Kwara receives N7bn UBEC grant

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Kwara Commissioner for Education and Human Capital Development Fatimah Ahmed with Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq at an event [File photo]
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The Kwara State government has confirmed receipt of over N7.1 billion in grants from the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC).

This is coming after about seven years of the state being blacklisted by UBEC over the alleged non-accountability of earlier basic education funds allocated to it.

Governor Abdulrahman Abdul-razaq disclosed this on Thursday via his Twitter handle.

He pledged to ensure that the said funds cover a space of the seven years between 2014 and 2019.

He also promised to ensure that the funds were utilised to renovate over 600 school facilities, equip schools and support teachers across the state.

In his words, “I’m happy to inform you that after 7 years of being blacklisted by UBEC, we are back in their good books and we have received N7,151,142,190 grant. To get here, we had to pay back the N450m that was diverted by the previous administration.

“The money accessed covers the period between 2014 and 2019.

“This money would be spent in phases over the next two years to fix up to 600 elementary schools out of the over 1400 decrepit basic education facilities across the state.

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“It will also be used to equip the schools with ICT tools, training of teachers, and project evaluation, among other purposes contained in the UBEC work plan.”

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