The Tertiary Education Trust Fund, TETFUND, has approved the sum of N130 million as an intervention grant for Nigerian polytechnics for the 2023 intervention line scheduled as a stimulus for sponsoring skill acquisition across the polytechnics in the country. Director of Infrastructure of TETFUND, Mallam Buhari Mika’ilu, disclosed this at the National Board for Technical Education, NBTE/TETFUND sensitization workshop for the 2023 zonal Intervention on skill for Rectors and Directors of Skills for the benefiting polytechnics yesterday in Abuja.
According to Mika’ilu, “The sum of N130million only allocated to each polytechnic has the main focus of procurement, installation, testing, training, and commissioning of relevant training materials,.’
He explained the effort was to consolidate the effort of the NBTE in its quest for increasing the capacities of polytechnics to deliver on their mandate as institutions.
Earlier, the TETFUND Executive Secretary, Sonny Echono, had charged rectors of the polytechnics to explore more innovative techniques for effective solutions that would improve the quality and relevance of technical education in the country.
In a similar manner, the NBTE Executive Secretary, Prof. Idris Bugaje noted that the N130 million paid to the polytechnics for the 2023 intervention will be utilized for the upgrading of the facilities for skill training especially now that the body has identified 10 more new skills.