Mr. Sonny Echono, Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Education, at a meeting which was held to strenghthen partnership within the three tiers of Government on the Sustainable Development Goals 4 in Abuja, revealed that twenty-four states had so far accessed the Universal Basic Education (UBEC) Fund in full.
According to Echono, the states that had full access to the fund include Lagos, Kebbi, Kogi, Osun, Rivers and Sokoto, among others.
Echono urged the remaining states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), wich are yet to access the full fund, to do so for the growth and development of the educational sector in Nigeria.
“The Federal Government has addressed the challenges for accessing the Universal Basic Education Fund, using Paris loan refund. I can report that 24 states, al least, have been able to do this. They have accessed the fund in full.
“Therefore, we are encouraging the remaining states to ensure that they do the needful by submitting the relevant plans because we don’t want them to throw money at problems,” Echono stated.
In recognition of the key role of education to deliver on SDG4, Echono stated that the Education for Change, Ministerial Strategic Plan was poised for social, economic, scientific and technological development.
He added that the Federal Ministry of Education had, however, aligned the MSP to SDG4 to provide inclsive and qualitative education for Nigerian children.