N51bn UBEC funds: Why Governors must release funds for Nigerian children in school
Published Feb 24, 2022
Recently, the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP), in a statement called out Governors of the 36 States of the federation to comply with the processes required to access the N51 billion counterpart funds earmarked by the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) for basic education in the country.
It will be recalled that the federal government has approved this proposition for the counterpart fund since July 2019, and almost three years on, the State governments have consistently displayed its negligence and lackadaisical attitude towards education yet again. This means that Nigerian children from elementary and high school levels will not have access to adequate academic facilities as they will continue to suffer in penury.
Role of Citizens
Hence, citizens have a role to play in ensuring they exercise their civic and democratic rights in calling their governors with whom they elected into office to order and demand that they do the needful so that millions of Nigerian children will not be deprived of their fundamental academic benefits.
Call to Action
On this note, we urge every concerned Nigerian, stakeholder, and group to lend their voices and send this email to the Chairman of the Nigeria Governors' Forum to use all necessary approaches to ensure every Nigerian child gets quality basic education.
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Nigeria Governors' Forum,
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The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) reported that the 36 State Governors' of the federation have refused to access N51 billion counterpart funds earmarked by the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) for basic education.
I am using this medium to appeal to you as the Chairman of the Nigeria Governors' Forum, to use your office to support an immediate and responsive action that will get the governors to reverse their positions. And comply with the processes required to access these counterpart funds.
Sir, every child in Nigeria has the right to quality education and access to adequate academic learning facilities. It is on this note that I join other concerned citizens to urge you, Mr Chairman, to employ all necessary approaches in your capacity to ensure every Nigerian child gets a quality education.
I believe you will treat this issue as an urgent matter. I look forward to your favourable action.