By Chika Onyesi
About N142.6 billion intervention fund is set to be disbursed to states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) by the Universal Basic Education Commission for the provision of essential facilities in public primary and junior secondary schools in the country.
Executive Secretary of the commission, Dr. Hamid Bobboyi who disclosed this at a media parley said 50 per cent of the money (N71.3 billion) was deducted by the Federal Government from the Paris Club Refund accrued to states and the other 50 per cent the marching grant from UBEC.
“The Federal Government will credit the account of UBEC with about N71.3 billion, which is the amount that is there. We are going to add the marching grant and so in the next few months, the states are going to get 142.6 billion,” Bobboyi said.
The UBEC boss says the Commission has successfully concluded a head count of teachers and pupils in primary and secondary schools across the country and that results will be formally announced by 28 February 2019.
While calling for concerted efforts to address the problem of out-of-school children in Nigeria, Bobboyi said the Commission was leaving no stone unturned to mobilise resources and churn out policies to reposition the basic education sub-sector.
Also speaking, UBEC’s Director in charge of Academic Service, Mr Wadata Madawaki, said 7.3 million textbooks were procured for primary 4-6 and distributed under the 2015/2016 intervention by the Commission.
Madawaki, who also listed several other academic standard activities carried out by UBEC in 2018, said N165 million was allocated to each state and FCT for the Teachers Professional Development programme.