The Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) has approved N4.9 billion to address the paucity of indigenous tertiary textbooks and other academic publications in higher education institutions across the country.
Prof. Elias Bogoro, Executive Secretary of TETFund, made the disclosure yesterday in Abuja at the inauguration of the Technical Advisory Group (TAG) on Book Development Fund, saying that about N2.5 billion has been utilised for the intended purpose.
The TETFund boss lamented that the insufficiency of standard literature at the tertiary level in all libraries and bookshop across Nigeria underscores the urgent need to have targeted strategies to encourage the production of textbooks for tertiary institutions.
“It is also worrisome that the quality of most academic publications in our country leaves much to be desired,” Bogoro stated.
The ES noted that the Book Development Fund Intervention was introduced to restore the culture of research and high-quality academic publishing in tertiary sub-sector.