Over N400bn was Disbursed to Tertiary Institutions in 2023 -Says Echono

 

The Executive Secretary of Tertiary Education Trust Fund, TETFund, Sonny Echono, has disclosed that the board has disbursed over N400 billion to Tertiary Institutions across the country in 2023.

Echono stated this on Monday, 18 December 2023 in Makurdi while speaking to journalists during TETFund’s Management Retreat.

He added that the amount represented the backlog of previous years that were not accessed and disbursement for the ongoing year.

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He said the funds disbursed were in two phases and the first phase was in 2023, with the approved disbursement in the neighborhood of about N320 billion.

He said: “I am also pleased to report that today they have accessed more than that. The reason is that we have a backlog of allocations from previous years that some institutions have not accessed but because we streamlined the process and created an avenue to assist the institutions in accessing their backlog, that number has grown.”

“So, now we are in the neighborhood of about N400 billion that we have disbursed to our institutions this year, far more than the budget because most of the outstanding allocations are now being accessed. We are also removing little bottlenecks that are hampering the completion of these projects.”

The Executive Secretary further added that TETFund can not be extended to private institutions for now due to the extant law of the country.

He said: “The only way we collaborate with private institutions currently is in the area of research because we know that research is universal and we know that knowledge is collaboration.”

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“So, we are encouraging them to participate and we sponsor people or private individuals who have ideas. Going forward, we are under authority; if the law is amended and extended, we will have no exceptions.”

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