The House of Representatives Ad hoc Committee on Basic Education has lauded the Kwara Government for the efficient use of basic education grants to the state.
The Chairman of the committee, Prof. Julius Ihonvbere, gave the commendation on Tuesday in Ilorin at the end of a two-day oversight visit to Kwara to inspect the completed and ongoing UBEC-SUBEB projects.
Ihonvbere who was in the company of other members of the committee said:”what we we have seen so far in Kwara is of high quality and satisfactory.
”There is evidence of focus and commitment, and a clear interest in promoting basic education and empowering our children to survive in an increasingly complex technology driven global system.
”I think the best way to appreciate what is going on is to have the proper understanding of how it used to be, and we’ve seen a lot in Kwara.
“It is not always that we find a leadership like Gov. Abdulrahman AbdulRazaq that understands basic education and its value to national growth and development.
”If the basics, that is, the foundation, is contaminated and corrupted, what it produces can never promote peace, stability, growth and development anywhere in the world, that is why basic education is very critical,” he said.
The committee chairman added that states found to have diverted the UBEC grants would be sanctioned, while those that utilised them effectively would be rewarded.
”There are states that have collected marching grants from UBEC and have not deployed them to basic education.
”A few (of the states) have jettisoned the action plans of UBEC; they are doing something else with the money while some have done wishy-washy works.
“There are penalties for states where UBEC allocated critical infrastructure to some state governments but are abandoned.
”We are amending the UBEC Act so that UBEC can retrieve such facilities and put them to public use.
“Secondly, we are looking at ways to compel compliance with the law of the land; a situation whereby states that have not accessed the marching grant or have accessed it but used it wrongly will face some penalties.
” “At the level of the committee, the National Assembly and the UBEC, states that utilized UBEC grants perfectly like Kwara will get additional support as a reward, so that it will encourage them to do more,” Ihonvbere added.
Also speaking, the Chairman Kwara SUBEB, Prof. Sheu Adaramaja said the school projects covered renovation, construction, and comprehensive remodelling of various structures across at least 605 public schools in the state, including provision of furniture, public toilets, and water facilities.
He said the turnaround of the education sector under Governor AbdulRazaq had led to increase in students’ enrolment.
He decried how hundreds of classrooms were left dilapidated under the previous administrations.
“The situation before was so pathetic that nobody wanted to put their children in public schools.
”But the story is different now.
Enrolment of pupils into government owned schools has now increased,” Adaramaja said.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that some of the schools the committee visited included Ogele LGEA Primary School, Ogele, Otte LGEA Primary School Otte-Oja (both in Asa Local Government area) and Sheikh Alimi Junior Secondary School (Ilorin West).
Other schools visited were Amoyo Junior Secondary School (Ifelodun); Gaa-Akanbi Junior Secondary School (Ilorin South); Shao LGEA Primary School, Shao (Moro); and Adeta UBEC Model Smart School in Ilorin West local government of the State.
NAN also reports that some of the members of the committee on the oversight visit were Mayowa Akinfolarin; Bashir Dawudu; Oluyemi Taiwo; Mufutau Egberongbe and Ganiyu Olododo.
Others included Sylvester Ogbaga; Usman Abdullahi; Peter Owolasi; and Bukola Oyewo.
UBEC was represented during the tour by Dr. Jimmy Equensen and Mr Yissa Yakubu.
NAN reports that on Nov. 5, 2020, Kwara received N7.1 million grants from the UBEC, the first time since 2013 when the state was blacklisted from the national scheme.
The governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Mr Rafiu Ajakaye, made this known in Ilorin on Thursday.
According to him, the development represents a historic feat for Gov. Abdulrazaq who has spent the last one year working to reposition basic education in the state, beginning with the payment of N450m diverted funds which had brought Kwara under the hammer of the UBEC.
Gov. Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi State has advocated for a synergy among stakeholders in education sector to strengthen basic education.
He made the appeal during a meeting with critical stakeholders in the state’s education sector in Birnin Kebbi on Thursday.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the meeting was organised to brainstorm and proffer plausible solutions to some of the challenges bedevelling education sector in the state.
