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Kagara: SERAP Asks Buhari To Probe, Recover Billions Missing From UBEC, SUBEBS by Tobbydhayor90: 12:06pm On Feb 21
Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has urged President Muhammadu Buhari “to direct the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice Mr Abubakar Malami, SAN to work with appropriate anti-corruption agencies to promptly probe allegations of corruption in the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) and State Universal Basic Education Boards (SUBEBs) between 2004 and 2020, including missing N3,836,685,213.13 documented in the 2017 Annual Report by the Auditor-General of the Federation.”

The organization also urged him to “direct Mr Malami and the anticorruption agencies to make public the outcome of any investigation, and to prosecute suspected perpetrators if there is relevant admissible evidence, as well as fully recover any missing public funds.”

In the open letter dated 20 February 2021 and signed by SERAP deputy director Kolawole Oluwadare, the organization said: “Allegations of corruption in UBEC and SUBEBs violate the right to education of millions of Nigerian children who continue to face unsuitable learning conditions, as shown by the poor learning and boarding facilities at the Government Science College, Kagara, Niger State where dozens of schoolchildren, teachers and their relatives were abducted by gunmen.”

SERAP said: “Investigating the allegations of corruption and mismanagement in UBEC and SUBEBs, prosecuting suspected perpetrators and recovering any missing public funds would contribute to addressing the education crisis in the country, which has disproportionately affected the most vulnerable and marginalized, and entrenched inequality.”

SERAP also urged President Buhari to “ensure prompt investigation into the spending of money budgeted for the Safe School Initiative since 2014, including N3.2 billion from the Federal Government and private donors meant to ensure a safer school environment for children, and to clean up an apparently entrenched system of corruption in the education sector.”

According to SERAP: “Many years of unresolved allegations of corruption and mismanagement in UBEC and SUBEBs have resulted in decreasing quality of education for poor children while many politicians send their own children to the best private schools in the country and abroad, and thereby leaving behind generations of poor children.”

The letter, read in part: “We would be grateful if your government would indicate the measures being taken to address the allegations and to implement the proposed recommendations within 14 days of the receipt and/or publication of this letter.”

“If we have not heard from you by then as to the steps being taken in this direction, the Incorporated Trustees of SERAP shall take all appropriate legal actions to compel your government to implement these recommendations in the in public interest, and to promote transparency and accountability in UBEC and SUBEBs.”

“Allegations of corruption in UBEC and SUBEBs undermine public confidence in the education sector, lead to the erosion of education quality and access, and if not urgently addressed will lead to an increase in out-of-school children, and exacerbate educational inequalities in the country.”

“According to the 2017 Annual Report by the Auditor-General of the Federation, UBEC spent ₦7,712,000.00 to engage external solicitors between January to December, 2015 without due process and the approval of the Attorney General of the Federation. UBEC also reportedly failed to explain the nature of the legal services rendered. The Auditor-General is concerned UBEC may have engaged ‘unqualified solicitors.’”

“The Plateau State Universal Basic Education Board also reportedly failed to account for ₦37,200,000.00 despite repeated requests by the Auditor-General. The Plateau SUBEB also spent ₦9,709,989 without any payment vouchers. The SUBEB spent ₦1,607,007,353.72 Special Intervention funds by the Federal Government without any documents.”

“The Plateau SUBEB also paid ₦10,341,575.00 to various contractors without evidence of advance payment guarantee. The SUBEB paid ₦70,569,471.00 through cheques to a staff, in violation of the Federal Government e-payment policy. The SUBEB also failed to explain the purpose of the payment. It spent ₦120,948,000.00 on professional development of teachers but failed to retire and account for the money.”

“The Imo State Universal Basic Education Board reportedly spent N482, 560,000.00 as mobilization fees to some contractors without due process, and any advance payment guarantee. The contracts were funded from the Matching Grant Account. The Auditor-General stated that the contractors selected lacked ‘the financial capacity to handle the contracts.’ The SUBEB has also failed to account for ₦140,774,702.12 of project fund since 2015.”

