Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) has approved N130 million as a zonal intervention for polytechnics in its 2023 intervention, with a view to reinvigorating skills acquisition at the institutions.
This was disclosed in Abuja, yesterday, by Director of Infrastructure, Buhari Mika’Ilu, at the TETFund/NBTE Sensitisation Workshop on 2023 Zonal Intervention on Skills for Rectors and Directors of Skills in Beneficiary Polytechnics.
Mika’Ilu said the intervention was to consolidate the efforts of the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) towards increasing the capacities of polytechnics to deliver on their mandate.
He said the intervention was mostly used to help institutions meet basic requirements for accreditation.
According to him, it 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 use of equipment procured.
He noted: ‘’Funds were allocated in line with the provision of the Establishment Act and guided towards addressing critical and essential needs of beneficiary institutions for the improvement of quality and maintenance of standards.
‘’NBTE has been at the forefront in championing the need for skills in the educational system in Nigeria. It is in response to this, that the fund has prioritized the 2023 zonal allocation to polytechnics to reinvigorate skills acquisition.”
Meanwhile, Executive Secretary of TETFund, Sonny Echono, charged rectors of polytechnics to explore innovative approaches to skills development and device-effective solutions that would enhance the quality and relevance of technical education.
He said skills development and entrepreneurship represent a holistic process, where individuals in society pursue opportunities and address needs through innovation.
He noted that acquiring skills prepares individuals for employment across all sectors of the economy and helps overcome challenges, as well as foster a brighter future for the nation and individuals.