The event was meant to find solutions to problems associated with the payment of teachers’ salaries, promotion and other related educational issues under the LGEAs.The governor said: “Let me advise Chairmen of Local Government Education Authorities and their Secretaries, Local Government Council Chairmen and other stakeholders to work together as one entity in the interest of basic education development.
”Bagudu directed the Secretary to State Government (SSG) to distribute copies of the law establishing Local Government Education Authorities (LGEA) which specify their functions, responsibilities and obligations of all stakeholders in education.
He also ordered SUBEB to write a letter and send a copy to him, informing local government education authorities of contracts awarded and the identity of the contractors for schools infrastructure.
Bagudu, however, acknowledged what he described as the invaluable sacrifices of the chairmen of the LGEAs, saying “these are accomplished people in their own rights.
“But, they agreed to sacrifice and they are donating their own time and expertise to help the people, their communities,” he noted.
The governor also said that SUBEB in the state had fared well, saying although resources are limited, but there must be value for money.
Bagudo stressed the need to change the narrative of basic education in the state due to the colossal support and commitment of stakeholders.
Prof. Suleiman Khalid, the Executive Chairman, KBSUBEB, said the LGEAs in the state were now functioning better due to the priority attention the governor was giving the sector.
He underscored the need for communities to partake actively in managing schools across the state.
Earlier, education secretaries of all the 21 local government education authorities (LGEAs) briefed the governor on education matters in their respective areas, while directors of finance of each LGEA announced the total amount of money received for the payment of teachers’ salaries for the month of August as requested by the governor.
The chairmen of the LGEAs also made inputs and suggestions on how to improve teachers’ welfare and boost the education sector in the state.
The SSG, Alhaji Babale Yauri; Acting Head of Service, Alhaji Safiyanu Bena; Acting Auditor General of the state, Alhaji Faruq Rufa; and Permanent Secretary, Ministry for Local Government, Alhaji Sani Yeldu, attended the meeting.
The Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) has expressed satisfaction with the judicious utilisation of funds by the Kwara Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB).
The Deputy Executive Secretary (Services) of UBEC, Mr Isiaka Kolawole, stated this on Thursday in Ilorin while speaking with newsmen shortly after inspecting some schools recently constructed by SUBEB.
Kolawole said Kwara was doing well in applying the UBEC funds on schools’ infrastructure.
”The state had missed a lot with blacklist before the present administration paid the backlog of its counterpart funds.
”So, I want to urge other states to emulate Kwara’s investments in the education sector,” the UBEC boss said.
The Chairman, Kwara SUBEB, Prof. Raheem Adaramaja, said the board was elated with the positive commendation from UBEC and that it would spur it to do more for the state.
He hinted that the board would from September, begin free distribution of textbooks to pupils on English language, Mathematics, Basic Sciences and Social Studies, starting with primary four, five and six.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the UBEC team inspected Burhanudeen LGEA School Ojagboro, Government Day Secondary School Amule and UBEC Model Smart School Adeta in Ilorin West Local Government Area of the state.
Mr Danladi Jatau, member representing Kokona West Constituency at the Nassarawa State House of Assembly, has urged the youths and Nigerians to embrace education and skills acquisition.
This, he said, would enable them to become self reliant and for the overall development of the country.
Jatau, who is the Chairman, House Committee on Public Complaints, Petition and Security, gave the advice when he visited LGEA Primary School, Angiri, Kokona Local Government Area of the state.
Jatau also pledged his continued commitment to give topmost priority to the education of the people of his constituency, considering the importance of education to societal development.
He said that the importance of education to human and societal development couldnot be overemphsised, hence the need of his continued commitment to the education of his people in that direction.
Jatau commended Gov. Abdullahi Sule for constructing three block of classrooms with toilet and office, among other facilities, in the school
He also appreciated Sule for his efforts in developing the education among sectors in the state.
He said that the governor deserved commendation over his developmental strides across the state.
” I want to commend Sule and the World Bank for constructing three classrooms with toilet, office and boreholes.
