President Muhammadu Buhari has disclosed that a total of N8 billion has been so far spent on over 40 projects at the Joseph Sarwuan Tarka University Makurdi (JOSTUM), formerly known as Federal University of Agriculture Makurdi, Benue State.
Buhari, who made the disclosure while commissioning several projects executed in the school, noted that the amount was spent via the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) since the past 23 years.
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The president who was represented by the House of Representatives Chairman, House Committee on Tertiary Education and Services, Aminu Suleiman Goro, attested to the fact that TETFund has performed exceedingly well in the provision of infrastructure, academic staff development, book publication, research and development amongst others.
“In addition, the Fund has sponsored 197 lecturers from this university for Ph.D degrees, 85 for Masters degrees and 13 scholars on bench work to the tune of over N1.7 billion; while 430 staff have been sponsored for conferences at the cost of over N200m,” he said.
Earlier, the Executive Secretary of TETFund, Arc. Sonny Echono, said the projects were testimonies to the commitment of the institution’s vice chancellor to transform the sector for the benefits of the people.
Echono further announced that two projects – a multipurpose hall and ICT building, would commence next year to boost student’s entrepreneurship skills for wealth creation.