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The Kogi State Governor, Ahmed Ododo has called for improvement in funding for education to accelerate human capital development in the country.

The Governor made the call when he paid a courtesy visit to the Executive Secretary, Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND), Sonny Echono in Abuja on Thursday.

Ododo, who expressed gratitude for the intervention by TETFUND in tertiary institutions in Kogi state called on the executive secretary to assist the state with access to improved funding for high impact projects in tertiary educational institutions.

“I commend TETFUND for the impact in the development of tertiary education in Kogi State particularly the speedy development of our brand new Kogi State University, Kabba which recently held its maiden matriculation of its first set of over 1,000 students and has fully commenced academic activities.

“I must say that TETFUND has made remarkable impact in supporting higher institutions in Kogi State such as the Prince Abubakar Audu University, Ayingba, Confluence University of Science and Technology, Osara, Kogi State Polytechnic Lokoja, College of Education Ankpa and College of Education (Technical) Kabba.

“We will continue to seek your support for intervention in developing critical infrastructure in our tertiary educational institutions to help in advancing our agenda for accelerated human capital development in the state,” he said.

The Governor also applauded the leadership of TETFUND for the support received by higher educational institutions in the state, noting that the state government was in need of more interventions for its tertiary educational institutions especially under the Special High Impact Intervention Fund by the Fund

Ododo, who restated his administration’s agenda for human capital development in the state emphasised that education remained the most important catalyst for the development of any society.

He, therefore, assured that his administration would promote key priority areas in science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) in all the higher institutions in the state to ensure that no child of school age was left behind in the state.

Responding, the Executive Secretary of TETFund, Sonny Echono commended the governor for his servant leadership approach to governance, describing the governor as a hands-on leader who has put himself forward in the service of the people of the state.

Echono promised that Fund’s commitment to continued support for Kogi State through its interventions in tertiary education.

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