Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike (m) Deputy Governor Ipalibo Harry (r) and Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Basic Education and Services, Mr Zakari Mohammed during the visit of the Basic Education and Services Committee to the Government House Port Harcourt on Monday.
Rivers Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has called for the amendment of the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) Act to accomodate the funding of senior secondary education across the country .
Governor Wike said rather than establish another commission to cater for the infrastructural needs of senior secondary schools, UBEC should be empowered by law to handle such issues as it will be more economical for the country.
"The amendment of the UBEC Act to accomodate senior secondary education was started last administration, but it was not concluded. I therefore call for the amendment of the UBEC Act to ensure that the commission undertakes the funding of senior secondary.
The governor said that his administration is re-positioning basic education to secure the future of the state.
He regretted that though some states claim they have made primary education their top priority, it is worrisome that such states leave their UBEC funds un-accessed.
The governor informed the committee that the State Governmemt has written to the Federal Ministry of Education to take over two Federal School in Ogu/Bolo and Aluu, which have been overgrown by weed after they were completed by the Jonathan administration.
Earlier, Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Basic Education and Services, Mr Zakari Mohamned said Rivers State is one of the top six states to access UBEC funds for the development of basic education.
He said that the committee was in the state to assess the utilization of UBEC funds for the development of key projecrs in the sub-sector.