The Universal Basic Education Commission (UBE) has said ver N41,06 UBEC matching grants is lying unaccessed despite the poor state of many primary schools across the country.
Its Executive Secretary, Dr Hamid Boboyyi, disclosed this in Abuja when he presented the 2020 Capital Budget Performance to the Senate Committee on Basic and Secondary Education.
Giving a breakdown of matching grant implementation by states since 2017, he said while 32 states and the FCT implemented the 2017 projects, four states had yet to that.
The executive secretary listed the four states as Anambra, Imo, Kaduna and Kwara.
He also said that 30 states and the FCT implemented matching grants projects in 2018, but six states – Anambra, Imo, Kaduna, Kwara, Ogun and Plateau – had yet to implement them.
“Eight states have implemented the 2019 matching grants projects, 28 states and FCT have yet to implement them. In 2020, no state implemented the matching grants projects,” he said.
Bobboyi further explained that states had yet to access the 2020 grants because it was only opened for access towards the end of the year.
He said over N29.75 billion was received by the commission, representing 99.92 per cent as at Dec. 31, 2020, while contracts worth over N27.57 billion were awarded for the 2,895 constituency projects.
The executive secretary added that out of the 2,895 constituency projects awarded, 939 had been completed as at March 8, 2021 while a total of 1,956 projects were ongoing.
On fund utilisation, Bobboyi said over N5.35 billion representing 18 per cent had been utilised as at March 2021.
He, however, lamented that many challenges, including disruption of academic activities due to COVID-19 pandemic, delayed the release of capital allocation during the year.