The Executive Secretary of the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC), Dr Hamid Bobboyi, has disclosed that a total number of 1,147 communities across the country will benefit from special intervention projects under the School Base Management Committee (SBMC).
He made this known during the National flag-off of the 2019 School Base Management Committee-School Improvement Programme (SIP)(Southern phase) held recently in Calabar.
Bobboyi stated that SBMC is a mechanism for increased community participation in education development.
The Executive Secretary said the flag off activities were crucial to successful project implementation, which is deliberately executed to enhance project implementers capacity to plan, supervise and deliver on each project component as provided in the MOU.
“I am glad to announce for 2019 SBMC-SIP 1147 communities will benefit from the projects, ranging from special grant of five million each to macro and micro-grant of two million and three fifty thousand respectively,” he said.
According to him, it was also important to note that the stakeholders in the aforementioned 1,147 schools and communities have committed themselves not less than 10 per cent of the Universal Basic Education (UBE) contribution as counterpart funding for the smooth implementation of all the designated 2019 projects.
The Executive Secretary noted that all the Southern states have a total of 527 SBMC-SIP projects in the 2019 funding arrangement, adding that 31 of these projects are in the special case category, 170 micro-projects and 340 in the micro category.
Declaring the programme open, the Governor of Cross River State, Ben Ayade, tasked UBEC management to find a way to work towards addressing the failures of the present generation.
He called for the complete overhauling of the Nations education system, stressing that the rots in the school system could be removed if all hands were on deck, the conscience of the school pupils will be taken care of.
Governor Ben Ayade also advocated for the retraining of teachers adding that “people with good education listen to their conscience, equality and good conscience of education start with the mind.
1,147 communities to benefit from special intervention projects – UBEC