By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
The Chairman of Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board, (SUBEB), Dr Nureni Adeniran has hinted that the state government is determined to access the N2.7 billion outstanding fund from the Universal Basic Education Board, (UBEC).
Dr Adeniran who dropped this hint during an advocacy visit by a team from UBEC declared that the present adminustration in the state is poised to do the needful to access the Two Billion, seven hundred and twenty four million, five hundred and sixteen thousand, three hundred and seventy three Naira, seventy kobo (
N2,724,516,373.70) outstanding funds from Universal Basic Education Board, UBEC,
According to Dr Adeniran, this will help the Governor-Seyi Makinde led administration’s effort at better education delivery in the State as the state would leave no stone unturned towards ensuring that every grant for the promotion of Education in the state is accessed.
“Government will ensure that Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board benefits from every unassessed fund at UBEC”. he said
The Oyo SUBEB Chairman added that if accessed, the funds would be channeled into the development of education in the State, thereby encouraging enrollment in public schools across the state, adding that the Board would also involve education stakeholders in addressing the menace of out-of-school children in the State.
He however promised that the State Government through the Board would involve all stakeholders, such as traditional rulers, parents and educationists to ensure an aggressive enrollment of these children in public schools and that 2018 UBEC/SUBEB Projects would not be sited based on political considerations, rather on needs of each school.
“Governor Seyi Makinde is committed to education in the State, and he considers that Basic Education is pivotal to the development of the state. Therefore, politics will not be a yardstick in siting schools. Rather, we would consider each school’s needs”.
The Director Administration and Supply, UBEC, Rt. Rev. Edwin Jarumai, representing the Commission’s Governing Board, tasked the Oyo state government to do the needful in accessing it’s outstanding funds.
Commending Oyo State government’s concerted efforts at completing various UBEC/SUBEB Projects across the State,Rt Rev Jarumai said, “we went to some schools, and I must say we are impressed by the spate of work being done”
” We call on Oyo state Government to please do the needful to access all categories of fund with a view to promote basic education in the State”.