A civil society coalition and advocacy group under the auspices of Coalition for New Nigeria (CNN) and higher institution students, comprising the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) and National Union of Universities Students (NUUS), praised the level of transparency and accountability is championed by the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND).
At a media briefing in Abuja on Thursday, the groups called on other strategic government agencies to learn from the sense of responsibility displayed by TETFUND’s management.
Civil society coalition organizer Adams Abonu instructed TETFUND’s architect Sonny Echono-led management to adhere to the standards of transparency and accountability to justify the trust placed in them by the federal government.
“With the recent transparency regime at TETFUND being observed, the effort deserves public praise to drive further major steps to support the institution’s mandate. The determination of the current Executive Secretary, Architect Sonny Echono, to refocus on driving research and human capital development while transforming the physical infrastructure of our higher education institutions cannot be overstated.
”Members of civil society and the general public, especially students of higher education institutions, have seen the priority given to TETFUND under 100 days of the current Executive Secretary and we have gathered here to tell the Nigerians that we are happy with the direction of the management and to encourage them to continue the good works. We dare to state unequivocally that President Muhammadu Buhari has made an excellent choice in authorizing the famous official to fulfill TETUND’s core mandate,” Abonu said.
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The group frowned at recent attempts they called “misleading” to distract TETFUND’s management through frivolous petitions containing elements that seemed uneasy about the new helmsman’s effective strategies.
Going further, Abonu said: “We in civil society have watched with disdain the antics of angry officials affected by the effective policies of the new dispensation at TETFUND and we encourage the Executive Secretary not to be distracted by such misguided antics.” . The allegation of contract fraud against the management was only a strategy to attract negative attention, as the design and costs of projects executed by TETFUND were done by beneficiary institutions.
“The new reforms at TERTFUND, namely the focus on curriculum revision, skill acquisition and entrepreneurship, the advancement of information and communication technology, and maximizing research and innovative development deserve encouragement and we urge the Executive Secretary not to to divert from this direction.
“The false allegations of contract splitting and paddling by a fictitious online medium are not only baseless and inscrutable, but frivolous and baseless. We urge the public to ignore such unnecessary distractions.”
Architect Echono, the executive secretary of TETFUND, is a civil servant who has distinguished himself in various positions of responsibility in the past and rose without blemish to the enviable position of permanent secretary and he cannot afford to ignore all that. throw now the nation needs more of its virtues.”
In a similar vein, Comrade Aishatu Abdullahi, the National Vice President of NUUS, urged TETFUND not to give in to efforts to achieve their core goal, stating that “it is time for universities and other higher education institutions to support to improve the quality of graduates. As Nigerian students who are the main beneficiaries of TETFUND projects, we welcome the direction the Executive Secretary TETFUND is taking and we encourage him not to give in.”