COVID-19: GOVS SEEK UBE’S COUNTERPART FUNDS SUSPENSION

Written by on August 21, 2020

THE GOVERNORS OF THE 36 STATES HAVE ASKED THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO SUSPEND THE STATE COUNTERPART FUNDS REQUIRED FOR ACCESSING THE UNIVERSAL BASIC EDUCATION (UBE) FUND AND THE BASIC HEALTH CARE PROVISION FUND.
THIS WAS CONTAINED IN A COMMUNIQUÉ ISSUED AT THE END OF THE NIGERIA GOVERNORS’ FORUM (NGF) VIRTUAL MEETING ON WEDNESDAY NIGHT.
THE UNIVERSAL BASIC EDUCATION (UBE) WAS INTRODUCED BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IN 1999. THE SCHEME WAS INTRODUCED WITH THE AIM OF PROVIDING FREE, UNIVERSAL AND BASIC EDUCATION FOR EVERY NIGERIAN CHILD BETWEEN THE AGES OF 6 AND 15.
THE COMMUNIQUÉ SIGNED BY THE NGF CHAIRMAN, GOVERNOR KAYODE FAYEMI OF EKITI STATE, EXPLAINED THAT DISCUSSIONS ARE ONGOING WITH THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT THROUGH THE MINISTRY OF EDUCATION TO FACILITATE ACCESS TO UNREALIZED FUNDS FROM THE UNIVERSAL BASIC EDUCATION (UBE) FUND.
ACCORDING TO HIM, THE FORUM IS ALSO AWAITING AN ADVISORY FROM THE ATTORNEY GENERAL OF THE FEDERATION ON THE CALL FOR A WAIVER ON COUNTERPART FUNDS FROM STATES IN THE LIGHT OF THE IMPACT OF THE COVID-19 ON STATE FINANCES.

GOVERNOR FAYEMI ALSO SAID STATES ARE TO ENGAGE THE OFFICIALS OF THE NIGERIA ASSOCIATION OF RESIDENT DOCTORS NARD IN ORDER TO FORESTALL THEIR INTENTION TO EMBARK ON AN INDUSTRIAL ACTION.
FAYEMI FURTHER SAID THE NGF IN COLLABORATION WITH THE WORD BANK HAS NEGOTIATED A FLEXIBLE PAYMENT TERM FOR THE ACQUISITION OF A SOFTWARE AS A SERVICE (SAAS) E-PROCUREMENT SOLUTION FOR ALL STATES IN THE COUNTRY.
HE ADDED THAT STATES CAN NOW MAKE 30 PERCENT ADVANCE PAYMENT FOR THE SOLUTION AFTER SIGNING THE FRAMEWORK CONTRACT.


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