Around 21 February 2017, we learnt of the approval by President Muhammadu Buhari for the disbursement of over NGN 213 billion intervention fund to public tertiary education institutions. The stated amount was budgeted in 2016 to be released and utilized in 2017. From the aforementioned amount, each Federal University gets NGN 1.009 billion. We started following up on the receipt of the fund by the institutions, requesting access to the project proposals of the universities and providing oversight over the implementation of the intervention:

FOI written to the Executive Secretary of TETFUND

29 March 2017: We wrote a Freedom of Information Request to the Executive Secretary of TETFUND asking:

  1. For the list of federal universities that have met the conditions to be given their own share ( NGN 1.009 billion) from the NGN 213 billion.
  2. If any of the 40 federal universities received the first batch of the NGN 1.009 billion disbursement? If they have, how much was released to them? If they have not, when will the funds be released to them?
  3. If there was a project proposal provided by the federal universities to access the fund?

Find the request here.

A follow-up written to the Executive Secretary of TETFUND

18 April 2017: Having not heard from the Executive Secretary of TetFund over our 29 March FOIA request, on 18 April, we sent a follow up in that regard, find here.

FOI written to 12 Federal Universities

17 May 2017: Having not still heard from the Executive Secretary of TetFund over our 18 April FOIA request, on 17 May, we wrote to the management of 12 Universities asking:

  • If they have received the first tranche of the NGN 1.009 billion disbursement and If YES, how much was received?
  • For a copy of the project proposal provided to TETFUND by the universities to be eligible for the fund.

Find the requests here.

The universities are:

  • University of Lagos
  • University of Ibadan
  • Ahmadu Bello University Zaria
  • Bayero University Kano
  • University of Nigeria
  • Federal University of Technology Owerri
  • University of Port Harcourt
  • University of Uyo
  • University of Abuja
  • Federal University of Technology Minna
  • Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Bauchi
  • University of Jos

Courtesy Call on the ES of TETFUND on information sharing

                              Group photo after the meeting

2 August 2017: We paid a courtesy call on the ES of TETFUND for information sharing on the ongoing implementation of the NGN 213 billion 2016 Annual Intervention to tertiary institutions. The was also for BRW to share its experiences so far in tracking the fund’s usage. Read more.

Federal University Dutsin-Ma Katsina State shares their project proposal

24 August 2017: Federal University Dutsin-Ma, Katsina State has provided us with their merged 2014/15/16 project proposal for TETFUND Interventions utilization. We will follow up for an expanded version of the proposal while asking critical questions on the implementation status & ground-truthing.

Federal University Birnin Kebbi provides their project proposal

29 August 2017: The Federal University Birnin Kebbi has provided their project proposal for the NGN 1.009 billion implementation and stating they had only received NGN 65m for staff training & NGN16m for research projects from its NGN1bn TETFUND 2016 Intervention. Hang on for consequent correspondences and action.

Info-sharing meet with personnel from UNIBEN Legal & Public Relations Depts

                             Our lead at the centre with personnel from UNIBEN

27 September 2017: Our lead, Austin Ekwujuru had an info-sharing meet with personnel from UNIBEN Legal & Public Relations Depts over providing effective oversight on their spending, specifically the implementation of their 2016 Tetfund Intervention [NGN 1.009b]. They promised to provide upon return to their base, their project proposal for implementing the 1.009b, details of contract awards & BoQs.

FOI written to 34 Public State Universities

16 October 2017: We wrote to all the 34 public state universities asking if they have received the first tranche of the NGN 1.009 billion and requesting for their project proposals.

TV show on corruption & #opengov in Nigerian Universities

26 October 2017: Our Lead, Austin Ekwujuru was on @wazobiatvng (GOTV 98, Startimes 195) discussing corruption & #opengov in Nigerian Universities.

Umaru Musa Yar’adua University Katsina shares their project proposal

November 2017: Following our FOI letter dated 16 October, the university has provided their project proposal stating they have not received the first tranche of the NGN 1.009 billion disbursement. Hang on!

Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University shares their project proposal

2 November 2017: Following our FOI letter dated 16 October, the university has provided their project proposal stating they have not received the first tranche of the NGN 1.009 billion disbursement. Hang on for the analytics on this.

Nasarawa State University shares their project proposal

14 November 2017: Following the 16 October FOI letter to Nasarawa State University, the institution has shared its project proposal and confirmed they have not received the NGN 1.009 billion intervention. We will closely follow up with the tender process and track implementation.

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