The Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) has implored the 36 state governments and the Federal Capital Territory to access the N58 billion fund meant for infrastructural development in the education sector.
The Executive Secretary of UBEC, Dr. Suleiman Dikko made this appeal in a speech delivered at the inauguration of distribution of plastic chairs and desks to schools in Osun State.
Dikko said, “May I take this opportunity to once again urge all state governments and the FCT to urgently access their matching grants with UBEC which currently stands above N58bn.
“The states can do this by making available their counterpart funds to State Universal Basic Education Boards (SUBEBs) as well as providing an action plan on the utilisation of the funds in order to scale up provision of infrastructure and sitting materials for our Basic Education Schools. We assure all states that the process of accessing the funds has been made as simple as possible.”
While speaking at the inauguration, the chairman of Osun State SUBEB, Chief Felix Awofisayo stated that the event showed the federal government’s commitment to reposition the education sector across the nation.
“In our own state, the inauguration of Governor Aregbesola in 2010 marked the beginning of a clear positive development in all facets of life, as the administration is anchored on the full implementation of a cohesive and all-encompassing six point integral action plan of the government,” Awofisayo said.
“Let me reiterate that the provision of functional education for the entire citizenry of the state represents one of the major focal point of this integral action plan of Mr.Aregbesola.”
Osun State Governor Rauf Aregbesola remarked that his administration had excelled in the provision of basic infrastructure and development in the state was second to none.
He said, “We are building state of the art 100 elementary schools, 50 middle schools and 20 High Schools in Osun. This is a big project by any standard which has injected life into the construction industry in the state and has provided jobs for different shades of artisans and professionals.
“I want to assure you that we shall complete them all before the end of our tenure.”
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