‘Yobe SUBUB expends N1.4bn in 17 months’

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From SA’ADATU MAINA, Damaturu
THE Yobe State Universal Basic Education Board (UBE) said it has expended the sum of 1.4 billion Naira, towards the implementation of its programmes between May 2011October 2012.
In a chat with New Nigerian in Damaturu, the Yobe State capital, the Executive Chairman of the Board, Alhaji Gagarau Isa Bizi said as an agency charged with the responsibility of implementing the UBE programmes in the state, the amount was used for the construction of 1,251 classrooms and VIP toilets under the 2011 and 2012 UBE matching grant.
He also said the amount was also used for the construction of 18 class rooms’ storey building in Damaturu town as well as purchase of various instructional materials and assorted school furniture among others.
Gagarau Isa Bizi also said renovation of primary schools were also carried out within the period under review, including those of Bukarti Primary School in Yunusari Local Government, Bindigari, Njiwaji and Kukareta of Damaturu Local government as well as those of Goduram and Biono of Tarmuwa and Fika local Government areas respectively.
The Board, he said has paid salary arrears of the Board staff, purchase of sound proof 50KVA Generator, 10 fire proof filling cabinets and Peugeot 406 at the total cost of 26.6 million Naira.
The Executive Chairman also said that under the training programme, SUBEB, in collaboration with National Teachers institute (NTI) and the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) has trained 1,521 teachers at four different centres.
According to him, the training of seven hundred teachers in collaboration with the federal ministry of education under the FTSS programme as well as the training of three hundred and 50 Arabic teachers sponsored under the National Da’awah programme for the year 2011 was key to educational development in the state.
Gagarau Isa Bizi revealed that the board has introduced biometric data system to determine staff strength, assessment and checking fraud especially over stay in service, unnecessary replacement among several others anomalies.
He assured that efforts will continue to be intensified towards the development of education in the state.

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