The Common Primary Schooling Fee (UBEC) says N41.06 billion matching grant in its coffers has remained un-accessed by the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory as at 8 March 2021.
Govt Secretary of UBEC, Dr Hamid Bobboyi, made this recognized throughout an oversight go to to the Fee by the Senate Committee on Primary and Secondary Schooling on Thursday in Abuja.
He mentioned about N143 billion matching grant was accessed by states and FCT from 2017 to 2020, out of the N184.8 billion that was made out there by the Fee.
Whereas saying that no state has accessed the 2020 matching grant, Bobboyi mentioned solely Ogun State was but to entry its 2018 allocations whereas 10 states haven’t additionally taken supply of their 2019 grants as of 8 March 2020.
He listed the states to incorporate Kebbi, Niger, Ogun, Enugu, Anambra, Ebonyi, Imo, Edo, Abia and Lagos however added that Abia, Lagos and Kebbi had in just a few days lodged their funds.
Bobboyi, who lamented the a number of challenges bedevilling the fundamental schooling sector, mentioned UBEC was appropriated 29.7 billion within the 2020 price range for capital initiatives with N1.3 billion for Federal Trainer Scheme; Constituency Zonal Intervention Tasks (ZIP) – N2.8 billion and Constituency initiatives (Capital) – N25. 6 billion.
He, nevertheless, mentioned solely N29. 75 billion (99.2percent) was launched to the Fee as at December 2020.
Bobboyi mentioned with the capital releases, the Fee awarded contracts to the tune of N27.5 billion for two,895 constituency initiatives throughout the nation, including that 939 of such initiatives have been accomplished whereas 1,956 are ongoing.
He mentioned the initiatives reduce throughout classroom building, classroom renovation and provides of schooling gadgets.
The UBEC boss mentioned, “30 states and FCT have applied 2018 (matching grant initiatives), six states particularly; Anambra, Imo, Kaduna, Kwara, Ogun and Plateau are but to implement, eight states have applied 2019 matching grants initiatives, 28 states and FCT are but to implement. In 2020, no state applied the matching grants initiatives.”
Earlier, the appearing Chairman of the Senate Committee on Primary and Secondary Schooling, Senator Akon Eyakenyi, mentioned the staff was at UBEC to evaluate its actions in step with the mandate of the Senate.
“UBEC is a significant company underneath this Committee as a result of the inspiration of schooling begins with UBEC. If we miss it at that stage will probably be troublesome to get it proper,” the Akwa-Ibom’s born Senator mentioned.
On his half, a member of the committee and former Governor of Imo State, Senator Rochas Okorocha, described as” a humiliation the 13.4 million out-of-school youngsters within the nation.”
He known as for the institution of emergency faculties within the northern components of the nation to deal with the issue.
Additionally talking, former governor of Nasarawa State, Senator Umaru Al-makura known as on UBEC to determine particular faculties in all of the states within the nation.