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Welcome to Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund)

Directors’ Statement

In order to fast track accessibility and utilization of TETFund allocations to University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN) the present administration under the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Benjamin Chukwuma Ozumba constituted a TETFund Committee and charged it with the responsibility to administer and manage TETFund interventions in the University. The creation of the TETFund Committee is consistent with the Vice-Chancellor’s transformation initiatives to redirect UNN on the path to world-class performance and excellence.
The UNN under the present administration has made quite considerable progress with regards to accessing TETFund allocations to the University. The Academic Staff Training & Development (AST&D) and Conference Attendance (CA) interventions have always been oversubscribed unlike the other intervention such as Research Funds, Library Development, Journal Publication, Book Development and Entrepreneurship Centre funds which had huge backlog of funds not accessed. There is currently an overwhelming awareness and interest among staff in the opportunities for institutional and staff development presented by TETFund interventions. This is a clear manifestation of the present administration’s admirable capacity and ability to recruit the University into the imaginative visions of the Vice-Chancellor for a greater UNN. The Institution Based Research (IBR) intervention has now been fully accessed including the 2015 allocation released by December, 2015. Equally encouraging is the large numbers of staff that responded to the calls for 2015 and 2016 National Research Fund (NRF) proposal. Over 100 and 74 research proposals, respectively, for 2015 and 2016 were submitted by staff of UNN out of which three (3) were awarded the year 2015 NRF grant. This represents a remarkable improvement over the previous year’s 2014 record of one awardee; Dr Romanus Nwachukwu Eze - “On the Origin of 6.4 KEV Line from the Galactic Ridge X-ray Emission” (TETFUND/DESS/NRF/UNN/20/9/STI/VOL.I).
Remarkable progress has also been made with regards to the Manuscript Development and Journal Publication interventions. Five (5) Academic Journals of departments and faculties of our University have been funded as follows: Agro-Science Journal – a publication of the Faculty of Agriculture (TETFUND/UNN/NSUKKA/ARJ/2); Nsukka Journal of the Humanities (TETFUND/UNN/NSUKKA/ARJ/1); Nsukka Journal of Musical Arts Research (TETFUND/UNN/NSUKKA/ARJ/1); Nsukka Journal of History (TETFUND/UNI/NSUKKA/ARJ/1); and Nigeria Studies Review (TETFUND/UNI/NSUKKA/ARJ/2). Furthermore, six (6) manuscripts were submitted by our staff for consideration for Book Development intervention. One of these manuscripts titled “Trends in African Popular Music: Socio-Cultural and Reggae Genre in Nigeria” authored by Dr Ikenna E. Onwuegbuna has been funded by TETFund (TETFUND/DESS/UNN/NSUKKA/AMB/13-14/0.1) whereas the other five (5) are currently under consideration for TETFund funding.

Prof. Anene, B. M. (PhD, FCVSN)
Desk Officer/Chairman TETFund Committee

History

Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) is a body set up by the Federal Government of Nigeria ostensibly to arrest the rot and deterioration in the educational infrastructure occasioned by long period of neglect and very poor resource allocation. Tertiary Education Trust Fund former Education Trust Fund (ETF) was established as an Intervention Agency by Education Tax Act No. 7 of 1993 (and subsequently amended in 1998). This law empowered the then ETF to intervene at all levels of education (Primary, Secondary and Tertiary) in public institutions. In 2011, Education Trust Fund, ETF was renamed TETFund by the ETF Act No. 16 and refocused to intervene in only public tertiary institutions (Universities, Polytechnics and Colleges of Education) for maximum impact. Specifically, TETFund’s cardinal objective is to provide the badly needed funds to support tertiary education, provide scholarship and grants for staff to enhance the productivity and quality of higher education. TETFund interventions are anchored on the following areas: Intervention Projects; Library Intervention; Research grant; Academic Staff Training & Development; Publication of Journal; Manuscript Development; and Conference Attendance. From the foregoing, it is clear that TETFund is a major and veritable funding source for the public tertiary institutions in Nigeria.