The Executive Governor of Kwara State, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has approved the immediate payment of N450 million to the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) which was diverted from the commission’s funds by previous administration.
A release from the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Rafiu Ajakaye, made it known that the payment would enable the state to be readmitted to access fund from UBEC to improve basic education in the state.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the approval came a few days after UBEC officials narrated how the previous administration had diverted the N1.5 billion funds allocated to Kwara and how it led to the official blacklisting of the state from funding by the commission.
Ajakaye disclosed that the governor signed the documents approving the refund of the N450 million during a meeting with the Permanent Secretary for the Kwara State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Bayo Onimago and the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Finance, Benjamin Fatigun in Ilorin, Kwara state.
“The payment of the N450 million was a precondition for readmitting Kwara back to the UBEC after a five-year ban under the Abdulfatah Ahmed’s administration,” Ajakaye stated.
Ajakaye made it clear that one implication of the payment of the N450 million is that the state can now access UBEC funds worth over N5bn once it pays the counterpart funds.