A Bill for the amendment of the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) Act, to increase its funding from the consolidated revenue from 2 per cent to 4 per cent has passed the second reading in the House of Representatives.

The Chairman House Committee on Basic Education and Services, Hon. Bako Useni stated this on Thursday during the committee’s oversight function at the Digital Resource Center built by UBEC in Abuja.

The centre was built for the training of teachers on digital education in Nigeria.

Useni said the 10th Assembly saw the need to increase financial resources to the basic education sub-sector for its set objectives to be further met.

He added that the amendment bill sponsored by Hon. Muktar Shagaya to increase revenue accruing to UBEC from 2 per cent to 4 per cent was necessary.

“The amendment bill which passed the second reading on Wednesday when concluded will make UBEC stronger.

“Since UBEC was established in 2004 to date, a lot has been achieved. However, the House felt that if UBEC is motivated with more funding, it will go a long way in achieving more of what it has achieved.

“It was on this basis that one of us, Hon. Shagaya proposed an amendment to the UBEC Act to increase its funding from two per cent to four per cent from the consolidated revenue fund,” he said.

Useni said the committee was happy with the digital resource center built by UBEC, as it had always been the desire of the committee to ensure that newer dimensions were introduced to the basic education sector of the country.

“It is going to bring a new approach to basic education in Nigeria. It is going to improve teachers’ training and content,” he said.

According to him, the committee will ensure continuous oversight function for the sustainability of the centre like all others under its mandate.

“We have also assured the centre of our collaboration and support through budget allocations and oversight functions to make sure that whatever funds that are provided are used for the betterment of Nigerians.
“We will continue to visit to monitor the kind of training that is being given to our teachers and other resource persons because it is a centre for Nigeria to develop its education sector.

The Executive Secretary of UBEC, Dr Hameed Bobboyi said the centre is an effort to move digital education in Nigeria to the next level, stressing that it was gladdening to have taken the House Committee members on a tour of the facilities in the centre.

According to him, the facilities in the centre includes: the digital museum, library, artificial intelligence centre, studio, micro-labs, lecture halls, accommodation among others.

“It is fruitful to bring the Honourable members to come and see what UBEC is doing in the area of digital education in the basic education sub-sector of the country.

“The facility will ensure that our teachers are trained on the new pedagogy. We have brought in many teachers, school administrators, and quality assurance officers.

” This is for them to understand what is digital learning and also to prepare them to be real participants and not just copycats in the class, where they can develop their digital resources and also take advantage of digital resources already on the ground.

“This is an experiment that we have started and believe that it will be a game changer in our basic education sub-sector,” he said.

Bobboyi said the digital resource centre would coordinate the smart schools spread across the country to aid digital learning in the nation adding that it would also be used to reshape those in the senior/management cadre of the basic education sub-sector.

The National Coordinator of the centre, Prof. Bashir Galandanci said it was part of the efforts of the commission to transform the agency into a digital era. (NAN)

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