30,000 academic staff benefit from TETFund training — Chairman

Over 30,000 academic staff in public tertiary institutions across Nigeria have benefited trainings sponsored Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) within and outside Nigeria 2008 to .

The Chairman, Board of Trustees of TETFund, Alhaji  Kashim Imam, disclosed this speaking with newsmen on Friday in Maiduguri.

Imam said the fund also sponsored 68,000 academic and non academic staff to various conferences during the period under review.

Imam, who led a delegation of TETFund officials on assessment of Academic Staff Training and Development in tertiary institutions in and Yobe states, lauded staff institutions in the two states for returning to their respective institutions to impact knowledge after foreign studies.

Imam, who observed that there were incidents of few staff institutions in few states absconding after studies ,  said he was impressed to see that there was no single case of absconding in the frontline states of and Yobe.

Also speaking, some of the lecturers who benefited from TETFund lauded the fund interventions which they said remain the lifeline of survival for public tertiary institutions in the country.

The of University of Maiduguri,  Prof. Aliyu Shugaba and his counterpart of Yobe State University, Prof. Mala Daura, said without TETFund, most public institutions would have been reduced to glorified .

Dr Sabo Sale, a lecturer in Yobe State University, Dr Mustafa of University of Maiduguri and Tijjani Yahaya of Ramat Polytechnic, said they remain grateful to TETFund for giving them opportunities to their knowledge.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports during the assessment visit, the TETFund interacted with scholars who benefited from its support on their successes and challenges as well as gave advice on to maximized the fund interventions. (NAN)