“The projects, if completed, will not only improve on the standard of education but will also improve on the standard of living of the people of Agiri and beyond,” he said.
Jatau assured Sule of his continued commitment to mobilise the people of his constituency and other people to support him to succeed beyond 2023.
He called on parents to give adequate priority to the education of their children in their interest and for the overall development of the society.
The assemblyman added that education had bern the bedrock of every society, hence the need of his call in that direction.
The lawmaker promised sound and good representation at the state legislature.
Acting Head of Service in Kebbi State, Alhaji Safiyanu Garba-Bena, on Wednesday, said that government committed N30 billion to payment of workers’ gratuities between 2015 and 2018.
He made the disclosure while briefing newsmen in his office in Birnin Kebbi, the state capital.
Garba-Bena said that in line with the Gov. Atiku Bagudu-led administration’s commitment to the welfare of the state workforce after retirement, an approval of cumulative amount of N30.3 billion was granted by the governor.
This, he said, comprised N20.1 billion for 2015 to 2018 and N10.2 billion, representing the payment of balances of 2017 and 2018 as well as full payment to the 2019 to 2021 verified retirees, all totalling 3,724.
“Let me reiterate that these payments are to ensure general welfare of retirees, both in the local government and state service, in line with the current administration’s welfare policy.
“His Excellency, Gov. Abubakar Atiku Bagudu, has approved the sum of N2,981,856,465:48 for the payment of gratuity and death benefits for 2021.
“The payment is to cover 1,172 beneficiaries of the state, local government and local government education authorities (LGEAs),” he said.
The head of service called on all retirees to make judicious use of their money by embarking on useful ventures, such as farming, trading and commerce in order to cater for their families.
Also speaking, Chairman, Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Kebbi State chapter, Alhaji Umar Halidu-Alhassan, commended the state government for being alive to its responsibilities.
Halidu-Alhassan observed that if previous administrations had done what the present administration was doing, the civil servants would not have faced any problems as regards their gratuities.
“Today, I can beat my chest in front of all my colleagues across the federation that my state is up to 2021 in retirement benefits.
“I knew of very few states that are up to his level. Therefore, we have to say kudos to the governor for a job well done,” he stated.
Halidu-Alhassan, however, appealed to the state government to settle the outstanding leave grants so as to give the civil servants courage and zeal to take the state to greater heights.
Dr Simon Mwadkwon, member representing Federal Constituency in Plateau, has restated commitment to the education of every child in the constituency.Mwadkwon said this to newsmen on Sunday after inaugurating some blocks of classrooms in five schools in Riyom Local Government Area.He noted that education is the bedrock of every society, hence he decided to give it special attention as part of his constituency projects.“If you look at the topography of Riyom and Barkin Ladi, you will find out that there are little hamlets, and I am coming from the background of hardship and education.“You can imagine the long distances the children had to travel to where they can access education.“So we feel it is better we take the schools to their doorstep. It is the only way we can raise the young ones and make them have access to education.“It is our desire that every child in Riyom and Barkin Ladi have access to education,” he stated.Mwadkwon, who is the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) senatorial candidate for Plateau North Senatorial District, added that the only way to empower a child was to give him the opportunity to go to school.According to him, he wouldn’t have been in the National Assembly if he didn’t go school.The lawmaker said that he was inspired to provide quality representation and democracy dividend to the people as a result of the mutual contract he had with them after the election.“Basically, I engaged in three main constituency projects – electrification, building of classrooms and provision of books and educational materials, and the building of event centres,” he stated.Responding to the gesture, a traditional rulers, the Ata Ateng of Ganawuri, Chief Yakubu Chama, commended Mwatdkon for facilitating the construction of classrooms at Community Primary School Bum.Chama urged his subjects to support the lawmaker’s senatorial ambition in order to do more for the people.
