FCT, 12 States Faulter in Accessing UBEC Fund




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From Martin Paul in Abuja

Federal Government has disclosed that 12 of the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) are yet to access the 2018 Universal Basic Education Fund (UBEC) consolidated revenue for the development of their basic education sectors.

Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education, Sonny Echono, said this in Abuja at a meeting to strengthen partnership within the three tiers of government on the Sustainable Development Goals 4 (SDGs-4)

 “The federal government has addressed the challenges for accessing the Universal Basic Education Fund using the Paris loan refund.

“I can report that at least 24 states have been able to do this; they have accessed their funds in full.

“We are, therefore, encouraging the other remaining states to ensure that they do the needful by submitting the relevant plans because we don’t want you to throw money at problems,” Echono he said.

He said in recognition of the key role of education to deliver on SDG4, the Education for Change, Ministerial Strategic Plan (MSP) was poised for social, economic, scientific and technological development.

He noted that the MSP was in line with the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP) which touches among other things: out-of-school children, youth and literacy, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics among others.

He added that the Federal Ministry of Education has however aligned the MSP to SDG4 to provide inclusive and qualitative education for Nigerian children.

“During the last two decades, Nigeria has made noticeable achievements in making education available for all, particularly children.

“In a world where technology is moving rapidly and where competiveness requires a diversified and highly trained workforce, it becomes imperative to pay greater attention to secondary education,“he said.

He, however, urged states to ensure that all SDG4 targets were aligned to the State Strategic Plan (SSP) for adequate implementation and indicators for ease of data collection.

Also speaking, the Director, Educational Planning, Research and Development, Christianah Ogbede, said SDG4 seeks to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education.

Mrs Ogbede, while underscoring the role of education in achieving the SDGs, said the ministry immediately swung into action in February 2016 by launching the SDGs and unveiling the Goal4.

She called for the engagement of all key players in an intensive and robust deliberation that would lead to viable collaborative efforts to achieve the SDG4.

The director added that the collaborations would ensure that all levels of governance were impacted by the various interventions geared towards achieving the SDGs4.

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