Universal Basic Education Commission, UBEC, has said it was neither in control nor responsible for the delay in the payment of the Federal Teachers’ Scheme, FTS, allowances.
According to press statement obtained from UBEC’s office, the payment of allowances of FTS was delayed mainly because funds were not released for the 4th quarter of 2014 and none was released in the 1st and 2nd quarter of 2015.
It stated that these non-releases affected by capital projects in all MDAs, noting that FTS is classified as a capital project even though the funds appropriated are for emoluments and therefore recurrent in nature.
The Executive Secretary, UBEC, Dr. Dikko Suleiman explained that the Commission just received notification of release of funds from the Federal Government is adequate to cover for only four months out of the back log of 10 months.
He noted that Chairmen of State and Federal Capital Territory Universal Basic Education Boards were written to explain the situation and they were also expected to get the information to the affected teachers in their states.
“while the Commission regret the hardship and inconveniences suffered by the teachers, it is important t assure them that the scheme was not singled out in the non- release of funds, all MDAs with projects funded from Debt Relief Gains, DRGs, were similarly affected,” he said.
Meanwhile UBEC boss urged state Governments that were the direct beneficiaries of the scheme to commit themselves by way of providing additional incentives to the teachers and absorbing the completers.
Nigerian Pilot gathered that FTS was established in 2006 to assist states with the challenges of teacher’s shortage at basic education level. Those enlisted are paid a monthly allowance of N18, 000 each by the Federal Government through UBEC and the scheme is funded from the Debt Relief Gains, DRGs, and implemented as a Millennium Development Goals MDGs.

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