The Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) has inaugurated a newly-constructed three-storey complex at the College of Medicine of the Kaduna State University (KASU).
The construction was announced on Tuesday by the Executive Secretary of the fund, Prof. Sonny Ochono, during the inauguration on the university's campus.
Ochono who was represented by the Fund’s Director, Monitoring and Evaluation, Babajide Olajide, said that the exercise was part of 162 projects being inaugurated in 54 tertiary institutions across the country.
He added that the construction cost N432 million as one of 2014 to 2016 annual intervention projects.
According to the Secretary, the gesture expresses the Federal Government's commitment to infrastructural development in Nigeria's tertiary institutions.
“This, by implication, will make our institutions globally competitive.
“We believe that the facility will significantly impact the training of students by providing a conducive working environment for staff and the students," the TETFund boss said.
Ochono commended the institution's Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Abdullahi Musa and the management for the timely completion of the quality project.
“The Fund will continue to support you as you judiciously utilise the allocated funds for the project approved for your institution,” he assured.
The Vice-Chancellor expressed gratitude towards TETFund for funding the project fully, as well as for the additional support in the form of grants and special allocations.
Musa stated that the university is undergoing a significant transformation with the new management in place, adding that they are implementing strategies to build on the accomplishments of their predecessors and elevate the school to even greater heights.
According to him, the management is making great efforts to establish the university as one of the world's premier educational institutions.
The Vice-Chancellor also referred to the TETFund as a vital partner and expressed confidence in achieving the goal of positioning the university for global success.
“We will continue to partner with TETFund, and stakeholders in our pursuit of excellence and talent that will take the university to greater heights,” he said.
The Provost of the College of Medicine, Professor Abdullahi Abba, also praised the TETFund for their support.
Abba acknowledged that their aid played a crucial role in gaining accreditation from the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria.
He also mentioned that the college has been able to accept students from other institutions thanks to the availability of essential infrastructure and facilities.
The Provost asked for the Fund's continued support to help the university in providing high-quality medical education and research.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria, the complex includes office furniture, lecture halls, 38 offices, toilets, a lecture room, two board rooms, an e-library, and conference halls.
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