Grace Obike, Abuja

Anambra, Enugu, Kwara and Plateau states topped the listing of states that didn’t entry over N66.eight billion from the Common Primary Schooling (UBE) Fund since 2017.

YouthHubAfrica reviews the 4 states mixed have been the one states but to entry UBE Funds since 2017 with over N4.06 billion in Schooling funds domiciled with the UBE Fee.

Government director YouthHubAfrica, Rotimi Olawale, who made this recognized in a press release, defined that the revelation follows the evaluation of the response from the Common Primary Schooling Fee (UBEC) to a Freedom of Info (FOI) request stuffed by the organisation.

He acknowledged: “Following the evaluation of the response from the Common Primary Schooling Fee (UBEC) to a Freedom of Info (FOI) request filed by YouthHubAfrica in March 2020, it was found that Anambra, Enugu, Kwara, and Plateau topped the listing of states which have didn’t entry over 66.eight billion Naira from the Common Primary Schooling (UBE) Fund for over three years — from 2017 until date.

“These 4 states mixed have been the one states but to entry UBE Funds of 2017 with over 4.06 billion Naira in Schooling funds domiciled with the Common Primary Schooling Fee.

“Within the response from the Common Primary Schooling Fee, solely Osun and Jigawa have accessed UBE Funds of 2019, leaving 34 states together with FCT with a complete of 53.19 billion Naira unaccessed funds. The UBEC Fund is supplied by the Federal authorities whereby states are required to supply 50% counterpart funding with a purpose to entry the matching grants.

“As a civil society group, it has grow to be essential to demand speedy motion from involved state governors in accessing grants disbursed to their varied states for the good thing about enhancing the standard of fundamental schooling in Nigeria as a complete. It is very important word that this has grow to be a recurring downside with states unable to entry UBE funds meant to help schooling of their states. This speaks to institutional challenges in the best way the UBE funds is at present structured”

Olawale instructed that, “The Nationwide meeting via its committee on schooling to name for a public listening to on the standing of the state of UBE Grant disbursement from 2005 until date and the pressing want for reforms with a purpose to discover modern methods to unlock these sources for the good thing about the Nigerian baby.

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“The Authorities of Anambra, Enugu, Kwara, and Plateau to take speedy and pressing motion to entry its untouched UBE funds from 2017 until date. It will assist enhance the standard of schooling of their respective states, notably within the gentle of the impression of COVID-19 on schooling nationally.

“The Nigerian Governors Discussion board to prepare a peer assessment on the UBE matching grant to proffer concrete concepts for reforms of the UBE Funds

“It’s now not tenable {that a} nation with one of many highest variety of out-of-school youngsters on the earth can have over 66.eight billion Naira in untapped schooling sources. Because the nation prepares to re-open colleges within the gentle of COVID-19, it’s crucial that State Governments mobilize all accessible sources to make sure that no baby is left behind and all youngsters are protected, even of their studying atmosphere.”

 

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