From John Onah, Abuja
The Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) has begun distribution of N208 billion as allocation to tertiary institutions for 2019 intervention fund.
The Executive Secretary, TETFund, Prof Suliman Bogoro disclosed this at the annual meeting of TETFund beneficiary institutions yesterday in Abuja.
According to him, the universities got N826, 684, 392.00, polytechnics got the sum of N566, 701, 842. 00 and Colleges of Education received N542, 226, 346.00 each.
He said that 18 institutions drawn from six geopolitical zones in the country were to receive special high impact interventions.
Bogoro also explained that the 18 institutions that were critically selected in line with the provided guidelines, received N5 billion for the intervention.
He said that six universities would receive N3 billion each, six polytechnics N1 billion each and N1 billion each would go to six Colleges of Education.
TETFund boss said that the Fund had ensured that the beneficiary institutions, who are recipients of the education tax utilise them judiciously.
According to him, the agency is monitoring projects and programmes approved for them by Board of Trustees.
”The Fund had undergone some internal restructuring and realignment for better and efficient service delivery,” he said.
Bogoro said a total of 55 Colleges of Education have benefited from micro teaching laboratory, construction and furnishing.
TETFund boss added that the sum of N19, 977, 522, 916.59 had successfully been disbursed between January and June 2019 for physical infrastructure and library interventions.
He pointed out that the issue of stranded scholars abroad, which caused the nation and the fund embarrassment had been revisited promptly.
Bogoro, however, said that appropriate steps have been undertaken by the Fund to eliminate the lapses that led to the situation.
Meanwhile, Prof. Abubakar Rasheed, Executive Secretary, National Universities Commission (NUC) commended TETFund in the role played in ensuring the development of the country, especially as it concerns physical infrastructure in tertiary institutions.
Rasheed, however, said that the rising number of tertiary institutions was a challenge, which reduces interventions to the institutions.
He added that in 2019, the country has the largest number of intervention of the institution as more institutions were created.
According to him, Nigeria needs more universities, polytechnics and Colleges of Education but TETFund also needs to be protected so that the volume of intervention can be protected.
”The rising number of institutions is a challenge. Nigeria needs more institutions of tertiary education to provide more access to quality education.
”However, TETFund is also worry that with many institutions, the value of its intervention is minimised,” he said.
Rasheed, therefore, called on administrators of the various institutions to efficiently and successfully administer the funds while also urging them to be proactive in the processing of the fund.
He also called on Chief Executives of the institutions to engage other officials in their various institutions on utilisation of the fund.
It would be recalled that President Muhammadu Buhari approved N161 billion for varsities, others as 2018 Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) intervention budget for 2019 intervention activities in accordance with the provisions of TETFund Act 2011.
Each public university in Nigeria got an allocation of N785,832,700; Polytechnic gets N536,703,502; and College of Education will get N510,084,900.
Society Calls for Speedy Action on Review of Anatomy Act, 1933
The Anatomy Society of Nigeria (ASN) has called on the National Assembly and other authorities concern to speed up action on the review of the Anatomy Act of 1933.
Its President, Prof. Bernard Enaibe, made the call on Thursday at the Federal University, Oye-Ekiti (FUOYE), venue of the 2023 Annual Scientific Conference and General Meeting of the society.
Newsmen report that members of the society across the country, converged on the university for the 18th edition of the Annual National Conference.
According to Enaibe, the review has become necessary, in order to reflect the current direction of Anatomy practice globally.
“It is important to mention that the process of re-enacting the Anatomy Act of 1933 has passed the Public Hearing stage.
“We are very hopeful and ever committed to ensuring that the amendment process receive the necessary legislative backing in the shortest time possible,” he said.
Enaibe said that theme of the conference: “Anatomy, The Backbone of Medical Science”, was deliberate.
“It is geared toward the exploration of the diverse professional areas of the anatomical sciences,” he said.
According to him, this would, along with the Act review, create entrepreneurship for the burgeoning areas of the anatomical cohorts of young scientists, choosing anatomy as a career.
He said the society was also in support of the current drive skills for Post-Graduation challenges of the National Universities Commission (NUC) to position the Nigerian Universities among the best globally and ensure that Nigeria graduates acquire the requisite knowledge.
“To this end, ASN has identified with the ongoing general review of programme curricular by NUC and had made necessary contributions to the curriculum review processing Anatomy.
“Fortunately, our society had taken a proactive step, long before the NUC initiative, to overhaul our BSc Anatomy curriculum, in order to position it for entrepreneurial base and competitiveness,” Enaibe said.
Also, Dr Oluwatosin Ogedengbe, the Local Organising Chairman (LOC) of the conference, said that the conference was originally scheduled for 2022, but was postponed due to the eight months old strike of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
Ogedengbe said that the conference, with the sub-themes, “The 21st Century Anatomists and Progress in Reproductive Sciences” and ” War and Natural Disasters, Roles of Forensic Anatomists”, promised to be a timely forum for discussion of the most recent developments in the global practice of anatomy and new challenges facing the profession.
In his remarks, Prof. Abayomi Fasina, Vice-Chancellor, FUOYE, commended the ASN for choosing the university as the host venue of the conference.
Fasina, represented by Prof. Akeem Ajiboye, said: “We don’t expect anything less than what we are seeing, at a time like this, in our nation.
“We need programmes like this and we are glad that it has been brought here in the university, which is one of the fastest growing universities in Nigeria. l appreciate the organisers for this.”
Newsmen report that several distinguished speakers, including Prof. Olusola Adeeyo, Dean, Faculty of Basic Medical Science; Prof. Aladapo Ashiru, Secretary-General, International Federation of Fertility Societies (IFFS) and Medical Director, Medical Art Center, Lagos and Prof. Barnabas Danborno of the Department of Anatomy, Ahmadu Bello University (ABU),
spoke on the importance of anatomy to man’s existence.
