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Again, KWSUBEB distributes instructional materials

Again, KWSUBEB distributes instructional materials

The Kwara State Government has again distributed instructional materials worth millions of naira to public primary and junior secondary schools under the Universe Basic Education Board (SUBEB).

The instructional materials distributed was part of the gains of Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq's commitment to basic education through the payment of counterpart funds.



The Kwara state Governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has flagged off another distribution of instructional materials to schools across the sixteen local government areas of Kwara state.

At the flag off ceremony today, Governor AbdulRazaq noted that the distribution of instructional materials and tools is meant to strengthen public basic education system in Kwara State.

Represented by his Deputy, Mr Kayode Alabi, Governor AbdulRazaq recalled that this gesture is the third of its kind since the inception of this administration.

KWSUBEB distribute instructional materials to schools

KWSUBEB distribute instructional materials to schools

The Kwara State Universal Basic Education Board (KWSUBEB) has distributed instructional materials worth millions of naira to primary and junior secondary schools in the state.

The instructional materials were received on behalf of the various local government areas by the Education Secretaries for the councils.

Some of the items distributed included 20,200 copies of customised lesson notes, 15,000 copies of attendance register books, 2700 world globes, assorted ECCDE toys and other materials for small children among others.

Speaking during the distribution of the materials at SUBEB office, Ilorin, the Executive Chairman of KWSUBEB, Prof Shehu Raheem Adaramaja said the items were received from the Universal
Basic Education Commission, Abuja for onward distribution to the schools.

Adaramaja explained that the gesture was part of the gains of present administration's commitment to the development of basic education through the payment of counterpart funds.

He added that the Board would soon receive items like plastic chairs and tables for ECCDE, mathematical sets for junior secondary schools and scheme of works, while the Board had also secured approval for the procurement of white boards with markers and dusters.

According to him, "I must state that this gesture is part of the gains of our reformed relationship with UBEC. In the past few years, it wasn't like this because Kwara State was neglected and nobody think of us, our classrooms are dilapidated, we had no instructional materials, teachers were using exercise books as attendance registers.

"Now that His Excellency Mallam Abdulrahman AbdulRazaq has put money and UBEC supported us, the narrative has changed and today's event is a testimony to the fact that narrative has changed. We are happy that gone are the days when teachers have to contribute money to buy lesson notes, to buy scheme of works and attendance registers. The era of asking pupils to contribute money to buy chalk is gone because we distributed it recently and this exercise will be a continuous one".

Adaramaja said the materials were part of government efforts aimed at motivating the teachers to ensure that they impart qualitative education into the younger generation.

The SUBEB Chairman assured that the Board would ensure proper monitoring of the materials so that they would be used for the intended purpose.

UBEC Project Execution: Kwara clinched best rating among contemporaries in North Central

UBEC Project Execution: Kwara clinched best rating among contemporaries in North Central

Kwara State is first among the equals in the north central states for the approach it adopted for the ongoing development school infrastructure, the National APC Media team, who were on a working visit to the state made the verdict yesterday in Ilorin.

The Media organ of the party, led by Dr. Tom Ohikere has been in Kwara for a 3-day assessment of how the state is utilizing the UBEC's grant it received to develop basic schools, after being done with other states in the region.

"We have seen evidential achievements of the UBEC/SUBEB projects spread across the three senatorial districts. We were amazingly stunned by the quality of the projects executed. The construction and reconstruction of blocks of classrooms were massive. The training and retraining of teachers have been given a top-notch priority. And this is aimed at equipping the teachers to give a world class education to our children. Furthermore, the salaries, allowance, leave bonus and arrears, alongside the implementation of promotion of teachers are done at appropriate time.

"This is a legendary and commendable effort, given the fact that you (kwara) operate with an overburdened financial base. From what we observed, your whole approach to infrastructure development in schools is first among the equals in the north central," he said.

The event was well attended by the government functionaries including the deputy Governor Kayode Alabi, the Commissioner for Education, Sa'adatu Modibo Kawu and her counterpart in Finance, Florence Olasumbo Oyeyemi; Chief Whip Kwara House of Assembly, Hon. Ali Amuda; Chairman House Committee on Education, Hon. Baba Saliu Boriya; Hon. Awolola Ayokunnumi; State Secretary for APC, Mustapha Isowo and the Publicity Secretary, Tajudeen Aro; Special Adviser Political Communication, Alhaji Basir Adigun, Special Adviser Political, Abdullateef Alakawa; Special Adviser on Strategy, Saadu Salau; Alahji Gali Alaya, some Permanent Secretaries, representative of Kwara State Coordinator for UBEC, Mr Richard Adeoye among other dignitaries.

