UBEC hails Ortom over success on basic education

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Nigerian Concord Newspaper

Despite moves by opposition leaders in Benue state to stop UBEC funds to the state, officials of the Universal Basic Education Commission led by UBEC Board Member, Mr. Chris Garba Hassan, and the Commission’s Director of Finance, Mr. Mike Awule, today hailed the administration of Governor Samuel Ortom for his achievements on basic education.

UBEC officials who made this commendation during their Advocacy and Sensitization visit at Benue People’s House, Makurdi also expressed their happiness over the cooperation between the Benue state government and the Commission.

The UBEC officials who were received by the state deputy governor, Engineer Benson Abounu, expressed satisfaction with the cordial relationship between Benue State Ministry of Education and SUBEB.

Calling on the State Government to access the remaining UBEC support funds meant for the State to ensure development of school infrastructure, the UBEC officials also appealed that the government should tackle challenges confronting basic education in the State such as insufficient data for planning, teenage pregnancy, low enrolment, retention and completion rates as well as poor stakeholders participation.

In his remarks, Governor Samuel Ortom described basic education as the fulcrum on which the success of education in Benue State revolves.

Represented by his Deputy, Engr. Benson Abounu, the governor expressed the determination of the State Government to re-position Benue SUBEB to provide quality education to the Benue Child.

He further assured the UBEC Governing Board members that the State Government will soon release its counterpart funds to facilitate UBEC release of the remaining UBEC Intervention Funds.

Governor Ortom also expressed satisfaction with steps so far taken by Acting Executive Chairman, Mr. Matthew Mnyam Matthew, to sanitize Benue SUBEB and directed that the State Ministry of Education should liaise with the Board to ensure supply of standard instructional materials to basic schools and tackle the problem of pupils low retention rates.

Earlier in separate remarks, UBECsaid they were in the State to verify and assess projects carried out under UBEC/Benue State Government Intervention Funds as well as carryout advocacy and sensitization visits to critical stakeholders of basic education in the State.

Present at the courtesy call were the Honourable Commissioner Ministry of Education, Professor Dennis Ityavyar, Acting Executive Chairman, Benue SUBEB, Mr. Mathew Mnyam, Directors of Ministry of Education,SUBEB and the Executive Director ANFEA.