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Nigerian Lecturers Spend Tetfund Research Grants On Cars, Houses – Tetfund by HigherEd: 8:10am On Feb 12
The Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) has accused lecturers across the country’s public tertiary institutions of diverting research grants to build homes, purchase cars, and engage in other frivolous activities.

This is coming days after an allegation of personnel budget inflation levelled against some academic and healthcare institutions including the University of Ibadan, by the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), was made public.

Making the fresh allegation in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, on Monday, TETFund’s director of research and development, Salihu Bakari, said huge sums of money made available to the individual lecturers, and sometimes their teams for research exercises, conference attendance, among others, are usually misappropriated.

Mr Bakari spoke at a capacity building workshop organised by the agency for select staffers of research and development units from some of the public tertiary institutions, as parts of efforts aimed at rejigging research activities in Nigerian tertiary institutions.

Mr Bakari, while responding to questions from the participants on the introduction of ‘stringent’ conditions by the agency, especially in the allocation of grants, noted that the culture of impunity, breach of trust, and violations of funding agreements and rules of engagement by the lecturers is unimaginable.

He said: “It is sad to note that public funds made available to lecturers to conduct groundbreaking and demand-driven researches towards solving Nigeria’s socio-economic, and even political challenges, are misappropriated by those who are expected to be above board. I mean the beneficiaries of our grants.

“Through our recovery efforts, we had traced monies to houses built by lecturers with the public fund; there are cases of cars purchased with the money, without any research work done. And these are the people who would be accusing politicians of being corrupt.”

He also accused many of the institutions of committing worse crimes.

He said TETFund’s new policy engagement, introduction of strict conditions, and the process towards recovering public funds misappropriated by both the individual lecturers and institutions, will help to reduce malfeasance across various campuses.

More funds, less applicants

Meanwhile, the agency has further accused the institutions and their lecturers of not accessing huge funds available at the organisation for research activities and development of innovative programmes.

According to Mr Bakari, the agency is shifting its focus from infrastructural development of the higher institutions to content development.

He said globally, high-flying academic institutions are no longer known to occupy large space but are recognised with their innovative ideas, rich content and advancements in technology.

However, he lamented that as much as the agency is trying to democratise access to its large pool of resources, “lecturers and their institutions are not coming forward to access the funds.”

“Today, we have decided to shift our focus and we have opened more doors of opportunities for both the lecturers and their institutions to attract funds to showcase their expertise. But what do we see? No one is coming for the funds.

“For instance, as at 2019, out of 220 public tertiary institutions that are eligible to access our funds for journal publications, only 26 applied. We now also have financial interventions in the areas of manuscript development, ICT development, basic research fund, national research fund, advocacy, among others.”

‘Paradigm shift’

Major facilitators at the conference, including Nigeria-born Ibrahim Katampe of the Centre for Excellence in Emerging Technologies at the Central State University, USA; Olufemi Bamiro, former vice-chancellor of University of Ibadan, among others, said they have keyed into TETFund’s new vision.

Speaking with PREMIUM TIMES on the sidelines of the opening programme at the conference, Mr Katampe, a professor, said no nation develops above the quality of her researchers.

He said for Nigeria to reclaim her lost glory and combat the socio-economic and political challenges including insecurity, poverty, hunger and diseases, quality researches that are demand-driven must be constantly carried out by the country’s academics

“Things must change back home. Our experiences have shown that holding a serious workshop like this in Nigeria will only be counterproductive. Apart from distractions, absenteeism and nonchalance on the part of participants that we may encounter, real-time facilities for demonstrations are also not available back home.

“But now that TETFund is changing its focus from building constructions to content development, we want to believe it is time for positive change in the areas of research and development in our tertiary institutions. We are committed to this because we have got no other home apart from Nigeria, and no foreigners would fix our problems for us.”

https://www.premiumtimesng.com/news/headlines/376800-nigerian-lecturers-spend-research-grants-on-cars-houses-tetfund.html

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Re: Nigerian Lecturers Spend Tetfund Research Grants On Cars, Houses – Tetfund by HigherEd: 8:11am On Feb 12
Corruption is a culture in Nigeria. No wonder world bank boycotted Public varsities and funded Redeemers, why IMF boycotted public schools and funded Covenant

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Re: Nigerian Lecturers Spend Tetfund Research Grants On Cars, Houses – Tetfund by ContractKiller: 8:11am On Feb 12
They also spend it in the cold room.

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Re: Nigerian Lecturers Spend Tetfund Research Grants On Cars, Houses – Tetfund by Nukilia: 8:12am On Feb 12
Na today... grin grin grin

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Re: Nigerian Lecturers Spend Tetfund Research Grants On Cars, Houses – Tetfund by Adejoncy01(m): 8:16am On Feb 12
... and you still wonder why there's no technological development in the country when the University community that should pioneer it is made up of deluded minds ?

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Re: Nigerian Lecturers Spend Tetfund Research Grants On Cars, Houses – Tetfund by HitSong: 8:21am On Feb 12
Old news.

It's a normal practice.


The most common is using it to travel about to attend useless and irrelevant so-called conferences and workshops.

Yet, no developments anywhere. ALL THEIR USELESS RESEARCHES USUALLY END UP DEAD ON THE SHELVES.

USELESS people.

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Re: Nigerian Lecturers Spend Tetfund Research Grants On Cars, Houses – Tetfund by Nbote(m): 8:42am On Feb 12
Research grant in dis country is jus a waste of money and time.. Their scheme of work and handouts are evident to how lazy most of dem are..

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Re: Nigerian Lecturers Spend Tetfund Research Grants On Cars, Houses – Tetfund by 24kmagic(m): 8:53am On Feb 12
Before nkor?

