FG, Kebbi Govt Spend N6bn On Education

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The Federal and Kebbi State Governments have spent about N6.05 billion between 2005 and 2009 on projects aimed at improving the implementation of the Universal Basic Education (UBE) Programme in the area.

The Executive Chairman, Kebbi State UBE Board, Alhaji Haruna Dan-Katsina, made the announcement on Thursday in Kebbi while addressing members of the Senate Committee on Education, led by its Chairman, Alhaji Atiku Bagudu (PDP-Kebbi Central)..

He said the money was spent on various projects in the sub-sector, adding that the state had been adjudged the second best by UBEC nationwide.

Dan-Katsina said the projects included the construction of 393 blocks of 903 classrooms for primary and junior secondary schools.

Others, he added, were the rehabilitation of 177 blocks of 388 classrooms, purchase of 42,432 sets of furniture, provision of 862 VIP toilets, 106 boreholes as well as the conduct of 42 training workshops for 31,229 teachers and distribution of 600 sets of computers.

Alhaji Dan-Katsina commended the state government for the prompt release of its counterpart funding for the execution of the projects.

“It is gratifying to note that when some states have yet to access their 2007 funds, we have been able to access our 2009 counterpart funds, which facilitated the commencement of our action plan,” he added.

Responding, Bagudu said the committee was on a nationwide oversight visit with a view to identifying and proffering solutions to the problems in the education sector.