According to him, most of these tertiary institutions have been benefiting for awhile, while some have been since inception.
Arc. Echono made this known when he played host to the governor of Katsina State, Dikko Umar Radda on Monday in Abuja.
Meanwhile, the governor in his earlier remarks, solicited for TETfund interventions on tertiary institutions in Katsina State.
Governor Dikko Umar Radda noted that the country is struggling with economic hardship resulting from depreciation of the naira, high cost of food stuffs and the effect of fuel subsidy removal, adding that the Northern part of the country is particularly struggling with insecurity, banditary, criminality, kidnapping and all sort of social vices.
He stated that TETFund intervention in Katsina state’s tertiary institutions was expedient at a time like this when Nigerians are faced with rising cost of living and alarming security challenges.
In his words, he said, “I decided to pay a visit to TETFund to appreciate and to thank you most especially for your intervention on the Tertiary institutions in this nation.
“I have gone round the Tertiary institutions in Katsina state and have seen the kind of infrastructures you have put in place.
“I kept asking myself what our institutions could have been without the intervention of the TETFund. I believe that is something that for us at the helm of affairs, we have to reflect on in our minds to appreciate the Federal Government for the kind of intervention TETFund is giving to Tertiary level of education in this country.
“The success that we have received may not be adequate to address the challenges facing our state and I feel that the first place to come and seek for support is this organization. You have done it before, we are expecting you to do more, especially at this time.
“Our Tertiary Institutions in Katsina state, we have a number of them we are still requesting for your kind intervention especially now that we have security threats in some of these institutions.
“A lot of those children have been kidnapped, so we are to intensify security around the universities by providing a lot of security measures and facilities to make the students comfortable to learn.
“It is on this note that I request the intervention of TETFund in our institutions to secure them and provide the needed infrastructure. Also we are at the of converting our ICT Institution into a university of Engineering and Technology, and for us to achieve that we need your support in that direction.
“We want to asure you that we will always be available for any support TETFund may requires from us”, he said.
In his response, Arc. Echono said President Bola Ahmed Tinubu is determined to continually promote education despite the insecurity challenges facing the country, saying that TETFund has priotize Katsina state for its intervention and security infrastructure.
“As the President is determined that even in time of crisis education should not stop and we must find a way of keeping our children in school.
“As His Excellency has said, Katsina is in the hight of insecurity problem as we face and indeed I want to let you know that we had already priotize Katsina for our intervention and security infrastructure.
“Indeed in backing on numbers of initiatives to bring those who are out of school back to school at the very basic level, there will be a lot of collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Education and the State Government to expand existing programmes.
“Most significantly is also providing financial support to otherwise indigent students who may not have had opportunity of acessing Tertiary Education so that they will do something with their lives.
He further said the TETFund would be expanded to cover the skill sector so as to address the skill-gap in Nigeria.
“There is a massive plan to give Nigerians skills, teach them a trade, acquires some knowledge of skills that they will be able to fed for themselves while contributing to the country by expanding and growing our economy”, he said.