Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu has advised the administrators and managers of Universal Basic Education, UBE, programme in the country to address the challenge of accumulated funds in the Universal Basic Education Commission, UBEC, which have not been accessed by some benefitting states.
Adamu gave the advice at the opening ceremony of the 14th quarterly meeting of the UBEC management with executive chairmen of State Universal Basic Education Boards, SUBEBs, held yesterday in Abuja.
He said the country could not talk of insufficient funds for basic education when billions of naira was in the vault of bank idling away.
The minister, who expressed his support for the objectives of conducting the quarterly meeting, said it would serve as a platform where the UBEC management and executive chairmen network and exchange ideas for advancing the uniform development in basic education.
Adamu said that the meeting titled ‘Consolidating Basic Education in Nigeria: Challenges and the Way Forward’ is apt at this time of change in the country.
He maintained that UBEC, SUBEBs and other providers of basic education were assiduously making efforts at improving basic education delivery in the country through various activities such as construction/renovation of classrooms, equipping of additional schools/classrooms.
Others include Teachers Professional Development, TPD, and provision of textbooks and other instructional and library resource materials to learners and teachers.
According to him, the programme is facing unprecedented challenges such as terrorism (Boko Haram, kidnapping, etc), the syndrome of out-of-school children and funding.
The minister said that consolidating basic education in the face of these challenges would require managers of UBE to device tools that would promote quality basic education delivery.
He said that a synergy of efforts would go a long way in ameliorating the challenges.
In his welcome address, the executive secretary of UBEC, Alhaji Dikko Suleiman said it was necessary to restate that quality education remained the bedrock for national development in a meeting like this.
Suleiman said: “It remains the most effective weapon for eliminating the forces like illiteracy, ignorance, poverty and insurgencies that constitute impediments to rapid socio-economic development and political stability in a developing country like Nigeria.
He said since the official launch of the UBE programme in Nigeria in 1999, a lot was done and achieved.

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