Katsina State yet to access N614m basic Education grant from UBEC – Report
Katsina State is yet to access N614m basic Education grant from universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) as at July, according to a new report released by the commission, Katsina post learned.
UNCLAIMED BASIC EDUCATION GRANT – JULY 2019
Katsina – N614m
Kebbi – N614m
Kogi – N614m
Lagos – N614m
Ondo – N614m
Rivers – N614m
Sokoto – N614m
Taraba – N614m
Yobe – N614m
Kaduna – N614m
Borno – N614m
— StatiSense (@StatiSense) September 14, 2019
The Universal Basic Education was introduced in 1999 “to redress the level of illiteracy, accelerate national development, and improve the fallen standard of education.” It was a way to address the crises that compromised its precursor Universal Primary Education scheme that was launched by the military government headed by General Olusegun Obasanjo in 1976.
The UBE Act of 2004 provides for compulsory, free, and universal basic education for all Nigerian children of primary and junior secondary school age, “between the age of 6 and 16 years, whether disabled or not.”
Section 11(1) of the UBEC Act provides that the program shall be financed from a Federal Government block grant of two percent of the Consolidated Revenue Fund, which thus makes it a first-line expenditure charge; Federal Government guaranteed loans; and grants from local and international donors.
Section 11(2) of the Act however, provides that “For any state to qualify for the Federal block grant, pursuant to Section 1(1) of this Section, such state shall contribute not less than 50 percent of the total cost of the projects as its commitment to the execution of the project.”
UBE is not limited to formal schooling, but includes “adult literacy and non-formal education, skills acquisition programmes, and the education of special groups, such as nomads and migrants, girl child and women, almajiri, street children, and disabled groups.”