Unpaid counterpart fund blocks Ogun from accessing N2.8bn UBE fund

Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State

Ogun state government has failed to access its allocation of N2.8 billion in the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) fund, following its failure to pay the required counterpart funding.

UBEC director general, Doctor Hamid Bobboi who made this known at a meeting with a delegation of the Education Correspondents Association of Nigeria in Abuja, also listed Bayelsa, Niger, and Oyo as other states who could not access the same amount in the fund, for the same reason.

Bobboi puts the total amount of money in the UBEC fund which state governments could not access at N60 billion, as at last March 31.

Only two states, Borno and Rivers, according to him had so far accessed their allocation in the UBEC fund this year.

He named Ebonyi state which has about N4billion un-accessed in the UBEC fund, as being the worst, followed by Enugu and Ondo states, each of which has N3billion un-accessed in the fund.

The UBEC director general accused some of the state governments of diverting some of the UBEC fund, while some put them in fixed deposits in banks.

Bobboyi said there were cases where outgoing governors of some states allegedly moved the money from the account of the States Universal Basic Education Boards, to the main account of the states against the law, thereby creating confusion in the system.

He said, “On the issue of matching grant to states, if we provide N1bn to a state, the state is expected to bring its own N1bn and this expands the resource base available to the basic education sector.

 “This is the reason why I feel very worried that after the Federal Government pays its own matching grant, the state would withdraw its own counterpart fund.

“We don’t go out to embarrass anybody but we take action. The kind of action we take is that if we noticed gross violation, we close down the matching grant account, we freeze it and then ask the state to come and tell us exactly what had happened with the fund.”

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