UBEC DECLARE SUPPORT FOR HDI’s CAMPAIGN ON ACCESS TO QUALITY BASIC EDUCATION

The Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) has declared her unalloyed support for the implementation of Human Development Initiatives’ project on governance and accountability in basic education at tAdvocacy Visit to UBEC 4he grassroots level in Nigeria. Alhaji (Dr.) Dikko Suleiman, Executive Secretary, UBEC made this declaration during an advocacy visit of HDI and cluster organisations to the commission in Abuja. He said the commission is willing to partner with the HDI team in areas of sensitization, awareness and advocacy with a view to improving access to quality basic education. He emphasized that the falling standard of education can only be tackled through attitudinal change.

Prof. Sarah Oloko, Chair, HDI Board of Trustees, who led the delegation, spoke on issues of weak governance structure, bureaucratic bottlenecks at the various levels of government and MDAs, inadequate and non-functional educational facilities, dilapidated infrastructure in schools, inadequate and low quality of teachers, non-implementation of a meal per day for pupils in primary schools etc. She also drew attention to the recommendations from the communiqué issued at a three-day workshop on governance and accountability in basic education. Prof. Oloko agitated for CSO desk officers in SUBEBs and LGEAs who would be saddled with the responsibility of monitoring, tracking, evaluating and reporting progress.

She solicited the support of the commission in the course of executing the project and formally presented the communiqué issued at a three-day workshop on governance and accountability in basic education held in Abuja alongside copies of information, education and communication (IEC) materials produced by the group.