By Haruna Job
The Executive Secretary, Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) Prof. Sulieman Elias Bogoro has commended the Federal University University of Technology, Minna for its support towards research and execution of different projects awarded to the institution.
A former Vice-Chancellor, Federal University of Technology, Akure Prof. Adebisi Balogun who led a TETFund team on monitoring and evaluation of the National Research Funds disbursed to the researchers in the University gave the commendation on behalf of the Executive Secretary when the team paid a courtesy visit to the University Management today, June 28, 2021 at the Senate Chamber, Main Campus, Gidan Kwano.
The visit is part of an ongoing effort to asses the utilization of funds and the level of integrity shown in the execution of projects awarded to the University in 2019 and to also see if the researcher is mobilizing his team judiciously.
He said that within the period under review, a total sum of 15 million naira was released by TETfund for the execution of the project titled ‘Development of drought early warning system for Northern Nigeria’.
Prof. Balogun said he is proud of the University and thanked the Management for the support given to research which has manifested in the establishment of separate directorate to monitor research and support to researchers.
The project under monitoring and evaluation is led by Prof. Onemayin Jimoh of the Department of Civil Engineering.
Responding, the Vice- Chancellor of the University, Prof. Abdullahi Bala, fsssn, while welcoming the visitors to FUT, Minna assured them of the institution’s commitment to making sure they provide the necessary support for research and research activities in the institution.
Prof Bala said the project is very important because through it, the institution will be able to provide technical support to farmers and other policy makers.
He further stressed that the difficulties faced last year due to COVID-19 pandemic should not be a reason not to continue with their research activities and also to make judicious use of any resources given to them.
The VC expressed his confidence in the research team led by Prof. Jimoh and his vast knowledge on research and commended his effort in getting other grants from TETFund.
Other principal officers present at the event are Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) Prof. Faruk Kuta Adamu; Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Administration) Prof. Emmanuel Emeka Udensi; Registrar, Mr. Amos Nmadu Kolo and Bursar , Mrs. Hadiza Goje.
Photos: Elijah Yisa