- A group has condemned the call to investigate the executive secretary of the Tertiary Education Trust fund (TETFUND), Suleiman Bogoro
- The group said the call for an investigation into the activities of TETFUND under the leadership of Bogoro is a diversionary plot to derail crusade for transparency
- According to the group, the call was from disgruntled sources, unhappy with some of the new initiatives introduced by the executive secretary upon assumption of office in 2019
Some civil society organisations on Sunday, January 5, dismissed calls for the investigation of executive secretary of the Tertiary Education Trust fund (TETFUND), Suleiman Bogoro.
The CSOs numbering 21 said the call for an investigation into the activities of TETFUND under the leadership of Bogoro is a diversionary plot to derail crusade for transparency.
In a report released on by the CSOs led by Advocates of Social Justice for All (ASJA), Coalition for Transparency and Accountability (CTA), the call was from disgruntled sources, unhappy with some of the new initiatives introduced by the executive secretary upon assumption of office in 2019.
The report signed by the national president, Joseph Guona, the coalition said some vice-chancellors of some universities are not pleased with the monitoring team deployed by TETFUND to all project sites across the country.
Guona said Bogoro's insistence on due process, accountability, and transparency in the conduct of government business also have not gone well among the tertiary institutions' top shots.
The Coalition, therefore, described the report as “blackmail” and “distraction tool employed by some disgruntled vice-chancellors and contractors who have made several attempts at compromising Professor Bogoro”.
He said the coalition undertook a survey of the activities of TETFUND under the leadership of Professor Suleiman Bogoro by consulting relevant stakeholders in the critical tertiary education sector.
According to Guona, the survey included site visits to select tertiary institutions where it was indicated TETFUND made interventions.
He said various projects initiated by TETFUND were scrutinized based on quality, cost, and deliverables and the committee interviewed TETFUND contractors to understand the contract award process in effect in TETFUND, as well as the various milestones for payments.
Guona said: "The committee also discovered that the procurement process in the agency is subject to multi-layers of scrutiny before awards letters are issued, as against the norm where contractors besiege the agency’s headquarters with referral letters and business cards of the high and mighty in the country."
He further added that the committee found out that the call for the probe of Professor Suleiman Bogoro is laced with malice and of poor taste.
"It consequently behoves on all well-meaning Nigerians to see through the mischief and ignore it in its entirety," Guona concluded.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that Bogoro had announced that President Muhammadu Buhari approved the sum of N5 billion for the purpose of research in higher institutions.
Bogoro said the newly approved fund will be distributed by TETFund through its National Research Fund.
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