BudgIT has appealed to the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) to plead with the National Assembly on the passage of the UBEC Amendment Bill 2018, saying that failure to fulfil their counterpart funds obligation will damage the education crisis in the country.
Shakir Akorede, Communications Associate of BudgIT, in a statement, explained the urgent need for the commission to achieve the objective of the Amendment Bill which is to amend the UBEC Act 2004, thus increasing the block grant contribution of the Federal Government while reducing states’ counterpart funding from fifty per cent to twenty-five per cent in the interest of the dwindling education standard and millions of out-of-school children.
“The viral news of a schoolgirl in Warri, Delta state, who was sent home due to non-payment of school fees, echoes the tragic state of education in Nigeria, to which lack of funding plays a huge part. There are 13.2 million children that are currently locked out of school, according to the latest data from UBEC.
“Yet, N101 million, as of December 2018, that could in some ways contribute to the reduction of this number remain un-accessed. This is a damning indictment of the state governments and natioanl will towards education in Nigeria,” statement reads in part.