Executive Secretary of the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund), Professor Elias Bogoro on Thursday in Abuja disclosed that N4.9 billion has been approved to address the paucity of indigenous tertiary textbooks and other academic publications in the nation’s higher education sector.
Bogoro made this known at the inauguration of the Technical Advisory Group (TAG) on Book Development Fund.
According to him, 2.5 billion has been utilised for the intended purpose but he lamented that the insufficiency of standard literature at the tertiary level in all libraries and bookshop across the country 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,” he said.
He noted that the Book Development Fund Intervention was introduced to restore the culture of research and high-quality academic publishing in higher education sub-sector.