According to a statement made by the Executive Secretary, Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND), Prof. Suleiman Bogoro, 28 Nigerian universities were ranked among the best tertiary institutions in Africa.
Prof. Bogoro made this assertion at an interactive session with members of the Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and the media, organized by Partners for Electoral Reforms (PER) in Abuja.
He also hinted that TETFUND had made huge investment over the last four years in tertiary institutions across the country. He added that “four to five years ago, no Nigerian university was ranked among the top 100 in Africa, but today, we have 28 Nigerian Universities among the best in the continent”.
“I thank God that even the National Universities Commission (NUC) credit TETFUND for that progression.’’ According to him, TETFUND has established Department of Research and Development with a view to encouraging partnership in research and industries in the country.
Bogoro said “I am happy to work with staff that believe that education is the best avenue through which we can make Nigeria rise to more competitive level in the international community.’’ He, however, urged CSOs to continue to push for electoral reform, noting that “if we get the electoral process correct, it is likely to move Nigeria forward and deepen our democracy.’’
According to him, a lot of reforms have taken place between 2011 and 2015 which indicates that the country’s electoral system has improved. He commended the convener of the interactive session for providing a platform that would assist in deepening democracy and the electoral process in the country.