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FG urged to sanction states failing to access UBE funds

Federal Government has been called upon to sanction states failing to access their Universal Basic Education (UBE) counterpart funds.

This call was made by the Policy Adviser of a Non-Governmental Organization, (NGO), Civil Society Action Coalition on Education for All (CSACEFA), Chioma Osuji while speaking with journalists during the occasion of the commemoration of the annual global action week for education, held in Abuja on Thursday.

“For us we are saying if possible Government should sanction states. Until we begin to sanction states you will see that the states will begin to fill at ease not accessing the funds and nothing is happening,” Osuji said.

She said that failure by the states to access UBE funds would deny millions of Nigerian children access to quality basic education.

She said that the conditions for accessing UBE funds are not stringent that the states could not fulfil.

She however called on the National Assembly members to enact law on sanctioning states failing to access their UBE funds.

According to her, by the time the National Assembly passed it into law the desired goal would be achieved.

In his remark, the National Moderator of Civil Society Action Coalition on Education for All (CSACEFA), Kabiru Aliyu, has appealed to policy makers to provide functional educational management and information system at the national and state level to generate data for effective planning in the education sector.

He urged Government to make schools safe and accessible for all especially for the girl-child and children with disability.

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