He said, they have the mandate as members of the APC News online to carry out the assessment tour of the UBEC/SUBEB projects in the state to authenticate and ascertain their standard, adding this forms a plan to promote the activities, achievements of the APC-led administration at various levels.

Dr. Ohikere observed that the government needs to improve on few areas like the enhancement of the curriculum of the state School for Special Needs; capacity building for the education secretaries in various local governments and the media unit the kwara SUBEB, announcing that they resolved to partner with the International Institute of Journalism to train some selected states on the specified fields.

He added that after a thorough inspection and evaluation they have nominated Katshina and Jigawa from North West; Kwara and Nasarawa from North Central; and Osun and Ogun from South Western zone to be recognized at the National Day of Public Commendation on APC revolution of basic education come in November, this year.

In his remarks, Kwara state Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq appreciated the visiting team for their objective assessment of the projects executed and assured them that actions will be taken to effect some of their recommendations at appropriate time.

AbdulRazaq, who spoke through Governor Kayode Alabi said no effort will be spared in the ongoing strive to reposition the education sector, even as he called on all relevant stakeholders to key in.

He expressed his delight at the dimension the Chairman of the state SUBEB, Professor adaramaja has been taking to place Kwara high and value driven with regard to project execution, citing a number of cases that guided his conviction about his capability to deliver on any given task.

"I am not really surprised at your appointment as Chairman of the Kwara SUBEB and what you have achieved in office, because I know your antecedents as a great performer. I normally tell people that only Nigerians can fix Nigeria and only Kwarans can fix Kwara, as in the case of Adaramaja. And one day, God will pay you back for what you are doing for future generations. I also thank the Ministry of Education for the support they are giving him to succeed," he said.

Adaramaja, for his part, said the team's appraisal and commendation were premised only on the 50 per cent projects executed, which his Agency categorized as phase one, adding that the phase two will kick-start by November and will come out much more award-winning for the state.

The SUBEB Chairman thanked the state government for consistent support and how Governor AbdulRazaq has been committed to achieve great for the education sector in the state.

"What the committee has seen and worked on is just 50 per cent of our projects. We released projects for 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017. By next month or so, we hope to release projects for 2018 and 2019 by the special grace of God. If 50% of our assessment has made us enter the first 6th, by the time we are done with the remaining 50%, I don't know which position we will reach. I'm sure that Kwara will emerge number one in the country. We still want you to come back in the next four or five months, you will see effective, efficient and prudent utilization of marching grants in Kwara State".

"For this, I thank the Governor for his fatherly role and for being on the neck of the UBEC at all times to realize much, and for particularly supporting the SUBEB to come out flying. We will continue to make you proud," he said.

Atere Abiola Ameenat
Press Secretary

Kwara is excellent in UBEC's school project execution – National APC Media Team

Kwara is excellent in UBEC's school project execution – National APC Media Team

Prudence, accountability our watchwords, says Gov AbdulRazaq

Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq on Monday said his administration will prudently manage the grant it received from the UBEC to reposition public basic schools in the state, insisting there must be value for taxpayers' money.

The Governor spoke in Ilorin when he received a delegation of the National APC Media Team from Abuja, led by Dr. Tom Ohikere. The team was on a 3-day visit to Kwara to inspect the ongoing renovation, remodelling and construction projects being undertaken with the UBEC grant, as part of the Federal government's template on accountability.

Represented by the state Commissioner for Education and Human Capital Development, Sa'adatu Modibo Kawu, AbdulRazaq lauded the Federal government's assessment initiative and how the UBEC had acceded to his requests on developmental programmes in education sector, following the payment of outstanding debt and the counterpart funds in 2019.

He said a lot is currently being done across public schools in the state, a development he noted will ease teachings and learning for excellent performance of the students.

While thanking the party for picking Kwara as one of the northern states to visit, AbdulRazaq called on the APC Media team to consider other states being controlled by opposition parties, stressing that they also owe Nigerians explanations on how they spent the education development resources they received from the national treasury.

The Governor also applauded the Chairman of Kwara SUBEB, Professor Sheu AbdulRaheem Adaramaja, and his team for making the state proud.

"I trust the Chairman of SUBEB (Prof. Adaramaja). He is very proactive. We are very proud of him and his team. This is an impromptu visit. You are free to go anywhere and see the right things for yourself," he said.

"I am sure that APC controlled states will want to do the right things. Because we all want our party to succeed. I advise that similar monitoring is done to states that are not controlled by APC."

