27,383 got TETFund scholarships in 10 years

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The Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETfund) has in the last 10 years sponsored a total of 15,119 lecturers for doctorate degree programmes and 12,264 for master’s programmes both locally and in overseas as part of efforts to build the nation’s capacity, skill, and manpower.

Executive Secretary of TETFund, Professor Suleiman Bogoro, who made this known at a meeting with stakeholders in Lagos recently, said this was carried out under the academic staff training and development of the Fund.

He explained that over 10,632 lecturers were sponsored in the local Ph.D. programme, while over 9,072 lecturers were sponsored in the local Master’s degree programme across the country between year 2011 and year 2020.

“The Fund has also sponsored well over 4,485 lecturers to overseas institutions for Ph.D. programmes and over 3,192 Master’s degree candidates also overseas, across tertiary institutions within the same period,” Bogoro said.

While recounting some of the achievements of TETFund in the area of capacity-building, the executive secretary said the Fund had further supported 71,263 lecturers in federal and state Colleges of Education under its teacher supervision programme, bringing it to a total 98,644, the number of academic staff across public tertiary institutions that have benefited from the academic staff training and development programme of the Fund.

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In the area of conference attendance, Bogoro, disclosed that the Fund had sponsored an estimated 17,121 academic staff across tertiary institutions in the country to foreign conferences, 4,459 non academic staff of public tertiary institutions have also benefited from the same sponsorship.

He further revealed that the Fund also sponsored over 17,410 academic staff to attend local conferences within the country, while about 28,660 non-academic staff were sponsored by the Fund to attend local conferences/workshops across beneficiary tertiary institutions in the country.

He said, “In all, the Fund has sponsored a total of 67,650 academic and non-academic staff of public tertiary institutions to local and overseas conferences between 2011 and year 2021.

“The Fund’s other laudable intervention programmes also recorded tremendous impact, including library development and academic manuscript development to books. Between 2011 and 2021, the Fund succeeded in procuring 2,080,041 books for use in libraries of public tertiary institutions across the nation, to equip students and lecturers of institutions with resources required to impart the necessary knowledge required in the 21st century.

“TETFund also between 2011 and 2020 procured 152,844 e-resources and 380,778 equipment and furniture distributed to various public tertiary institutions across the country.

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“In the area of academic manuscripts to books, the Fund supported and approved a total of 1,362 manuscripts to books across 149 public tertiary institutions in the country, all intended to build the capacity of academic staff and students, as well as to stimulate research and publication across public tertiary institutions in Nigeria,” Bogoro said.

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