Who no like better thing?

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Re: Nigerian Lecturers Spend Tetfund Research Grants On Cars, Houses – Tetfund by edoairways: 8:53am On Feb 12
Yet these lecturers are adamant to join ippsis

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Re: Nigerian Lecturers Spend Tetfund Research Grants On Cars, Houses – Tetfund by AmazingELixir: 8:54am On Feb 12
undecided


This buhari sef....what a disaster

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Re: Nigerian Lecturers Spend Tetfund Research Grants On Cars, Houses – Tetfund by MrStan11(m): 8:54am On Feb 12
Lol.


Tetfund ko, research ni.





Private institutions or missionary institutions is only where research grant works here.

Give public institutions money at your own peril.

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Re: Nigerian Lecturers Spend Tetfund Research Grants On Cars, Houses – Tetfund by ademidedavid(m): 8:55am On Feb 12
What do we expect, someone that has been working for years without the financial capability to buy a bicycle and on getting the grant, the share holders have collected their own share out of the fund to flex......so suffferness is meant for some set of us abi?

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Re: Nigerian Lecturers Spend Tetfund Research Grants On Cars, Houses – Tetfund by Holamilekan97(m): 8:55am On Feb 12
Radarada grin grin
Re: Nigerian Lecturers Spend Tetfund Research Grants On Cars, Houses – Tetfund by Bacteriologist(m): 8:55am On Feb 12
We deserve ourselves in Nigeria. The average Nigerian is selfish, corrupt and greedy by default.

Wickedness and hypocrisy runs in our blood. Everyone wants to point fingers but they are even more guilty of the things they accuse the government of.

Is it the government that forced public servants in lecturers to spend money meant for development?

Nigerians are the bigger problem, and are actually why nigeria may never get better.

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Re: Nigerian Lecturers Spend Tetfund Research Grants On Cars, Houses – Tetfund by nonxo007(m): 8:55am On Feb 12
Shouldn't the spending of these funds be monitored to ascertain if the researcher is actually using the grant for its purpose?

On a second note it could be that he was researching the pros and cons of enjoyment.

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Re: Nigerian Lecturers Spend Tetfund Research Grants On Cars, Houses – Tetfund by Humphrizy(m): 8:55am On Feb 12
The number of wayo people wey dey inside dx country too much...na Dem the slowpoke the growth of this country

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Re: Nigerian Lecturers Spend Tetfund Research Grants On Cars, Houses – Tetfund by Factfinder1(m): 8:55am On Feb 12
Its not something new

No wonder we are still taught 1975 stuffs in our Nigerian higher institutions

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Re: Nigerian Lecturers Spend Tetfund Research Grants On Cars, Houses – Tetfund by Passionate888: 8:56am On Feb 12
Plus trips outside Nigeria
Re: Nigerian Lecturers Spend Tetfund Research Grants On Cars, Houses – Tetfund by kennyz247(m): 8:56am On Feb 12
Corruption will always abound as long as d grandmaster of corruption is d captain of the ship....
Ds conty called Nigeria is deaded walahi

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Re: Nigerian Lecturers Spend Tetfund Research Grants On Cars, Houses – Tetfund by seunlayi(m): 8:56am On Feb 12
After-all, the report of previous research are not bn used and are mostly abandoned. If they have bn using the money to develop some community projects I would agree with them rather than on selfish personal needs

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Re: Nigerian Lecturers Spend Tetfund Research Grants On Cars, Houses – Tetfund by dynicks(m): 8:56am On Feb 12
Naija ND corruption be like " hold onto me bro....ND watch me never let you go"...

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Re: Nigerian Lecturers Spend Tetfund Research Grants On Cars, Houses – Tetfund by Mistaicey2288(m): 8:56am On Feb 12
SMH! Corruption can never end in this country.. It's really inbuilt in our people. Everywhere one gies to in this country, some sort of corrupt practices are carried out there no matter how little.. It's in Nigeria you'll see individuals using their positions and posts to oppress people under them no matter how low or high the post is..

A security guard asking for bribe from Visitors before opening gate, lecturers asking for bribe to lass students, road officials taking bribes from drivers etc etc.. Who do hs this kind thin for Africa especially Nigeria?

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Re: Nigerian Lecturers Spend Tetfund Research Grants On Cars, Houses – Tetfund by NigeriaBam: 8:57am On Feb 12
cryIts not something New. Even PhD, Master's And Undergraduate Research is useless. After three or four Years research it will later end up in dustbin. Research without Result. Research without practice.




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Re: Nigerian Lecturers Spend Tetfund Research Grants On Cars, Houses – Tetfund by Flexherbal(m): 8:57am On Feb 12
This is coming days after an allegation of personnel budget inflation levelled against some academic and healthcare institutions including the University of Ibadan, by the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), was made public.

Corruption at all levels!
Re: Nigerian Lecturers Spend Tetfund Research Grants On Cars, Houses – Tetfund by Ayoswit(f): 8:57am On Feb 12
Corruption everywhere undecided
Re: Nigerian Lecturers Spend Tetfund Research Grants On Cars, Houses – Tetfund by osamz007: 8:58am On Feb 12
If na me be those lecturers I will do more.. I can't be using the money for educational purposes and my people are suffering. Jaiye..

Those tetfund people too dey chop from the money

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Re: Nigerian Lecturers Spend Tetfund Research Grants On Cars, Houses – Tetfund by BlackfireX: 8:58am On Feb 12
So??
Re: Nigerian Lecturers Spend Tetfund Research Grants On Cars, Houses – Tetfund by Offpoint: 8:58am On Feb 12
An average Nigerian cares about nothing but himself/herself... The nation is going nowhere, too many fücked-up citizens.


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