The National Council for Women Societies (NCWS) has bestowed on the Executive Secretary of Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund), Professor Suleiman Elias Bogoro a meritorious award for ‘Exemplary Patriotic Services to Nigeria’
The award was presented to him by the National President of the Association, Dr Gloria Laraba Shoda at a ceremony which took place at the Fund’s Headquarters, in Abuja, recently.
In her keynote address, Dr Shoda expressed immense appreciation for the impact of TETFund interventions in the Tertiary Education Sector under the leadership of Professor Bogoro. She declared TETFund a vital agency to National Development and predicted greater achievements for the Fund in years to come.
She stated: “It is not unusual to visit a campus of public tertiary institution and see a row of TETFund buildings constructed to fill in infrastructural gaps in the particular. This bridges any shortfalls and ensures our institutions can accommodate the thousands of students, as well as to meet up with International standards”.
Dr Shoda further appreciated Professor Bogoro for being a renowned researcher and for bringing such expertise to bear in the mandate of TETFund by spearheading the creation of the Department of Research and Development.
According to her, “it means that apart from physical infrastructure, TETFund is also interested in exploring new ways by which our educational institutions can thrive in this 21st Century”.
Responding, the Executive Secretary commended the group for their determination to better the prospects of women, expressing his appreciation for the efforts and contributions of women in both the academic and non-academic sectors of the society.
“I was at the last convocation of the Veritas University, and there is a consistent trend for nearly 2-3 decades at University Convocations, whereby the women have overtaken the men in terms of competitiveness, as the first-class graduates were nearly 80% women”
Professor Bogoro however lamented the fact that many State Governments were yet to ratify several international instruments aimed at granting rights to women and children.
“For some of us from the Northern part of the country, we know that we are grappling with the disturbing tendency of making the women folk at greater disadvantage than the men. That cannot continue for too long because to neglect the role of women is to neglect a segment that is at the least half the population of the community”.
The Executive Secretary reiterated his commitment to observing gender equality within TETFund and all its activities. “When we constituted the TETFund Research and Development Standing Committee, we had about two women that are chairing, or even up to three. We have the current President of the Nigerian Academy of Science, Professor Braide Ekanem. she is chairing one of our Sub-committees. We have Professor Hadiza Galadanchi a professor of Medicine from the Bayero University Kano, and of course we have Professor Lami Lombin, she is deputising in the Health Committee, we have Professor Mrs Gambo Laraba, she is either chairing or deputy chair of one of the sub-committees, and of course she happens to be a Professor of Chemistry. She taught me as an undergraduate”.
“We can go on and on, but there are no excuses to relegate women whether from our homes, in public spaces, in private, or overall, in the society for any reason. So, when women decide to pass a verdict as they have done here today in TETFund, we just want to say thank you very much” he concluded.
While singing and celebrating, the NCWS team decorated Professor Bogoro as a Goodwill Ambassador of Nigerian Women and presented him with a life membership medal in recognition of his transparency, accountability, and infrastructural and capacity development of tertiary institutions.