Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Senate commence amendment of UBE act.

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The Nigerian Senate has commenced the process of amending the Act setting up the Universal Basic Education Commission Fund.

The main objective, according to the Senate President, BUKOLA SARAKI, is to enhance access to funding of basic education for state governments.

Senator SARAKI said the amendment will provide all the thirty-six states of Nigeria with the needed funding to enhance the quality of education in the country.

According to a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, YUSUPH OLANIYONU, Senator SARAKI observed that many states had been unable to access the intervention funds from the Universal Basic Education Commission.

The Senate President said the problem had been the inability of the states to provide the fifty percent matching grant prescribed by the Act. 

He said the move to amend the UDEC Act was in line with the commitment of the Senate to ensure that education is improved at all levels across the country.

Senator SARAKI noted that with over ten point five million out of school children in Nigeria and the inability of most states to meet the required fifty percent commitment to access their UBEC funds, there was no point having over sixty billion naira of basic education funds lying idle.

SARAKI said the Senate is looking to review the matching grant downwards, from fifty to ten percent, for states to qualify for UBEC funding.

The UBEC Act Amendment Bill is sponsored by Senator ALIYU WAMMAKO who represents Sokoto North Senatorial District.

Senator WAMAKKO is the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Basic and Secondary Education.


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