Minister: FG spends N1tr on varsities


Nigeria-Ibrahim-Shekarau-education-MinThe Federal Ministry of Education has commit­ted N1.3 trillion over six years for the develop­ment and upgrading of facili­ties in universities after Needs Assessment of Nigerian public universities were carried out.

The Minister of Education, Malam Ibrahim Shekarau, dis­closed this at the unveiling of the 2014 Annual report as well as the final report of key achieve­ments of the Four-year Strategic Plan for Development of the Education Sector:2011-2015.

He said that the challenges are being identified with a gov­ernment commitment of N1.3 trillion over six years and hopes the incoming administration will see it through.

He noted that the Needs As­sessment of Public Tertiary In­stitutions were carried out for the first time and assessed staff and students population in relation to available facilities; identified ar­eas of pressure; explored use of resources and, took inventory of physical facilities and learning resources for universities.

He stated that as institutions continue to undergo sustained transformation, the investment is for developing and upgrad­ing facilities in universities to achieve quality teaching and learning.

He added that similar assess­ments have been made for poly­technics and colleges of educa­tion.

In his words: “Our public tertiary institutions continue to undergo sustained transforma­tion through the investment of resources in infrastructure and future quality teaching and learning.

“To help in understanding the challenges of each institu­tion, Needs assessment of public universities were carried out, as a result of the finding, we have committed N1.3 trillion over six years to the development and upgrading of facilities in our universities.

“Similar assessments have been carried out for polytechnics and colleges of education, they worked out and it is our hope that they will see the light of the day when the new administra­tion come into place”.

He further disclosed that in­terventions to each universities from TETFund rose from N303 million in 2010 to N912 mil­lion in 2014; polytechnics from N180 million to N661 million and colleges of education from N157 to N581million.

He said the challenges are identified with a government commitment of N1.3 trillion over six years and hopes the in­coming administration will see it through.

He stated that as institutions continue to undergo sustained transformation, the investment is for developing and upgrad­ing facilities in universities to achieve quality teaching and learning.


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