Dr. Ohikere, who described their assessment of the projects so far as excellent, said they are in Kwara to inspect the UBEC projects starting with the ones executed in basic schools for the purpose of achieving quality service delivery, saying they will issue a certificate of credence to the administration after the 3-day exercise.

He said they will also seek to know how the staff and students in the affected schools feel about the projects and the government's response to their welfare needs.

Other members of the visiting team include Olumide Babalola and Lawal Aliyu Ajah respectively.

Professor Adaramaja, for his part, said Kwara had since 2012 ceased to execute UBEC-aided projects because it was blacklisted for the diversion of over #1b UBEC fund for the year 2013, a development he said had hitherto "led us to a horrible situation that Kwarans will never forget in history."

Apart from off-setting the inherited debt of #450 million to UBEC, Adaramaja said, the present government had to pay N7.1 billion 6-year counterpart funds (2014 - 2020) that qualified Kwara to get #14.2 billion in turn, thanking AbdulRazaq for his vision and sincerity about governance.

He also told the delegation that the marching grant the state received, which is meant to develop physical facilities in schools, is already being channelled into construction, renovation and comprehensive remodelling of not less than 605 public schools across the sixteen local governments, in line with the action plan agreed upon by both the state government and UBEC.

He added: "We also have what we call Digital Literacy Centre otherwise called Mini CBT. In each local government area, there are two or three centres selected for digital literacy because we want our children to be computer literate from that level. Those centres will be equipped with computers, solar panels and power generating set to drive e-learning. Then, we have furniture. About 3,175 units of furniture are going to be provided."

According to him, the 6-year school projects are divided into two phases for efficient monitoring.

Phase one, which is ongoing, covers projects for 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017, while the 2018 and 2019 ones come under second phase and will start by end of November this year, he added.

He hinted that under the phase two 87 schools will be provided with borehole water system including toilet facility to meet sanitation requirements under the sustainable development goal.

Some of the project sites visited include Baboko Community Junior Secondary School, Baboko LGEA primary school; Government Day Secondary School Airport; Madi LGEA school; Ogidi LGEA school; and Asa LGEA school Ote-Oja.

The Team lead, Dr. Ohikere, at the end of the facility tour, gave Kwara a pass mark in terms of quality of work done on the project sites visited, praising the monitoring body of SUBEB for their insistence on proper execution of contracts.

"The quality of work done in the places we have visited and the concept is very strong. They have done excellently well. So what we have seen so far is a judicious and prudent use of the marching grant received by SUBEB in Kwara State. I commend the Governor and Professor Adaramaja led Kwara SUBEB for these," he said.

Other members of the facilities' tour are some principal officers from the Kwara SUBEB, including the Permanent Board member (1) Mashood Ibrahim; Board Secretary, Mrs. Gloria Adebisi; Abdullateef Solagberu (Deputy Director, Admin); and Engr. Abdulsalam Surajudeen, who is the Project manager. 
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Teachers' Day: Kwara committed to teachers welfare, development

Teachers' Day: Kwara committed to teachers welfare, development

Kwara State Universal Basic Education Board (KWSUBEB) has said that it will continue to accord priorities to the needs of teachers, describing them as been central to achieving overall development, and ensuring quality education for all. 
The Executive Chairman of SUBEB, Professor Shehu Raheem Adaramaja, in his message on World Teachers' Day also said that education is the only indice for measuring the advancement of any given nation.
Every October 5 is a special day dedicated, all over the world, to celebrate teachers and advocate on issues directly affecting the teaching profession. The day is celebrated to highlight the key responsibilities, rights and value of teachers, along with considering issues related to teachers and teaching.
This year the theme of World Teachers’ Day is ‘Teachers at the Heart of Education Recovery.’ This theme recognises teachers for their tireless efforts even during times like Covid-19 pandemic and lockdowns.
Due to their hardworking nature, teachers are known to help young children grow and learn, even in shaping the future generation.
Professor Adaramaja said that the recently organized Education Summit, recruitment of 2701 (SUBEB) teachers, capacity building for different categories of SUBEB teachers, distribution of instructional materials to schools, approval of 2017, 2018, 2019 & 2020 promotion exercises for teachers by His Excellency, Mallam Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq and other measures put in place by the state government was in realization of the importance of teachers in nation building, even as he commended Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq for his commitment.
Professor Adaramaja wished the teachers happy Teachers' Day celebration, even as he charged them to continue to show more commitment and dedication to duty.
Kwara SUBEB Press Secretary
5th October, 2021


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