The Chairman, Board of Trustees of TETFund, Alhaji Kashim Imam, when he led a delegation of the fund to the University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID) on an assessment visit has disclosed that the Academic Staff from public institutions across the country have so far accessed over N120 billion for training, within and outside Nigeria, from the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) since its inception in 2008.
According to Imam, for 2021 alone, the fund was investing N25 billion on academic staff training and development.
Imam said the team was in the university for a verification visit and to assess the impact of the training programmes, through interaction with management and beneficiaries after it was discovered that some Academic staff who collected money for attending international conferences did not attend.
“There are serious infractions, abuses. There are scholars sponsored who simply collected the money but failed to attend such conferences.
“On the account of this, we are forced to suspend the programme. We also find similar infractions with regard to academic staff training,” Imam said.
Also, the TETFund Director of Academic Staff Training Development, Mallam Mohammed Suleiman, said the fund had taken measures to ensure more accountability. He said at the UNIMAID, a total of 254 academic staff benefited from the fund sponsored trainings, amounting to N1.35 billion, while 398 benefitted from conferences that cost over N239 million.