Why FG Introduced Universal Basic Education (UBE) – UBEC Chairman

The authorities of the Universal Basic Education Commission have explained that the Federal Government introduced the programme because of the inability of states and local governments to provide adequate funds for education.

The commission also expressed optimism that the dark days of Nigeria’s education system were over, following the injection of more funds to the sector by the Federal Government.

The Chairman of UBEC Governing Board, Chief Amalate Turner, said this during the opening ceremony of a retreat for board and management members of the commission.

According to him, the Federal Government introduced UBE programme “when it became clear that the states and local governments, if left alone, cannot meet the enormous funding needs of the sub-sector, which still remains their constitutional responsibility.”

He said, “Foundation is the strength of height; any building that must scrape the sky must have a solid foundation.

“The UBEC is strategic to laying this solid foundation for the education sector.

“Since the inception of the present administration, President Goodluck Jonathan has left no one in doubt about his unwavering commitment to ensuring the qualitative transformation of our education system to excellent standards.

“The unprecedented injection of more funds and resources into the sector by the President is not only a testimony to this fact, but it has also raised optimism in everyone’s  mind that the dark days of our education systems are, indeed, over; as the system continues to improve progressively.”

He, however, noted that the country would not achieve high standard of education without a solid foundation in basic education.

He added, “As a board, we are determined not to fail; we strongly believe that we must add a cubit to the structure we have met on ground.

“I wish to state on behalf of the members that it is our desire to continue to improve the standard of basic education in Nigeria.

“To achieve this, a good working relationship should be created between the board and management. Let us therefore build the bond of trust through this retreat.”

He also warned the members against embarking on any action that is against the Act establishing the commission.

He said, “It must be pointed out at this juncture that I am a stickler for the rule of law. Thus, it is necessary to note that all decisions, plans, and policies should be in tandem with the Act establishing the commission.

“We must be robustly guided by the rules and regulations of the commission. It may be necessary, therefore, to constantly refresh our minds with the law establishing the commission.”

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