The Rector, Adamawa State Polytechnic, Yola, Prof. Ibrahim Umar, has praised the Adamawa state Governor, Ahmadu Fintiri and Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) for its contributions to the growth of the state-owned Polytechnic.
The Rector gave the commendation during the annual presentation of his scorecard/ stewardship titled: A paradigm shift in infrastructure development in Adamawa state Polytechnic: Gov. Fintiri and the TETFund approach.
Umar said without Gov. Fintiri and TETFund’s interventions, the state Polytechnic would have collapsed in the face of facility challenges.
Prof Umar, in his address, hailed TETFund for its “remarkable impact” in the school, describing the agency as a “dependable ally” in delivering academic excellence.
He said: “In the area of infrastructure, TETFund has facilitated several projects in SPY and all the projects have been nearly completed. Well over 400 members of our staff have benefitted from post-graduate training and conference attendance sponsorship, while a good number of active researchers have received research grants from the agency.”
He said TETFund had spent over a billion on infrastructure development of the institution between 2018 and 2021, noting that embracing international best practices for funding would reduce the cost of operation, improve efficiency, quality and accuracy.
He said: “International best practice includes improving environmental conditions and generally enhancing the delivery of frontline services and the attainment of institutional goals and objectives. It also includes the provision of physical facilities for teaching and learning hinged on the new paradigms of small group teaching and interactive pedagogy. These practices broadly cover quality of the facility, its utility value, distribution and ratios, maintenance and replacement policy.”