Civil Society Organisations, CSO’s, have identified Non-access to information of Universal Basic Education, UBE matching grants disbursed by the Federal Government as a major factor mitigating access to free education at the grassroots.
They stated this at a “Stakeholders Consultative Forum on Accountability and Transparency in the Utilization of UBE Matching Grants in FCT, Abuja.
The forum was organised to improve accountability and transparency of governance of the education sector in the country.
The Programme Officer, Human Development Initiative, Mr. Johnson Ibidapo who represented the Executive Director of the Initiative, said Nigeria has the highest dropout of children in the world with Kano state accounting for about 4million out of 13,5million children.
He attributed corruption and poor policy on education as some of the factors militating against operations of UBE in the country.
Mr. Ibidapo called on the government to eliminate the challenges in accessing UBE in the country.
The Vocal Person “Action Coalition of Education For All”, Mr. Abanka Musa who commended the organisers for the forum, stressed the need for the government to always work with the Civil Society Organisations on the planning and implementation stages of its programme and policies.
A participant and Chief of Idu Community in the FCT, Alhaji Mohammed Bawa who decried the dilapidated state of UBE classrooms in schools in the community, called on the Federal Government to come to their rescue.
The forum which had in attendance representatives from civil society organizations, NGOs, NUT,Media and a forum of traditional rulers was organised by “USAID and Human Development Intiative” in collaboration with “Save the Child Intiative and The Wellbeing Foundation Africa”.