By Alex Okoro

OrderPaperToday – No less than N3billion meant for the development of education due to some states in Nigeria are lying idle at the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC).

This is because the states concerned have been unable to pay their 50% counterpart funding required to access the amount due them.

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This was disclosed at the House of Representatives on Wednesday following the adoption of a motion moved by Aishatu Dukku (APC, Gombe) during plenary.

The motion which was entitled ‘Urgent Need to urge States Defaulting in UBEC Funds to Step Up’ prayed the House to urge states defaulting on UBEC funds to pay up their counterpart funding to enable them access the funds.

In moving the motion, Dukku noted that some states including Abia, Enugu, Ekiti, Ondo, and Nassarawa could not access their UBEC funds due to the requirement of a 50% counterpart funding by these states.

She noted  that the provisions of the UBEC Act that the 2% of the Consolidated Revenue Fund, CRF of the Federal Government should go into the UBEC fund.

The motion scaled through after debate and the affected states enjoined to correct the situation as soon as possible.

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