The Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) says it refused to be distracted by the current campaign of calumny being sponsored by group of individuals against its leadership.
TETFund disclosed this in a statement issued by the Acting Director, Public Affairs, Abdulmumin Oniyangi on behalf of the Executive Secretary in Abuja on Friday.
It said, it has uncovered new plots by certain individuals and groups to malign the leadership of the Fund and disrupt its activities over the firm determination not to succumb to frivolous requests which were grossly in violation of the Agency’s mandate.
The agency said, “the plots reveal that these individuals and groups who seek all forms of unholy sponsorship, support and patronage from the Fund have in continuation of their campaign of calumny resorted to carrying out demonstrations and writing of frivolous petitions against the Executive Secretary, over his continued stand not to compromise his office”.
It said, “while the schemes of these individuals and groups are not unexpected, as they have become almost traditional, it is important to call the attention of our esteemed stakeholders and the general to avoid attendant distractions that may arise”.
It said, the Management of TETFund was cognizant of the increasing confidence being reposed on the Fund by critical stakeholders and indeed the general public, as a result of the impactful reforms introduced in the past year to enhance greater efficiency and quality service delivery; and would not under any circumstance betray public trust.
TETFund said, “the Executive Secretary and his team would continue to focus on the needs of the Fund’s Beneficiary Institutions, classified under the TETFund Establishment Act of 2011 as Public Universities, Polytechnics and Colleges of Education, as well as other specific mandate of the Agency.
“We, therefore, use this opportunity to reassure our stakeholders and the general public that TETFund is being run with a deep sense of responsibility. The Executive Secretary remains committed to providing quality, accountable and exemplary leadership and will not be distracted in any way whatsoever, by any mischievous plot”, the statement said.