States fail to access UBEC funds since 2015
The Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, has disclosed that some states of the federation have not accessed their funds from the Universal Basic Education Commission, UBEC, since 2015, to enable them carry out the development of primary and secondary schools.
Adamu, who spoke while receiving Niger State Governor, Abubakar Sani Bello, to his office in Abuja recently, charged state governments to pay their counterpart funds to qualify them to access the funds earlier allocated by the federal government through UBEC.
A statement by the Director of Press, Ministry of Education, Mrs Pricilla Ihuoma, said the minister further stated that the un-accessed funds could have helped the to improve basic education delivery in the states.
He stressed the need for solid foundation to be developed at basic education level if the system must be right at all other levels, while assuring of Federal Government’s commitment to work with the states in the areas of teacher development and Technical/Vocational Studies.
Speaking further, the minister rated Niger State high in terms of promoting technical education, and commended the State Government for its giant strides in that direction
Adamu directed the Executive Secretary of Universal Basic Education, Dr. Hamid Bobboyi to consider possible assistance to Niger state to develop the three special teacher training institutes spread across the state; as well as the plans to re-train teachers in the state rather than contemplating sack which can worsen unemployment situation in the country.
Earlier, Governor Bello briefed the minister on the deplorable condition of the education sector which he inherited, stressing that the situation was so terrible in terms of infrastructure and teacher quality.
He said his administration has started fixing the infrastructural deficit including providing more classrooms and students’ hostels.
According to him, the aim of his visit was to solicit assistance of the Minister towards achieving the objective of strengthening the specialized teacher institutes to train fresh teachers, as well as building capacity of existing teachers instead of sacking the non-capable ones.