Over 137 Scholars Sponsored Abroad Refused To Return To Nigeria – TETFund Cries Out

TETFund Cries Out

North of 137 scholar supported abroad through Nigeria’s Tertiary Training Trust Asset (TETFund) have apparently departed suddenly as affirmed by Sonny Echono, Chief Secretary of the organization.

Showing up before the place of delegates impromptu advisory group scholars the claimed “misuse” of N2.3 trillion tertiary training charge by TETFund, Echono noticed that the researchers who were supported by TETFund for “advanced education” abroad would not get back to the nation in the wake of finishing their projects.

He further uncovered that TETFund is working with partners for “rigid and successful measures” to be taken against the people who won’t get back to the country for Nigerians to profit from their skill. The TETFund ES added that such people will be compelled to reimburse the cash used on their projects or they will be announced persona non grata.

Echono said;

“Some of the scholars that have been sponsored, unpatriotically when they go, they enjoy our scholarship, acquire a higher degree, then refuse to come back. It has become a major crisis.

“The scholarship requires that you will come back. It is required that you have a guarantor and in many cases, the guarantor has suffered undue hardship because when you disappear, we hold the guarantor to pay all the money expended on your behalf but that has not been effective.

“We believe that in a system where we work with our embassies and the institutions, we can enforce the repayment for those who insist they will not come back.

“We will write to the embassies and they will make it available to those countries and they will not be able to get jobs. They will be seen as fugitives of law from their countries.

“We may have to take that hard stand because the numbers are alarming. We just checked about 40 institutions and over 137 absconders and the review is ongoing.

“It is a huge number that we cannot afford and so we will be seeking your support to strengthen some of the existing regulations to ensure that those who benefit from this programme must come back.

“We are not against people looking for greener pastures but do so on your own, not through our scholarship or our sponsorship.

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