UBEC mulls specialised school facilities for children with disabilities
The Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) has said plans are underway to ensure all the needs of children with disabilities are considered in the construction of schools facilities across the country.' The Executive Secretary of UBEC, Hamid Bobboyi, disclosed this while meeting with the delegation from the National Commission for People with Disabilities (NCPND), led…
UBEC decries slow pace of accessing N41bn funds by states
The Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) has disclosed that about N41.06 billion matching grant has remained unaccessed by the 36 states and Federal Capital Territory.
Fayemi calls for improved school monitoring
Gov. Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti has urged the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) and the Federal Ministry of Education (FME) to improve the mechanism for school monitoring and evaluation of projects. He said this would promote quality education in the country. The governor made the statement when the Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Basic Education, Prof Julius Ihonvbere, led other members on a courtesy visit to him on Saturday in Ado Ekiti. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the committee, as part of its oversight functions, was in the state to inspect basic schools and ensure that funds released by the Federal Government for execution of projects were judiciously utilised. The governor also informed the committee on the need for the Federal Government to suspend counterpart funding as part of the basic requirements for states to access Federal Government’s UBEC funding. Fayemi lamented that the backlogs of funds domiciled in the UBEC account was a function of the inability of some states to raise counterpart funds to access it. He added that the process, if successful, would enable states to take more accelerated actions that would substantially improve the condition of schools and the quality of learning received by scholars. Fayemi said: “It is necessary to step down counterpart funding in order for states to access the money that is just sitting there and the president has agreed with us. “That would enable states to take more accelerated actions on schools but it will now be more of a programme for results arrangement rather than counterpart funding arrangement. “I know how important this Committee is. I want to plead with you to really continue to impress it on the UBEC and the FME to pay more attention to the quality of education and to the monitoring and evaluation exercise.” He stressed the need to get school environment safe and secure, noting that it was the responsibility of government to ensure that the security of schools went beyond the traditional measure of installing perimeter fencing. He said schools would need to adopt more effective measures that would guarantee safety of student, particularly at a time the country was faced with security challenges. The governor, as requested by the committee, promised to lend his voice to campaign against out-of-school children. He explained how his administration in two years had been able to improve students’ enrollment in both basic and secondary schools through free and compulsory education and the enactment of the Child Rights Act. The Act prohibits school age children from being on the street during school hours, without genuine reasons. Earlier in his remarks, Ihonvbere said the committee was in Ekiti as part of its constitutional responsibility to assess the extent to which states have utilised the Federal Government UBEC grants. He commended the Fayemi administration for injecting passion and commitment to repositioning and refocusing basic education in the state, as against what it was during the previous administration. He said: “Giving that we are very conversant with the distorted legacy inherited by the governor in the area of basic education, we are satisfied that there is passion, there is commitment, there is focus, there is burning desire to protect our children and ensure they get the best in basic education.”
UBEC: Fayemi calls for removal of counterpart funding
Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi has urged the Federal Government to remove counterpart funding, as part of basic requirements for states to access Federal Government funding of Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC).
SERAP urges recovery of alleged missing funds in UBEC, SUBEBs
Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to order probe of allegations of corruption in the Universal Basic Education Commission...
Ekiti pays N7.3b counterpart fund for UBEC projects
EKITI State Government, yesterday, disclosed that it has paid N7.3b counterpart fund to the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) projects in public primary and secondary schools in the last two years. Chairman of the Ekiti State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Prof. Femi Akinwumi, stated this in Ado-Ekiti, while briefing reporters on the activities of…
Court orders Delta government, UBEC to account for education funds
Justice Rilwan Aikawa of the Federal High Court, Ikoyi, Lagos has granted the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) reguest to compel Delta State, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa and Universal Basic Education Commission...
Group calls for increase in education funding
A non-governmental organisation, Human Development Initiatives (HDI) has enjoined government at all levels to devote more percentage of their annual budgetary allocations to education, in order to increase the pace of development in the country. Speaking at a sensitisation programme for education stakeholders in Ojo Local government area of the state, the HDI Program Officer,…
Rains of tributes, encomiums for Anezi Okoro at 91
Enugu’s literary circle stood still on Sunday night for the author of One week, One trouble, Prof Anezionwu Okoro, as he turned 91 years old.
COVID-19 and exigency of online learning
The global lockdown over the coronavirus pandemic has affected virtually all spheres of life to the extent that most nations are putting on their thinking caps to decide