The Governor of Anambra State, Charles Soludo, has expressed concern over the growing number of tertiary institutions in the country, saying the government might find it difficult to adequately fund them in the future.
Governor Soludo also called for a strategic partnership with the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) in the delivery of intervention projects in higher education institutions in the state.
He made the call during a courtesy visit to the Executive Secretary of TETFund, Sonny Echono, on Tuesday, in Abuja.
The Governor said a collaboration would ensure TETFund’s projects in the state bring about a more robust impact.
“We have a big dream, a big agenda to partner with you and other critical stakeholders; the Federal Government is a very critical player in this field. The education we know is on the concurrent list, the federal and state work together. The only way we can make it work for ourselves is to work together through collaboration, coordination and cooperation, and coincidentally the resource envelope of the federation is disproportionate here in Abuja.
“I will like us to work together in a whole lot of areas we are interested in and in some years to come, we will be able to say with the partnership with TETFund we were able to deliver ABCD, that here are the impacts. Impact measurement is very important,” he said.
Soludo commended TETFund for its various intervention projects across the country, adding that the three state-owned tertiary institutions in the state; Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, University, Anambra Polytechnic, Mgbakwu and College of Education, Nsugbe, are eager to welcome more of the Fund’s intervention projects.
The governor, however, expressed concern over the growing number of tertiary institutions in the country.
“With the tertiary institutions going the way they are now, there are still questions, still issues, we are not asking those questions but at some point, we are going to ask whether or how the government will be able to fund or adequately fund the number or the plethora of institutions or the mechanism of our delivery, especially with the brick and mortar system that we have, there will be questions”, he said.
Responding, the TETFund boss, Echono, said the Fund has continued to do a lot both in infrastructure and academic content development.
Echono, who said TETFund projects are everywhere in tertiary institutions in Anambra State, especially in Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, said the Fund would do more in the state-owned institutions.
“In Anambra, you will see a lot of our presence, but I admit at the level of state institutions we need to do more,” Echono said.