“The Kano State Universal Basic Education Board reportedly paid ₦71,263,000.15 to contractors without due process and without open competitive bidding. Similarly, the Ebonyi State Universal Basic Education Board paid ₦569,758,938.00 to ‘unqualified contractors and companies’ for the reconstruction and renovation of classrooms. The Ebonyi SUBEB also spent ₦10,123,892.46 to buy store items but without any documents.”

“The Gombe State Universal Basic Education Board paid ₦31,822,600.00 to a staff from its teachers’ professional development funds but failed to account for the money. The Auditor-General is concerned that ‘the payment is fictitious’, and that ‘the funds did not benefit the intended beneficiaries.’ The SUBEB also reportedly paid ₦41, 277,983.00 as cash advance to staff to ‘buy some materials and for press coverage but failed to account for the money.’”

“SERAP is concerned about allegations of widespread and systemic corruption, misappropriation and mismanagement within UBEC and several SUBEBs, the failure to investigate these allegations, and to recover any missing public funds. The Federal Government bears responsibility for ensuring that every Nigerian child has access to quality education in conducive learning environment, and to safeguard education as a public good.”

“Your government’s responsibility to guarantee and ensure the right to quality education for every Nigerian child is interlinked with the responsibility under Section 15(5) of the Constitution of Nigeria 1999 [as amended] to ‘abolish all corrupt practices and abuse of office.’ This imposes a fundamental obligation to investigate the missing public funds from UBEC and SUBEBs, to prosecute suspected perpetrators, recover the money, and to remove opportunities for corruption in these institutions.”

“Access to quality education would empower children to be full and active participants in society, able to exercise their rights and engage in civil and political life.”

“Any failure to promptly and thoroughly investigate the allegations and prosecute suspected perpetrators, and to recover the missing public funds would breach Nigeria’s anti-corruption legislation, the Nigerian Constitution, the UN Convention against Corruption, the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights, to which Nigeria is a state party.”

“The letter is copied to Mr Malami; Professor Bolaji Owasanoye, Chairman Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC); and Mr Mohammed Abba, Acting Chairman, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).”

https://serap-nigeria.org/2021/02/21/kagara-serap-asks-buhari-to-probe-recover-billions-missing-from-ubec-subebs/

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Re: Kagara: SERAP Asks Buhari To Probe, Recover Billions Missing From UBEC, SUBEBS by MANNABBQGRILLS: 1:50pm On Feb 21
If anyone is found guilty,
You face the consequences of your actions.

STEALING IS NOW CORRUPTION!!

Nigeria will be great again in our lifetime.

Some enemies of the country will still wail on our honest and true image below this beautiful Sunday.
Children of hate, frustration and perdition show your face by quoting this post, let sane Nairalanders know you tongue tongue tongue


They call him many different names,
but not even their fathers dare call him a thief!


#INTEGRITY to badt!
A man after God's heart ❤
They want to bury Baba,
They don't know he is a seed! kiss

fredoooooo:
Help me tell dem abeg grin
Lol cheesy.
Oga Fredoooooo,
Dem no blind nah,
Dem dey see am! grin cheesy wink

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Re: Kagara: SERAP Asks Buhari To Probe, Recover Billions Missing From UBEC, SUBEBS by Jestin: 1:51pm On Feb 21
9ja mata don tire me...Abeg when City and Arsenal match dey start ?
Re: Kagara: SERAP Asks Buhari To Probe, Recover Billions Missing From UBEC, SUBEBS by loladamm: 1:51pm On Feb 21
corruption just dey everywhere for this country
Re: Kagara: SERAP Asks Buhari To Probe, Recover Billions Missing From UBEC, SUBEBS by Deathisfree: 1:51pm On Feb 21
Bbv
Re: Kagara: SERAP Asks Buhari To Probe, Recover Billions Missing From UBEC, SUBEBS by NwaNimo1(m): 1:52pm On Feb 21

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Re: Kagara: SERAP Asks Buhari To Probe, Recover Billions Missing From UBEC, SUBEBS by TheVoice21(m): 1:52pm On Feb 21
If the country is working well, do we have to remind anyone to probe anyone of corruption?
Re: Kagara: SERAP Asks Buhari To Probe, Recover Billions Missing From UBEC, SUBEBS by bayelsaowei(m): 1:52pm On Feb 21
There is not a thing this SERAP or seraphim guys have charged the government with that has yielded any result.. every time they are charging the government but with no results..

