School kids sit on floor in Taraba as UBEC fails to deliver N65 million desks

School children across six communities in Taraba state, continue to learn sitting on the floor as the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) has failed to deliver N65 million desks being implemented under the Consolidated Capital Project.

UBEC in the Consolidated Capital Project under the Economic Recovery Growth (ERG) got N65 million to deliver desks to the six schools in Jalingo, the Taraba STATE capital.

This is even as the Federal Government has paid 70% of the fund, and worse still UBEC has delivered no desk to any of the schools.

A visit by Tracka, a public accountability organization to the schools to evaluate the project delivery shows no desks have been delivered by UBEC despite N65 million 70% release.

For instance, children in Mafindi Primary School Jalingo, located at the Taraba State capital that got N15 million desk supply from UBEC, were seen sitting on the floor as no desks were delivered to the school.

A school teacher who spoke to the Tracka official said the authority is not aware of the project regarding desks supply from UBEC, pointing out that nobody has approached them regarding the project.

This is a year after UBEC has gotten the deal to deliver desks to the schools, and the school authority has not been contacted.

A teacher who took Tracka official around the classroom showed how the kids are sitting on the floor under the hard weather while lamenting how dirty they look because they sit on the floor. Situation the teacher condemned as totally unacceptable.

Other schools UBEC has failed to supply desks, and kids continue to learn sitting on the floor are, (1) Hassan primary school Jalingo (2) Central primary school Jalingo  (3) Muhammed Tukur primary school Jalingo (4) Muhammed Nya primary school Jalingo and (5) Lamorde primary school Jalingo.

This is even as each of the schools got N10 million budget with 70% released by the federal government.

And worse still noting has been delivered by the UBEC and the kids continue to learn sitting on the floor.

MAWA Foundation could not immediately reach out to UBEC for an official response.

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