The Senate Committee on Tertiary Institutions and Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund), affirmed it will carry out thorough oversight of the Fund with a view to ensuring adequate utilization of funds accrued.
Chairman of the Committee Sen. Muntari Dandutse (APC-Katsina) made this known during the maiden meeting of the committee held in Abuja on Thursday.
Dandutse hinted that the committee would also ensure that the Fund operated efficiently, transparently and effectively to maximize its positive impact.
“Our tertiary institutions are the crucibles of knowledge and the launch pads of progress where future leaders, innovators and professionals are molded.
“These institutions need our unwavering support to thrive and adapt to the evolving needs of our society.
“The TETFund, with its mandate to provide intervention funds to these institutions, plays a pivotal role in advancing education, research and infrastructural development.
“We will seek resources for the upliftment of infrastructural decay in tertiary institutions. There are lots of donors and agencies aside from TETFund. So we will ensure that the fund at TETFund are utilized,” he said
Meanwhile, the lawmaker opined that in the coming days and months, the committee would delve into the complex issues facing tertiary institutions and TETFund.
He said, we will listen to experts, stakeholders and the voices of the people we serve.
“We will work diligently to draft legislation, propose policies and oversee the allocation of resources to address these challenges.”
Similarly, the Senate Minority Leader, Simon Mwadkwon (PDP-Plateau) said that it was a known fact that there were agitations in tertiary institutions.
Mwadkwon therefore hinted that the committee would ensure that something was done to move the education system forward.
“As members of this committee, we should do something possible to help the education system move forward.”