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Taraba paid in full all counterpart funds to UBEC – Education Commissioner

Governor Agbu Kefas of Taraba State

By Yusuf Salihu Sansani, Jalingo

The Taraba State Government says it has paid all its counterpart funds to the Universal Basic Education Board (UBEC) in full.

To this end, the State Government has distanced itself from a suit by Femi Falana, SAN, against the Federal Government and the 36 states of the Federation seeking legal actions against those that have not been paying their counterpart funds to institutions supporting education such as UBEC.

In a reaction to the suit, Taraba State Commissioner of Education, Dr. Augustina Godwin confirmed that the
Taraba State Government has paid N1,395,784,959.1 as matching grant counterpart for UBEC.

The Commissioner explained that the payment was made immediately after the State Governor Dr. Agbu Kefas assumed office in 2023.

The State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice Yakubu Maikasuwa, SAN, adding his voice on the matter maintained that Taraba State will not be part of the suit as it has fulfilled all its obligations to UBEC.

Maikasuwa lamented that it is unfortunate that Taraba State that is doing well for education was included in the suit in the first instance noting that the state 2024 budget devoted 24% of the entire expenditure on education.

Apart from that, Taraba State Governor, Dr. Agbu Kefas also declared free education on his assumption of office last year
which has recorded massive success in the state, the number of out of school children in Taraba State has almost been eradicated while school enrolment increased by 300% in September last year.

Taraba indigenes in other states are returning due to the free education policy leading to increase in economic activities in the state.

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