UBEC N380bn Fund: 20% yet unaccessed – Executive Secretary

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*Stakeholders should takeover basic primary education funding– NUT
*Admission seekers for education after failure- Prof. Osarenren

By Dayo Adesulu

Executive Secretary, Universal Basic Education Commission, UBEC, Dr. Hammid Bobboyi, has disclosed that Federal Government statutorily released more than three hundred and eighty billion naira (N380bn) as the FGN-Universal Basic Education grant as at 31st October 2017.

This was contained in his speech delivered at the 2017 Annual National Education Summit organised by Education Writers’ Association of Nigeria, tagged, “Whither Basic Education in Nigeria”.

Bobboyi however, stated that a total of N303, 933, 462 representing 80 per cent of the funds had been disbursed to 36 states and Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, leaving a balance 20 per cent unaccessed.

He said the Commission had always ensured that the money disbursed was well utilized through rigorous monitoring.

Speaking on challenges faced by the Commission, Bobboyi lamented that some states were exhibiting non-challant attitude towards basic education, adding they needed to buckle up.

He also added that the Commission were faced with challenges posed by over 10.5 million out of school children and youths including the Almajiri and children with special needs and getting them into basic education schools.

Other challenges mentioned include: low level of budgetary allocation to basic education at State and local government levels, low quality and inadequacy of teaching staff amongst others.

The Executive Director urged parents and guidance not to neglect or take proper education of their children for granted.

In his conclusion, Dr. Hammid Bobboyi, said that education for all is the responsibility of all. “Therefore, we must rise up to the occasion to recommend and institute positive turnaround strategies that will improve the basic education sub-sector.

Meanwhile, at the summit, stakeholders in Basic Education have been urged to come together to fund education in the primary school level in order to make it work.

National Chairman, Nigerian Union of Teachers, Micheal Alogba who was represented by the Union’s deputy chairman in Lagos, Adedoyin Adeshina, said education was the bedrock of learning.

He also said the funding of basic primary education should be taken over from local government by stakeholders to accelerate national development.

Speaking earlier, Former Edo State Commissioner for Education, Professor Ngozi Osarenren, commended the association’s members for coming up with the programme saying the theme was apt at this point in time.

She said until stakeholders decided to give children the best education standard, the country would not be able to meet up with global practices.

According to her, admission seekers jumped into studying education because they could not meet up with cut-off marks of the initial course they want to study.

However, the Profesor said that mass failure in Mathematics is a result of teachers skipping some topics in the subject because they don’t know it.

“You cannot give what you don’t have. Teachers that are not versatile enough cannot teach our children”, she added.

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