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Govt failure to access UBEC fund threatens education sector in Adamawa

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By Umar Yusuf, Yola

Failure of Governor Muhammadu  Jibrilla led   administration to access the Universal Basic Education Commission’s (UBEC) intervention fund for two years   is threatening the future of thousands of Adamawa state school children in the primary and junior secondary sector.

The administration has recorded significant landmark achievements in the Senior Secondary and tertiary levels after the government declared a state of emergency in the sector.

Muhammadu Jibrilla

The emergency meant massive renovation, reconstruction and rehabilitation of a number of schools cutting across the three senatorial zones in the state.

But much still needed to be done for the primary school sector   to meet with the required standard while the intervention either from the donor agencies or Federal Government has not been forthcoming for quite sometimes now.

This has resulted in the present story of decay of infrastructure, lack of amenities for teaching and learning , as well as non training and retraining for teachers and non teaching staff.

A database of the Universal Basic Education Commission, UBEC indicated that in 2015 and 2016, Adamawa state did not access its share of the matching grant from the commission meant to consolidate the effort of the state government

Stakeholders were worried that the failure of the state government to access the fund during at a time the sector was recuperating from the debilitating effect of Boko Haram insurgency that led to the destruction of educational infrastructure across the northern part of the state showed the government’s neglect of the sector and by extension, the  future of its children.

Records from the commission indicated that the state had been accessing the funds since the inception of the commission getting a sum of N7,363,637,875.48 from 2005 to 2014.

From the foregoing, it can be surmised that the state had been making a steady average income of N1, 472,727,575 which meant that the state must have lost about N2,945,455,150 in two years by its failure to secure the funds.

According to the commission’s data published on July 30, a summary of the disbursement of the funds shows that in 2005/2006 the state got N1,036,378,377; N1,464,797,296 in 2007/2008; N1,153,903,587.76 in 2009/2010; N1,725,464,020 in 2011/2012 and N1,983,094,594 in 2013/2014

Efforts to confirm   why the funds were not accessed from the State Universal Primary Board and the Ministry of Education did not yield the results as officials ofthe agencies declined comments on the issue.

The Murtala Nyako administration which was paying its counterpart funding since its inauguration, has utilized the UBEC’s intervention in rejuvenating the education sector posting impressive performance that saw the state clinching the commission’s awards for three consecutive years.

The state had during the period witnessed important strides that led to the enhancement of quality infrastructure and better performance in school entrance examinations and WAEC/NECO results.

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