Only 16 states accessed 2023 UBEC grant, says ES


BY NEWS DESK, JULY 10, 2024 | 07:00 PM

The Universal Basic Education Commission, UBEC, has said that only 16 states have so far accessed the 2023 matching grant, representing 41 per cent of the appropriated N51.6billion.

The Executive Secretary, UBEC, Hamid Bobboyi, made this known during an oversight function of the House Committee on Basic Education and Services to the commission in Abuja on Wednesday.

Mr Bobboyi said that out of the N51. 6billion appropriated for matching grants in 2023, only N21billion was accessed by the 16 states as at June 30.

The 16 states, he said, are lBenue, Borno, Cross River, Delta, Enugu, Jigawa, Kano, Kwara, Nasarawa Niger, Ondo, Osun, Rivers, Sokoto, Taraba and Zamfara.

“Out of N103.2 billion appropriated amount for 2023, being two per cent of Consolidated Revenue Fund (CRF), the sum of N55 billion was utilised.

“This is being total expenditure under UBE implementation, matching grant, educational imbalance, special education and monitoring and programmes funds as at June 30, 2024.

“Thus showing 54 per cent utilisation.

“For the 2023 matching grant disbursement status, the sum of N21 billion was accessed by 16 states out of N51.6 billion appropriated, representing 41 per cent as at June 30,” he said.

Also speaking, the chairman of the committee , Rep. Mark Usani, said the oversight function was necessary to see how basic education has fared in the last one year.

Mr Usani said the committee needs to know the areas of interventions the commission would be required to enhance quality basic education in the country.

“In our drive toward ensuring every Nigerian child is back to school and able to learn, we have high expectations from UBEC over the year.

“If the federal government has not established UBEC, you can only imagine what will become of basic education in the country,” he said.

Mr Usani however said that the committee would review the UBEC act so that basic education challenges and unaccessed funds would be addressed.

“The issue of unaccessed funds is something we are talking steps to make sure we overcome it and I want to assure you that by the time the process of amending the UBEC act is on we will definitely achieve the challenge of unaccessed funds.

“The challenge of unavailability of teachers also is beyond what we can achieve at this level. UBEC does not recruit teachers for LEA, it is the responsibility of states and local governments.

“What UBEC does is intervention to check the quality of teachers and make them up to date, we are going to engage state actors to make sure that we call attention to these serious problems,” he said.

“Nigerians knows that this intervention agency must pay pivotal role in the education of our children and everybody need to know how far you fared.

“What are the challenges you are having, we need to ensure you do what you are meant to do.

“We must work very hard to change the tide of basic education,” he said.


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