The Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Education, Prof. Julius Ihonvbere has said that no efforts will be spared to sanction the states found to have diverted the Universal Basic Education Commission grants to other projects than upgrading facilities in Basic Schools.
Answering questions from newsmen in Ilorin after a two-day inspection of UBEC projects in Kwara State, Ihonvbere, said that the Committee had reported state governments who failed to utilise the fund for the purpose it was meant including taking steps to retrieve some abandoned facilities the Commission allocated to some defaulting state governments.
According to him, “There are states that have collected marching grants from UBEC and have not deployed them to basic education. A few (of the states) have jettisoned the action plans of UBEC; they are doing something else with the money. Some have done wishy-washy works. With time, this Committee will release a list of our observations in various states.
“There are penalties for states where UBEC allocated critical infrastructure to some state governments but were abandoned. We are amending the UBEC Act so that UBEC can retrieve such facilities and put them to public use,” Ihonvbere added.”
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