The traditional ruler said that the lawmaker had never disappointed them right from when he was Chairman of Riyom Local Government.Also, the Gwom Rwey Bachit, Chief Gyang Dalyop, thanked Mwadkwon for constructing a block of classrooms at Community Secondary School Bangai.Dalyop, however, drew the attention the lawmaker to the deplorable state of the road linking the community.The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the lawmaker also commissioned blocks of classrooms at LGEA Sopp and LGEA Wereng, all in Riyom Local Government Area. (
Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Dissaster Management and Social Develipment Hajia Sadiya Umar- Farouq says more than nine million pupils across the country have benefited from the National Home Grown School Feeding Programme (NHGSFP).
Umar-Farouq said this on Tuesday in Makurdi at the handing-over of cooking utensils to Local Government Education Authority (LGEA) primary school, Wurukum.
Represented Director, Administration, Mr Ladan Haruna, the minister said that the NHGSFP was designed to lift Nigerians out of poverty.
She said that more than 100,000 cooks were engaged in the the programme across the country.
According to her, the programme, a collaborative venture with the federal government, seeks to boost school enrolment, enhance the nutritional value of pupils and impact the local economy.
She also said the programme had created employment within the school feeding ecosystem in sectors of transportation and manufacturing.
She explained that the ministry had identified areas of improvement to scale up the programme with an additional five million beneficiaries.
According to her, some of the identified areas include a nationwide enumeration exercise with the objective of data verification, upgrading the quality of data and updating existing records to accommodate the scaling exercise.
She also said the programme would undergo review to ensure it fulfilled its objectives.
Umar-Farouq assured the public that the ministry would not relent in its efforts in providing service delivery.
Receiving the items, Gov. Samuel Ortom of Benue said the distrubution of the items would complement his earlier support of cooking utensils worth N400 million to the cooks.
Represented to the State Government, Prof. Tony Ijohor, Ortom said his administration had also trained cooks on personal health and hygiene and COVID-19 protocols.
He said that the trainings enhanced the capacities of cooks to render services and mitigate the incidence of disease outbreak.
The governor pledged to support the federal government in the implementation of its National Social Investment Programmes to uplift Nigerians out of poverty.
A cook under the scheme in Benue, Mrs Dinah Abokyar, commended both the federal and state governments for the programme but pleaded for an increase in the number of cooks to meet the increasing number of beneficiaries.
She also pleaded for the payment of their outstanding wages and an upward review of the allocation to them for cooking to cope with high cost of food items.
On his part, the head teacher, LGEA primary school Wurukum, Mr Batholomy Atsar, appealed to the federal government to include nursery pupils in the feeding programme.
The Nasarawa State Community and Social Development Agency ( CSDA) says it is executing education and health projects worth N9.9 million in Yalwata Wuji, Lafia East Development Area of the State.
The General Manager of the agency, Mr Ahmed Saidu Ey-Shaa, disclosed this on Thursday when he was conducting round the projects’ sites, members of the Nasarawa State House of Assembly Committee on NASIEC, Multilateral Cooperation and Community Development.
Ey-Shaa said the projects were meant to improve the standard of education and the health status of the people of the area and its environs, for the overall development of the state.
He said that CSDA was a World Bank Assisted project aimed at reducing poverty and improving on the health and standard of living of the rural dwellers.
” This primary school project at LGEA primary School, Yalwata Wuji, costs N3.6million, while the Primary Health Care Centre costs N6.3million.
“Our projects which cut across the state are aimed at touching the lives of the rural dwellers and others, positively.
” These education and health projects will go a long way in improving on the standard of education, as well as improve on the health of the people of this community and the state,” he said.
The general manager appealed for more funds for the agency to enable it to execute more development projects, and solicited for the support of members of the committee in that direction.
Alhaji Mohammed Alkali, a member of the committee representing Lafia North Constituency at the assembly commended the agency for citing the projects in his Constituency.
Alhaji Mohammed Okpoku, the Chairman of the Committee and Member, representing Udege/Loko Constituency, commended the agency for effectively managing its resources, for the overall development of the state.
The Village Head of Yalwata Wuji, Mr Musa Usman, thanked the CSDA for the gesture and assured of the community’s readiness to maintain and guard the projects. ( NAN)
Edited By: Abdullahi Yusuf
The Kwara branch of the Federation of Muslim Women’s Association of Nigeria (FOMWAN), has enrolled 200 Almajiri children in a school in Ilorin to ensure a better future for them.
