From Fred Ezeh, Abuja

The Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) said on Friday, that it has uncovered new plots by certain unnamed individuals and groups to malign its leadership and disrupt its activities over its firm determination not to succumb to frivolous requests which are grossly in violation of the Agency’s mandate.

Executive Secretary of the Fund, Sonny Echono, in a statement released in Abuja, claimed that individuals and groups have resorted to carrying out demonstrations and writing of frivolous petitions against the leadership of the Fund over his continued stand not to compromise official activities.

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TETFund’s Acting Director of Public Affairs, Abdulmumin Oniyangi, who signed the statement noted that while the schemes of the individuals and groups are not unexpected, as they have become almost traditional, it is important to call the attention of all stakeholders and the public to avoid attendant distractions that may arise.

The statement noted: “The management of TETFund is in cognizant of the increasing confidence being reposed on the Fund by critical stakeholders and indeed the 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. 

“The Executive Secretary and his team would continue to focus on the needs of the Fund’s beneficiary institutions as 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 public that TETFund is being run with a deep sense of responsibility, and 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.”