FG Mulls Increase In Basic Education Funding

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BY TEMI OHAKWE, ABUJA – The Federal Government is proposing a legislation that is seeking to increase funding from the consolidated revenue fund to the nation’s basic education sector.

Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, who stated this, said the move would see an increase from the current 2% to 3% of the statutory allocation from the Consolidated Revenue Fund to the Basic Education, with further 1% to be invested in the senior secondary education segment.

Adamu, who announced this at a meeting of the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) Management with the Executive Chairmen of State Universal Basic Education Boards (SUBEBs) which held in Benin, Edo State, said the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration is committed to ensuring that these interventions have long-lasting dividends towards the empowerment and enlightenment of the Nigerian child

The Minister, who was represented by the Director, Basic Education, Federal Ministry of Education, Dr. Folake Olatunji-David, also said that the administration is also fully committed to bridging the national skills gap by supporting institutions and establishing new ones to accelerate the production of trained manpower for the different sectors of the national economy.

The Minister called on SUBEBs’ Executive Chairmen, who are the direct supervisors of basic education implementation, to work in synergy with stakeholders to create the enabling environment for enhanced quality teaching and learning in schools.

In his own remarks, the Executive Secretary of UBEC, Dr. Hamid Bobboyi, said the Commission is working hard to ensure equitable and quality basic education for all children of school age and would not relent in its efforts.

Bobboyi explained that the success of any system of education is hinged on proper planning and effective implementation.

He said; “This is what UBEC and SUBEB are striving to achieve through their partnership”.

The meeting of UBEC management with the Executive Chairmen of SUBEBs has over the years helped in bringing together stakeholders to discuss basic education Implementation in Nigeria, assess the progress being made, the challenges, and proffer solutions.

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