TETFund,Tertiary Education Trust Fund, approved N130 million as zonal intervention for polytechnics in its 2023 intervention, with a view to encourage skills acquisition at the institutions.
It was revealed in Abuja, on Tuesday, June 6, by Buhari Mika’Ilu, Director of Infrastructure, at the TETFund/NBTE Sensitisation Workshop on 2023 Zonal Intervention on Skills for Rectors and Directors of Skills in Beneficiary Polytechnics.
According to Mika’Ilu, the intervention was to consolidate efforts of the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) towards increasing abilities of polytechnics to deliver on their mandate.
On his part, the intervention is mostly used to assist institutions meet basic requirements for its accreditation.
He said, ‘’Funds were allocated in line with provision of the Establishment Act and guided towards addressing critical and essential needs of beneficiary institutions for improvement of quality and maintenance of standards.”
NBTE has contributed to a great extent in improving skills need in the educational sector in Nigeria. It is in response to this, that the fund has prioritized the 2023 zonal allocation to polytechnics to reinvigorate skills acquisition.”
Moreover,Sonny Echono, Executive Secretary of TETFund, charged rectors of polytechnics to explore innovative approaches to skills development and device effective solutions that would improve quality and relevance of technical education.
He opines that skills development and entrepreneurship represent a holistic process, where individuals in society pursue opportunities and address needs through innovation.
Similarly, he said that acquiring skills prepares individuals for employment across all sectors of the economy and helps overcome challenges, as well foster a brighter future for the nation and individuals.