by Paul Osas
The NEEDS Assessment Implementation Committee for public universities has constituted teams to monitor the execution of the first phase of projects on the campuses of the 59 federal and state benefiting universities of the federal government N100bn intervention fund.
The teams were constituted at a meeting which held at the Benue Governor’s Lodge, Asokoro, Abuja.
The committee constituted six monitoring teams for the six geo-political zones with responsibility to monitor project implementation in all the universities within the zones.
The South-south Team will be led by Mrs Sarah Alade (CBN’s Deputy Governor, Economic Policy), representative of CBN while the representative of the NNPC, Dr Dan Efebo will chair the Monitoring Team for the Southwest geo- political zone.
The North-Central team which has Hajia Hindat Abdullahi as chairperson will monitor the projects in the zone. Mr Oluwole Oluleye will chair the monitoring committee for northeast
The Northwest has Mallam Aliyu Na’Iya, Acting Executive Secretary of TETFund as Chairman with Prof. Kimse Okoko, Chairman, Committee of Pro-Chancellors will be chairman of South-east Monitoring Sub-Committee.
The meeting, chaired by Benue State Governor Gabriel Suswam was attended by Minister of State for Education, Nyesom Wike; representatives of the Senate and House of Representatives Committee on Education Senator Atiku Bagudu and Dr Macjohn Nwaobiala, Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education, Executive Secretary, National Universities Commission (NUC), and leaders of industrial unions in the university system (NASU, SSANU and NAATS) with the Acting Executive Secretary of TETFund as Secretary.
Suswam urged the teams to take the assignment seriously. He described the exercise as a call to national service.
The Benue governor appealed to the governing councils of the 59 benefitting universities in the first phase of the intervention programme to expedite action on their procurement processes so that the actual work on the projects will begin in earnest.