It also reports that the speakers offered suggestions on how to move the profession forward.(NAN)
NBTE Develops 60 Curricula for HND, ND, Others
The National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) has developed over 60 new and reviewed curricula of the National Diploma (ND), and the Higher National Diploma (HND) curricula.
Specifically reviewed are the National Occupational Standards (NOS) and Open, Distance and Flexible e-Learning (ODFeL) Courseware in Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET).
Executive Secretary of NBTE, Prof.
Bugaje said that the new and reviewed curricula was long overdue as they would help to provide general guide to institutions in determining the body of knowledge and skills, while also addressing the employability problems in the country.
According to him, the number of developed regulatory instruments to be unveiled represent just about 15 per cent of the total on offer.
He, therefore, stressed the need for the board to keep developing and reviewing more to bring them to national and international standards
“The board has a combined total of over 350 curricula, NOS and ODFEL course-ware in the Nigerian TVET system.
“The notable quality of these curricula is that they are industry-driven; developed and/or reviewed with the full participation of the Nigerian industries to address the employability problem that are often encountered by our diplomats upon graduation.
“The problem of employers of labour incurring additional cost to retrain our products in order to fit into their operation is hopefully being solved.
” The peculiar type of training that should be given to Polytechnic and Monotechnic students in line with the national objective of encouraging youths economic self-reliance, entrepreneurship as a programme has, more than ever before, become one of the key features of the reviewed curricula,” he said.
He listed some of the new and reviewed curricula as ND/HND in Petroleum and Gas Processing Engineering, Transport, Planning and Management, Strategic Communication and Media Studies, Water Sanitation and Hygiene and Organic Agricultural Technology.
He also listed Homeland Security, Articulated Vehicle Driving, Construction Equipment Operation and Traditional and Herbal Hygiene as part of the new and reviewed NOS for skill training.
Bugaje added that the National Council on Establishment (NCE) at its last meeting in Yola, approved the inclusion of some of these TVET courses into the schemes of service of the Federation, particularly the National Innovation Diploma (NID).
He said that this had made two African countries to show interest in the quality of the country”s system with Rwanda signing Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) while Morocco was also in line to do so.
The executive secretary, however, called on stakeholders and the government for continuous support in ensuring proper funding of the Skills Sector Council (SSC) to drive the skill agenda forward.
Meanwhile, the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu said the new development would mark the departure from the old practice where subject experts develop or review curricula without taking cognisance of the expectations of employers of labour.
Adamu, who was represented by the Director of Polytechnic Education and Allied Institutions, Dr Ejeh Usman, said the curricula would no doubt instill fresh ideas in the delivery and learning processes.
” I understand over 30 ND/HND curricula, 16 NOS and 18 Course-ware were either developed or reviewed in the last one and a half years, with the active involvement of the industry and the Organised Private Sector (OPS).
“This is a marked departure from the old practice where subject experts develop/review curricula without taking cognisance of the expectations of employers of labour, thus, making products of TVET institutions either unemployable or costing employers fortunes to retrain.
“It is in this regard that I consider the development of new curricula, especially in new and emerging fields, and the review of old ones, most of which have become obsolete, as very apt.
“Specifically, it is worthy of note that some of the NOS that were reviewed were first developed in 1963 with the support of the International Labour Organisation (ILO). Since then, there was no effort to review them,” he said.
He said that usually curricula were supposed to be reviewed at most every five years, but some were now being reviewed after 20 years.
He said this called for serious efforts by all stakeholders, including TETFund, to ensure the review was carried out on time.
Responding, the Chairman of Council of Heads of Polytechnics and Colleges if Technology (COHEADS), Dr Samuel Kalagbor promised to ensure the full implementation of the new and reviewed curricula and expand the frontier of students training.
In attendance at the occasion were the Executive Secretary, National Universities Commission, Prof. Abubakar Rasheed, Registrar NABTEB, Prof. Ifeoma Isiugo-Abanihe and the Executive Secretary, NCCE, Prof. Paulinus Okwelle, among others. (NAN)
New NYSC DG, Dogara Spells Out Action Plan
By Evelyn Terseer – Abuja
The new Director-General of National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Brigadier-General Yusha’u Dogara Ahmed, has promised to adopt a policy thrust that will drive the Scheme to a greater height as he assumed office.
Dogara who stated this in Abuja today while taking over from Christy Uba, hailed President Muhammadu Buhari for finding him worthy to be appointed as the 22nd director general of the Scheme.
He succeeded Uba who was named the overseer of the NYSC in November 2022 following the sacking of Brigadier-General Muhammad Fadah by President Muhammadu Buhari.
In his 6 points agenda, Dogara said he will improve the security, welfare of Corps
members and Staff to engender optimal service delivery to the nation, while providing enabling environment for Research and Development advancement of the Scheme.
He also promised to strengthen stakeholders’ engagement for the promotion of the frontiers of the Scheme and enhance capacity building to stimulate efficiency and higher corporate performance while deepening the impact of the Skill Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development (SAED) Programme.
“I assure you that I will not only sustain the high tempo but collectively, we will take the Scheme to greater heights.
“This administration will be open and pay special attention to strategies that will bring the desired improvement in the general operations of the Scheme,” he said.
Earlier, the outgoing acting director general, Uba assured that the Management team will give the new director general maximum support to succeed.
She commended the staff for demonstrating loyalty, unity of purpose, and undiluted commitment to the success of the Scheme, while congratulating Dogara on the appointment.
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