrastructures will be sponsored by the Fund.
The Executive Secretary said improving the welfare of staff intellectually, through capacity building and the conditions of service to give every member of staff a sense of belonging are part of his six point agenda.
He said the Fund is expanding its partnership internationally with regards to capacity building of staff, with a view to equipping them to confidently face the challenges of their daily work schedules with the institutions.