9th August, 2016
Dr Hameed Bobboyi, the New Executive Secretary, Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC), has pledged to revamp basic education in order to enhance national development.
This pledge is contained in a statement signed by Mrs Helen Okoro, the Public Relations Officer of the commission on Tuesday in Abuja.
Bobboyi, who made the pledge while assuming office, said that a solid foundation needed to be laid for the development of basic education in the country.
The Executive Secretary said that the foundation if established, would ensure quality education and production of critical mass manpower that would drive government’s development agenda.
He said that the revival of the sector by the commission could be possible through effective collaboration with government at all levels and relevant stakeholders.
“We cannot get it right without properly laying a solid foundation for the development of basic education.
“Yes, basic education is on the concurrent list, we all need to work collectively to revamp the sector.
“I understand that the Federal Government has done a lot through UBEC. We will sustain that and we will also meet with the State Governments and relevant stakeholders in this regard.
“I want the state governors and other relevant stakeholders to join hands with the Federal Government in the efforts to revamp the basic education sub-sector,” he said.
Bobboyi observed that there were multiple challenges confronting basic education in Nigeria.
He, however, expressed confidence that with the joint effort of the stakeholders and government, the desired quality basic education was attainable.
The new Executive Secretary pledged to prioritize the welfare of members of staff of the commission, urging them to be patriotic, hardworking and honest in the discharge of their duties.
The UBEC former Executive Secretary, Dr Dikko Suleiman, in his remark, said that the low access to the Matching Grant by some State Governments remained the major challenge of the commission.