Former Governor, SUBEB Top Officials Must Account For N1billion – Ajakaiye

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By Wole Adedeji, Ilorin

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Kwara State former Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed and the immediate past management of the State Universal Education Board (SUBEB) should be made to account for the Board’s N1 billion.

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Rafiu Ajakaiye, the Chief Press Secretary to Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq in a statement said because the money which was a fund from the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) could not be accounted for, Kwara could not access its rightful funds from the Commission for years under the watch of the ex-governor.

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Ajakaiye in the statement on behalf of his boss described “top officials of the government he succeeded as the people who stole stole future of Kwara children”.

According to him, the governor said the “criminal diversion of funds meant for development of basic education amounted to reckless looting of the future of Kwara child”.

The governor’s spokesman said his principal at the official signing of an MoU for the ‘KwaraLEARN Programme described as laughable to hear “characters who took part in the looting of public resources for basic education to talk about good governance or launching themselves back to public offices in 2023”.

He said further: “The former administration misbehaved. They did not invest in education at all. It is indeed saddened to know that they did what they did. We all know what UBEC stands for.

“It was created by the federal government to assist states with funding of basic education system. In 2013, the state was given about a billion naira and they just stole the money. Since then the state was barred from accessing the funds.

“The state was blacklisted until 2019 when UBEC started forcing them to pay back. When we came in 2019, there was an outstanding of N450m to be paid. So, we quickly paid that.

“The sad tale is that there had been no significant investment in education. The school infrastructure had collapsed. Teachers were not paid. Teachers were promoted but they did not back it up.

“We are just backing it now, some dating back to 2017. Teachers were paid half salaries. Teachers were working as bricklayers to supplement their incomes because they didn’t get their salaries.

“We have come a long way. We are trying to build confidence in our teachers through training and retraining. Nobody was training the teachers talk less of payment of salaries. So, there was a total collapse of the education system.”

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