Hajia Halimat Yusuf, Chairperson, Education Committee of the association, said on Friday in Ilorin that the children have the right to go to school and be educated, irrespective of their origin, religion or tribe.
She made the remarks while presenting the beneficiaries with school uniforms and learning materials.
Yusuf, who was a former Commissioner for Education in the state, said that the move became necessary, because of the high rate of out of school children.
She added that FOMWAN was determined to encourage and support the children to have western education, and support the implementation of programmes that will gradually take the children off the streets.
“FOMWAN is determined to have a good number of children in schools because if they are not educated they are more likely to suffer adverse health outcomes and less likely to participate in the decisions that affect them.
“It will be a big threat to their ability to build a better future for themselves and their communities,’’she said.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the children, who were mainly scavengers and beggars, were enrolled at Karuma LGEA Primary School ‘A’ in Ilorin.
Yusuf described as worrisome the increase in number of Almajiri children on the streets, mostly in Gambari area in Ilorin, and how they are used for begging.
She described the idea as a violation of the rights of children to education, health, security, food and dignity.
“They will be the one guiding them; holding their arms to various places in the town and outside the town.
“The children were so small before, but we later discovered that they are growing up to teenagers and so on. So we pitied them and found it necessary to help them,’’she said.
According to her, “the adverse condition being experienced by the children could deprive them from having the good things of life and their rights as a citizen of the country.
Yusuf, however, said that the association was only able to adopt 200 children because of the financial burden involved in the task.
She said that the committee had informed the relevant government agencies and the state government had expressed interest in taking over the sponsorship.
In her remark, Mrs Fatimah Ahmed, the Commissioner for Education and Human Capital Development, commended the organisation for investing in the educational pursuit of the children.
Ahmed, represented by a Deputy Director in the Ministry, Mrs Susan Oyetunde, described the effort as a great contribution to the education sector in the state, and urged well meaning individuals and organisations to do likewise.
The commissioner sought for more public-private-partnership in the development of education in the state and Nigeria as a whole.
Earlier in her address of welcome, Mrs Halimat Lawal, the Headmistress of the school had applauded the Muslim women group for its timely intervention.
Lawal pledged that the newly enrolled pupils would excel, and urged other philanthropists to complement government’s effort in its policy of educational for all.
Edited By: Hawa Lawal/Emmanuel Okara
Kwara: Lawmaker distributes chairs, desks to schools
Omu-Aran (Kwara), Nov. 4, 2020 Mr Tunji Ajuloopin, the member representing Ekiti, Isin, Irepodun and Oke-Ero Federal Constituency of Kwara, has distributed 100 chairs and desks to four schools in the constituency.
The schools that benefited includes Isapa Community School, Okesa, in Ekiti Local Government Area of the state, received 32 of the chairs and desks, while Demonstration LGEA School, Iwo, Isin Local Government got 22.
Community School, Olomi-Oja in Irepodun Local Government received 24 of the items, while St. Paul’s Primary School, Idofin Igbana, Oke-Ero Local Government received 22.
The lawmaker had earlier expressed worries over the dilapidated state of the schools, noting that their plight left him with insomnia for days.
“I know we have a lot to do but no one can sort the challenges at once, we are working based on our capabilities.
“We will continue to give priority to those things which need our immediate attention and fall within our capability.
“I am happy that some of the pupils who sit on the floor during lessons will no longer do so.
“Does it mean we have done everything, the answer is no, since we have done this one, the next thing is to again look at what our resources can accommodate,” Ajuloopin said.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the distribution took place under the Ajuloopin Educational Project.
The distribution came in addition to the completion of blocks of classrooms in Isapa, Ekiti Local Government Area.
The lawmaker had earlier given scholarship to students in the constituency and also distributed glasses and drugs during the Ajuloopin Eye Care programme for more than 150 students identified with varying degrees of visual impairment.
Edited By: Celine-Damilola Oyewole/Peter Ejiofor)