Monday, 17 July 2017

Wike calls for the amendment of UBEC Act to accommodate senior secondary schools

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 .
Speaking on Monday  at the Government House Port Harcourt during a courtesy visit by the House of Representatives Committee on Basic Education and Services, Governor Wike also announced that Rivers State  will flag off the total rehabilitation of 174 primary schools in the state.

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. 
"When we came on board,  we discovered that the immediate past administration did not access UBEC funds because of the  failure to pay counterpart funds. We have paid the counterpart funds and accessed N5.6billion. By Thursday, we will flag off the total rehabilitation of 174 primary schools across the state. These schools will also be furnished ", he said .
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.



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