The Kwara State Governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has approved immediate payment of the N450m that the previous administration allegedly diverted from the Universal Basic Education Commission, UBEC funds.
This has cleared the way for immediate readmission of Kwara to a scheme that is meant to improve access to basic education.
The approval came a few days after UBEC officials narrated how the previous administration had diverted the N1.5bn 2013 funds allocated to Kwara and how that had led to the official blacklisting of the State from UBEC.
Governor AbdulRazaq signed the documents approving the refund of the N450m during a meeting with the Permanent Secretary for the Kwara State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) Bayo Onimago and Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Finance, Benjamin Fatigun in Ilorin.
The payment of the N450m was a precondition for readmitting Kwara back to the UBEC after a five-year ban under the Abdulfatah Ahmed’s administration.
Governor AbdulRazaq had said he would immediately pay the N450m in the interest of the children, restore Kwara’s relationship with UBEC and commit whatever fund accessed only for the purpose for which it was meant
The spokesman to the Governor, Rafiu Ajakaye said one implication of this crucial step taken by the government was that the State can now access UBEC funds worth over N5bn once it pays the counterpart funds.
Kwara currently ranks 37th or the lowest on the UBEC Matching Grant Disbursement Performance.