The Vice-Chancellor of the Federal University of Technology, Minna, Niger State, Prof Abdullahi Bala, has said Nigerian universities would have gone into oblivion, if not for the funding by the Federal Government.
The VC made this statement when he received the Executive Secretary of the Tertiary Education Trust Fund, Dr. Bichi Baffa, noting that TETFund was needful to assist many higher institutions with capital projects and intervention funds.
The TETFund secretary was in the institution to open the Phase II Complex building for the School of Agriculture and Agricultural Technology in the university, sponsored by the fund.
The VC, Bala, said, “This building is the Phase II of the School of Agriculture and Agricultural Technology. We have had serious shortages of office and classroom accommodation at the Phase I of the school and the management of the university deemed it wise that we build additional complex for the school.
“TETFund has enhanced the landscape of our campus through funding of critical projects. Indeed, public higher institutions in Nigeria would have gone into oblivion without TETFund.”
The TETFund Director, Corporate Affairs and Public Relations, Ebikwo Benn, in a release said the fund would continue to assist tertiary institutions put iconic structures in place.
Benn said, “Dr Baffa noted that the fund would continue to keep with one of our core mandates of providing essential infrastructure for teaching and learning.”