FG Hails Edo Governor Over Plan To Embark On Census In Schools
The ongoing plan by the Governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki, to embark on a census in all schools within the state has been lauded by the present administration.
NIGERIA NEWS gathered that the effort of the governor was commended by the federal government through the Executive Secretary of the Universal Basic Education Board (UBEC), Dr. Hamid Bobboyi during the monitoring of ongoing National Personnel Audit (NPA) of primary and secondary schools in the state being conducted by UBEC.
A similar exercise was reported to have been carried out in the state in schools under the control of the Edo State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) some months ago.
While the previous exercise covers only public primary and secondary schools from Kindergarten to Senior Secondary School (SS) 3. The forthcoming exercise by UBEC would cover both public and private schools across the country.
In the words of the executive secretary, Bobboy, “It is highly commendable that the state governor understands the essence of the exercise, having conducted a similar exercise to generate data from schools to aid planning.” “The exercise by UBEC will help map out primary and secondary schools across the state.”
Speaking further, Bobboyi noted: “The ongoing National Personnel Audit is being organised to collect data for planning. The exercise is being carried out in public and private schools. It also covers faith-based schools and is being conducted nation-wide.”
“Through the exercise, UBEC will develop a geographical information system (GIS) for locations of the schools. This will be done in collaboration with the National Space Research and Development Agency (NASDRA).” The data generated will be useful for strategic planning in the basic education sub-sector.”
The Acting Chairman, Edo State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) and Special Adviser to the Governor on Basic Education, Dr. Joan Osa Oviawe, who also contributed to the matter said: “The state will continue to strengthen existing collaboration with UBEC as the state governor remains committed to his strategic vision to improve access to quality basic education in the state.”
She assures members of UBEC on the assignment that the Edo state government is ready to give their full support on the exercise.
In her words: “The state government will be as responsive as possible in areas where there are challenges in the ongoing exercise.”
She also appealed to owners of non-government schools to give their full support on the issue by making their schools and needed documents accessible.
She further reassures them that the exercise is not geared towards increment of tax on private schools as it is already being rumoured.