By Ike Uchechukwu

GOVERNOR of Cross  River State, Prof. Ben Ayade, has approved N1.04b for the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) to access its 2016 Universal Basic Education Commission, (UBEC), matching grant.

Speaking with reporters in Calabar, the Executive Chairman of SUBEB, Dr. Stephen Odey, lauded the governor for his effort towards improving basic education in the State.

Dr Odey said with the approval, there would be more funds for SUBEB to embark on its projects across the State.

He said the Board was determined to ensure qualitative, uninterrupted and competitive basic education in Cross River State with a view to giving children the platform to compete with their peers anywhere in the world, adding, “Prof. Ben Ayade’s magnanimity is a proof of his commitment towards the growth and development of our children.

“We are passionate about basic education, because we know that is where knowledge is developed, we want our children to have the best in terms of teachers, learning environment and amenities.”

Infrastructural development

The SUBEB chairman also disclosed that the Board has released 237 award letters for the 2012-2015 Universal Basic Education (UBE) intervention projects for the state, stressing that with the release of these 237 letters, “there will be massive infrastructural development in our basic education sector, the first of its kind in Cross River State.”

He noted that along with the 237 award letters, the board has also released an award letter for the Canadian International Model School to be cited in Obudu Local Government Area.

Odey said the award letters were released after undergoing due process, with approvals gotten from Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) and Governor Ben Ayade based on an action plan earlier submitted and approved.

He hinted that the jobs would commence after proper documentation, signing of agreement and a fifteen percent mobilization to all contractors and assured the projects would be carried out to specification, adding “I will personally monitor the projects and contractors will be paid based on milestone,”

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