The Governor of Katsina State, Dikko Radda, has solicited the assistance of the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) to address the security challenges facing the state’s tertiary institutions.
He made this appeal on Monday during a working visit to the TETFund headquarters in Abuja, where he met with the Executive Secretary, Sonny Echono.
Radda lamented that many students had been abducted by bandits in the state, which posed a serious threat to the safety and learning of the students.
He said the state needed more security infrastructure and equipment to protect the schools and ensure a conducive environment for education.
He also expressed appreciation to the Federal Government for the interventions of TETFund in the state’s tertiary institutions, saying they would not have survived without them.
He stated, “We need to appreciate the Federal Government for these interventions. What could our institutions be without you?
“The states are struggling, the country is struggling in terms of economic hardship, depreciation of naira, high foodstuffs, effect on removal of Subsidy.
“The northern parts are struggling with insecurity. The resources we receive will not be adequate to address the challenges in the state so TETFund is a place we can come to for support.
“We are having the threat of insecurity and a lot of students have been kidnapped, so we need a lot of security in the institutions to make students learn in a conducive environment.”
Echono, in his response, assured the governor that TETFund would support the state in tackling the insecurity problem, which he described as a national issue affecting not only education but other sectors. He said TETFund had already prioritised Katsina and other trouble spots in its security intervention.