Kano State Governor Abba Yusuf has urged the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) to support more intervention projects at Yusuf Maitama Sule University and Kano University of Science and Technology, Wudil.
The governor made the appeal on Monday in Abuja during a courtesy visit to the Executive Secretary of TETFund, Sonny Echono.
Yusuf stressed the need for a robust collaboration between the Kano government and the Fund to ensure improved education delivery.
“The purpose of my coming (to TETFund) is to ensure continued collaboration between the Kano government and TETFund in terms of projects and other educational assistance to these two universities (Yusuf Maitama Sule University and Kano University of Science and Technology, Wudil).
”Of course, my predecessor established the third university in the state but as far we are concerned, these two universities are close to our hearts,” Governor Yusuf said.
“Specifically, I am interested in infrastructure development, why because if you do not have classrooms, you don’t have hostels, you don’t have libraries or facilities then the entire system will collapse, so the most important thing as far as a university or any other tertiary education institution is concerned is to ensure the provision of infrastructures”, he said.
The TETFund’s Executive Secretary said the Fund was ready to partner with the Kano government to improve the fortunes of tertiary education institutions in the state.
Echono described Kano as not only the centre of commerce but also that of learning with over a dozen universities in the state.
Clarifying the governor’s request for the two universities instead of the whole three owned by the state government, Echono said TETFund’s Board of Trustees, has put a limit on the number of institutions the Fund can intervene in a state.
He said, “TETFund intervenes in three institutions within a state; that is the universities, polytechnics and colleges of education. The Board of Trustees, in order to ensure we concentrate resources and achieve meaningful impact, placed limitations on a number of institutions.
“So, we do not encourage states to just establish multiple institutions with the intention of targeting TETFund intervention”, he stated.