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Re: Kagara: SERAP Asks Buhari To Probe, Recover Billions Missing From UBEC, SUBEBS by SimplyFacts: 1:53pm On Feb 21
I've heard about UBEC & SUBEBS giving hopes to the unemployed than SERAPS or FG herself.

Once any body/institution refuses to give them a bribe/share of the money released for a particular project, they automatically become embittered. I may not be right in this case though

I hope they know they are going to the underworld with nothing. Maybe dem wan gather the whole world for "Kamo" only,,, in Gbenga Adeboye's voice angry
Re: Kagara: SERAP Asks Buhari To Probe, Recover Billions Missing From UBEC, SUBEBS by Lassana7: 1:56pm On Feb 21
Buhari is a dullard
Re: Kagara: SERAP Asks Buhari To Probe, Recover Billions Missing From UBEC, SUBEBS by Sheriman(m): 2:01pm On Feb 21
Thief want to probe Thieves
Re: Kagara: SERAP Asks Buhari To Probe, Recover Billions Missing From UBEC, SUBEBS by Shutup1st: 2:02pm On Feb 21
What a nation where Political thieves walk freely.
I remember back in school those days, we were taught that; `Goverment is for people, by the people and to people. But hmmm here in Naija and Reality.

Goverment is act of deceiving citizen and looting away public fund for selfish interest.
Re: Kagara: SERAP Asks Buhari To Probe, Recover Billions Missing From UBEC, SUBEBS by Viknat(m): 2:07pm On Feb 21
If them serious, they should come to Delta state asaba very huge level of corruption
Re: Kagara: SERAP Asks Buhari To Probe, Recover Billions Missing From UBEC, SUBEBS by Ugolistikp: 2:09pm On Feb 21
The more I want to say "GOD BLESS NIGERIA" the more I realize that it seems God has cursed this nation...."my thought though"

We cry "Buhari" everyday but the truth is that those under him are worse .How can humans be this greedy and inconsiderate....

This people only make the growing Nigerian population to see corruption as the right path to follow because they end up getting away with these crimes since all the sectors are corrupt including those that are meant to be corruption fighters who have now become "BRIBE COLLECTORS" ...

How I wish we were any better because everyman just want the national cake �

"Shakes head"
Re: Kagara: SERAP Asks Buhari To Probe, Recover Billions Missing From UBEC, SUBEBS by Polyglot7pointO: 2:16pm On Feb 21
Jestin:
9ja mata don tire me...Abeg when City and Arsenal match dey start ?
17:30pm naija time..
Re: Kagara: SERAP Asks Buhari To Probe, Recover Billions Missing From UBEC, SUBEBS by Ernchibyke(m): 2:18pm On Feb 21
MANNABBQGRILLS:
If anyone is found guilty,
You face the consequences of your actions.

STEALING IS NOW CORRUPTION!!

Nigeria will be great again in our lifetime.

Some enemies of the country will still wail on our honest and true image below this beautiful Sunday.
Children of hate, frustration and perdition show your face by quoting this post, let sane Nairalanders know you tongue tongue tongue


They call him many different names,
but not even their fathers dare call him a thief!


#INTEGRITY to badt!
A man after God's heart ❤
They want to bury Baba,
They don't know he is a seed! kiss


Lol cheesy.
Oga Fredoooooo,
Dem no blind nah,
Dem dey see am! grin cheesy wink

Pls which tribe is this Manna whatever of a guy

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Re: Kagara: SERAP Asks Buhari To Probe, Recover Billions Missing From UBEC, SUBEBS by MANNABBQGRILLS: 2:23pm On Feb 21
God bless Nigeria.

