The University of Ibadan has commenced process towards improving its physical infrastructure with the commissioning of six out of the 42 projects being sponsored by Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund), at the cost of about 6.5 billion Naira.
The projects commissioned were; the Virology Department Building Phase 1, Food Research Laboratory for Department of Food Technology, Academic Block for the Institute of African Studies, Lecture Theatre for faculty of Science, Auditorium for the faculty of Pharmacy, Lecture room and Academic staff offices for the Faculty of Pharmacy.
At exercise, the Executive Secretary of TETFund, Dr. Abdullahi Baffa lauded the management of University of Ibadan for the feat of remaining the number one ranked university in Nigeria.
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He called on the school to work harder towards moving back to its enviable position as one of the best 50 universities in the world.
Recalling that University of Ibadan was the meeting point where decision to establish TETFund, then as ETF was conceived by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Dr. Baffa said that the University of Ibadan cannot be found wanting in delivering quality TETFund sponsored projects.
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He frowned at the quality of infrastructure for the Virology Department Project, Faculty of Science Lecture Theatre and the Food Science Technology Laboratory, directing the school management to recall the contractors to site and ensure that the projects were completed according to specification.
According to Dr Baffa , “To call a spade with no other name, the contractors handling these projects at University of Ibadan are not performing up to our expectation and I have already drawn the attention of the management of University of Ibadan to try and complete these projects, especially the Faculty of Science Auditorium, the Food Science Technology Laboratories and the Virology Department Complex”
“These are part of the 42 projects that TETFund is financing at the University of Ibadan from 2008 to 2014, costing about 6.5 billion Naira. We have commissioned Six out of these 42 Projects today, and out of these six, Three of them are not really the way we want to see them and we have already taken steps to correct that, our technical people from the Fund will return to University of Ibadan to follow up on the completion of these projects and the University Management I am sure will also take the necessary steps to ensure the contractors are called back to site to do what is needful and to ensure that the agreement they have signed with the University as far as the quality and the deliverable of the projects are met before we will be able to accept these projects are completed projects” he explained.
On the outstanding multi-billion Naira allocation to the University of Ibadan which is yet to be accessed, the Executive Secretary says in line with the Performance Index Disbursement (PID) Model which TETFund operates, the University of Ibadan cannot start the drawdown of its 2015, 2016, 2017 and even the about to be released 2018 allocations unless it meets the requirements for such.
“There are Year 2015, 2016, 2017 allocations that they are yet to be able to draw from and we will soon release the 2018 allocation which they will not be able to draw from until they are able to close down the 2011 to 2014 merged allocations. Our interventions are such that we allocate resources but we disburse such resources when you have been able to fulfill the requirements,” he stressed.
He explained further that part of the requirement was that the university must perform.
”You must utilise the money given to you previously, retire them and it is only when we are sure that you have utilised the money accordingly that we can give you another one. So we are waiting for the University of Ibadan to complete the projects which it has started with the merged 2011 to 2014 allocations which we have given to the University.
“When they finish and retire the money properly, they can then commence the drawdown of the unaccessed allocations”Dr. Baffa added.