The Executive Secretary of the Tertiary Education Trust Fund,
Prof. Suleiman Bogoro, has predicted a better ranking profile for
more Nigerian universities.
This came as he noted that many of the institutions lagged
behind in rankings because they failed to meet the accreditation
requirements in infrastructure and human capacity
development.
A group, Journals Consortium, in a recent research, rated the
University of Ibadan as the eighth best university in Africa and
first in Nigeria.
Bogoro made his view known when he unveiled some projects
sponsored by the organisation at the Kogi State University,
Anyigba.
Some of the projects include blocks of building to serve as the
Department of Anatomy in preparation for clinical studies at the
institution’s School of Medicine.
Others are the Anatomy complex, Administrative Block and the
Entrepreneurial Skills Development Centre.
According to Bogoro, now that the Federal Government
intervention has improved, brighter prospects await Nigerian
universities.
He said, “I am excited that the rankings of Nigerian universities
are coming up positively. Before now, the major challenge of the
ranking of Nigerian universities had to do with their inability to
meet two-third of accreditation requirements, particularly on
infrastructure and human capacity development.
“We have been addressing that largely through aggressive
intervention in respect of infrastructure in both federal and state
universities. Before I assumed office about a year ago, less than
50 per cent of higher institutions in the country were able to
access TETFUND grants due to their low rating, I am glad to say
that there is a reversal in that trend.
“Now that there is improvement in the rankings of our
universities in Africa, there should be efforts to also improve
their ranking at the global level and TETFUND would continue to
strive towards achieving this objective.”
Kogi State Governor and Visitor to the university, Capt. Idris
Wada, said TETFUND had lived up to expectations, especially in
its support to public tertiary institutions.