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Re: Kagara: SERAP Asks Buhari To Probe, Recover Billions Missing From UBEC, SUBEBS by adecz: 2:27pm On Feb 21
grin grin grin grin


Waste of time..



Buhari does not investigate or
probe corruption matters involving
APC member or Fulani officials..



He feels the nation's wealth is theirs
by right of 'conquest'.

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Re: Kagara: SERAP Asks Buhari To Probe, Recover Billions Missing From UBEC, SUBEBS by globalresource: 2:42pm On Feb 21
Buhari that is still looking for the technology they used in Filming Ganduje in the bribery scandal

Fighting corruption my ass. Bunch of thieves
Re: Kagara: SERAP Asks Buhari To Probe, Recover Billions Missing From UBEC, SUBEBS by globalresource: 2:43pm On Feb 21
Ernchibyke:


Pls which tribe is this Manna whatever of a guy

He supports Buhari blindly.... If Buhari cut off someone's head. He will still look for words to support him

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Re: Kagara: SERAP Asks Buhari To Probe, Recover Billions Missing From UBEC, SUBEBS by ClearFlair: 2:43pm On Feb 21
MANNABBQGRILLS:
If anyone is found guilty,
You face the consequences of your actions.

STEALING IS NOW CORRUPTION!!

Nigeria will be great again in our lifetime.

Some enemies of the country will still wail on our honest and true image below this beautiful Sunday.
Children of hate, frustration and perdition show your face by quoting this post, let sane Nairalanders know you tongue tongue tongue


They call him many different names,
but not even their fathers dare call him a thief!



#INTEGRITY to badt!
A man after God's heart ❤
They want to bury Baba,
They don't know he is a seed! kiss


Lol cheesy.
Oga Fredoooooo,
Dem no blind nah,
Dem dey see am! grin cheesy wink

This oga is clearly not okay.
Re: Kagara: SERAP Asks Buhari To Probe, Recover Billions Missing From UBEC, SUBEBS by IgboWarlord(m): 2:44pm On Feb 21
Let SERAP just SHARRAP there..Toothless bulldogs...All barks...
Re: Kagara: SERAP Asks Buhari To Probe, Recover Billions Missing From UBEC, SUBEBS by fredoooooo: 2:50pm On Feb 21
MANNABBQGRILLS:
If anyone is found guilty,
You face the consequences of your actions.

STEALING IS NOW CORRUPTION!!

Nigeria will be great again in our lifetime.

Some enemies of the country will still wail on our honest and true image below this beautiful Sunday.
Children of hate, frustration and perdition show your face by quoting this post, let sane Nairalanders know you tongue tongue tongue


They call him many different names,
but not even their fathers dare call him a thief!


#INTEGRITY to badt!
A man after God's heart ❤
They want to bury Baba,
They don't know he is a seed! kiss


Lol cheesy.
Oga Fredoooooo,
Dem no blind nah,
Dem dey see am! grin cheesy wink

This is not the era of goat and yam

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Re: Kagara: SERAP Asks Buhari To Probe, Recover Billions Missing From UBEC, SUBEBS by MANNABBQGRILLS: 2:52pm On Feb 21
fredoooooo:


This is not the era of goat and yam
GBAMSOLUTELY!!

U don finish d matter Oga Fredoooooo

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Re: Kagara: SERAP Asks Buhari To Probe, Recover Billions Missing From UBEC, SUBEBS by Khaleepha5681: 3:32pm On Feb 21
Muhammad Buhari the thrice failure
Allah,we ask you for your salvation
We repent for our sins
Re: Kagara: SERAP Asks Buhari To Probe, Recover Billions Missing From UBEC, SUBEBS by Khaleepha5681: 3:35pm On Feb 21
MANNABBQGRILLS:
God bless Nigeria.

Amin Thumma amin bro

But may he all merciful save us from calamity Buhari

Ya hayyu ya qayyum bi rahmatuka nasta uzu min fitnatu Buhari

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