FG disburses N138bn to states for books, others


The Federal Government, through the Universal Basic Education Commission, said it provided N138.39bn as intervention grants for the 36 states and Federal Capital Territory in a bid to ensure that children of school age in the country have access to good and quality education.

According to the latest data made available by UBEC, the amount was made available to the states and FCT between 2005 and 2019.

UBEC, which is a government agency under the Federal Ministry of Education that is responsible for the monitoring, supervision and implementation of basic education projects in the country, works with state governments to ensure better delivery of basic education in the states.

The commission’s document did not reveal a breakdown of how the money was disbursed annually to the states.

It, however, noted that N6,704,000,000 was disbursed for school feeding between 2005 and 2019.

The document also noted that N131, 689,679,086.25 was disbursed to states for instructional materials.

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The commission however noted that there is an outstanding commitment of N13, 179,828,986.40 from the states.

The PUNCH had reported how UBEC had facilitated the disbursement of funds for basic education projects and teachers’ professional development training, among others to schools across the states.

The commission had also on many occasions accused some state governments of failing to lodge counterpart funding, which is a prerequisite for the assessment of the intervention funds, with the commission.

A former Permanent Secretary with the Ministry of Education, Sonny Echono, had told The PUNCH that the government would work towards ensuring that state governments continue to access the intervention grants and implement them accordingly.

An education activist with Reform Education Nigeria, Ayodamola Oluwatoyin, also reiterated the need for proper monitoring of the intervention grants.

“It is not just about saying that we disbursed this or we disbursed that. The most important thing is to ensure proper implementation.”

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