UBEC says the N41.06 billion is mendacity un-accessed regardless of the poor state of many major colleges throughout the nation.
The Govt Secretary of the Common Primary Schooling Fee (UBEC), Hamid Boboyyi, mentioned over N41.06 billion UBEC matching grants is mendacity un-accessed regardless of the poor state of many major colleges throughout the nation.
Mr Boboyyi disclosed this in Abuja , on Thursday, whereas presenting the 2020 Capital Price range Efficiency to the Senate Committee on Primary and Secondary Schooling.
Giving a breakdown of matching grant implementation by states since 2017, he mentioned whereas 32 states and the FCT applied the 2017 tasks, 4 states had but to do this.
The chief secretary listed the 4 states as Anambra, Imo, Kaduna and Kwara.
He additionally mentioned 30 states and the FCT applied matching grants tasks in 2018, however six states – Anambra, Imo, Kaduna, Kwara, Ogun and Plateau – had but to implement them.
“Eight states have applied the 2019 matching grants tasks, 28 states and FCT have but to implement them. In 2020, no state applied the matching grants tasks,” he mentioned.
Mr Bobboyi additional defined that states had but to entry the 2020 grants as a result of it was solely opened for entry in the direction of the top of the 12 months.
He mentioned over N29.75 billion was obtained by the fee, representing 99.92 per cent as at December 31, 2020, whereas contracts price over N27.57 billion had been awarded for the two,895 constituency tasks.
The chief secretary added that out of the two,895 constituency tasks awarded, 939 had been accomplished as at March 8, 2021 whereas a complete of 1,956 tasks had been ongoing.
On fund utilisation, Mr Bobboyi mentioned over N5.35 billion representing 18 per cent had been utilised as at March 2021.
He nonetheless lamented that many challenges, together with disruption of educational actions as a result of COVID-19 pandemic, delayed the discharge of capital allocation throughout the 12 months.
He additionally mentioned normal insecurity in some components of the nation militated in opposition to profitable implementation of the budgets.
A member of the committee and the senator representing Imo West, Rochas Okorocha, urged UBEC to make sure that college youngsters tailored to the technologically advancing world.
Mr Okorocha careworn the necessity to place extra emphasis on ending insecurity within the north the place assaults on colleges had turn out to be the order of the day.
He additional lamented the persistent out-of-school youngsters problem which he mentioned required a brand new strategy to deal with.
In the meantime, the Chair, Senate Committee on Primary and Secondary Schooling, Akon Eyakenyi, mentioned the staff was at UBEC to evaluate its actions in keeping with its mandate.
“UBEC is a significant company below this committee as a result of the muse of schooling begins with UBEC. If we miss it at this stage it is going to be troublesome to get it proper,” he mentioned.