Obong Paul Ekpo delivering an address

Nsikak Akpan (SUBEB)

The Stakeholders in the School Based Management Committee School Improvement Programme (SBMC-SIP) have been charged to rise up as active participants to reorientate education stakeholders and government agencies on the need to participate in school governance to secure, sustain and improve the education system for meaningful education for every Akwa Ibom Child.

The Chairman, Akwa Ibom State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Obong Paul Ekpo who gave this charge during the stakeholder’s Sensitization meeting on the Implementation of 2019 School Based Management Committee School Improvement Programme (SBMC-SIP) informed the stakeholder’s of the objectives of the Sensitization meeting which is on the concept and specific activities under the 2019 SBMC-SIP implementation and to create awareness on the need for equity in the selection process.

Mr Ekpo stated that the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) who instituted the SBMC-SIP with the view to providing financial support to communities in the planning, execution and ownership of School Level Projects had recorded a huge success in the 2017/2018 SBMC-SIP in Akwa Ibom State with a total of 67 projects, resulting in 2160 furnitures which were completed and put to use including 5 renovated schools and 3 new structures.

These He said were in addition to the massive infrastructural construction that had been going on in Basic Schools courtesy of the Education loving Governor, Mr Udom Emmanuel who has not relented in his drive to make education in the State one of the best in the country with excellent quality.

He lauded the achievements of the Governor which includes the recruitment of trained teachers into basic schools, payment of teacher’s salaries as at when due and payment of back log of pension and gratuities to Retired Primary School Teachers and their Next-of-kin.

The SUBEB helmsman iterates that the 2019 SBMC-SIP projects are relatively scaled down due to the effect of covid-19 on the economy with only 31 projects slated for the state.

Speaking earlier, the South-South Zonal Director UBEC, Mr. Igbinoba Osahon said stakeholders play critical roles in school implementation to see that every education aspect is improved.

Mr. Osahon pledged the continuous support of UBEC in the actualization of its goal through the “Self Help Project” to ensure that all the projects are done according to specification

He described the stakeholders as agents of change in the Implementation and improvement of School Programmes and urged them to encourage school drop outs to return to their classrooms adding that “an idle mind is the devil’s workshop”.

In her remarks, the Director Social Mobilization, Mrs Ammah Israel stated that SBMC-SIP is a creative strategy by UBEC, Abuja to improve on the involvement of the communities in the Schools maintaining that it is a Programme that improves the self help programme where the communities participate and get involved and own the schools in their localities.

Mrs Israel stressed that the Programme is to access, equity, enrollment, quality, relevance and improvement in the public schools.

She added “You will be sensitized on the concept of SBMC, the objectives, component and the selection process.

In his Vote of thanks, the Permanent Secretary of SUBEB, Elder Ezekiel Umoh commended Governor Udom Emmanuel in partnership with UBEC for ensuring that this Programme holds yearly since 2017and has been sustained till date.

Elder Umoh stressed the need to lay a good foundation for basic education system with the help of the self help project initiated for the sole purpose of community participation to improve access, quality and relevance in public schools.

He called on stakeholders to carry out effective monitoring and supervision on the activities of the pupils adding that there must be an impactful synergy between the Head Teachers and Chairman of SBMC who are also the village heads of the schools.

Also present at the meeting were the Board members, Elder Godwin Enoidem, Mr. Ambrose Ekong, Mr. Ini Akpan and Sir John Udoh, The Acting State Chairman, School Based Management Committee (SBMC) Dr. Peter Umana, The Representative of The State Chairman, Association of Primary Schools Head teachers of Nigeria (AOPSHON), Mrs. Eme Bassey, The Representative of the State Chairman, All Nigeria Conference of Principals of Secondary Schools (ANCOPPSS), Mrs. Excel Iniunan, Village Head Of Ikwe in Onna, His Highness Friday Robinson Inyang and other SUBEB and UBEC Officials.