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FCTA earmarks N9.6bn for education-for-all projects

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The Federal Capital Territory Administration, FCTA, has earmarked the sum N9.6billion to make education more accessible to all ages within the nation’s capital. Secretary, FCT Education Secretariat, Senator Isah Maina, who disclosed this in Abuja, said the money was spent on educational developmental projects. He stated that projects worth N2.8 billion have been completed while projects worth about N4billion were awarded and would be completed soon.

Maina also revealed that the FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Bello, who has demonstrated interest in expanding the development in the education sector, approved the payment of the sum of N2.8 billion as counterpart funds for projects the FCTA and jointly executing with some international partners.

According to him, some of the projects are the construction and rehabilitation of over 400 primary and junior classroom blocks across the territory, fencing of three secondary schools, furnishing of classrooms, offices, transit and staff quarters at Abuja University of Technology, Abaji, and provision of laptop computers to secondary schools in Kuje and Jabi among others.

Other projects worth N3.8 billion that were awarded and awaiting completion are, the furnishing and equipping of science laboratories at GGSS Kuje and GGSS Abaji for computer based exam (CBE) Centre, ITVI, Utako, supply of laptop computers for students.

Under the counterpart projects, the Senator disclosed that the FCT Minister authorized the release of the sum of N2.8 billion counterpart funds, which enabled the administration to access the UBE funds, including the unpaid arrears of 2014 for the Teachers Professional Development (TPD) fund.

This, he said, brought the FCT up to date in its financial obligations to UBEC having paid till 2016.

“To give brilliant but indigent students in the FCT opportunity to excel in their educational pursuit, the administration approved the disbursement of N96 million under the FCT Education Assistance Scheme to clear the backlog of 5,450 students that applied for scholarships for the 2015 award season, which will commence after a pre-disbursement audit of the applicants soon.

Similarly, the school feeding has been carried upward from N200 to N300 per student per day, to improve the quantity and quality of food for students in the boarding schools. “School heads in the FCT have also been given the opportunity of rising to the position of grade level 17 as is the case in the federal ministries and some states across the country.”

He added that the FCT Administration has designated 20 schools as Grade A schools and their principals can now rise to the position of grade level 17 officers.

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