TETFund Approves N12bn For Establishment Of 12 Centres Of Excellence

Thu Nov 25th, 2021 - Abuja (FCT)

The Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) has allocated the sum of N1billion each for the establishment of 12 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 evenly in six polytechnics and Colleges of Education respectively.

The executive secretary of TETFund, Professor 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 five years.

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

Inaugurating the centres, Bogoro charged them to hit the ground running by ensuring to strengthen their sustainability beyond the year 2026.

“I’m delighted to welcome you all to this historic occasion, one that I hope will lay the foundation as well as define the trajectory for the transformation of our beleaguered Tertiary Education Institutions (TEIs) from mere ‘citadels of learning’ where inputs and outputs have left much to be desired for far too long, to the springboard of Nigeria’s leap into the knowledge economy paradigm, in keeping with the established tradition that Higher Education Institutions are the bastion of intellectualism and the breeding ground for creativity, original thinking and innovation that shape and define civilizations and also drive economies and development.

“Having been painstakingly selected to host the second batch of TEffund Centres of Excellence (ICots), Whist it is appropriate for each of you here to feel justifiably proud for being deemed worthy of selection from among dozens of eligible candidate institutions.




source: Leadership