The Executive Secretary of the Tertiary Education Trust Fund, TETFUND, Professor Suleiman Gbogoro has commended the judicious use of funds released to the Gombe State University.
At the commissioning the school’s ICT Complex and the Faculty of Science Complex, Professor Gbogoro said he was amazed at the infrastructure that the agency funded and saw the value for money released from TETFUND.
“ I must say these two projects hardly can you find Faculty of Science with seven departments under the same roof. And in all these departments you have all the things you require, all in one place. The ICT Facility, definitely is one of the best. This facility is already being selected by the African Development Bank to be a Centre of Excellence, for training, among four universities in Nigeria…We are all amazed with even the infrastructure that we funded. There are some moments you release money and you are not seeing value for the money immediately. I can tell you at the Gombe State University, we saw value for money that we release from TETFUND,” Professor Gbogoro said.
Governor Muhammadu Yahaya solicited for more assistance in the development of the multiple tertiary institutions, to take the state to the highest level desired.
The Vice Chancellor, Professor Ibrahim Umar said TETFUND has been a major pillar towards the development of the university, which has led the African Development Bank to select the ICT Centre, among the four to be a Centre of Excellence, for training in Nigeria.
The Faculty of Science Complex commissioned consists of seven departments, each with the Office of the Head of Department, a Board Room, departmental library, staff offices, two laboratories, four lecture rooms and two lecture halls at the end of the faculty.
Professor Umar said the cost high impact project was three billion Naira, stressing that work was already going on in the construction of the Faculty of Education, Faculty of Arts, Social and Management Sciences and 10 lecture theatres, while another project was going on for the construction of the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences.
The Gombe State Governor, Alhaji Muhammadu Yahaya, commended the efforts of the Tertiary Education Trust Fund for the support in developing the Gombe State University and urged the agency not to relent in rendering a helping hand in the development of the education sector in state, so that it can take the state to the desired high level of education.
“ I believe all of us know that close to 70% to 75% of Gombe State University has been built by TETFUND and that was due to the efforts of Professor Gbogoro and like you rightly mentioned, one other brother also from Bauchi, Dr. Musa Babayo. ….. I thank you so much for all that you have been doing, but like Oliver Twist, ‘our caps and hands are always open trying to get to you in order to get more. And that become necessary, especially against the background of the multiple tertiary institutions that Gombe State happens to have,” Governor Yahaya said.
Most of the buildings in the clinical arm of the Medical College were built by TETFUND.