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17 states fail to access N16.2b UBEC fund in 2017

Failure by some state governors to access the Universal Basic Education Commission’s (UBEC) intervention fund is threatening the future of millions of Nigerian school children.

The Guardian found that, of the N35.2b earmarked for the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, this year, 17 states have not picked their share of N16.2b.

The states are Oyo, Ogun, Ondo, Ekiti, Kogi, Edo, Kwara, Kebbi, Imo, Anambra, Benue, Enugu, Plateau, Gombe, Nasarawa, Taraba and Zamfara.

UBEC had earmarked N953.7m to each of the states as grant for the year 2017. Data seen by The Guardian showed that other states, including the FCT had accessed N26.5b including outstanding intervention funds for previous years.

An official of the commission, on condition of anonymity, disclosed that the matching grant stipulated as prerequisite might have compelled the affected states to stay away.

The Guardian, November 20, 2017

 

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