Polytechnics to Get N130m Each As Intervention Fund | #NwokeukwuMascot
The Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) has approved N130m as zonal intervention for each polytechnic in its 2023 intervention line.
This is geared towards reinvigorating skills acquisition in polytechnics across the country.
The Director of Infrastructure of TETFund, Malam Buhari Mika’Ilu stated this in Abuja at the TETFund/NBTE Sensitisation Workshop on the 2023 Zonal Intervention on Skills for Rectors and Directors of Skills in Beneficiary Polytechnics.
Malam Mika’Ilu said that the intervention was to consolidate the efforts of the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) in increasing the capacities of polytechnics to deliver on their mandate.
He said the intervention was mostly used to support institutions to meet basic requirements for accreditation.
He explained that the intervention focused purely on projects with academic relevance, thereby addressing deficiencies in core areas of acquisition of essential instructional materials and equipment for teaching and learning and building capacities for the use of the equipment procured.
The Executive Secretary, NBTE, Prof. Idris Bugaje, said TETFund had been a very active promoter, and financier of skills development in the country.
Professor Bugaje, however, called on polytechnic rectors to key into the formalisation of the informal sector using technology to drive the sector.
He said that the N130 million given to polytechnics in the 2023 intervention line would not be used for building projects but rather to upgrade facilities for skills training, especially as about 10 skills had been identified.
He called on the government to stop the conversation of polytechnics to universities, saying that henceforth, polytechnics without skills development centres would not be given accreditation for National Diploma programmes.