The Federal Government has expressed concerns that subnational governments are still unable to access the counterpart funds from the Universal Basic Education Commission, UBEC, to develop basic education in their states.
The government said that over N130 billion is currently lying idle with UBEC because of the inability of some states to provide the 50 percent matching grant to access the funds.
Education Minister Adamu Adamu announced this at the 65th National Council on Education meeting in Jalingo, the Taraba State capital.
Adamu, who spoke through the Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, urged the affected states to re-prioritize basic education as the bedrock for further and continued education.
The minister, in a statement by the Director of Press and Public Relations in the Federal Ministry of Education, Ben Gong, noted that basic education was too strategic to be ignored by state governments.