Professor Suleiman Bogoro: Executive Secretary TETFund (2014 – 2016, 2019 -2022)

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Professor Suleiman Bogoro is an academic, respected intellectual, highly skilled technocrat, and prolific researcher who is the immediate past Executive Secretary of the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND).

Professor Suleiman Elias Bogoro obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Agriculture in 1981 from the University of Maiduguri, a Master Degree in Animal Science from ABU, Zaria in 1988 and a Ph.D. in Animal Science at the Federal University of Technology, now Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University (ATBU) Bauchi in 1997.

Professor Suleiman Bogoro: Executive Secretary Tetfund (2014 - 2016, 2019 -2022)
Professor Suleiman Bogoro

He was elevated to the rank of Professor of Animal Science (specializing in Biochemistry and Ruminant Nutrition) in 2003.

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Professor Suleiman Bogoro, was a lecturer with the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University (ATBU) until he was first appointed as the Executive Secretary of TETFund in April 2014 and served until February 2016 when he was sacked by President Mohammed Buhari. He was subsequently reinstated in January 2019 serving till 2022.

In the initial part of his first tenure as the Executive Secretary of TETFUND, his interest in research and development (R&D) led to the creation of the Department of Research and Development (R and D) at the TETFUND.

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Professor Suleiman Bogoro is a leader on the pioneer Council of the Think Tank for Translating Research to Innovations, Strategies, Evidence for Policy and National Development created by the University of Ibadan Research Foundation.

He is among the Senior and accomplished leaders providing oversight as members of the Council for the National Think Tank for Translating Research to Innovations, Strategies, and Evidence for Policies in Nigeria.

Professor Suleiman Bogoro believes that research should not be undertaken for the sake of it. He is of the strongest belief that the era of research which gives certificates, bachelor’s, master’s and PhDs to students is already gone.

“We do research to address problems at the level of senior professors. But the emphasis should be on problem-solving research.  It is the problem-solving research that is synonymous with R&D, which is what I am emphasizing. They said I have done so commendably across Nigeria and in the minds of Nigerians.”

According to him, the right way for Nigeria to improve its rating and ranking of her universities is through research, which must be problem-solving.

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Professor Suleiman Bogoro has been described as a silent achiever and one who has matched words with actions since he resumed the leadership of TETFUND. During his time in office, there was a significant turnaround in the fortunes and operations of TETFUND in the sense that transparency and accountability become the watchwords. 

He has won multiple awards in the course of his research works and role as Executive Secretary of the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND).

Earlier in 2020, he received two prominent awards from two prominent media houses – Leadership newspapers and Business Day. The Leadership Newspapers awarded him the ‘Public Service Person of The Year.’ while the “Excellence in Public Service” award was given to him by Business Day newspapers. 

The Bauchi State-born professor was also bestowed with an Award of Excellence by the Nigerian Society for Animal Production (NSAP) during the 45th Annual Conference of the body in Bauchi.

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He is a prolific researcher, with numerous publications in international and local journals, whose versatility has also been projected through his consultancy on and management of international, national and regional projects supported by the World Bank, UNDP, USAID, DFID, IPCR, OSIWA, NDI, FHI, NACA, and IFES.

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