Governor Ifeanyi Okowa

SERAP to Okowa: Account for money spent on education

NEWS DIGEST–An advocacy group, Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, has asked the Governor of Delta State, Ifeanyi Okowa, to provide it with detailed information on how much his administration has spent on primary education in the state since 2015.

In a statement on Sunday by its Deputy Director, Kolawole Oluwadare, SERAP said its request was informed by the case of Success Adegor, who was sent home from school for being unable to pay.

The group said it was aware that since coming on board, Okowa’s administration had received N7.8bn from Universal Basic Education Commission, apart from other funds from the Federal Government.

Oluwadare said SERAP expected Okowa to oblige its request for information, made pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, within seven days, failing which it would take a legal action against the governor.

SERAP said, “The evidence of education deficit in the state is buttressed by the case of Success Adegor, who was sent home because her parents could not pay the illegal school fee/levy of N900 and the insufficient and poor quality education infrastructure of Okotie-Eboh Primary School 1, Sapele.

“SERAP notes that since assuming office, your government has received over N7.8bn from Universal Basic Education Commission.

“Your government has also received funds from federal allocations to Delta State. Your government accessed over N3bn of UBEC funds between 2015 and 2016, while also reportedly approved the release of N1.28bn counterpart fund to enable it access UBEC funds for 2017.

“Your government also received N213bn from the Federation Accounts Allocation Committee in 2018, at an average of N17.8bn monthly.

“We urge you to provide details of budgetary allocations and actual spending by your government between 2015 and 2019, including specific projects carried out to improve access to free and quality primary education in your state, the locations of such projects and the primary schools that have benefited from the projects.

“We also seek information on specific details of the steps your government is taking to improve the overall welfare of children in primary schools across your state, and details of your government’s fee education programme, if any, across primary schools in the state and information on indirect costs, including uniforms, exercise books, and transport costs to students and their parents.”