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Most SUBEB Financial Records Show Infractions ― UBEC

Every State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) across the nation must always adhere to due process in the usage of their finances and other concerns, according to the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC).

This was mentioned in a brief statement by the Executive Secretary of UBEC, Dr. Hamid Bobboy, at the executive training session on financial management that UBEC arranged for all of the chairmen of SUBEBs at the Lagos Business School, Lekki, last Thursday.

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The training, according to him, was necessary due to UBEC’s quarterly financial monitoring reports on the state’s and the FCT Universal Basic Education Board’s use of the Federal Government-UBE Intervention Funds.

He claims that the records show several violations occurring in SUBEBs, some of which are against UBEC regulations, accounting standards, financial regulations, and procurement legislation.

When “We observed that in certain jurisdictions, the violations are committed without recourse to adopting the commission’s recommendations that follow every financial monitoring,” Bobby stated this scenario had become “very troubling.”

He pointed out that the commission’s efforts to stop these activities by informing the SUBEB accounting staff have so far failed to have the intended outcome, forcing the commission to advise its Governing Board on the appropriate punishments to apply on contravening boards.

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He claimed that after the recommendations were made, it was decided that the chairmen should receive training and exposure to the pertinent laws governing financial transactions in their respective boards at a meeting of the UBEC Management and SUBEB Executive Chairmen in November 2021 in Benin City, Edo State.

As organizations that have the confidence of the Nigerian people, “we think we have a responsibility to account to the Nigerian public on what we are doing with the resources allocated for the development of basic education in the nation, and so we must be able to do things well,” Bobby said. However, he asserted that he was confident the training would be effective.

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