Acting Executive Secretary of Universal Basic Education Commission, Prof. Bala Zakari, says over N46.2 billion matching grants is still lying unaccessed in spite of the poor state of many primary schools across the country.
Presenting the 2022 capital budget implementation report in Abuja during an oversight visit to the commission by the Senate Committee on Basic and Secondary Education, Prof. Zakari said a total sum of N162,284,117,592.96 was allocated to the states, being UBE grants between 2019 and 2022 out of which N116,072,964,294.33 was accessed by 36 states and FCT.
He added that N46,211,153,298.63 is the total unaccessed UBE matching grants as at April 30, 2023 by the 36 states and the FCT, representing 71.52 percent as at April 30. He also said at the time of reporting, only 11 states accessed the 2022 matching grant fund.
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Speaking on the levels of UBE matching grant accessed by states, he said in 2019, 35 states and FCT accessed 2019 matching grant, with Anambra yet to access it as of April 30. In 2020, 30 states and FCT accessed the matching grant. Six states namely: Abia, Adamawa, Anambra, Ebonyi, Kwara and Ogun are yet to access 2020 UBE matching grant as at April 30.
The Executive Secretary further stated that 29 states had accessed the 2021 matching grant projects, while seven states and FCT had yet to access it.
He said that 11 states: Bayelsa, Cross River, Delta, Ekiti, Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Nasarawa, Ondo, Taraba and Zamfara had accessed the 2021 UBE matching grant, while 25 states and FCT had yet to access the 2022 grant as at April 30.