By Onozure Dania
Port Harcourt—Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has called for the amendment of the Universal Basic Education Commission, UBEC, Act to accommodate the funding of senior secondary education across the country.
Speaking, yesterday, at the Government House, Port Harcourt during a courtesy visit by House of Representatives Committee on Basic Education and Services, Wike also announced that Rivers State will flag off the total rehabilitation of 174 primary schools in the state.
Wike said rather than establish another commission to cater for the infrastructural needs of senior secondary schools, UBEC should be empowered by law to handle such issues as it will be more economical for the country.
He said: “The amendment of the UBEC Act to accomodate senior secondary education was started by the last administration, but it was not concluded. I, therefore, call for the amendment of the UBEC Act to ensure that the commission undertakes the funding of senior secondary education.”
The governor said that his administration is re-positioning basic education to secure the future of the state.
He regretted that though some states claim they have made primary education their top priority, it was worrisome that such states leave their UBEC funds un-accessed.
The governor informed the committee that the state governmemt had written to the Federal Ministry of Education to take over two federal schools in Ogu/Bolo and Aluu, which have been overgrown by weeds after they were completed by the Jonathan administration.
Earlier, Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Basic Education and Services, Mr Zakari Mohamned, said Rivers State was one of the top six states to access UBEC funds for the development of basic education.
He said the committee was in the state to assess the utilisation of UBEC funds for the development of key projects in the sub-sector.