30 states fail to claim N80.9bn UBEC funds, yet some owe teachers ….. PREMIUM TIMES

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While they complain of funds for educational projects in their respective domains, 29 states of the federation, and the Federal Capital Territory have failed to make use of N80.9 billion available to them as Universal Basic Education grant.

The money, from N177.6 billion total grants available to all 36 states and the FCT, has remained with the UBE commission for years.

Each state is entitled to N4.8 billion, and only a few have collected their allocations in full.

Majority have drawn only a bit of their grants needed for UBE programmes, according to UBEC’s report made available to PREMIUM TIMES.

To access the money, each state must provide a counterpart funding. States must have also judiciously spent previous allocations.

The list provided by UBEC shows that Benue, Enugu and Ebonyi States are the most backward in failing to claim their money for educational projects.

The three states have accessed only between 3.9 per cent and 4.5 per cent of their allocations between 2009 and 2014.

Ebonyi, which is at the bottom of the list, had only succeeded in accessing N311 million out of the N4.8billion.

Enugu received only N800 million while Benue got N900 million.

Ironically, Ebonyi State currently owes its teachers 12 months of salaries under the Federal Teachers Scheme. Benue state also owes its teachers for over a year.

The UBEC report shows that only seven states complied with UBEC’s criteria and successfully received their grants in full.

The states are Sokoto, Katsina, Kano, Gombe, Taraba Anambra and Imo states.

According to Adamu Misau, an official of UBEC’s department of Statistics, the states were ranked based on three financial indicators, namely; state counterpart fund contribution, UBE matching grants assessed and funds utilisation.

A special adviser to Governor Ifeanyi Ugwanyi of Enugu State, Uwakwe Abugu, said he could not comment on why the state had yet to access its funds as that happened under the previous administration.

This table shows the level of assessment and utilization of funds by the states

STATES UBEC ALLOCATIONS (2009-2014: IN BILLIONS) ASSESSED UN-ASSESSED PERCENTAGE RATING RANKING
Sokoto N4.8 N4.8 100% Top-ranking
Katsina N4.8 N4.8 100% Top-ranking
Kano N4.8 N4.8 100% Top-ranking
Gombe N4.8 N4.8 100% Top-ranking
Taraba N4.8 N4.8 100% Top-ranking
Anambra N4.8 N4.8 100% Top-ranking
Imo N4.8 N4.8 100% Top-ranking
Adamawa N4.8 3.3 1.5 72% Average
Kaduna N4.8 3 1.8 62.5% Average
Zamfara N4.8 3 1.8 62.5% Average
Lagos N4.8 3 1.8 62.5% Average
Bayelsa N4.8 3 1.8 62.5% Average
Yobe N4.8 3 1.8 62.5% Average
Kebbi N4.8 3 1.8 62.5% Average
FCT N4.8 3 1.8 62.5% Average
Platue N4.8 3 1.8 62.5% Average
Kwara N4.8 3 1.8 62.5% Average
Bauchi N4.8 3 1.8 62.5% Average
Osun N4.8 2.8 2 58% None-performing
Bornu N4.8 2.7 2.1 56% None-performing
Jigawa N4.8 2.3 2.5 47% None-performing
Rivers N4.8 1.9 2.9 39.5% None-performing
Delta N4.8 1.9 2.9 39.5% None-performing
Ondo N4.8 1.9 2.9 39.5% None-performing
Akwa-Ibom N4.8 1.9 2.9 39.5% None-performing
Edo N4.8 1.9 2.9 39.5% None-performing
Ekiti N4.8 1.9 2.9 39.5% None-performing
Niger N4.8 1.9 2.9 39.5% None-performing
Ogun N4.8 1.1 3.7 22% None-performing
Oyo N4.8 1.1 3.7 22% None-performing
Nasarawa N4.8 1.1 3.7 22% None-performing
C/River N4.8 1.3 3.5 27% None-performing
Kogi N4.8 1.1 3.7 22% None-performing
Abia N4.8 1 3.8 20% None-performing
Benue N4.8 .9 3.9 18.7% None-performing
Enugu N4.8 .8 4 16% None-performing
Ebonyi N4.8 .3 4.5 6.25% None-performing
Total N177.6bn N96.7bn N80.9bn