UBEC lauds Gov. Bagudu for modest achievements in basic education


The Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC), has commended Kebbi State Governor, Sen. Atiku Bagudu, for recording “modest achievements in basic education in all the 21 Local Government Areas of the State.”

The State Coordinator of the commission, Alhaji Mansur Sadau, made the commendation on the sidelines of a three- day Inspection Tour, led by the Publisher of APC News online Media, Dr Thomas Ray-Ohikere, in Argungu area on Sunday.

He said: “As far as basic education is concerned, the state governor has done a lot to take the sector to greater heights.

“To us, the state has no problem of basic education, and we only need to improve on our gains and we have achieved 90 percent of the needed basic education requirements,” he said.

Sadau however called on the state government to provide additional classrooms, ICT facilities and other instructional facilities, to sustain the gains of the educational sector in the State.

Earlier, the Director of Planning, State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Alhaji Musa Altine-Aljannare, said the government had paid its counterpart fund.

He stated that, it was part of its efforts to provide compulsory, free, and universal basic education for all Kebbi children of primary and junior secondary schools’ ages.

The Director added: “The children are between the ages of six to 16 years,including the disabled, as enshrined in the UBE Act of 2004.”

Altine-Aljannare said the administration had provided infrastructural support to education sector, through the construction of additional classsrooms in the 21 local government areas of the State.

“The government also bought and distributed textbooks in support of primary schools’ development in the state,in addition to infrastructural support to education sector.

“ This was done through the construction of many classrooms in the 21 local government areas of the state,” he said.

The director said the board was very impressed at the progress of basic education under the leadership of Gov. Bagudu.

Earlier, the leader of the delegation, Ray-Ohikere, said they were in the state for an inspection and publicity of Federal Government/UBEC and SUBEB achievements in basic education across the APC-controlled states.

“Our mandate is to identify and authenticate claims by the universal basic education, as well as authenticate claims by the states  on their basic education proceeds.

“As part of the agenda of our tour, we have been to Kano, Kaduna,Jigawa and Katsina State, and we are now in Kebbi State.

“Lastly, we will cover Zamfara State ”he said.

Ray-Ohikera commended the state government for ,” doing well and incorporating systematic approach to the holistic development in basic education.

“The state government is creating more space for future development.

“The records we had before we came here, in comparison with what we have seen is beyond that record.

“The government is consolidating and at the same time correcting inherent anomalies towards a sustainable basic education development in the state.

“ From what we have seen so far, the state will not score less than 75 to 80 percent in our rating, “ he said.

The leader commended the federal and state governments for effectively disbursing and utilising the resources meant for basic education in the state.

Alhaji Ahmed Yahaya, the Chairman of the Chiroma Ibrahim Model Primary School, School Basic Management Committee (SBMC), in Argungu, commended the efforts of the three tiers of governments for renovating the schools, fencing and taking care of teachers’ welfare as at when due.

He called on them to provide additional classrooms for the pupils, ICT facilities , toilets and instructional materials.

The Reports state that, some of the schools visited by the team included: Sarki Sani model primary and Chiroma Ibrahim model primary schools, in Argungu LGA;

Others were the Junior secondary school,Gudi , Umaru Ilalu primary school and Justice Suleiman Ambursa primary school,in Birnin Kebbi LGA, as well as Tundi Tsamiya Model primary school,Yelwa, Yauri LGA, among others.