The Tertiary Education Trust Fund, TETFund, said it has spent N19 billion to facilitate academic programmes for selected lecturers from all the public tertiary institutions across the country.
Speaking at an award ceremony to honour staff of the agency who clocked 10 years and above in service, the chairman Board of Trustees of the agency, Musa Babayo, said the agency is committed to capacity development of lecturers.
Mr Babayo said 2014 is a fulfilling one, going by the agency’s level of interventions in the education sector.
He added that very soon, Nigerians would begin to feel their impact within the academic system.
The official stated that the academic staff training and development program represents the single largest capacity building program ever funded by a public sector organisation such as TETFund.
“We have to date invested from January to get along over N19 billion on capacity building across all the 71 federal and state public universities , the 51 federal and state public polytechnics, the 61 federal and state Colleges of Education,” he said.
He also said N15.4 billion was used to construct and equip laboratories in state and federal polytechnics nationwide in 2014.
He noted that staff who are expected to man the new facilities had also been trained so as not to jeopardize the objective of the project.
Also speaking at the event, the Executive Secretary of the Fund, Suleiman Bogoro, said 2015 would witness further consolidation on the modest achievements so far.
He said the year would lead to the training of over 10,000 academic staff for Masters and PhD in diverse fields.
“I can tell you that is an area we are very happy about that we are turning over, a number of academics, lecturers specifically in public tertiary institutions that are acquiring higher qualifications at a faster rate,” he said.