Obi faults implementation of UBEC

By Valentine Amanze

The former Governor of Anambra State, Mr. Peter Obi, has faulted the implementation of the Universal Basic Education Commision's (UBEC) programme.
He said that contrary to the manner of its implementation that it was actually supposed to benefit all the pupils in the country, including those that attend private schools.
Obi made spoke during his visit to Madonna Academy, Iyiowa, Odekpe, in Onitsha Metropolis.

The former governor, who said that he took special interest on how other African countries like Kenya and Rwanda he had visited in the course of school support implemented their own universal basic education policy, called on Nigerian government to strengthen UBEC to accommodate Nigerian children whether in private or public schools.
He contended that it was about time emergency was declared on education in the country.
"In Kenya, for example, money meant for schools are sent directly to the schools because allowing it to go through intermediaries subject it to shedding of weight along many toll gates", Obi said.
Addressing students of Madonna Academy, Obi who donated N1 million to them for infrastructural support, encouraged them to see education as a necessary companion in life. His words: "I am where I am today because of education. I am here to reveal that truth to you as a way of encouraging you to see education as the best and necessary companion in life."
Obi however lamented the relative paucity of funds Nigeria budgets for education yearly and called for the reverse of the trend.
Presenting the vote of thanks, the Principal of the academy, Mr. Nnamdi Nnodi, recalled how Obi provided computers, buses, Internet, and all basic facilities to Anambra State schools and thanked him for continued remembrance of the schools thereafter.
He also thanked Obi for constructing the road to their school when he was the governor.

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Anambra State former Governor, Mr. Peter Obi, presenting a cheque of N1 million for the continued improvement of Madonna Academy, Iyiowa, Odekpe in Onitsha Metropolis, recently.

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