By Martin Paul in Abuja
Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund), Executive Secretary, Professor Elias Suleiman Bogoro, has advised staff of the Fund to remain steadfast in pursuance of their daily duties.
He told the staff at a maiden meeting that his re-instatement was unprecedented in the history of Nigeria, and pledged to manage the Fund to become a reference point for other agencies to emulate.
A statement signed by Director of Corporate Affairs, Benn Ebikwo, quoted Belgoro as saying: “I give God the glory for my unprecedented re-instatement in a way that never happened before. I don’t know how to thank the President for giving me a medal that no Nigerian has attained before and I pledge to do everything to manage the Fund’s affairs very well.”
“I struggled with tears on Monday when I resumed and I am so proud of you all and may God bless you. I will never forget your style of welcoming me because it has vindicated me. Other organizations will learn how to run and manage human beings with respect”.
He recalled that he was part of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) struggle that, not only led to the establishment of the Fund, but ensured that its mandate of focusing on public tertiary institutions was followed with maximum impact.
“I never imagined that I will seat on the leadership of the institution we fought for through ASUU. We insisted that TETFund be streamlined to intervene in only in public tertiary institutions because government only intervenes where it will benefit the greater majority because according to National Universities Commission (NUC) private universities caters for only six per cent of student’s intake”, Bogoro noted.
Speaking on how TETFund has contributed to restoring the glory of tertiary institutions in Nigeria through numerous interventions, in Infrastructural Development, Academic Staff Training and Development, Journal and Book Development, among others, he pointed out that his predecessors were instrumental to these innovative policies presently operating in the Fund.
On ensuring that TETFund projects are of the highest quality, Bogoro emphasized that there was no excuse for sub-standard projects, insisting that only the best quality infrastructures will be sponsored by the Fund.
On staff welfare, the Executive Secretary stated that it is part of his six point agenda to uplift the welfare of staff intellectually, through capacity building as well as improved condition of service to give every member of staff a sense of belonging.
He said the Fund is expanding its partnership internationally with regards to capacity building of staff, with a view to equipping them to confidently face the challenges of their daily work schedules with the institutions.
Staff were also given opportunity to ask questions or comments on issues affecting the workplace, to which the Executive Secretary responded with assurance to re-visit and take appropriate action.
Some of the issues raised include; improved welfare packages, health facility for emergency purposes, establishment of crèche within the premises, newly created Research and Dev. Department, what are the possibility of re-opening zonal offices as well as internal dissemination of information among staff.
The opening remark was given by Director, Human Resource Management, Mallam Umar Bukar, while the Director, Finance and Investment, Alhaji Saidu Idris gave the vote of thanks.
All the Directors, Departmental Heads and Management staff were in attendance during the meeting.