36 states, FCT shun N41bn UBEC funds

The 36 states in Nigeria and the Federal Capital Territory have not accessed N41.06 billion matching grant in the coffers of the Universal Basic Education Commission as of March 2021, its Executive Secretary, Dr. Hamid Bobboyi, has said.

According to him, about N143 billion matching grant is accessed by states and FCT from 2017 to 2020, out of the N184.8 billion that was made available by the commission.

Bobboyi stated these during an oversight visit by the Senate Committee on Basic and Secondary Education.

He said no state had accessed the 2020 matching grant, adding that only Ogun State was yet to access its 2018 allocations while 10 states had not also taken delivery of their 2019 grants as of March 8, 2020.

The UBEC CEO listed the states to include Kebbi, Niger, Ogun, Enugu, Anambra, Ebonyi, Imo, Edo, Abia and Lagos, but added that Abia, Lagos and Kebbi had in a few days lodged their payments.

Bobboyi, who lamented the several challenges bedeviling the basic education sector, said UBEC appropriated N29.7 billion in the 2020 budget for capital projects with N1.3 billion for Federal Teacher Scheme; constituency Zonal Intervention Projects  – N2.8 billion and Constituency projects (Capital) – N25.6bn.

He, however, said that only N29.75bn (99.2 per cent) was released to the Commission as at December 2020.

Bobboyi said with the capital released, the Commission awarded contracts to the tune of N27.5 billion for 2,895 constituency projects across the country, adding that 939 of such projects had been completed while 1,956 were ongoing.

He said the projects cut across classroom construction, classroom renovation and supplies of education items.

The UBEC boss said, “Thirty states and FCT have implemented 2018 (matching grant projects) , six states namely; Anambra, Imo, Kaduna, Kwara, Ogun and Plateau have yet to implement, eight states have implemented 2019 matching grants projects, 28 states and FCT have yet to implement. In 2020, no state implemented the matching grants projects.”

Earlier, the acting chairman of the Senate Committee on Basic and Secondary Education, Senator Akon Eyakenyi, said the team was at UBEC to assess its activities in line with the mandates of the Senate.


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