The Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC), has rated Osun State high in projects implementation, applauding the state government for prompt and faithfulness to the payment of counterpart funding.
The leader of the UBEC delegation, Percy Osundu who led the UBEC Board members on a courtesy visit to Gov. Adegboyega Oyetola, made the commendation after the assessment of some of the counterpart-funded projects in the state.
“So far, we have seen the exceptional performance of the state in the education sector, most importantly in the area of basic education.
“As a matter of fact, with what we have seen in Osun, we are confident to say Osun is one of the states where education has been given topmost priority, and where education infrastructure receives optimum attention.
“There is no doubt in the fact that in terms of marching grants, Osun is top on the list as the state has been prompt and diligent in the fulfilment of its obligations.
“I must commend the administration of Gov. Oyetola for the love and passion attached to education.
“We will take this to Abuja as we also appeal to the state not to relent in its efforts at providing quality education,” the leader of the delegation said.
Osundu urged the state government to do more on out-of-school children.
While noting that the incidence of out of school children was very minimal in the state, he expressed the belief that the gesture would further advance the cause of the education sector.
Responding, Gov. Oyetola said the administration decided to prioritise education because of its potentials as the bedrock of any meaningful development.
“I am glad that you are here not only to see our little efforts in the education sector but to also assess the commitment that we have attached to the provision of quality education.
“We have been able to achieve all we have achieved because we place much premium on education, which is why we have been prompt and consistent in the payment of our counterpart funds.
“Our commitment to the payment of counterpart funds is not limited to the education sector alone, it is so in other sectors that require counterpart funding,” Oyetola said.
He said Osun state was committed to making education attractive, affordable and accessible to all.
By Adeyinka Aremu, Osogbo
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